Analysis & Commentary


2nd July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State says it singled out non-Muslims for death in Dhaka attack

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State says it separated non-Muslims from Muslims and killed the former in yesterday’s assault on a bakery in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka.

1st July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Terrorists assault cafe in Bangladesh’s capital

Thomas Joscelyn

Terrorists assaulted a cafe in Dhaka, Bangladesh earlier today, taking a number of hostages and exchanging gunfire with police.

1st July 2016 - The Long War Journal

US government releases data on ‘counterterrorism strikes outside areas of active hostilities’

Bill Roggio

The US government released official data on “counterterrorism strikes outside areas of active hostilities,” including the number of strikes, and combatant and civilian casualties.

1st July 2016 - FDD Research

Uranium Particles at Parchin Indicate Possible Undeclared Iranian Nuclear Activities

Olli Heinonen

On December 2, 2015, the IAEA issued its assessment on past and present outstanding issues related to Iran’s nuclear program and its Possible Military Dimensions (PMD).

30th June 2016 - The Long War Journal

Taliban suicide bombers target police cadets, first responders in Kabul attack

Bill Roggio

A pair of Taliban suicide bombers killed dozens of people, including police cadets and the first responders who arrived to administer aid after the initial attack, in a coordinated assault in the Afghan capital of Kabul.

30th June 2016 - U.S. News and World Report

No Neutral in the Egypt-Qatar Quarrel

Oren Kessler , David Andrew Weinberg

An Egyptian court this month sentenced former President Mohamed Morsi to life in prison, and ordered the death penalty for two Al Jazeera journalists and four others for leaking state secrets to Qatar.

30th June 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Istanbul Attack Must Prompt Tougher Turkish IS Policy

Merve Tahiroglu

Three suicide bombers attacked the Istanbul Ataturk international airport Tuesday night, killing 43 people, including 19 tourists, and leaving over 200 injured.

30th June 2016 - Interviewed by The Cipher Brief

You Can’t Start and Stop Jihadism at Will

Aykan Erdemir

The coordinated terrorist attack at the international airport in Istanbul on Tuesday is the latest in a rash of deadly attacks that have struck Turkey in the past 18 months.

30th June 2016 - Huffington Post Politics

Now Is Not The Time To Lift Sanctions On Iran

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

The Islamic Republic of Iran is energetically trying to legitimize its financial sector despite a decades-long rap sheet of illicit financial activities.

30th June 2016 - New York Post

Airport attack should have come as no surprise to Turkey

Jonathan Schanzer

The attack on Istanbul’s airport was horrific. It was also steeped in irony. Istanbul’s airport is the overwhelming destination of choice for aspiring jihadists around the world who wish to join the Islamic State.

30th June 2016 - The Long War Journal

US adds Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent, leader to terrorism list

Bill Roggio

The Department of State added Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) to its list of Foreign Terrorist Organization and listed its emir, Asim Umar, as a specially Designated global terrorist.

29th June 2016 - The Long War Journal

New Iran armed forces chief warns of military intervention if Baghdad is threatened

Amir Toumaj

Iran’s new Armed Forces General Staff chief, Major General Mohammad Bagheri, has reiterated the Islamic Republic’s security red lines and priorities the day after his appointment.

29th June 2016 - The Long War Journal

Afghan Ministry of Interior admits 9 districts under Taliban control

Bill Roggio

Afghanistan’s Ministry of Interior reported yesterday nine districts are under Taliban control, including four in the southern province of Helmand, and more than 40 others are heavily contested.

29th June 2016 - New York Post

ISIS may be on the decline — but beware al Qaeda

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Recent attacks inspired or executed by ISIS show how dangerous a militant organization in decline can be. But make no mistake: The group is in a state of decline.

29th June 2016 - The Huffington Post

Gulf Monarchies Condemned Orlando Attack While Promoting Hate Preachers: Government-Sponsored Cleric

David Andrew Weinberg

America’s Gulf allies talk a good game against terrorism. They widely condemned this month’s tragic attack in Orlando. And all six Gulf monarchies are signatories to the 2014 Jeddah Communiqué, pledging to crack down on terror groups’ finances and “repudiat[e] their hateful...

29th June 2016 - The Washington Times

Rule Britannia

Clifford D. May

Whether you think the United Kingdom exiting the European Union is cause for alarm or celebration, you have to concede this: Britons engaged in an open, lively and mostly peaceful debate, they turned out in droves, they cast their votes freely and fairly and, by so doing, expressed their...

28th June 2016 - Forbes

Risky Business In Iran

Mark Dubowitz, Toby Dershowitz

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the intergovernmental organization that sets global standards to combat money laundering and finance for terrorism and proliferation, had a clear message for financial institutions last week when it declined to remove the Islamic Republic of Iran from...

28th June 2016 - The Long War Journal

Jihadists and other rebels attack Syrian regime positions in Latakia province

Thomas Joscelyn

The jihadist-led Jaysh al Fateh (“Army of Conquest”) coalition and its allies launched a new assault on Syrian regime positions in the coastal province of Latakia on June 27. The offensive, named the “Battle of Yarmouk,” involves a mix of jihadists and fighters affiliated with the...

28th June 2016 - The Long War Journal

Hekmatyar withdraws from peace talks with Afghan government

Bill Roggio

The leader of Hezb-i-Islami Gulbuddin (HIG), a faction that fuels Afghanistan’s insurgency, has withdrawn from peace talks after raising the hopes of the Afghan government that an agreement was near. Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, HIG’s leader, has toyed with the Afghan government in the past....

27th June 2016 - Turkish Policy Quarterly

Turkey Needs A New Social Contract

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey needs a new social contract to reverse economic slowdown, social polarization, internecine violence, and diplomatic isolation.

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