Analysis & Commentary


5th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent Incorporates Regional Jihadist Groups

Bill Roggio

Usama Mahmoud, AQIS's spokesman, openly stated that the group "was formed by the gathering of several jihadi groups that have a long history in jihad and fighting."

5th September 2014 - The Weekly Standard

A Muslim Identity Crisis

Reuel Marc Gerecht

The massive sexual abuse case in Rotherham, England, has revealed again how awkward and self-defeating the Western response often is to matters that touch on religious identity.

4th September 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Boko Haram Did Not Declare a Caliphate

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Laura Grossman

Reports suggest that Abubakar Shekau, leader of the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram, either declared a caliphate or announced that the group’s territorial gains have become part of a caliphate. The reports are wrong. In the video he released on August 24, following the group’s...

4th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Assault Team Targets NDS Headquarters in Ghazni

Bill Roggio

Fourteen security personnel and 19 heavily armed Taliban fighters were killed and another 154 people were wounded during the coordinated attack.

4th September 2014 - National Review Online

The U.N.: Clueless or Complicit in Gaza?

Claudia Rosett

The United Nations has been quick to launch a special inquiry into Israel for defending itself this summer against Hamas terrorist attacks out of Gaza. But will anyone be investigating the role in this conflict of the U.N. itself?

3rd September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Military Claims 910 ‘Terrorists,’ 82 Soldiers Killed in North Waziristan Operation

Bill Roggio

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar's spokesman described the military press release and subsequent reporting in the Pakistani media as "nothing but complete lies," and claimed that jihadists had moved out of the area long before the operation began.

3rd September 2014 - The Washington Times

A Plan For Crushing The Islamic State

Robert 'Bud' McFarlane

It is astonishing that nearly six years into the tenure of any administration the commander-in-chief would acknowledge publicly that he has no strategy for addressing an evident, serious threat to American interests.

3rd September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Opens Branch in the ‘Indian Subcontinent’

Bill Roggio

Ayman al Zawahiri announced the establishment of al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent. The group is led by a former Taliban leader known as Asim Umar.

3rd September 2014 - The Washington Times

A Job Americans Don’t Want To Do?

Clifford D. May

Barack Obama has been taking a lot of heat for acknowledging he doesn’t “have a strategy yet” for dealing with the jihadis butchering Iraqis, Syrians, Christians, Kurds and Yazidis while in their spare time attempting to weaponize bubonic plague for use against others on their...

2nd September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Executes American Reporter, Threatens Brit

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State released a video of the execution of Steven Joel Sotloff, an American journalist captured in Syria in August 2013, and threatened to kill a British captive if the US does not halt airstrikes in northern Iraq.

2nd September 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Airstrikes in Amerli Supported Deadly Shia Terror Group

Bill Roggio

The League of the Righteous, which is responsible for killing hundreds of US soldiers, was part of the Iraqi force that liberated Amerli. The group is closely tied to Iran's Qods Force and three of its leaders are Specially Designated Global terrorists.

2nd September 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Targets Shabaab’s Leadership in Southern Somalia

Bill Roggio

Shabaab emir Ahmed Abdi Godane and several senior leaders of the group are rumored to have been at a Shabaab camp when it was targeted by a US airstrike.

31st August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Announces Detention of 45 UN Peacekeepers

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has announced its responsibility for the detention of 45 UN peacekeepers in Syria. The group claims its actions are justified because the UN supposedly works "against Muslims."

30th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Senior IMU Leader Captured by ISAF in 2011 Now Leads Fight in Northern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

In 2011, ISAF captured Qari Bilal, who was serving as the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan's top leader in Afghanistan. He was subsequently released by the Afghan government, and is now commanding more than 300 jihadist fighters in Kunduz.

29th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic Front and Al Nusrah Front Promote ‘Liberation’ of Border Crossing

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, and the Islamic Front, a coalition of several rebel groups, are using their social media pages to highlight their involvement in the rebels' assault on the Quneitra border crossing.

29th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Ansar Jerusalem Beheads 4 Egyptians Accused of Being Israeli ‘Spies’

Thomas Joscelyn

A little more than one week after the Islamic State released a video featuring the beheading of an American photojournalist, Ansar Jerusalem has released a video online showing four Egyptian civilians being executed in the same manner. The video marks an escalation in the tactics Ansar...

29th August 2014 - The Canadian Jewish News

Should Canadians fight in faraway conflicts?

Sheryl Saperia

Is it possible to articulate any broad principles governing the acceptability of Canadians fighting abroad, apart from serving in the Canadian Armed Forces?

29th August 2014 - Real Clear Defense

In Iraq, the B-1 Bomber Proves Enduring Value

Patrick Megahan

As the air war over northern Iraq expanded earlier this month, Pentagon officials for first time acknowledged that land-based bombers have begun conducting strikes against the Islamic State, or ISIS, as it is formerly known.

28th August 2014 - Now Lebanon

Beheshti Never Came to Tripoli

Tony Badran

This Sunday marks the 36th anniversary of the disappearance of Lebanese-Iranian cleric Musa as-Sadr during a visit to Libya in 1978.

28th August 2014 - Standpoint Magazine

Fatal Procrastination

Emanuele Ottolenghi

In his April 2012 speech at the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C., President Obama said: "We must tell our children about how this evil was allowed to happen — because so many people succumbed to their darkest instincts, and because so many others stood silent."

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