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6th January 2015 - The Atlantic

ISIS Is Losing Its Greatest Weapon: Momentum

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

There was a time when the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria appeared unstoppable.

6th January 2015 - PJ Media

Blockbuster Story. Spiked!

Michael Ledeen

I had lunch yesterday with three gentlemen who are very well read, who follow the news attentively, and who would shudder to think they are victims of ideological censorship.

5th January 2015 - MilitaryEdge.org

The Lasers That Will Fry Iran’s Drones

Patrick Megahan

Iran continues to develop an expanding fleet of homemade unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Tehran announced its latest “suicide drone” on the heels of a massive military exercise last month. But a new, high-tech weapon developed by the United States Navy -- one that can swat drones from...

5th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

The Islamic State’s Curious Cover Story

Thomas Joscelyn

The cover story of the Islamic State's recently released issue of Dabiq, an English-language magazine, is written by an alleged al Qaeda defector known as Abu Jarir ash-Shamali. The group has been trying to win over al Qaeda's and the Taliban's supporters, but Shamali's piece criticizes...

5th January 2015 - Foreign Policy

It’s Time to Pursue Regime Change in Iran

John Hannah

There are lots of reasons to be skeptical that 2015 will see a diplomatic breakthrough in efforts to end Iran’s nuclear weapons bid.

5th January 2015 - The Tower

How Iran and North Korea Became Cyber-Terror Buddies

Claudia Rosett

Two rogue states with nuclear ambitions, a long and illicit partnership, and a history of cyber-attacks against American targets. If Tehran is eventually tied to the recent Sony hacks, it wouldn’t be the least bit surprising.

4th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Boko Haram Overruns Multinational Joint Task Force Base

Bill Roggio

Hundreds of Boko Haram fighters assaulted and took control of the Multinational Joint Task Force base in Baga, Nigeria. The base was used by troops from Nigeria, Niger, and Chad to conduct counterterrorism missions.

4th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Drones Hit ‘Good Taliban’ Commander’s Compound in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The Hafiz Gul Bahadar Group was the target of the attack, and a "high-value target" is reported to have been killed.

3rd January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Osama bin Laden’s Documents Pertaining to Abu Anas al Libi Should be Released

Thomas Joscelyn

A top al Qaeda operative known as Abu Anas al Libi has died in US custody while awaiting trial. Several documents recovered in Osama bin Laden's compound discuss al Libi after he was released from Iranian custody in 2010. These files should be released to the public.

3rd January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Assaults Iraqi Army Base in Anbar

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State claims to have breached the perimeter of Camp Habbaniyah. The attack is reported to have been repelled by the Iraqi Army.

2nd January 2015 - National Interest

In Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas VS Mohammad Dahlan

Grant Rumley

Thousands marched in the streets of Gaza last Thursday in support of Mohammad Dahlan, a longtime rival of Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas who has lived in the UAE ever since Abbas forced him into exile in 2011. Protesters blasted Abbas, whom they accused of corruption,...

2nd January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Video Highlights Training Camp, Operations in Kunar

Bill Roggio

The Taliban have released videos of two training camps in northern Afghanistan over the past two weeks.

1st January 2015 - National Interest

Iran’s Greatest Fear: “American Islam”

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The Islamic State rages next door and the U.S. Congress is threatening new sanctions, but Iranian officials remain preoccupied by a different challenge, one that has haunted them for decades: “American Islam.”

31st December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Dagestani Jihadist Swears Allegiance to Islamic State, Invoking Backlash

Thomas Joscelyn

Rustam Asilderov, the former head of the Islamic Caucasus Emirate's Dagestan province, swore allegiance to the Islamic State's Abu Bakr al Baghdadi earlier this month. The move by Asilderov and other jihadists drew harsh criticism from their former superiors.

30th December 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

A Last Minute Palestinian Resolution at the UN Security Council

Grant Rumley

The Jordanian delegation at the UN Security Council called for a vote on a draft resolution on Palestinian statehood Tuesday evening, in a session called for hastily earlier in the day.

30th December 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Putin’s Lower Vodka Prices Won’t Offset Russian Economic Woes in 2015

Boris Zilberman

Russian President Vladimir Putin lowered vodka prices last week for the first time since the Kremlin adopted pricing standards in 2010 that nearly doubled the price of a half-liter bottle. While the discount may allow Russians a more raucous New Year’s celebration, the morning after is...

30th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Senior al Qaeda Leader Returns to Twitter, Praises ‘Martyrs

Thomas Joscelyn

The al Qaeda leader known as Sanafi al Nasr praised al Qaeda's "martyrs" on Twitter. Among them is Adnan al Shukrijumah, an al Qaeda operative charged with attacking the West. Nasr's tweets also shed additional light on the identity of another terrorist reportedly killed earlier this month....

30th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Somali Government Reports Shabaab’s Intel Chief Killed in US Airstrike

Bill Roggio

Somalia's National Security Agency said that the US killed the leader of the Amniyat. The US military later confirmed the report.

29th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Ansar al Sharia Libya Showcases Spoils of War, Key Personalities in Video

Thomas Joscelyn

Ansar al Sharia, an al Qaeda-linked group in Libya, has released a six-minute long video showing its spoils won during a recent battle against forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar. The group claims to have captured tanks and heavy armaments during a Dec. 26 raid on one of Haftar's camps....

29th December 2014 - PJ Media

The Iranian Death Spiral (Continued)

Michael Ledeen

I don’t believe that economic misery brings down regimes. The pidgin Marxism that passes for serious analysis among all too many of our deep thinkers would have us believe that misery causes all manner of violence, from terrorism to revolution.

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