Analysis & Commentary

22nd September 2013 - Cited by Paul Lungen, The Canadian Jewish News

Israel Likely to Act Alone Versus Iran: Analyst

Clifford D. May

Israel faces dangers on a number of fronts, but according to Washington-based security analyst Clifford May, not all perils are created equal.

21st September 2013 - Quoted by Eli Lake, The Daily Beast

Nairobi Mall Attack Signals the Rise of al-Shabaab

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Somalia has suffered major setbacks in that country in the last year and a half. Saturday’s horrific attack on an upscale shopping mall...

20th September 2013 - Cited by Aydinlik - Turkey

Turkey: A State Sponsor of Terrorism?

Jonathan Schanzer

A recent article of the international journal Foreign Policy has revealed that Turkey is currently the home of Saleh al-Arouri, the founder of the major terrorist...

20th September 2013 - Quoted by Raf Sanchez and David Blair, The Telegraph

President Hassan Rouhani Warns Opportunity for Talks is Brief

Mark Dubowitz

In an opinion piece published in the Washington Post on Thursday in advance of the UN General Assembly annual meeting next week, the centrist cleric...

20th September 2013 - Quoted by Mark Maginer, Los Angeles Times

Young Militants Ready to Die, Eager to Kill

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Abdul Wali Fadaei is proud of his family history. His father died when he drove an explosives-laden car into the capital's upscale Hotel Inter-Continental in 2011...

20th September 2013 - Quoted by Adam Kredo, The Washington Free Beacon

Report: Hezbollah Armed with Syria’s Chemical Weapons

Jonathan Schanzer

The terror group Hezbollah has assumed control of at least a portion of Syria’s chemical weapons cache, according to a Syrian military commander, multiple...

19th September 2013 - Quoted by Indira A.R. Lakshmanan & Kambiz Foroohar, Bloomberg

Rohani Display of Moderation Draws Praise Amid Questions

Mark Dubowitz

After eight years of bellicose rhetoric from his predecessor, Iranian President Hassan Rohani’s smiling face is prompting a debate about whether his outreach...

18th September 2013 - CIted by The Tower

Analyst: Turkey Risks “Grave Consequences” Under U.S. Law for Sheltering Top Hamas Terrorist

Jonathan Schanzer

An expose published yesterday in Foreign Policy by Jonathan Schanzer, vice president for research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies...

17th September 2013 - Quoted by Alana Goodman, Washington Free Beacon

Christians and Syria

Tony Badran

The relationship between Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and his country’s Christian minority is far more complex than the portrait drawn by Assad...

17th September 2013 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer, The Daily Beast

Just How Extremist Are the Rebels in Syria?

Jonathan Schanzer

Nearly half of the rebel forces battling to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are jihadist or hardline Islamists, a British defense consultancy has warned...

17th September 2013 - Quoted by Jonathan Tirone & Kambiz Foroohar, Bloomberg

Iranian Offer of Deal on Nuclear Program Met by Doubts

Mark Dubowitz

Iran’s offer to negotiate a deal on its suspected nuclear weapons program with the International Atomic Energy Agency, the five permanent United Nations...

16th September 2013 - Quoted by Justyna Pawlak and Jonathan Saul, Reuters

EU Court Orders Sanctions on Iran’s Top Cargo Ship Line Scrapped

Mark Dubowitz

The European Union's efforts to impose economic sanctions on Iran suffered a new setback on Monday when a top court ruled that measures against...

16th September 2013 - Quoted by Myra MacDonald, Reuters

Al Qaeda Leader Urges Restraint in First ‘Guidelines for Jihad’

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri has issued his first specific guidelines for jihad, urging restraint in attacking other Muslim sects and non-Muslims and in...

13th September 2013 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Why are Non-Interventionists Whining?

Clifford D. May

A number of opponents of U.S. intervention in Syria, either by arming non-jihadi rebels or by taking action ourselves, disclaimed any interest the United States...

11th September 2013 - Quoted by Adam Kredo, The Washington Free Beacon

Iranian Media Demands 9/11 ‘Truth’ on Anniversary of Attacks

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Iranian state-run media marked the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks by promulgating conspiracy theories that accuse the U.S. government...

10th September 2013 - Quoted by The Tower

Hamas Hastily Orders Leaders to Stop Pissing Off the Egyptian Army

Jonathan Schanzer

Hamas has lost international backers and seen its domestic popularity slide. It is facing the prospect of economic suffocation, as the Egyptians move to shut...

7th September 2013 - Quoted by Mike Jaccarino, Fox News

Palestinian Authority Takes $148M From US, Doles Out ‘Grants’ to Convicted Terrorists

Jonathan Schanzer

The Palestinian Authority is doling out millions of dollars in cash grants to convicted terrorists recently released from Israeli prisons in a program announced...

6th September 2013 - Quoted by Adam Kredo, The Washington Free Beacon

Report: Obama ‘Vetoed’ Israeli Strike on Iran

Jonathan Schanzer

President Barack Obama refused to let Israel strike Iran last year despite the Israeli prime minister’s willingness to sign off on such an attack, according...

6th September 2013 - Quoted by Ana Maria Luca, NOW

Fear of Assassinations on the Rise in Egypt

Jonathan Schanzer

Egypt's Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim survived a Thursday bomb that targeted his convoy in one of Cairo’s popular neighborhoods. The blast...

4th September 2013 - Quoted by Guy Taylor, Washington Times

Iran’s Fury: Ready to Unleash Hezbollah, Kidnap Americans if U.S. Strikes Syria

Mark Dubowitz

They're weighing whether to order Hezbollah to launch rockets at Israel or target U.S. warships in the Mediterranean. Or they could send shadowy groups...


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