Analysis & Commentary


23rd May 2016 - The Long War Journal

Iraqi forces, militias launch operation to recapture Fallujah

Bill Roggio

Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), backed by tribal fighters and Iranian-backed militias, have officially begun the operation to dislodge the Islamic State from the city of Fallujah in Anbar province. Fallujah is the last major city held by the Islamic State in the province.

23rd May 2016 - The Long War Journal

US confirms Mansour killed, vows no change in combat strategy

Bill Roggio

The White House confirmed the death of Taliban emir Mullah Mansour today, two days after the US said it targeted the group’s leader in an unprecedented airstrike in southwestern Pakistan’s Baluchistan province.

21st May 2016 - The Long War Journal

US targeted Taliban emir Mullah Mansour in unprecedented Pakistan drone strike

Bill Roggio

The US military said it targeted and possibly killed Taliban emir Mullah Mansour today in an “airstrike” in a remote area along the “Afghanistan-Pakistan border region.” Mansour’s status is unknown and the military said it is attempting to determine if he is dead or alive.

20th May 2016 - The Weekly Standard

How Iran Shapes Hezbollah

Tony Badran

Following the mysterious death of Hezbollah senior military commander Mustafa Badreddine in Syria last week, speculation continues to swirl over the identity of his possible successor. The prevailing theory holds that this role will fall to Ibrahim Aqil and/or Fuad Shukr, ranking members of...

20th May 2016 - The Long War Journal

Treasury sanctions al Qaeda, Islamic State ‘financiers and facilitators’

Thomas Joscelyn

The US Treasury Department announced terror designations for six jihadists yesterday. Five of them allegedly serve al Qaeda’s international organization, while the sixth is a key figure in the Islamic State’s operations in Libya and the Sinai.

20th May 2016 - Forbes

Nobody Knows Anything About Fascism

Michael Ledeen

As I wrote in this space a few weeks ago, Donald Trump is no fascist, but there are many pundits who are calling him that.

19th May 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Erdoğan’s Reckless Referendum Ploy

Aykan Erdemir

The Turkish Parliament on Tuesday held the first of two rounds of voting necessary to amend the constitution to lift parliamentary immunity for lawmakers.

19th May 2016 - CSIF Policy Brief

Service-Based Money Laundering: The Next Illicit Finance Frontier

John Cassara

Just a few months before the summer Olympic Games in Brazil, a far-reaching anti-corruption battle is threatening to bring down powerful Brazilian businesses and political elites, including the current and former presidents. The scandal might bring even down the government.

19th May 2016 - The Long War Journal

Iran-backed militia prepares ‘special forces’ for Fallujah offensive

Bill Roggio, Amir Toumaj

The leadership of Harakat al Nujaba, or Movement of the Noble, an Iranian-supported Shiite militia which operates in both Iraq and Syria, said it is clearing a road in eastern Anbar province in preparation for an upcoming offensive to retake Fallujah from the Islamic State.

19th May 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

Exclusive: Major French bank closes anti-Israel BDS account

Benjamin Weinthal

The massive French bank Credit Mutuel shut down the account of La Campagne BDS France amid escalating criticism over the illegal practices of supporting financial transactions that target Israel for boycotts.

18th May 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

German politicians call for inquiry into anti-Semitic BDS hub

Benjamin Weinthal

A widening anti-Semitism scandal involving the Protestant Church and a network of NGOs in the city of Bremen that call for a boycott of Israel prompted the Green Party to launch an investigation, at the same time saying the employment of a pastor who declared himself a Jew-hater appears to...

18th May 2016 - The Long War Journal

Iraqi forces report recapturing city in western Anbar

Bill Roggio

The Iraqi military has claimed that it, along with “tribal forces,” have recaptured the western city of Rutbah. Rutbah sits within the desert and has long been an Islamic State stronghold.

18th May 2016 - The Washington Times

A death in Damascus, a funeral in Beirut

Clifford D. May

Five years ago, during the hopefully named Arab Spring, Syrians staged peaceful protests against the ruling dynasty that had long oppressed them. President Bashar al Assad responded brutally: In May 2011, he sent tanks into the suburbs of Damascus, Deraa, Homs and other cities to crush his...

18th May 2016 - The Wall Street Journal

Left at the Mercy of the Mullahs

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Since the Central Intelligence Agency contractor Robert Levinson disappeared after a trip to the Iranian island of Kish in 2007, journalists, government officials and the curious have asked me: Of the various stories told about Mr. Levinson’s disappearance, which one makes the most sense?...

17th May 2016 - Foreign Affairs

ISIS Targets Egypt

Oren Kessler , Max Peck

Earlier this month, the Islamic State (ISIS) launched a massive media campaign in support of the insurgency in Sinai. Officials from 14 of its so-called provinces in Iraq, Libya, and Syria released videos promoting an Egyptian affiliate group, Sinai Province. The videos feature typical ISIS...

17th May 2016 - The Long War Journal

Sadr’s ‘Peace Brigades’ prepares for Mosul offensive

Bill Roggio

Muqtada al Sadr, the radical Shia cleric who battled US forces during the Iraqi occupation, is preparing his militia to participate in an offensive to retake the northern city of Mosul from the Islamic State.

17th May 2016 - The Long War Journal

Ex-Guantanamo detainee discusses his life with Osama bin Laden

Thomas Joscelyn

The 15th issue of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s (AQAP) Inspire magazine, which was released online on May 14, features two pieces on Ibrahim al Qosi’s life with Osama bin Laden.

16th May 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

Outrage over German university’s dismissal of anti-Semitism expert

Benjamin Weinthal

The University of Göttingen unleashed a firestorm of criticism from scholars, students and Jewish organizations when it did not extend the employment contract of Dr. Samuel Salzborn - one of the most prominent academic experts in German anti-Semitism.

16th May 2016 - PJ Media

Chamberlain, Washington-Style

Michael Ledeen

It’s not hard to see why the discussion of Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes’ exchanges with the New York Times Magazine’s David Samuels has received so much attention from the chattering class. A lot of it is all about them, after all, and we all love to talk about...

16th May 2016 - The Long War Journal

Taliban offensive in north stresses Afghan military

Bill Roggio

The Taliban has surrounded a number of Afghan troops in Baghlan near the provincial capital, putting pressure on Afghan troops which were already stretched thin fighting on four different fronts.

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