Analysis & Commentary


27th July 2016 - Quoted by Nahal Toosi - Politico

Turkey tries to trap Obama with extradition demand

Jonathan Schanzer

Is President Barack Obama willing to damage America’s relationship with a critical NATO ally over the fate of an elderly Muslim man living in the Poconos?

27th July 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Dem VP Nominee, Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge More Funding for Israel’s Missile Defense

Jonathan Schanzer

A bipartisan group of senators has signed a public letter urging the Senate Armed Services Committee to include an additional $320 million for Israeli missile defense systems in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which sets the Pentagon’s annual budget.

25th July 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Report: Next War with Hezbollah Could Cause “Thousands of Civilian Deaths” in Israel

Jonathan Schanzer, Tony Badran, David Daoud

Israeli officials believe that a future war with Hezbollah, with its advanced Iranian-supplied rocket arsenal, could lead to “thousands of civilian deaths,” a white paper published by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies revealed.

25th July 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Netanyahu: “We Have Beaten” Boycott Campaign

Benjamin Weinthal

Israel has defeated the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proclaimed at a Knesset hearing on Monday.

25th July 2016 - Quoted by Ari Lieberman - FrontPage Magazine

Afghanistan, a Model for Obama’s Failed Global Leadership

Bill Roggio

Twin suicide blasts struck Afghanistan’s capital city of Kabul last week killing at least 80 and injuring as many as 260. The death toll is likely to rise as many of the injured are in a critical state. The resultant carnage was gruesome even by Afghan standards. Bodies in grotesque,...

23rd July 2016 - Quoted by Jonathan Steele - Middle East Eye

Who is Fetullah Gulen

Aykan Erdemir

Debate is raging in Turkey over what role, if any, self-exiled Islamic cleric Fetullah Gulen and his throngs of supporters in government jobs played in last week’s abortive coup. But one man has little doubt of Gulen’s guilt - his former second-in-command.

23rd July 2016 - Quoted by Pascale Trouillaud - The Times of Israel

How Erdogan’s mass appeal saved him on coup night

Aykan Erdemir

More than his security forces, what saved Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the night of the coup attempt was the extraordinary devotion the charismatic strongman inspires among his followers.

22nd July 2016 - Quoted by Angie Chui - Christian Today

ISIS kill list 2016: 264 Massachussets state workers included in latest list; Albanian hacker accept

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The threat of Islamic State continues to sow fear, this time with the reported release of its latest kill list which bears the names of 264 state workers in Massachussets.

22nd July 2016 - Quoted by Indrani Bagchi - The Times of India

Playing yesterday’s game: India’s real foreign policy challenges lie in its neighbourhood

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The South China Sea is several seas away from us. The NSG membership will happen some time after we (the people and the government) have stopped hyperventilating about it.

22nd July 2016 - Quoted by Dion Nissenbaum - The Wall Street Journal

Reclaiming of Istanbul’s Taksim Square by Erdogan Supporters Sparks Trepidation in Some Quarters

Aykan Erdemir

In the week since President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Turks to occupy the streets and thwart an attempted coup, Istanbul’s Taksim Square has transformed from a scene of military occupation into a site of euphoric celebration.

21st July 2016 - Quoted by Raphael Ahren - The Times of Israel

Despite detente, Erdogan may find Israel too good a scapegoat to resist

Aykan Erdemir

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is likely to start blaming Israel for the attempted coup that threatened to depose him over the weekend, due to a perceived connection between the Jewish state and the cleric he accuses of instigating the putsch, a leading Israeli expert on Turkey said....

21st July 2016 - Quoted by Lauren Rosenblatt - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Turkish government seeks self-exiled cleric living in Poconos

Jonathan Schanzer

A Pittsburgh restaurateur found out first-hand earlier this year how powerful the influence of a Poconos-dwelling Turkish cleric is — and how deep the Turkish government's antipathy for the man runs.

20th July 2016 - Quoted by Tim Johnson - McClatchy DC

Computer hack helped feed an Islamic State death list

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The attack seemed like a garden-variety digital holdup.

20th July 2016 - Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

Obama Administration Imposes Sanctions on Iran-Based Al-Qaeda Members After Denying Cooperation

Thomas Joscelyn, Jonathan Schanzer

The Obama administration has sanctioned three senior al-Qaeda members operating in Iran just weeks after dismissing reports of cooperation between the global terror organization and the Islamic Republic, deepening criticism from experts and lawmakers that the administration is seeking to...

20th July 2016 - Quoted by Stephen Kalin, Phil Stewart - Reuters

Mosul assault in focus two years after Islamic State takeover

Bill Roggio

When Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi pledged in December that Iraq would retake Islamic State's de facto capital Mosul by the end of 2016, the target was greeted with scepticism by Western allies and officials within his own government.

19th July 2016 - Quoted by Barbara Opall-Rome - Defense News

Iran Deploys Hezbollah-Trained Afghan Sniper Brigade in Syria

Amir Toumaj

An Israeli intelligence source confirmed Monday that a new unit of Afghan snipers trained by Lebanese-based Hezbollah and financed by Iran is now operating beyond its northern border on behalf of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

19th July 2016 - Quoted by Ben Watson - Defense One

Weapons of the Syrian War: Suicide Bombers

Jonathan Schanzer

The tactic is often used in offensive operations, just after an artillery barrage and before the advance of hundreds of foot soldiers.

19th July 2016 - Quoted by Mark Hay - VICE News

Why Terrorists Keep Attacking France

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The truck attack that killed at least 84 people and injured hundreds more in Nice last week was a particularly brutal tragedy, but it was just the latest in a long and incredibly dense chain of terrorist acts to plague modern France. The 1980s and 1990s each saw deadly waves of jihadi...

19th July 2016 - Quoted by Katie Zavadski - The Daily Beast

U.S.-Backed ‘Moderate’ Rebels Behead a Child Near Aleppo

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Thomas Joscelyn

Members of an American-backed rebel group in Syria beheaded a young child in a grisly execution video.

18th July 2016 - Quoted by Paul D. Shinkman - U.S. News & World Report

Coup in Turkey Undercuts an Already Complex U.S. War on ISIS

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey's cooperation with the U.S. has always been strained, with starkly differing views about the ongoing wars in Syria and Iraq.

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