Analysis & Commentary

27th October 2016 - Quoted by Aontonio Scafati - Fly Orbit News

The Mosul Battle and the Future of ISIL (And Iraq)

Bill Roggio

The battle to liberate Mosul is going on for a few days now. Its outcome depends on many factors: ISIL’s determination to uphold the city and the degree of cohesion inside the anti-ISIL coalition fighting to free the city. Yet, Iraq’s future remains unclear in many other aspects.

26th October 2016 - Quoted by Susan Crabtree - Washington Examiner

Royce: Iran’s new ransom demand confirms worst fears

Jonathan Schanzer

The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said news that Iran is demanding at least $4 million for the safe return of a U.S. permanent resident confirms his fears that the Obama administration's huge cash payment to Tehran in January is encouraging Iran to take more hostages.

26th October 2016 - Quoted by Nick Wadhams - Chicago Tribune

U.S. stuck with nobody left to sanction in Russia over Syria

Eric B. Lorber

The U.S. put sanctions on Russia's main arms exporter, Kremlin aides and the black leather-loving head of a motorcycle gang nicknamed "The Surgeon" after the 2014 invasion of Ukraine.

26th October 2016 - Quoted by James Gordon Meek - ABC News

FBI’s most wanted terrorists 15 years later: The ones who got away

Thomas Joscelyn

Fifteen years ago this month, then-President George W. Bush responded to 9/11 by publicly placing 22 top terrorists on an FBI most wanted list. In the decade and half since, more of the original list of fugitives have been killed than caught, while several remain on the run — including two...

26th October 2016 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - VOA News

Islamic State Forcing Coalition to Speed Up Plans for Raqqa

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Fears that the Islamic State is beginning to mass in its self-proclaimed Syrian capital of Raqqa and the possibility that the terror group may launch attacks from there are prompting the United States and its Western allies to put Raqqa in their crosshairs in the coming weeks.

25th October 2016 - Quoted by Philadelphia CBS Local News

Everything You Need to Know About Mosul

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

On Monday October 17th, Iraqi forces banded with their allies to recapture Mosul from the jihadist group, ISIS. A deeply divided nation and weak government helped ISIS succeed in its attempt to control the second largest city in Iraq during the summer of 2014. Because the Islamic State...

24th October 2016 - Quoted by Allie Morris - PolitiFact

Maggie Hassan says ISIS advertises lax U.S. gun laws

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

As gun policy takes a central role in New Hampshire’s U.S. Senate race, Democrat Maggie Hassan is warning that terrorists are trying to exploit federal laws to obtain firearms.

24th October 2016 - Quoted by C. Eurgeme Emery Jr. - PolitiFact

Context is crucial in defining how many countries now harbor ISIS

Bill Roggio

The terrorist group ISIS continues to be a focus of the 2016 presidential campaign. During the final presidential debate in Oct. 19, Donald Trump said the group has spread significantly.

24th October 2016 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

A ‘war within a war’ is brewing in Iraq — and the US is caught in the middle

Aykan Erdemir

Washington has again found itself in the middle of a fast-escalating conflict between two of its most important partners in the fight against ISIS.

24th October 2016 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - VOA News

US Scrambles to Contain Flaring Turkey-Iraq Tensions

Merve Tahiroglu

U.S. officials are scrambling to contain flaring tensions between Ankara and Baghdad after Turkish officials announced their troops Sunday shelled Islamic State positions near the Iraqi city of Mosul - an artillery barrage, the Turks say, requested by Kurdish peshmerga commanders.

24th October 2016 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

A ‘war within a war’ is brewing in Iraq - and the US is caught in the middle

Aykan Erdemir

Washington has again found itself in the middle of a fast-escalating conflict between two of its most important partners in the fight against ISIS.

23rd October 2016 - Quoted by Benny Avni - New York Post

Hostile nations are taking advantage of Obama’s final days

John Hannah

Why would an Iranian proxy in Yemen provoke a fight with America? There was almost most universal puzzlement among several Middle Eastern diplomats I talked to in the last few days. They were trying to game out what exactly happened when US Navy ships, including the destroyer USS Mason,...

21st October 2016 - Quoted by Tom Kertscher - PolitiFact

Russ Feingold says U.S. Ally Saudi Arabia exports extreme Islam that teaches Americans are the devil

David Andrew Weinberg

Near the end of an hourlong interview at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Oct. 7, 2016, Russ Feingold was asked about his criticism of Saudi Arabia in the fight against international terrorism.

21st October 2016 - Quoted by Glenn Kessler - The Washington Post

Trump’s claim that the Islamic State ‘is in 32 countries’

Bill Roggio

Many readers have asked us about this comment, repeated twice, by Trump. We wondered as well, and put it aside for further review after the debate.

20th October 2016 - Quoted by Adam Rasgon - The Jerusalem Post

‘46% of Palestinians support Jordanian-Palestinian confederation based on two states’

Grant Rumley

Moreover, only eighteen percent—19% from the West Bank and 16% from Gaza—said they would support a bi-national state for both Arabs and Jews.

20th October 2016 - Quoted by Nancy A. Youssef - The Daily Beast

‘Islamic State’ Turning Into a Guerrilla Army, Top General Warns

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The capital of the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq is now under assault. But ISIS isn’t going anywhere. Instead, the terror group is beginning to rebrand itself from a “caliphate” to an insurgency, a top U.S. general fighting ISIS said Wednesday.

20th October 2016 - Quoted by Michael Bastasch - The Daily Caller

Fact-Checkers Don’t Know What To Make Of Hillary’s ‘Open Borders’ Claim

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Reporters fact-checking Wednesday night’s presidential debate didn’t exactly know how to rate Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s claim that her previous remarks about “open borders” referred to a common market for green energy, not immigration.

20th October 2016 - Quoted by the Tower

Fatah-Affiliated Terrorists Training in Gaza for War with Israel

Jonathan Schanzer

Terrorist belonging to Fatah, the political party led by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, are training in Gaza in preparation for a war with Israel, veteran Palestinian affairs correspondent Khaled Abu Toameh reported Wednesday.

20th October 2016 - Quoted by Saagar Enjeti - The Daily Caller

Turkey Welcomes US Defense Secretary By Slaughtering US Allies

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey struck hundreds of U.S.-backed Syrian rebels Thursday, just a week before a visit by U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter.

19th October 2016 - Quoted by Erin Cunningham, Thomas Gibbons-Neff - The Washington Post

Two Americans killed in attack on base in Afghanistan

Two Americans were killed and another three were injured in a rare attack on foreign troops in the Afghan capital Wednesday, U.S. and Afghan officials said.


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