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27th October 2016 - The Long War Journal

US military kills 5 AQAP fighters in central Yemen

Bill Roggio

he US military continues to target al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), al Qaeda’s official branch in Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

27th October 2016 - The Long War Journal

US targeted 2 senior al Qaeda leaders in eastern Afghanistan

Thomas Joscelyn

The US Department of Defense has announced that two senior al Qaeda leaders were targeted in airstrikes in Kunar Province, Afghanistan on Oct. 23.

27th October 2016 - Foreign Affairs

Iran and China Get Cozy

Jonathan Schanzer

Scattered among the hundreds of kiosks that made up the massive China–Eurasia Expo held in the western Chinese city of Urumqi in late September were a handful of Iranian rug merchants plying their wares.

26th October 2016 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State continues to plot against the West, US military warns

Thomas Joscelyn

The US military warned today that the Islamic State continues to plot attacks against the West from its headquarters in Raqqa, Syria.

26th October 2016 - The Washington Times

The Battle of Mosul

Clifford D. May

Ayman al-Zawahiri was correct. Believed to be ensconced in the tribal lands of Pakistan, the leader of what’s sometimes called al Qaeda Central has dedicated his life to a jihad that he hopes and prays will lead to the founding of a new and mighty Islamic empire. But he understands the...

26th October 2016 - The Weekly Standard

Don’t Let Wahhabism Off the Hook

David Andrew Weinberg

Now that American victims of terrorism can sue Saudi Arabia on allegations of facilitating 9/11, the kingdom's counterterrorism record is under the microscope like never before.

25th October 2016 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State, Pakistani Taliban claim suicide assault in Quetta

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State and a Pakistani Taliban faction based in Quetta both claimed responsibility for yesterday’s suicide attack at a police academy in Quetta that killed at least 60 people and wounded more than 120. Pakistani officials claim another jihadist group, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi al Alami...

25th October 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

German teachers union apologizes for Israel boycott activity

Benjamin Weinthal

The president of Germany's teachers’ union, Marlis Tepe, apologized in a letter to her Israeli counterpart Yossi Wassermann for a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions initiative against the Jewish state that was spearheaded by German teachers in the northwest city of Oldenburg.

24th October 2016 - The Long War Journal

IRGC to expand Basij special forces

Amir Toumaj

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) held a commemoration ceremony in Tehran on Friday for members of the Fatehin (“Conquerors”) Special Unit of the Basij paramilitary killed in combat in Syria.

24th October 2016 - The Hill

Cuba, Iran’s island in the sun

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Obama administration thinks Iran's influence in Latin America is waning. That means it does not view the 80 or so cultural centers Iran has established across Central and South America as a threat.

21st October 2016 - The Wall Street Journal

The Truth About Egypt’s Revolution

Oren Kessler

The usual account of Egypt’s revolution goes like this: In February 2011, Hosni Mubarak resigned after 18 days of protests led by the tweeting revolutionaries of Tahrir Square, ending his nearly 30-year presidency.

21st October 2016 - The Long War Journal

Taliban threatens another provincial capital in Afghan north

Bill Roggio

The Taliban has surrounded yet another provincial capital in Afghanistan and recently launched an attempt to overrun it.

21st October 2016 - The Long War Journal

US has launched more than 300 airstrikes against the Islamic State in Sirte, Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

The US has launched 330 airstrikes against the Islamic State in Sirte, Libya since Aug. 1, according to data released by US Africa Command.

19th October 2016 - PJ Media

We’re Losing the War and We’re Paying for It

Michael Ledeen

When the No Deal Deal was made with Iran, I said it was easy to understand: the Iranians would promise to be good, and we would pay for it. In the event, I was only half right. We are indeed paying for it, but the Iranians haven’t even pretended to be good.

19th October 2016 - Commentary Magazine

Rizvi’s Reformation

Oren Kessler

The Atheist Muslim opens with snow in Saudi Arabia. The author, Ali Rizvi, is in fifth grade at the American school in Riyadh, where students are folding glittery snowflakes out of construction paper to decorate the halls for winter.

19th October 2016 - The Weekly Standard

The German Left’s Undeclared War on Israel

Benjamin Weinthal

The historian Jeffrey Herf's profound new book shows that German-animated left-wing terrorism targeting Israel was not a tactic but rather part of a long-war strategy to destroy the Jewish state. Academic study and journalism on the now-defunct East German Communist state and radical West...

19th October 2016 - The Washington Times

The president should not tie his successor’s hands

Clifford D. May

You’re probably familiar with the old story about the inebriated guy looking for his wallet at night under a streetlight — not because that’s where he dropped it but because what would be the point of poking around in the dark? This, in essence, has been the American approach to...

18th October 2016 - The Long War Journal

A ‘lasting defeat’ of the Islamic State will be elusive

Bill Roggio

As the Iraqi government and Coalition forces launched the offensive to retake Mosul, the US military has optimistically said that the campaign will deal a “lasting defeat” to the Islamic State. But, if the recent history of the fight against jihadist groups in the Middle East, Africa,...

18th October 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

Europeans ignoring antisemitism at their peril, says EU human rights commissioner

Benjamin Weinthal

The Council of Europe's comissioner for human rights Nils Muižnieks delivered an urgent call on Tuesday for the EU to fight antisemitism seriously and remember the Holocaust with a view toward informing the present.

17th October 2016 - The Long War Journal

Town of Dabiq falls to Turkish-backed forces

Thomas Joscelyn

Dabiq, a town in northern Syria that has been central to the Islamic State’s apocalyptic messaging, has fallen to rebel groups backed by Turkey.

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