Analysis & Commentary

20th September 2016 - Foreign Policy

Don’t Give Iran Cash

Eric B. Lorber

Iran is once again the center of a heated debate between the Barack Obama administration and Republicans in Congress, this time over whether the United States’ $1.7 billion payment to Iran amounted to a ransom to secure the release of American hostages.

20th September 2016 - Newsweek

International Community Must Focus On Palestinian Unity, Not Israel, To Kick-Start Peace

Jonathan Schanzer

A Palestinian court in Ramallah earlier this month suspended the local elections that were scheduled to be held in both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip on October 8.

19th September 2016 - The Long War Journal

Afghan intelligence service destroys al Qaeda base in Zabul

Bill Roggio

The National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan’s intelligence agency, recently raided an al Qaeda encampment and killed five Pakistan terrorists in the southeastern province of Zabul.

19th September 2016 - The Long War Journal

Suspect in New York area bombings captured after shootout

Bill Roggio

The suspect identified by the FBI in the Sept. 17 bombing in New York City that injured 29 people has been captured. Ahmad Khan Rahami was arrested today after he was wounded in a shootout with police in Linden, N.J., according to The New York Times. One police officer was reportedly wounded...

19th September 2016 - The Long War Journal

India accuses Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed of attacking army base in Kashmir

Bill Roggio

India’s director general for military operations said that jihadists from Jaish-e-Mohammed, a Pakistan-based terrorist group, executed today’s deadly suicide assault on a military base in Jammu and Kashmir that killed 17 soliders and wounded dozens more.

18th September 2016 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State claims its ‘soldier’ was responsible for stabbings in Minnesota

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency has claimed responsibility for a series of stabbings at the Crossroads Mall in St. Cloud, Minn. yesterday. Initial casualty reports say eight people were wounded. The perpetrator was killed by an off-duty police officer.

18th September 2016 - The Cipher Brief

Don’t Rely on Iran’s Good Intentions

Olli Heinonen

There is a small window of time for the United States and its allies to determine what kind of nuclear technologies are delivered to Tehran, and by whom. And the clock is already ticking.

17th September 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

Leading BDS activist: Move Israel to Germany

Benjamin Weinthal

A leading BDS figure and teacher from Lower Saxony may find himself in hot water due to rules in Germany barring educators from commenting on political issues.

17th September 2016 - The Long War Journal

Israel prepares home front for next war with Hezbollah

David Daoud

The Israel Defense Forces announced Friday that its nationwide Home Front Drill will be held next week. The drill, dubbed “Standing Firm,” is intended to prepare Israel’s civilian home front for emergency situations, and will include extensive training for Israel’s future war with...

17th September 2016 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda-linked foreign fighter recruiter designated by State Department

Thomas Joscelyn

The State Department has added Omar Diaby, who “leads a group of French foreign terrorist fighters in Syria,” to the US government’s list of specially designated global terrorists.

16th September 2016 - The Long War Journal

US military kills Islamic State’s ‘Minister of Information’

Bill Roggio

The US military announced today that it killed the Islamic State’s “Minister of Information” and central shura member in an airstrike near Raqqah, the jihadist group’s capital in Syria, ten days ago.

16th September 2016 - The Long War Journal

Estimated number of Guantanamo recidivists continues to rise

Thomas Joscelyn

The number of former Guantanamo detainees “confirmed” or “suspected” of rejoining the jihad has grown to 208, according to statistics released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) this week.

16th September 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

North Korea’s 5th Nuclear Test – What now?

Olli Heinonen

North Korea just heralded the 68th anniversary of its founding by conducting its fifth nuclear test. The initial seismic recordings were larger than previously recorded activity. This, coupled with other indicators, suggests that Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons capability is accelerating....

16th September 2016 - The Hill

Iran Air participates in Syrian airlift, but Obama does nothing

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Last week, the Obama administration admitted, during a congressional hearing, that it had authorized cash payments to Iran, timed with the release of U.S. hostages, in January. Cash was reportedly loaded onto an unmarked Iranian cargo plane before it was flown back to Tehran.

16th September 2016 - Interview with the Cipher Brief

Syrian Refugees: Ankara’s Trump Card Against Europe

Aykan Erdemir

In March of this year, Turkey came to an agreement with the European Union (EU) on Syrian migration. In return for $6 billion in aid assistance, visa-free travel for Turks within the EU, and a promise to restart Turkey’s E.U. accession talks, Turkey agreed to restrict the number of Syrian...

15th September 2016 - The Huffington Post

Cash Rich, Aggressive

Mark Dubowitz, Behnam Ben Taleblu

Two American reconnaissance planes flew one mile wide of Iran’s airspace over the weekend, and according to a U.S. Navy official, kept a safe distance from known surface-to-air missile (SAM) sites. Iran warned the planes if they remained on course, they would be shot down, according to...

14th September 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

With MOU, U.S. and Israel Cement Strategic Relationship for Next Decade

John Cappello

The United States and Israel signed a new 10-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today, capping almost a year of negotiations for a new security assistance agreement.

14th September 2016 - The Long War Journal

TTP commander for North Waziristan touts operations in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

Akhtar Mohammad Khalil, the TTP’s emir for North Waziristan, appeared in a video released today that purports to show Taliban fighters operating openly in the contested tribal agency. The video was released on Umar Media, the official propaganda outlet of the TTP.

13th September 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

$1.3 Billion of the Cash to Iran was Taxpayer Money

Annie Fixler

A rancorous partisan debate is raging in Washington over the transfer of $1.7 billion in cash to Iran. The settlement was the balance of a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) trust fund, where Iran deposited $400 million to purchase U.S. military goods before the 1979 revolution.

13th September 2016 - The Washington Times

President Obama’s last to-do list

Clifford D. May

Barack Obama is now in his final days as president but, as he made clear on his visit to Asia last week, there are goals he still hopes to achieve before leaving office.


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