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1st July 2014 - National Review Online

Hamas Is ‘Anti-Civilization In Action’

Benjamin Weinthal

The Iranian-backed Hamas is an Islamic terrorist entity that rules the Palestinian enclave in Gaza but also has members in the West Bank.

1st July 2014 - The Long War Journal

The Islamic State’s Rivals In Syria Reject Announced Caliphate

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State's jihadist rivals in Syria have rejected its claim to have established a Caliphate. Leading ideologues in the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, have rejected the Islamic State's announcement as well.

1st July 2014 - PJ Media

Iran and The Straw Man

Michael Ledeen

The estimable Sohrab Ahmari of the indispensable Wall Street Journal editorial page does some helpful reporting from London, telling us about leading British advocates of a deal with Iran.

1st July 2014 - Moment Magazine

The Activists Who Cry Censorship

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Jewish war over who is entitled to speak about Israel has predictably turned into a question of free speech, with Israel’s fiercest critics insisting that they are being unfairly silenced.

30th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Boko Haram Targets Christians In Northeastern Nigeria

Laura Grossman

Over the weekend, Boko Haram launched several attacks on Christian communities in Borno state.

29th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Iraqi Troops, Insurgents Battle For Tikrit

Bill Roggio

Reports indicate that Iraqi forces have withdrawn from much of the city after heavy fighting with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham and allied Baathists.

28th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Battle To Regain Areas Of Key Southern Province

Bill Roggio

The Taliban have been fighting in Helmand's Sangin district for the past week, and are said to be in control of many areas.

28th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Military Kills Local Taliban Leader, Captures al Qaeda Bomb Expert

Bill Roggio

The military said the Taliban commander is known as "Commander Umer" but did not name the al Qaeda explosives expert.

27th June 2014 - Now Lebanon

A Hard Sell

Tony Badran

Sunni regional powers are unlikely to embrace a policy that disregards their interests.

27th June 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Operation Dignity: New Fighting Grips Libya

Oren Adaki, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

On May 16, former Libyan army general Khalifa Hifter launched “Operation Dignity for Libya” in Benghazi, promising to “cleanse the city of terrorists.”

26th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Ex-Guantanamo Detainee Arrested in Spain Tied to Infamous al Qaeda Cell

Thomas Joscelyn

A former Guantanamo detainee named Lahcen Ikassrien was arrested earlier this month in Spain. Authorities suspect that he has led a network responsible for sending jihadist...

26th June 2014 - The Washington Blade

The Sexually Stifled Kingdom

David Andrew Weinberg, Oren Adaki

Middle Eastern media recently reported that the administrator of Saudi Arabia’s largest online network for lesbians was harassed and intimidated into closing up shop.

26th June 2014 - Standpoint Magazine

Jihad At The Jewish Museum

Emanuele Ottolenghi

For three years, Western governments have viewed Syria mostly as a problem from hell.

26th June 2014 - FDD Press

Congress Can Defend Iran Sanctions Architecture, Provide Smart Relief After Final Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Co-Authored by Richard Goldberg. As the P5+1 negotiates with Iran over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, FDD released a new report outlining how Congress can help build a post-agreement sanctions architecture.

25th June 2014 - The Washington Times

Modern Jihadists

Clifford D. May

A secret CIA plot was revealed last week: Beginning almost ten years ago, the agency set in motion a plan to make Osama bin Laden action figures. Over time, the paint on the faces would fleck off, revealing a demon beneath. The idea was to dissuade children in the Muslim world from seeing al...

25th June 2014 - The Wall Street Journal

An Unhelpful Ally

Jonathan Schanzer

ISIS and other violent factions have benefited from Turkey's loose border policies.

25th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Adds 2 Lashkar-e-Taiba Leaders, Several Aliases to Terrorism List

Bill Roggio

The US government added two Lashkar-e-Taiba leaders to its list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists today. Additionally, the US identified four additional aliases for Lashkar-e-Taiba...

25th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Egyptian Al Nusrah Front commander on Syrian border defects to ISIS

Bill Roggio, Oren Adaki

Abu Yusuf al Masri, a leader in Albu Kamal, swore allegiance to a senior "Chechen" commander in the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham. The move could strengthen ISIS' hold on the Iraq-Syrian border.

25th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Suspected Boko Haram Bombing In Abuja Kills 21

Laura Grossman

Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram is suspected of bombing a shopping center in Abuja, Nigeria.

24th June 2014 - Ottawa Citizen

Don’t Forget Sexual Minorities In Iran

Benjamin Weinthal

While the world powers prepare for a July negotiation session with Iran over its illicit nuclear program, the deteriorating situation for sexual minorities continues unabated.


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