Analysis & Commentary


3rd July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Consolidates Gains In Eastern Syria

Bill Roggio

With the fall of Mayadin as well as Shujail, the home town of the Al Nusrah Front's emir, the Islamic State controls contiguous territory along the Euphrates River Valley from the town of Jarabulus, which borders Turkey, in Syria's northern Aleppo province to the town of Anah in Anbar...

3rd July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Benghazi Suspect Has ‘Extensive Contacts’ With Jihadist Leaders in Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

In a court filing earlier this week, the US government argued that the only suspect in custody for the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya should remain in pretrial detention. Prosecutors cited his "extensive contacts" with senior members of other jihadist organizations and...

3rd July 2014 - The Hill

Eliciting A Better Deal From Iran

Emanuele Ottolenghi

After months of public optimism, Iranian and U.S. officials are publicly hinting that they’ve reached an impasse over the nuclear negotiations.

3rd July 2014 - The Canadian Jewish News

The Enemy of My Enemy is Not Necessarily My Friend

Sheryl Saperia

After decades of bitter experience in this arena, the Barack Obama administration cannot be excused for its recent willingness to consider cooperating with Iran in the battle against a mutual enemy, ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham.

2nd July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb Calls for Reconciliation Between Jihadist Groups

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has issued a statement praising the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham's (ISIS) gains in Iraq and calling for reconciliation between jihadist groups in Syria. The statement was authored prior to the ISIS declaring that it ruled over a caliphate and rebranding...

2nd July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Influential Jordanian Ideologue Argues Against Islamic State’s Caliphate

Thomas Joscelyn

Abu Muhammad al Maqdisi fears that the Islamic State will use its recent land grab and claim of ruling over a caliphate to go after its jihadist rivals.

2nd July 2014 - Forbes

King Crude: How Iraq’s ISIS Crisis Restores Saudi Influence

David Andrew Weinberg

While the world panics over the conquests of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Saudi Arabia, oddly enough, has reason to be thankful.

2nd July 2014 - Al Arabiya

Qatar Lite: The Mideast Maverick May Be Retreating

David Andrew Weinberg

The Middle East’s most provocative, profligate microstate seems to be entering a more subdued stage.

2nd July 2014 - The Washington Times

Financing Terrorism

Clifford D. May

Perhaps not the best use of your money and mine.

1st July 2014 - National Review Online

Hamas Is ‘Anti-Civilization In Action’

Benjamin Weinthal

The Iranian-backed Hamas is an Islamic terrorist entity that rules the Palestinian enclave in Gaza but also has members in the West Bank.

1st July 2014 - The Long War Journal

The Islamic State’s Rivals In Syria Reject Announced Caliphate

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State's jihadist rivals in Syria have rejected its claim to have established a Caliphate. Leading ideologues in the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, have rejected the Islamic State's announcement as well.

1st July 2014 - PJ Media

Iran and The Straw Man

Michael Ledeen

The estimable Sohrab Ahmari of the indispensable Wall Street Journal editorial page does some helpful reporting from London, telling us about leading British advocates of a deal with Iran.

1st July 2014 - Moment Magazine

The Activists Who Cry Censorship

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Jewish war over who is entitled to speak about Israel has predictably turned into a question of free speech, with Israel’s fiercest critics insisting that they are being unfairly silenced.

30th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Boko Haram Targets Christians In Northeastern Nigeria

Laura Grossman

Over the weekend, Boko Haram launched several attacks on Christian communities in Borno state.

29th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Iraqi Troops, Insurgents Battle For Tikrit

Bill Roggio

Reports indicate that Iraqi forces have withdrawn from much of the city after heavy fighting with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham and allied Baathists.

28th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Battle To Regain Areas Of Key Southern Province

Bill Roggio

The Taliban have been fighting in Helmand's Sangin district for the past week, and are said to be in control of many areas.

28th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Military Kills Local Taliban Leader, Captures al Qaeda Bomb Expert

Bill Roggio

The military said the Taliban commander is known as "Commander Umer" but did not name the al Qaeda explosives expert.

27th June 2014 - Now Lebanon

A Hard Sell

Tony Badran

Sunni regional powers are unlikely to embrace a policy that disregards their interests.

27th June 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Operation Dignity: New Fighting Grips Libya

Oren Adaki, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

On May 16, former Libyan army general Khalifa Hifter launched “Operation Dignity for Libya” in Benghazi, promising to “cleanse the city of terrorists.”

26th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Ex-Guantanamo Detainee Arrested in Spain Tied to Infamous al Qaeda Cell

Thomas Joscelyn

A former Guantanamo detainee named Lahcen Ikassrien was arrested earlier this month in Spain. Authorities suspect that he has led a network responsible for sending jihadist...

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