Analysis & Commentary

20th October 2014 - Cited by Patrick Brennan - National Review Online

Of Course U.S. Humanitarian Aid Is Making Its Way to ISIS

Jonathan Schanzer

A noticeable share of the humanitarian aid that the U.S. and other Western countries are sending to Syria is being skimmed or intercepted by the Islamic State, Jamie Dettmer of the Daily Beast reports from Turkey.

19th October 2014 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - The Daily Beast

U.S. Humanitarian Aid Going to ISIS

Jonathan Schanzer

Not only are foodstuffs, medical supplies—even clinics—going to ISIS, the distribution networks are paying ISIS ‘taxes’ and putting ISIS people on their payrolls.

19th October 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Chasing a Bad Deal With Iran

Mark Dubowitz

Reporting on the “P5+1″ talks over the last month or so suggests the administration is trying one gambit after another in a desperate attempt to strike a deal by the Nov. 24 deadline, which was extended from July 20.

17th October 2014 - Cited by Fatih Altayli - Today's Zaman

Would Turkey Be Booted From NATO?

Jonathan Schanzer

One needs to read what is written on Turkey by foreign sources in order to better understand in which direction the country is drifting and how Turkey's position is perceived internationally.

16th October 2014 - Quoted by Andrea Noble - The Washington Times

Let’s Count the Ways: See How Islamic State Fighters Violate Muslim Law

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State is increasingly struggling to justify its sanctioning of slavery, extortion, smuggling and murder against scholars and religious leaders who say the extremist group’s Mafia-style tactics can’t be reconciled with Muslim law.

16th October 2014 - Quoted by Alan Rappeport - The New York Times

New! Improved! U.S. Campaign in Syria Finally Gets a Brand Name

Jonathan Schanzer

It lacks the ferocity of Operation Desert Storm in Iraq or the idealism of Operation Odyssey Dawn in Libya.

15th October 2014 - Cited by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

Why It Doesn’t Really Matter That So Many Iranian Leaders Have Been Educated In The US

Ali Alfoneh, Reuel Marc Gerecht

Yesterday, Reza Aslan, a creative writing professor at the University of California at Riverside and widely respected public commentator on religious affairs, tweeted that "Iran currently has the highest number of US college alums serving in any foreign government cabinet in the world," and...

14th October 2014 - Quoted by Hannah Allam - McClatchy

Who Benefits From U.S. War on Islamic State? Maybe Al Qaida

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

There’s an unintended beneficiary emerging from the U.S.-led campaign to crush the Islamic State: the extremist group’s main rival, al Qaida.

14th October 2014 - Cited by Michael Knights - Politico

Why the Islamic State Is Losing

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Many in the world media seem to be concluding, with alarm, that the group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is at the gates of Baghdad

14th October 2014 - Quoted by Bill Gertz - The Washington Free Beacon

Islamic State Commander Key Figure Behind Recent Military Gains

Bill Roggio, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

A Chechen jihadist is emerging as a key Islamic State military commander credited with a series of recent military gains in central Iraq that has left the capital of Baghdad increasingly vulnerable to attack.

14th October 2014 - Cited by Seth Mandel - Commentary Magazine

First Rule of the Anti-ISIS Club Is: You Do Not Talk About the Anti-ISIS Club

Jonathan Schanzer

President Obama’s habit of self-consciously guiding public policy not according to the best plan but according to what will allow him to take veiled shots at George W. Bush has caught up to him–and America–on yet another issue.

14th October 2014 - Quoted by Kambiz Foroohar - Bloomberg

Iran’s Message to World: You Need Us to Fight Islamists

Ali Alfoneh

In the fight against Islamic extremists, the commander of Iran’s secretive special forces is turning into an unlikely celebrity.

14th October 2014 - Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Iran Executions Surge Amid U.S. Nuclear Talks

Mark Dubowitz

Iran’s abuse of human rights, including the hangings of hundreds of dubiously convicted citizens — in several cases minors — has soared over the past year, even as the Obama administration has yielded to Tehran’s demand for an extension in precarious international talks over the...

12th October 2014 - Quoted by Jack Kelly - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Turkey, the Pretender

Jonathan Schanzer

Muhammad Hamzah Khan, 19, planned to fly to Turkey, then cross the border into Syria to join the terrorists of the Islamic State. But the FBI arrested him at O’Hare airport in Chicago Oct. 4.

12th October 2014 - Quoted by Robert Mendick - The Telegraph

Al-Qaeda Terror Financier Worked for Qatari Government

David Andrew Weinberg

An al-Qaeda money man was employed by the Qatari government despite being officially designated a terrorist by the US.

12th October 2014 - Quoted by Sohrab Ahmari - The Wall Street Journal

Iran Gears Up to Open for Business

Next month marks the anniversary of the Geneva interim agreement on the Iranian nuclear-weapons program.

11th October 2014 - Quoted by Taylor Tyler - Headlines & Global News

Chechen ISIS Fighters Have Sights Set on Putin

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

After taking Mosul in Iraq, the Islamic State commander Omar al-Shishani, also known as Omar the Chechen, called his father to tell him the news, but what he also said Russia was next on the group's list.

10th October 2014 - Cited by Andrew Sullivan - The Dish

WTF, Turkey?

Jonathan Schanzer

Jonathan Schanzer wonders if it isn’t time to review Turkey’s NATO membership in light of its lackluster support for the coalition war against ISIS:

10th October 2014 - Quoted by Sam Jones - Financial Times

Isis Still on the Front Foot in Iraq

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

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10th October 2014 - Quoted by Dylan Baddour, W. Gardner Selby - Politifact

Pants on Fire: Duncan Hunter Makes Unconfirmed Claim Border Patrol Caught At Least 10 ISIS Fighters

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter this week declared terrorists have been crossing the Rio Grande.


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