Analysis & Commentary


6th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Releases Video, Photos from Battle Against Hezbollah

Oren Adaki, Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front reportedly launched attacks on a number of Hezbollah outposts yesterday. The group has released a video and pictures from one of its raids.

6th October 2014 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Amid Sweden Crisis, Are Europe’s Social Democratic Parties Shifting Against Israel

Benjamin Weinthal

The diplomatic crisis between Israel and Sweden over the Scandinavian country’s recognition of “Palestine” as an independent state has brought a shift among European Social Democratic parties against Israel’s interests front-and-center into the foreign policy sphere.

6th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Launches 2 more Drone Strikes in North and South Waziristan

Bill Roggio

Thirteen people are reported to have been killed in airstrikes in the Shawal Valley in South Waziristan. The area is a known transit point for fighters entering Afghanistan.

5th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Group Urges Jihadists in Iraq and Syria ‘to Reconcile’

Bill Roggio

Omar Khalid al Khorasani, a top leader in Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, offered to help mediate the dispute between the Islamic State and the Al Nusrah Front and other jihadist rivals.

3rd October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Beheads Another Brit, Threatens American Aid Worker

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State carried through on its threat to execute British aid worker Alan Henning, and said former US Army Ranger Peter Edward Kassig is next.

3rd October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Jihadist Group Loyal to Taliban, al Qaeda Claims to Have Captured Afghan District

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Both the Taliban and Junood al Fida, a jihadist group loyal to the Taliban and al Qaeda, have claimed that the Registan district in the southern Kandahar province has fallen to the jihadists. Afghan officials quickly denied the claim as "exaggerated."

3rd October 2014 - The Weekly Standard

Sandstorm

Reuel Marc Gerecht

The great medieval historian Ibn Khaldun centered his understanding of history on asabiyya, which is perhaps best translated as esprit de corps mixed with the will to power.

3rd October 2014 - The Weekly Standard

Democracy in China?

Claudia Rosett

Should it matter to the rest of us that Hong Kong has erupted this past week with demonstrations for democracy?

2nd October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Propaganda Focuses on Iranian Influence in Lebanon, Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front continues to use its Lebanese hostages in its propaganda campaign against Iran and Hezbollah.

2nd October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Seizes Hit, Assaults Iraqi Military Headquarters in Anbar

Bill Roggio, Oren Adaki

The Islamic State raised the black flag of jihad in Hit and attacked military headquarters in Ramadi and at Al Asad Airbase in the latest phase of its offensive to consolidate control of Anbar province.

2nd October 2014 - Now Media

Co-Opting the Rhetoric on ISIS

Tony Badran

Israel and Saudi Arabia have little choice but to get on board with White House plans in Iraq and Syria, but under the Islamic State veneer is a common pressing concern: Iran

2nd October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Pro-al Qaeda Ideologues Propose Truce Between Islamic State, Rivals

Oren Adaki, Thomas Joscelyn

Jihadist ideologues, including several who have backed al Qaeda against the Islamic State, have proposed a truce between the rival factions in Syria. The initiative is similar to the calls made by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, both of which have urged...

1st October 2014 - The Washington Times

Iran Rising

Clifford D. May

In his address to the UN General Assembly last week, President Obama called the conflict in the Middle East “a fight no one is winning.” I think the evidence suggests he’s wrong. I think Iran is making significant gains.

1st October 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Official Calls on Rival Factions in Syria to Unite Against West

Oren Adaki, Thomas Joscelyn

Nasser bin Ali al Ansi, an AQAP leader, is featured in a new video calling on rival jihadists in Iraq and Syria to unite against their common enemies. Al Ansi says the jihadists should form a "coalition" to strike America.

1st October 2014 - The Canadian Jewish News

Confronting Qatar’s Terror Sponsorship

Sheryl Saperia

The shocking brutality of the Islamic State (IS), also referred to as ISIS or ISIL has finally galvanized public and political support for decisive action.

30th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Leader Claims Key Operative in So-Called ‘Khorasan Group’ Was Killed

Thomas Joscelyn

A senior al Qaeda leader known as Sanafi al Nasr has tweeted that Muhsin al Fadhli was killed in the bombing raids in Syria last week. Both Nasr and al Fadhli are part of the so-called "Khorasan group." Al Fadhli may have been killed, but his death has not been confirmed. And there are sound...

30th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Photos Details Rout of Iraqi Army at Camp Saqlawiya

Bill Roggio

The Islamic state seized or destroyed at least one M1 Abrams tank, four M113 armored personnel carriers, 15 Iraqi Army Humvees, a BMP infantry fighting vehicle, and other trucks.

30th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Adds Harakat-ul-Mujahideen’s Emir to Terrorism List

Bill Roggio

Fazle-ur-Rahman Khalil, Harakat-ul-Mujahideen's founder and leader, signed Osama bin Laden's infamous 1998 fatwa that declared war on the US and Israel. HUM was added to the list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations 18 years ago.

30th September 2014 - Now Lebanon

Is a Buffer Zone on the Israeli-Syrian Border Feasible?

Tony Badran

With the US still unwilling to lead efforts to create buffer zones around Syria, complicated challenges remain for neighboring states.

30th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Ambushes Iraqi Military Column Near Ramadi

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State was able to destroy an Iraqi military position near Ramadi in Anbar Province, as well as take over an Iraqi police checkpoint.

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