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24th March 2015 - National Review

Still Needed: Regime Change in Iran

Benjamin Weinthal

In December 2010, a Tunisian fruit-stand vendor set himself ablaze to protest the arbitrary closure of his business. Mohamed Bouazizi’s suicide sparked an upheaval in Tunisia that led to the gradual, if halting, emergence of democracy in that country.

23rd March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Boko Haram loses ground, but remains in the fight

Laura Grossman

Nigeria and its allies appear to be making headway in the fight against Boko Haram. However, these initial victories may not mean that the region is closer to ending its fight against violent radical Islam.

22nd March 2015 - The Long War Journal

US military, diplomatic personnel quit Yemen as country descends into civil war

Bill Roggio

The US governemnt has withdrawn its military and remaining diplomatic personnel from Yemen as the security situation has spiraled out of control over the past week. Among the forces pulled from Yemen were more than 100 military advisors who were training Yemeni counterterrorism personnel to...

21st March 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood Splits in Two

Grant Rumley

Jordan’s seven-decade-old Muslim Brotherhood wing disbanded this week, leaving behind a smaller, state-sanctioned movement that defines itself as strictly Jordanian and downplays links to Brotherhood branches across the Middle East.

20th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Claims Suicide Attacks in Sana’a Mosques

Bill Roggio

The coordinated suicide assault is the first high-profile attack by the Islamic State inside Yemen.

20th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Why AQAP quickly denied any connection to mosque attacks

Thomas Joscelyn

Almost as quickly as the Islamic State’s branch in Yemen claimed responsibility for suicide attacks at mosques attended by Houthis in Sana’a earlier today, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) denied any connection to the coordinated bombings.

20th March 2015 - The Weekly Standard

Produce the Fatwa

Thomas Joscelyn

In his annual statement marking the Persian new year, President Obama said he believes that Iran and the U.S. “should be able” to resolve the dispute over the mullahs’ nuclear program “peacefully, with diplomacy.”

19th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Reportedly Claims Responsibility for Tunis Massacre

Thomas Joscelyn

Twenty of the victims were visiting from Britain, Colombia, Germany, Italy, Japan, Poland, and Spain, which the Islamic State referred to as “Crusader countries.”

19th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Kills Pakistani Taliban Commander in Drone Strike

Bill Roggio

Khawray Mehsud served as a bodyguard and close aide to Baitulllah Mehsud, the founder of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan. The Taliban said Khawray was a skilled military commander who fought on multiple "fronts" in both Pakistan and Afghanistan.

19th March 2015 - Now Media

Kerry’s Assad Accommodation

Tony Badran

On the fourth anniversary of the Syrian uprising, Secretary of State John Kerry reminded everyone—in case anyone still harbored doubts—that the Obama administration had no intention of removing Syria’s dictator, Bashar al-Assad, from power.

19th March 2015 - The National Interest

Oil Prices Cripple Iraq’s ISIS War

David Andrew Weinberg

Iraq had a miserable 2014. The Islamic State (IS) reentered the country in large numbers early in the year, routing the Iraqi security forces in June with its swift territorial conquests and gaining tacit support from a large segment of Iraq’s Sunnis in the process.

18th March 2015 - Politico

Why the Media Always Gets Israeli Elections Wrong

Jonathan Schanzer

The era of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu [is] coming to an end,” read one Reuters headline.

18th March 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Kerry’s Remarks on Assad Widen Gap Between U.S. and Turkey

Merve Tahiroglu

“Collapse of U.S. policy in Syria as Assad continues massacres,” thundered the headline of the government-aligned Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah on Tuesday, in an apparent response to Secretary of State John Kerry’s remarks two days prior contemplating possible negotiations with Syrian...

18th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Iranian-Backed Militias Rampaged in Central Iraq After Freeing Town: HRW

Bill Roggio

A Human Rights Watch report says that the militias looted, burned thousands of buildings, and abducted at least 11 people during the Amerli offensive last summer.

18th March 2015 - The Washington Times

A Farewell to Arms Control Treaties

Clifford D. May

The philosopher Lily Tomlin used to say: “No matter how cynical you get, it is impossible to keep up.” Has that ever been truer than it is in Washington right now?

17th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Shiite Pakistani Casualties of the Wars in Syria and Iraq

Ali Alfoneh

Seven Pakistani Shiites who were killed while fighting for Bashar al Asad's regime in Syria appear to have been recruited and trained inside Iran.

17th March 2015 - The National Interest

Turkey’s Secret Proxy War in Libya?

Jonathan Schanzer

Libya’s internationally recognized Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni accused Turkey last month of sending weapons to his Islamist rivals who seized the Libyan capital of Tripoli last year.

17th March 2015 - Foreign Policy

The Islamic State’s African Long Con

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

the long run, Boko Haram’s decision to pledge its allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) — and the IS’s subsequent acceptance of that pledge — may make little difference to the African militant group. But that will hardly be the case for IS.

16th March 2015 - Fox News

Iran’s Human Rights Record Worsens as Talks with West Proceed: UN Official

Benjamin Weinthal

Iran has violated the rights of women, Christians and members of other religious groups and ethnic minorities on a massive scale, even as it seeks to negotiate with the West, according to a new UN report that details an explosion of executions, including state-sanctioned killing of...

16th March 2015 - The National Interest

A House Undivided: Israel’s New Consensus Politics

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Israelis go to the polls on March 17, and in a time-honored tradition, international pundits are hoping for a political earthquake. This ballot, they say, will finally and completely determine whether Israel ever makes peace with the Palestinians, whether its inter-communal tension will...

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