Analysis & Commentary

4th September 2015 - The Arab Weekly

Rohani Under Fire as Iran Power Struggle Sharpens

Ali Alfoneh

Iranian President Hassan Ro­hani won the war, so to speak, but risks losing the peace. He managed to reach an interna­tional diplomatic solution in the confrontation over Iran’s nu­clear programme but he’s under severe political pressure in Teh­ran.

3rd September 2015 - FDD Press

The Race to Replace Mahmoud Abbas

Grant Rumley

The Palestinian national project is at a crossroads. Mahmoud Abbas—the aging president of the Palestinian Authority (PA), chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), and leader of Fatah—is 10 years into a four-year term as PA president and shows no signs of stepping down....

3rd September 2015 - War on the Rocks - Co-written by Nathaniel Barr

Extreme Makeover, Jihadist Edition: Al-Qaeda’s Rebranding Campaign

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Since the Islamic State made its dramatic military advance from Syria into Iraq more than a year ago — capturing Mosul and other key cities, and declaring the caliphate’s re-establishment — analysts have reached a near-consensus that the group’s emergence has devastated its parent...

3rd September 2015 - The Jerusalem Post

Amid Violence and Chaos, Turkey Grapples With Turmoil From Within and Without

Benjamin Weinthal

Turkey marked the 93rd anniversary of Victory Day in its 1922 War of Independence against Greece on Sunday. While many commercial and residential buildings were blanketed with the Turkish red flag featuring a crescent and a white star, the absence of parades in the country’s largest city,...

3rd September 2015 - Forbes

The Lame Duck Who’s Dancing

Michael Ledeen

The famous lame duck got some fabulous physical therapy, because President Obama—the lame duck in question– is flexing his muscles against his political opponents, and winning handily.

2nd September 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State’s Caucasus ‘Province’ Claims First Official Attack on Russian Forces

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s so-called “province” in the Caucasus region has claimed responsibility for its first official attack since its was established earlier this year.

2nd September 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Kurds Mark Milestone by Joining Turkish Cabinet

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

The suspension of Turkey’s ceasefire with Kurdish fighters in July, followed by airstrikes against Kurdish militant targets in Turkey and Iraq, have brought the greatest rupture in Turkish-Kurdish relations in decades.

2nd September 2015 - The Long War Journal

3 Uzbeks Among 5 ‘Militants’ Killed in Drone Strike in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The US killed five “militants,” including several Uzbeks, in the first drone strike in Pakistan in nearly a month.

2nd September 2015 - The Washington Times

The Deadly Peril in Appeasement

Clifford D. May

“Appeasement” gets a bad rap but, strictly speaking, the word implies nothing more than an attempt to make peace. If aggrieved adversaries can be pacified by reasonable concessions, what’s wrong with that?

1st September 2015 - The Long War Journal

Afghan Intel Captures Taliban’s Shadow Governor for Faryab

Bill Roggio

Afghanistan’s intelligence service, the National Directorate of Security (NDS), captured the Taliban’s shadow governor for Faryab province as he was traveling to Pakistan.

31st August 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Brutally Executes Four Men in Response to Slaying by ‘Angel of Death’

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s so-called Anbar province has released the “caliphate’s” latest in a long line of gory execution productions. The new snuff video shows four men dressed in orange jumpsuits being burned alive as they hang hogtied and upside down from a scaffold. The four men...

31st August 2015 - Forbes

Nuclear Fiascoes: From Diplomatic Failure With North Korea To Debacle With Iran

Claudia Rosett

With Congress due to vote by Sept. 17 on the Iran nuclear deal, there’s a warning worth revisiting. It goes like this: The president is pushing a historic nuclear agreement, saying it will stop a terror-sponsoring tyranny from getting nuclear weapons. And up pipes the democratically...

31st August 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Saudi King’s Visit Offers Chance to Reset Relations

David Andrew Weinberg

President Obama is set to host Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud at the White House on Friday for the king’s first visit since ascending to the throne in January.

30th August 2015 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Unrestricted Europe-Iran Trade Will Help Empower Regime’s Oppression of Citizens

Benjamin Weinthal

The pernicious European companies selling technology to the Islamic Republic are already well known: They range from widespread surveillance of Iranians to the transfer of dual-use equipment that can be used for torture, killing and the construction of nuclear weapons.

30th August 2015 - The Independent

When EU Companies Work With Iran, They Run the Risk of Providing the Tools for Oppression

Benjamin Weinthal

The UK along with the other world powers reached agreement last month with Iran to curb elements of its nuclear programme. With the gold rush mentality infecting Germany, Italy, Austria, France and Switzerland to secure billion dollar deals, their investments are far from risk-free and may...

28th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Spokesman Admits Mullah Omar’s Death Was Covered Up

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

In an interview published on the Taliban’s official English-language website, the organization’s spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, admits that Mullah Omar’s death was covered up. And a careful reading of the interview indicates that Omar either died in 2013, as was first claimed by Afghan...

28th August 2015 - Standpoint

This Deal Is No Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The nuclear deal the six world powers and Iran signed in Vienna in July will not prevent a nuclear-armed Iran. All it will do is postpone Iran getting the bomb. In exchange for Tehran’s acquiescence, the deal legitimises Iran’s nuclear achievements and strengthens its regime.

28th August 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Interviewing Scientists is Key to Iran’s PMD

Amir Toumaj

A fatal flaw of last month’s Iran nuclear deal is its failure to account for possible military dimensions (PMDs) of Tehran’s previous nuclear work.

28th August 2015 - The Arab Weekly

Iran’s Impossible Return to the 1990s

Ali Alfoneh

Two men personify the post-revolutionary phase of the Islamic Republic in the 1990s: then-presi­dent Akbar Hashemi Raf­sanjani and Hassan Rohani, his Su­preme National Security Council secretary. Rohani’s electoral vic­tory in 2014 and the rise of Rafsan­jani have revived hopes for...

27th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Kills 2 Senior Iraqi Generals in Suicide Assault Near Ramadi

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State killed two senior Iraqi generals in a coordinated suicide assault on a military headquarters in Anbar province. Six suicide bombers, including a German and a Tajik, executed the deadly attack.


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