Analysis & Commentary

20th July 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

German left-wing radicals say Jews have ‘too much influence’

Benjamin Weinthal

A study released last week in Berlin showed widespread anti-Semitism among left-wing Germans.

20th July 2016 - The Huffington Post

Turkey’s Strongman Will Exploit The Failed Coup

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkey may have thwarted a military coup d’etat on Friday night, but the result will almost certainly be the precipitous decline of Turkey’s democracy, nevertheless.

20th July 2016 - War on the Rocks - Co-written by Nathaniel Barr

Bloody Ramadan: How The Islamic State Coordinated A Global Terrorist Campaign

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In late May 2016, the Islamic State (ISIL) released an audio statement featuring Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, the group’s chief spokesman, celebrating the upcoming lunar month of Ramadan. Adnani exhorted ISIL’s supporters to make Ramadan “a month of calamity everywhere for the...

19th July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Teenager who terrorized German train appears in Islamic State video

Thomas Joscelyn

Amaq News Agency, a propaganda arm of the Islamic State, released a short video featuring a teenager identified as “Muhammad Riyad.” According to Amaq, Riyad was responsible for yesterday’s attack on a train in the German city of Würzburg.

19th July 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Hamas Vows to Join Municipal Elections, but Obstacles Remain

Grant Rumley

Hamas announced last week that it would participate in municipal elections across the West Bank and Gaza in October.

19th July 2016 - Hurriyet Daily News

Turkey needs a new social contract

Aykan Erdemir

A decade ago, Turkey was hailed as a success story due to its booming economy, proactive foreign policy and progress toward EU membership. Today the country is making headlines for different reasons: Frequent terror attacks, rising polarization, deepening diplomatic isolation and a flagging...

19th July 2016 - The New York Times

The Fight Against ISIS Will Suffer Because of Turkey’s Coup

Jonathan Schanzer

The failed coup in Turkey will set back global efforts to combat the Islamic State.

19th July 2016 - The Washington Times

The jihadis in France, the Islamists in Turkey

Clifford D. May

Streets ran red with blood in both France and Turkey last week. A terrorist atrocity and an attempted coup are quite different events. But underlying both is this question: How are the most dynamic forces within the Islamic world shaping the 21st century?

18th July 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Turkey’s Post-Coup Purges by the Numbers

Merve Tahiroglu

A faction of the Turkish military attempted a coup d’état on Friday. Lacking support of the bulk of the armed forces, police, and intelligence community, it was quashed within hours.

18th July 2016 - The Long War Journal

US troops ‘are a target for us,’ Iraq’s Muqtada al Sadr says

Bill Roggio

Radical Shia cleric Muqtada al Sadr said that US troops supporting the Iraqi military’s offensive to retake Mosul from the Islamic State should be targeted by his militias.

18th July 2016 - FDD Press

The Third Lebanon War

Tony Badran, Jonathan Schanzer, David Daoud

In August 2015, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) released its first-ever public strategy paper, highlighting the complex challenges to Israel’s national security. Notably, it was not Iran’s nuclear program nor its ballistic missile development that ranked as the greatest threats to...

18th July 2016 - FDD Press

Flying Above the Radar

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Annie Fixler , Yaya J. Fanusie

With the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in January 2016, most international sanctions against Iran have been lifted. These include long-standing U.S. sanctions against Iran’s aviation sector. The United States has removed all but four Iranian civilian...

18th July 2016 - The Huffington Post

The Obama Administration Gambled On Tehran’s Moderation — And Failed

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Emanuele Ottolenghi

A year ago, the Obama administration made a gamble, striking a nuclear accord with Tehran that it hoped would transform its behavior, leading to a thaw in bilateral relations and a more stable Middle East.

18th July 2016 - Real Clear World

Obama Can’t Let Iran Get Away With Murder

Toby Dershowitz

The Obama administration has long said it will hold Iran accountable for acts of terrorism. It now has a chance to prove it: Interpol red notices for five former Iranian officials found culpable in Argentina’s deadliest terrorist attack are about to come up for renewal.

18th July 2016 - Foreign Policy

Notes on a Failed Coup

John Hannah

For your consideration, several observations regarding Turkey’s failed coup: By any measure, the incompetence of the coup plotters was simply flabbergasting. They failed to heed virtually all the basic rules of successful coups.

18th July 2016 - Foreign Policy

Defusing the Iran Deal’s Ticking Time Bomb

John Hannah

As it was in the beginning, so it remains one year on: The overriding danger of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or the Iran nuclear deal, is its provisions for automatically lifting the most important restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program by 2030.

17th July 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

What Netanyahu should ask Paraguay’s president

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Israel needs all the friends it can get to fight delegitimization in international forums. Paraguay is one of them – thanks to the leadership of its president, Horacio Cartes, who today begins a two-day visit to the Jewish state. Since 2013, when Cartes took office, Paraguay has been...

16th July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State claims its ‘soldier’ carried out Bastille Day attack in Nice, France

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the July 14 attack in Nice, France.

15th July 2016 - The Weekly Standard

The Chilcot Report

Reuel Marc Gerecht

The Chilcot report on the Iraq war ought to elicit two emotions: sympathy and pity for former British prime minister Tony Blair. As was evident by late 2002, when Europeans saw the frightful resolve of George W. Bush and began earnestly debating how evil Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was and...

15th July 2016 - The Huffington Post

Iran Deal Cannot Whitewash Regime’s Deplorable Human Rights Record

Mark Dubowitz

As we mark the one-year anniversary of the announcement of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) this week, the Iranian regime continues to repress its people. Far from a new era of freedom, there has been no meaningful change in the regime’s deplorable human rights record,...


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