Analysis & Commentary

25th May 2016 - Quoted by Louis Jacobsen - Politifact

Donald Trump’s Pants on Fire claim that US is letting in ‘tens of thousands’ of terrorists now

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Donald Trump has advocated for a "temporary" ban on Muslims coming into the United States to prevent any terrorists from crossing the border. But are there already tens of thousands of terrorists coming into the country now? That’s what he claimed in an interview with Fox News’ Bill...

25th May 2016 - Quoted by Samuel Smith - The Christian Post

Sending Weapons to ‘Christian Militias’ in ISIS War in Iraq Is ‘Bad Idea,’ Chaldean Patriarch Warns

Bill Roggio

As United States lawmakers weigh legislation that would commit U.S. support to Christian militias in Iraq and Syria, the Primate of the Chaldean Church warns that arming Christian militias fighting against the Islamic State is a "bad idea."

25th May 2016 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Do the opposite of what the Obama administration wants on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration has been wrong again and again on Iran. It has overestimated Iran’s desire to be a normal country in the “international community” and underestimated its determination to continue on its course of domestic repression, regional aggression and defiance of...

25th May 2016 - Catherine Herridge, Lucas Tomlinson - Fox News

Obama admin set to transfer up to 24 more detainees from Gitmo

Thomas Joscelyn

The Obama administration is preparing to transfer up to 24 additional detainees out of the Guantanamo Bay prison camp this summer, Fox News has learned.

25th May 2016 - Quoted by Krishnadev Calamur - The Atlantic

Who Is the New Taliban Leader?

Bill Roggio

The Taliban’s new leader, Haibatullah Akhundzada, is being described as a “hardline religious scholar” who issues most of the group’s fatwas, as well as “well-educated and respected,” with at least one regional expert saying his appointment “will not fully appease all factions...

24th May 2016 - Quoted by Cortney O'Brien - Townhall

Ret. Navy Commander: Gitmo Has Not Led to Terror Recruiting Anymore Than a Movie Caused Benghazi Att

Thomas Joscelyn

Commander Kirk Lippold, retired from the U.S. Navy, testified in front of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Tuesday, insisting that Guantanamo Bay remain open for business.

24th May 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

New Survey: 96% of Palestinians Believe Palestinian Authority is Corrupt

Grant Rumley

A recent poll of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip found that 95.5 percent believe that there is corruption the government of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday.

24th May 2016 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran ‘Blackmailing’ U.S. for Greater Nuke Concessions

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration is taking steps to aid and please Iran far beyond U.S. commitments under last summer’s nuclear accord, according to experts, who warned Tuesday during testimony on Capitol Hill that the White House is becoming “dangerously close to becoming Iran’s trade...

23rd May 2016 - Quoted by Mushtaq Yusufzai, Fazul Rahim, and Jon Schuppe - NBC News

Who Will Lead Taliban Next? Four Contenders Emerge

Bill Roggio

As the Taliban collected the body of its slain leader on Monday, the insurgent group also began discussing his replacement, insiders say — a choice that could spark furious infighting and signal whether there's any chance of a negotiated peace in Afghanistan.

23rd May 2016 - Quoted by Kathy Gilsinan - The Atlantic

The Drone War Crosses Another Line

Bill Roggio

Following the death of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour in an American drone strike in Pakistan on Saturday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry remarked that “Peace is what we want” in Afghanistan.

22nd May 2016 - Quoted by Missy Ryan, Tim Craig - The Washington Post

U.S. strikes top Taliban leader in Pakistan

The U.S. military launched a drone strike against Taliban leader Akhtar Mohammad Mansour on Saturday, the Pentagon said, dealing a potential blow to the group whose insurgent assaults pose a major obstacle to U.S. hopes for ending the war in Afghanistan.

20th May 2016 - Quoted by Sean Savage - JNS

Gaza rebuilding falls by the wayside as Arab states leave Palestinians hanging

Jonathan Schanzer

When it comes to the security situation at Israel’s borders in recent years, no border has been more perilous for the Jewish state as its southern boundary with the Gaza Strip. Israel unilaterally withdrew from Gaza in 2005, and the Palestinian terror group Hamas seized control of the...

20th May 2016 - Quoted by Fulya Ozerkan - Agence France-Presse

Turkey approves controversial law scrapping immunity for MPs

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey's parliament on Friday adopted a highly controversial bill that would lift immunity for dozens of pro-Kurdish and other MPs and could see them evicted from parliament, sparking fresh domestic and international concern.

20th May 2016 - Quoted by C. Eugene Emery Jr. - Politifact

Donald Trump now being used in terrorist propaganda videos, Hillary Clinton says

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Hillary Clinton took flak from fact-checkers back in December when she claimed that Donald Trump’s comments were being used as a recruiting tool by ISIS.

20th May 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

French Banking Giant Closes Israel Boycott Group’s Account

Benjamin Weinthal

A French banking giant has shut down an account belonging to the country’s anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign, Benjamin Weinthal of The Jerusalem Post reported Thursday.

19th May 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

IMF: Iran Must Stop Funding Terror, Money Laundering if It Wants to Join Global Economy

Mark Dubowitz

Iran’s failure to bring its money-laundering and terror finance laws into compliance with international standards has discouraged foreign banks from doing business with the country, according to a senior International Monetary Fund official.

19th May 2016 - Quoted by Mosaic Magazine

A Terrorist Mastermind’s Career Comes to an End

Clifford D. May

Last week, one of Hizballah’s highest-ranking military commanders, Mustafa Badreddine, was killed in Damascus under mysterious circumstances.

19th May 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Iran Admits to Enhancing Uranium Enrichment Process, Raising Breakout Concerns

Mark Dubowitz, Reuel Marc Gerecht

Iran has been “enhancing” its nuclear program and bolstering its uranium enrichment capability, Iran’s atomic energy chief told a group of the country’s ambassadors and envoys in Tehran on Saturday.

18th May 2016 - Quoted by Hezki Baruch - Arutz Sheva

Lapid: Israel should sign MoU with Washington now

Yesh Atid chairman MK Yair Lapid on Wednesday said Israel should sign a memorandum of understanding on defense aid from the United States before the end of President Barack Obama’s term in office.

18th May 2016 - Quoted by Lisa Daftari - The Foreign Desk

Iran using commercial airliner to fly fighters, weapons to Syria

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Iran is using a commercial airliner with ties to the country’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to ferry fighters and weapons to Syria.


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