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30th January 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

The Brotherhood Declares Jihad – in Arabic

Oren Kessler

Islamic State-linked jihadis struck the Sinai Peninsula on Thursday, killing as many as 60 troops and police officers in Egypt’s deadliest violence since the revolution against Hosni Mubarak four years ago.

30th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State’s Sinai ‘Province’ Claims Simultaneous Attacks on Egyptian Military, Police

Thomas Joscelyn

The group's attacks are likely its deadliest since it swore allegiance to the Islamic State last November.

29th January 2015 - Business Insider

Iran’s History Of Nuclear Deceit Is Why There Hasn’t Been A Deal Yet

Emanuele Ottolenghi

In his State of the Union last week, President Barack Obama warned Congress that the threat of new sanctions on Iran would “all but guarantee that diplomacy fails – alienating America from its allies; and ensuring that Iran starts up its nuclear program again.”

29th January 2015 - The Weekly Standard

CNN: 1 of the Taliban 5 Back in the Game

Thomas Joscelyn

CNN’s Barbara Starr reports that the U.S. military and intelligence community thinks that one member of the so-called Taliban Five “has attempted to return to militant activity from his current location in Qatar.”

28th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

‘Foreigners’ Among 7 Jihadists Killed in US Drone Strike in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

The strike took place in the Shawal Valley, a jihadist hub that spans both North and South Waziristan.

28th January 2015 - The Weekly Standard

Former U.S. Marine Killed by Islamic State’s Tripoli ‘Province’

Thomas Joscelyn

Two gunmen entered the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli Tuesday morning. When their shooting rampage was over, at least ten people had been killed.

28th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Video Shows Hezbollah Brigades Convoy Transporting American M1 Tank

Bill Roggio

A video posted online shows the Iranian-backed Hezbollah Brigades, a designated terrorist organization, transporting an American-made M1 Abrams tank and other US military equipment in Iraq.

28th January 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Libyan Ansar al-Sharia Leader Gets Medical Treatment in Turkey

Thomas Joscelyn

Ansar al-Sharia Libya confirmed this weekend that its leader, Mohamed al-Zahawi, had passed away from wounds sustained last year.

28th January 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Rouhani, a Nuclear Deal and the IRGC

Ali Alfoneh

Even in the unlikely event that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his negotiating team reach a nuclear agreement with international negotiators, its implementation may well fall to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

28th January 2015 - The Washington Times

Cry for Argentina

Clifford D. May

“When heads of state become gangsters, something has to be done.” Winston Churchill said that. It’s a proposition not many people nowadays endorse.

27th January 2015 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Is Germany Ignoring the Lessons of the Holocaust?

Benjamin Weinthal

This year’s remembrance of the liberation of Auschwitz has been marred by some German politicians’ bizarre liking for Iranian Holocaust deniers and terrorists.

27th January 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Lynch and Nisman: Connecting the Dots Between Two Iranian Plots

Toby Dershowitz

The Senate Judiciary Committee will begin confirmation hearings on January 28 for Loretta Lynch, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, to become attorney general of the United States.

27th January 2015 - The National Interest

How Iran Views the P5+1 Nuke Talks

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Ahead of the June 30 deadline for a comprehensive nuclear accord with Iran, international negotiators remain puzzled by two questions: “What does Tehran want, and what will it settle for?”

27th January 2015 - The National Interest

Cheap Oil Won’t Stop Iran

Jonathan Schanzer, Mark Dubowitz

As President Obama made clear in his State of Union address on Tuesday, U.S. officials are reasonably confident that they have Iran just where they want it.

27th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State is Forced From Kobane

Bill Roggio

After months of fighting for control of the Syrian border town, the Islamic State has withdrawn from Kobane in the face of advances by Kurdish forces and Syrian rebels.

27th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State’s ‘Province’ Claims Responsibility for Attack on Hotel in Tripoli

Thomas Joscelyn

Gunmen assaulted the Corinthia hotel in Tripoli early this morning. According to some accounts, a car bomb was detonated outside of the hotel during the attack.

27th January 2015 - Foreign Policy

King Salman’s Shady History

David Andrew Weinberg

President Obama wants to work with the leader of the House of Saud. But the new king of Saudi Arabia has troubling ties to radical Islamists.

27th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Islamic State Sleeper Cells a Threat to Turkey

Jonathan Schanzer, Merve Tahiroglu

Turkey's lax border policies backfire as the Islamic State threatens to bite the hand that feeds.

26th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front, Western-Backed Rebels Overrun Key Regime Base South of Damascus

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front and Ahrar al Sham fought side-by-side with Western-backed rebels in a battle to take a key Assad regime base in southern Syria.

26th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Kills 3 Suspected AQAP Members

Oren Adaki

The strike is the first reported in Yemen in more than two and a half months, and takes place just days after reports that US counterterrorism efforts in the country have been "paralyzed."

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