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5th January 2012 - National Review Online

How to Punish Iran’s Despots

Benjamin Weinthal

In a few weeks’ time, the European Union’s foreign ministers will gather in Brussels to discuss a common response to Iran’s ongoing nuclear activities. To its credit, the EU reached a tentative agreement on Wednesday to impose an oil embargo on the Islamic Republic of Iran.

5th January 2012 - The Long War Journal

Ansar al Islam Names New Leader

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The al Qaeda-linked Ansar al Islam released a statement announcing the name of its new leader. The Iraqi terror group also announced that it would fly a new flag. In a statement released on jihadist websites yesterday, Ansar al Islam named Abu Hashim Muhammad bin Abdul Rahman al Ibrahim as...

5th January 2012 - The Weekly Standard

Syria Wages War Against Dissidents in Europe

Benjamin Weinthal

While Bashar al-Assad’s regime continues to suppress and slaughter pro-reform Syrians at home, his security forces have intensified a campaign to intimidate and decimate any Syrian opposition in Europe.

5th January 2012 - Scripps Howard News Service

The Historian, the Diplomat, and the Spy

Clifford D. May

Iran is not our enemy. The regime that enriches itself while murdering, oppressing, and impoverishing ordinary Iranians; the regime that incites genocide against Israel, threatens its neighbors in the Persian Gulf, and vows to bring about a “world without America” — that is our enemy....

4th January 2012 - Tablet

Minority Interest

Being Christian in the Middle East has never been easy, but the wave of uprisings that has swept the region over the past year has made the situation for the region’s Christian minority almost unbearable.

4th January 2012 - Gunpowder & Lead

The Death of al Qaeda: Fawaz Gerges Edition

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Few forms of writing are consistently less satisfying than “five myths” pieces. The genre, by its nature, tends toward shallow analysis and the propagation of conventional wisdom under the guise of puncturing conventional wisdom.

4th January 2012 - The Long War Journal

Are the Top Two Pakistani Taliban Leaders ‘at Each Other’s Throats’?

Bill Roggio

According to Reuters, Hakeemullah Mehsud, the leader of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, and his deputy, Waliur Rahman Mehsud, the leader of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan's South Waziristan branch, are ready to kill each other.

4th January 2012 - The Long War Journal

White House Denies Deal to Release Taliban Leader

Thomas Joscelyn

The Guardian (UK) reported yesterday, citing anonymous sources, that the Obama administration had already decided to release several senior Taliban commanders held at Guantanamo.

4th January 2012 - National Review Online

While You Were Watching Iowa, Obama Was Springing Taliban Terrorists from Gitmo

The Guardian reports that the Obama administration has “agreed in principle to release high-ranking Taliban officials from Guantanamo Bay in return for the Afghan insurgents’ agreement to open a political office for peace negotiations in Qatar.”

4th January 2012 - National Review Online

Meet the Jihadist War Criminal Obama Plans to Release from Gitmo

At AEI’s blog, Marc Thiessen provides the low-down on Mullah Mohammed Fazi, one of the Taliban terrorists President Obama envisions releasing from Gitmo, in return for … nothing

3rd January 2012 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Brokers New Anti-US Taliban Alliance in Pakistan and Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

One of al Qaeda's top leaders has reached out to the most powerful Taliban commanders along the Afghan-Pakistani border to create a new alliance to battle the US and NATO forces in Afghanistan.

3rd January 2012 - The Long War Journal

Afghan Taliban Announces New ‘Political Office’ in Qatar

Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban announced today that it is opening a "political office" in Qatar. According to a translation of the Taliban's message by the SITE Intelligence Group, the office is intended to "spread understanding with the international community."

3rd January 2012 - Letters to the Editor, The Wall Street Journal

Pressure and Sanctions Won’t Make an Enemy Change

Michael Ledeen

Dennis Ross ("On Iran, Pressure Works," op-ed, Dec. 23) is full of hope that we're on the right track with our Iran policy, because the history of the murderous regime in Tehran "clearly" reveals that "pressure works."

3rd January 2012 - New York Post

Pious Coke Dealers?

Jonathan Schanzer

It’s hard to uphold a reputation as a devoutly religious terrorist group if you make millions selling cocaine. Just ask Hezbollah.

2nd January 2012 - The Weekly Standard

A Ph.D. in Torture

Emanuele Ottolenghi

When NATO planes launched their air campaign over Libya’s skies last spring and Western leaders said that Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi had to go, the first regime to change was at the London School of Economics.

2nd January 2012 - National Review Online

Russia: Iran Has No Nuclear Weapons Program

The Russians say there’s no proof and the “sanctions have gone way too far.” “We must push harder on the negotiating track,” says Sergei Ryabkov, Don Putin’s deputy foreign minister.

2nd January 2012 - National Review Online

Muslim Brotherhood to Renounce Peace Pact With Israel . . . By Referendum

Mindful of its lopsided electoral triumph in Egypt, which has been so enthusiastically welcomed by the Obama administration and top Democratic emissary John Kerry, the Muslim Brotherhood has announced plans to submit the Camp David Accords

2nd January 2012 - New York Daily News

It’s Time to Tip the Scales in Syria

Of all the regimes that have experienced turmoil as a result of the Arab Spring, Syria’s is the only one that has been consistently opposed to American interests.

2nd January 2012 - Faster, Please!

Iran in Convulsion (the Death Spiral Continues)

Michael Ledeen

Big news today from Iran, confirming once again that the hapless regime in Tehran proceeds down its death spiral. The first is the spectacular collapse of the national currency, which has lost 35% of its value since September.

1st January 2012 - Standpoint

Islamist Ignorance

Emanuele Ottolenghi

When Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer launched their campaign against "The Israel Lobby" with an article in the London Review of Books (March 23, 2006) — and subsequently in a book of the same name — they asserted that European
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