Analysis & Commentary

25th November 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Russia is Already Exacting Its Revenge on Turkey for Downing a Russian Warplane

Boris Zilberman

Just over 24 hours after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane on after claiming the jet had violated Turkish airspace, Moscow is already exacting its revenge — albeit subtly.

25th November 2015 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - The Times of Israel

In Fight for Syrian Refugees, US Groups Recall Jews’ Flight From Europe

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

American Jewish organizations don’t see the Syrian refugees as a threat; they see them as a reminder.

25th November 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Russia on Downing of Jet by Turkey: ‘We Have Serious Doubts It Was an Accident’

Boris Zilberman

In a press call on Wednesday morning, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters that Turkey's decision to shoot down a Russian warplane on Tuesday seemed like a "planned provocation."

24th November 2015 - Quoted by Linda Qiu - Politifact

Bernie Sanders is Right: Saudi Arabia is More Focused on the Conflict in Yemen Than Fighting ISIS

David Andrew Weinberg

Bernie Sanders delivered his long-awaited speech on democratic socialism last week, also outlining his plan for fighting ISIS.

24th November 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Putin: Turkey’s Downing of a Russian Warplane ‘a Stab in the Back’ By ‘Accomplices of Terrorists’

Boris Zilberman

Russian President Vladimir Putin harshly rebuked Turkey for its downing of a Russian warplane Tuesday morning. "Today's loss is linked to a stab in the back delivered to us by accomplices of terrorists," Putin said Tuesday from the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi before a meeting with...

24th November 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Expert: New Legislation Would Empower U.S. to Fight Hezbollah’s Illicit Financing Activities

Tyler Stapleton

The Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015, which passed the Senate unanimously last week, would strengthen the United States’ ability to clamp down on the Iranian-backed terrorist group’s illicit financing activities if it’s signed into law, Tyler Stapleton, a deputy...

24th November 2015 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

NATO Backs Turkey But Seeks to Lower Tensions With Russia

Jonathan Schanzer

NATO says it stands with Turkey following an emergency meeting in Brussels of its 28 ambassadors requested by Ankara to discuss the downing a Russian warplane Tuesday by Turkish jets.

23rd November 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Iran Sentences WaPo Reporter Jason Rezaian to Unspecified Prison Term

Benjamin Weinthal

A spokesman for the Iranian judiciary has announced that Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post reporter who was arrested by Iranian authorities in July 2014, was sentenced to prison, Reuters reported Sunday. No details were given regarding the length of his prison term.

23rd November 2015 - Quoted by Max Fisher - Vox

The Problem at the Heart of ISIS — and Why the World Seems Unable to Solve It

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

If you look at a map of ISIS's territory over the past year, it seems to tell a promising story. The group has lost "something like 25 percent of their territory" since just last summer, according to Brookings scholar William McCants.

23rd November 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

The Intense Backlash to Syrian Refugees ‘Plays Right Into’ ISIS’ Hand

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

A powerful backlash against asylum-seekers from the Middle East in the wake of the Paris attacks culminated last week in the US House of Representatives, which passed a bill that would stifle the flow of Syrian and Iraqi refugees into the US.

23rd November 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

U.S. Grants Reprieve to Firm Aiding Iran in Evading U.S. Sanctions

Saeed Ghasseminejad

An Italian company penalized for aiding Iran in evading U.S. sanctions has been de-listed by the Obama administration, prompting criticism from experts who believe the United States is caving to the Islamic Republic’s demands before it upholds its end of the recent nuclear deal, according...

20th November 2015 - Los Angeles Times

Mali Attack Latest to Rattle Global Security

Bill Roggio

From cafes in Paris to the teeming markets of Nigeria, in tourist resorts on the Sinai peninsula and now a glitzy hotel in the dusty capital of Mali, the message Islamist terrorists sent to the world over the last several weeks is that no one — almost anywhere — is safe.

20th November 2015 - The Weekly Standard

Al Qaeda Hasn’t Been Neutralized

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Secretary of State John Kerry believes that al Qaeda’s “top leadership” has been “neutralize[d]” as “an effective force.” He made the claim while discussing the administration’s strategy, or lack thereof, for combating the Islamic State (ISIS), which is al Qaeda’s jihadist...

20th November 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

U.S. Pilots Confirm: Obama Admin Blocks 75 Percent of Islamic State Strikes

Jonathan Schanzer

U.S. military pilots who have returned from the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq are confirming that they were blocked from dropping 75 percent of their ordnance on terror targets because they could not get clearance to launch a strike, according to a leading member of Congress.

20th November 2015 - Quoted by Morgan Chalfant - The Washington Free Breacon

Iranian Fighter Jets Escort Russian Long-Range Bombers to Syria

Boris Zilberman

The Russian Defense Ministry on Friday released multiple videos showing Moscow’s continued air and sea operations against targets in Syria.

20th November 2015 - Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Ringleader of Paris Attacks Killed, but His Travels Worry Intel Experts

Thomas Joscelyn

European and U.S. intelligence officials expressed alarm that the supposed architect of the deadly Paris attacks last week was able to slip so easily back and forth between Syria and the heart of Western Europe, even as French officials confirmed Thursday that the Islamic State terrorist...

19th November 2015 - Quoted by Saeed Kamali Dehghan - The Guardian

How Paris Attacks Have Strengthened Iran’s Position Over Syria

Ali Alfoneh

The attacks in Paris may have postponed Hassan Rouhani’s highly-anticipated visit to the Élysée Palace, which was scheduled for this week, but the Iranian president will soon travel to France with a better bargaining position over Syria.

18th November 2015 - Quoted by Linda Qiu - Politifact

Fact-Checking Bernie Sanders’ Comments on Climate Change and Terrorism

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Democratic debate in Iowa began with a moment of silence for the victims of the Paris terror attacks before pivoting to a discussion on how to address terrorism.

18th November 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

BREMMER: The Paris Attacks Put Russia and Iran ‘In a Stronger Position’

Jonathan Schanzer

France has declared war on the Islamic State, and it is looking for partners.

18th November 2015 - Quoted by Caroline Nyce - National Journal

Three Ways ISIS Gets Its Money

David Andrew Weinberg

Kid­nap­pings, an­tiquit­ies traf­fick­ing, and private dona­tions.


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