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1st July 2015 - Business Insider

Qatar’s Rulers Are Still Surrounding Themselves With Some of the Most Hateful Clerics

David Andrew Weinberg

The ruler of Qatar, Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, hosted a gaggle of religious leaders at his palace in Doha to break the Ramadan fast on Tuesday of last week.

1st July 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Egypt’s Bloody Wednesday

Oren Kessler

The Sinai Peninsula experienced its bloodiest attack in a decade on Wednesday, as the Islamic State affiliate Sinai Province launched a massive assault on some 15 police and military targets. The latest attack is unprecedented not just in its death toll – as many as 70 servicemen, police,...

1st July 2015 - The Tower Magazine

The Central Pillar Supporting the Iran Deal Has a Big Crack In It

Emanuele Ottolenghi

If the emerging deal is “not based on trust,” as John Kerry says, then it has to be based on the credible threat of re-imposed sanctions. And that’s a huge problem.

1st July 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State’s Sinai ‘Province’ Kills Dozens in Coordinated Attacks

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s “province” in the Sinai has launched a series of coordinated attacks on Egyptian security forces. The massive assault involved three suicide bombers and dozens of fighters. The jihadists targeted military personnel and police stations in El Arish and Sheikh Zuweid,...

1st July 2015 - The Jerusalem Post

950 Hezbollah Operatives, 300 Hamas Members in Germany – Intelligence Report

Benjamin Weinthal

The number of Islamists in Germany increased to 43,890 in 2014 from 43,190 in 2013, according to a report released on Tuesday by the country’s domestic intelligence agency.

1st July 2015 - The Washington Times

Men of Peace in a Realm of War

Clifford D. May

Last week, I paid a couple of visits to the West Bank or, as Israel’s enemies call it, “the illegally occupied Palestinian territories.” Israelis who live and work there are more likely to use the biblical name: Judea and Samaria.

1st July 2015 - World Affairs Journal

Iran’s Dubious Track Record

Behnam Ben Taleblu

With the recent weeklong extension of the deadline for a final nuclear deal, Iran’s track record of incrementalism and obfuscation toward the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has never been so instructive.

1st July 2015 - Tablet

Snap-Back: A Journey Through Iranian Sanctions Evasion in Georgia

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The fantasy is that sanctions halt economies. The reality is that enforcement requires tedious bookkeeping, painstaking forensic work, and the ability to stay a step ahead of experienced middlemen.

30th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Ansar al Sharia Libya Fights on Under New Leader

Thomas Joscelyn

On June 18, a Twitter feed associated with Ansar al Sharia in Libya posted a link to a 30 minute audio recording of the group’s weekly radio broadcast covering news and events in Benghazi and elsewhere in Libya. The recording was the 24th such broadcast aired.

30th June 2015 - The Long War Journal - Co-written by Caleb Weiss

Taliban Refutes Government Claims of Recapturing Chardara District

Bill Roggio

The Taliban refuted the Afghan government’s claim that it recaptured the Chardara district in the northern province of Kunduz. The Taliban overran the district, along with the nearby district of Dasht-i-Archi, last week, while the Afghan military claimed to recapture Chardara a day later....

29th June 2015 - The Times of Israel

New TV Show Highlights Egypt’s Jewish Problem

Oren Kessler

A new television series is shaking up the lucrative Ramadan viewing season in Egypt.

29th June 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Top Prosecutor’s Death Presages Long, Hot Summer in Egypt

Oren Kessler

Egypt’s top public prosecutor was killed Monday in a car bombing in Cairo – the country’s highest-profile assassination since the July 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

29th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Celebrates 9/11 Attacks in New Video

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, has released a 43-minute documentary titled, “The Heirs of Glory.” The video tells the history of Islam from Al Nusrah’s perspective, culminating in video footage of the 9/11 attacks and audio clips from Osama bin Laden’s...

28th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Wanted Saudi Al Qaeda Leader Reported Killed in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Mansur al Harbi, a Saudi jihadist who is listed by the United States, the United Nations, and Saudi Arabia as a senior al Qaeda leader, trainer, and facilitator is said to have been killed by the US in an airstrike in Afghanistan over the past several days. The report of his death has not...

28th June 2015 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Why Germany is the Weakest Western Link in Nuclear Talks With Iran

Benjamin Weinthal

With the Iran nuclear talks entering the final stretch in Vienna, Germany’s role in the negotiations to end Tehran’s illicit nuclear weapons program has largely escaped scrutiny.

28th June 2015 - Standpoint

The Grand Illusion

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Middle East as maps still show it in atlases and globes, schoolbooks and Foreign Office corridors, no longer exists. It has vanished under our noses in less than five years. The consequences range from the serious to the disastrous. Yet Western policymakers still act as if they could put...

27th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Claims Responsibility for Massacre in Tunisia as Death Toll Rises

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for yesterday’s terrorist attack in Sousse, Tunisia. The group has posted a photo of the gunmen it says carried out the shooting spree, identifying him as Abu Yahya al Qayrawani.

26th June 2015 - NOW Lebanon

Not Fooling Anyone

Tony Badran

The agitation in the Druze community in Israel over the situation of their coreligionists in Syria turned bloody on Monday. A Druze mob near Majdal Shams attacked a military ambulance carrying wounded Syrians for treatment in Israel, killing one of them and critically injuring another, while...

26th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Terrorists Strike in France, Kuwait, and Tunisia, Killing Dozens

Thomas Joscelyn

Three terrorist attacks were carried out this morning in France, Kuwait, and Tunisia.

26th June 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Economic Growth and the Nuclear Deal

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran’s central bank published its preliminary annual report last week for the previous Persian year (March 2014 to March 2015), according to which Iran’s GDP grew 3 percent.

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