Analysis & Commentary


9th December 2012 - The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Kills Another al Qaeda Commander in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The US killed another al Qaeda commander in a drone strike in Pakistan's Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan today. The remotely-piloted Predators or the more deadly Reapers fired several missiles...

8th December 2012 - The Weekly Standard

A Major Benghazi Terror Bust

Thomas Joscelyn

The Egyptian government has nabbed a major terrorist tied to the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, according to the Wall Street Journal. And that terrorist has direct, longstanding ties to...

8th December 2012 - The Commentator

Palestine’s Strangely Stubborn State of Mind

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The UN vote upgrading the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to a non-member state with observer status has done nothing to move the cause of Palestinian statehood forward. Instead, it repeats the...

7th December 2012 - National Post

Jeane Kirkpatrick Goes to Tahrir Square — Two starkly Different Visions of the Arab Spring

Thirty-three years ago, Commentary magazine published an article by Jeane J. Kirkpatrick that stands as one of the most influential essays in the history of American foreign policy.

7th December 2012 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State of Iraq Denies Its Emir Captured

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State of Iraq, al Qaeda's political front in Iraq, denied that its emir, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi al Husseini al Qurshi, or Abu Du'a, was captured by Iraqi security forces earlier this week.

7th December 2012 - The Long War Journal

US Adds West African Group, 2 Leaders, to Terrorism List

Bill Roggio

The US government has added the al Qaeda-linked Movement for Tawhid [Unity] and Jihad in West Africa and two of its leaders to the list of global terrorists and entities. The Movement for Tawhid and...

7th December 2012 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Religious Leader Thought Killed in US Drone Strike

Bill Roggio

A Kuwaiti who was a prominent member of al Qaeda's religious committee is thought to have been killed in a recent US drone strike in Pakistan's tribal areas. Two "contemporaries" of Khalid bin Abdul Rahman al Husainan...

6th December 2012 - The Jewish Chronicle

Bibi Needs America, Not the Europeans

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Israel has a problem. The E-1 corridor building decision is actually long overdue. Under any future agreement, Maale Adumim would have to remain under Israeli sovereignty – this is a consensus issue in Israel...

6th December 2012 - The New York Times

New Name, Same Problems

A new Syrian opposition group has earned diplomatic recognition from France and Britain. National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces might offer more legitimate leaders...

6th December 2012 - The Caravan, Hoover Institution

Obama’s Greater Middle East

Reuel Marc Gerecht

It’s difficult to recommend a new approach to the Greater Middle East when the overarching philosophy of Barack Obama’s first term lingers on. In 2008 the Illinois senator sincerely believed that the...

6th December 2012 - Faster, Please!

Dictators and Double Standards

Michael Ledeen

As we watch the Syrian dictator struggle to survive, and the Egyptian would-be dictator run from an angry mob, and as we think back to the many fallen dictators of the recent past – Gorbachev, Ceausescu...

6th December 2012 - Scripps Howard News Service

Islamology 101

Clifford D. May

Google “Islamist” and you’ll get more than 24 million hits. Google “jihadist” and you’ll get millions more. Yet I bet the average American could not tell you what it is that Islamists and jihadists believe.

5th December 2012 - The Weekly Standard

An Unholy Alliance

Benjamin Weinthal, Emanuele Ottolenghi

Germany appeared over the past several months to have finally fallen in line behind European Union efforts to stiffen economic sanctions against Iran. But in late October a group of German parliamentarians dealt a blow...

5th December 2012 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Launches 2 Raids Targeting al Qaeda-Linked Commanders

Bill Roggio, Patrick Megahan

Yesterday the International Security Assistance Force conducted two raids targeting insurgent leaders with ties to al Qaeda inside Afghanistan. In the Watahpur district in Kunar province, Afghan and Coalition forces killed...

5th December 2012 - Tablet

Have Obama and Bibi Made Up?

On Friday, Bibi Netanyahu’s government announced it was planning additional settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. European capitals have demanded an explanation from Israeli diplomats...

4th December 2012 - The Atlantic

Gitmo’s Troubling Afterlife: The Global Consequences of U.S. Detention Policy

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Senator Dianne Feinstein recently commissioned a Government Accountability Office report identifying prison facilities in the continental United States suitable for detainees currently held in Guantánamo...

4th December 2012 - New York Daily News

Yes, Hamas and Iran are Still the Best of Friends

“To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle,” George Orwell wrote in 1946. He was describing a midcentury inclination to avoid “facing unpleasant facts,” one that manifested itself in the...

3rd December 2012 - Faster, Please!

Going to War?

Michael Ledeen

Fellow PJM columnist Jonathan Spyer, one of the best reporters on things Syrian, now believes that the tide of battle has turned against President Assad, and that the regime may be forced to retreat to a...

3rd December 2012 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Kills IMU/Taliban District Commander in Afghan North

Bill Roggio

Coalition and Afghan forces killed a dual-hatted Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and Taliban district commander during a raid in northern Afghanistan four days ago.

2nd December 2012 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Assault Team Attacks US Airbase in Jalalabad

Bill Roggio

A Taliban suicide assault team attacked Forward Operating Base Fenty, a large airbase in Nangarhar in eastern Afghanistan, early this morning. The heavily armed Taliban assault team...


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