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30th August 2014 - Quoted by Paul Alster - Fox News

Qatar’s Role As US Ally At Odds With Claims It Sponsors Terror

Jonathan Schanzer

If the Middle East were one big room, Qatar would be the elephant, according to a growing number of regional experts who believe the oil rich emirate is propping up violent jihadists around the globe even as it poses as a U.S. ally and would-be broker of peace.

29th August 2014 - Quoted by Erik Ortiz - NBC News

Should President Obama Have Said There’s No Strategy Yet Against ISIS?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Following reports earlier this week that the U.S. sent spy planes over Syria to survey potential airstrike targets, this latest mixed message is a head scratcher.

29th August 2014 - Quoted by Brett Logiurato - Business Insider

The UK Has A Plan To Cut Off Russian Businesses From The Rest Of The World

Mark Dubowitz

The United Kingdom will push the European Union this weekend to consider the most punitive sanctions yet against Russia for its involvement in escalating the crisis in Ukraine.

28th August 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Iran Shenanigans, Obama Capitulation Coming?

Mark Dubowitz

Iran’s leaders seem to have internalized a key lesson: They have nothing to fear from this U.S. president.

28th August 2014 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Turkey Hosting at Least 12 Hamas Operatives

Jonathan Schanzer

At least 12 Hamas operatives, including a senior leader and others convicted of murder, have enjoyed safe haven in Turkey, a country that regional experts say is quickly becoming “a very hospitable environment” for Hamas terrorists to plan operations.

27th August 2014 - Quoted by Carol Guensburg - VOA News

Details Emerging About American Jihadist Killed in Syria

Clifford D. May

Douglas McAuthor McCain, the the first known American to be killed while fighting alongside Islamic militants in Syria, was an undistinguished 33-year-old raised in Minnesota who most recently worked as a caregiver in California.

27th August 2014 - Cited by Adam Chandler - The Wire

How Israel, Hamas, and the U.S. All Lost The Gaza War

Jonathan Schanzer

There are at least two givens in Arab-Israeli conflict. The first: Once a ceasefire is set, the two sides will fight up until the last possible moment. The second: Once the battle is over, both sides will declare victory.

26th August 2014 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - The Daily Beast

Obama’s Iraq-Syria Dilemma: No Force Now on the Ground Can Beat ISIS

Jonathan Schanzer

If Washington is counting on the Kurds to defeat the terrorist caliphate with a little support from American drones and warplanes, it had better think again.

26th August 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

What Now For Gaza?

Jonathan Schanzer

Assuming that the latest truce in the Gaza war holds, the future remains murky, and “peace” is still far away.

25th August 2014 - Cited by Nour Malas - The Wall Street Journal

Insurgency Deepens Iraqi Ethnic, Sectarian Divides

Sunni families in northern Iraq are being prevented from returning to their homes, suspected by their neighbors and Kurdish authorities who control the area of collaborating with the extremist group Islamic State.

25th August 2014 - Quoted by Peter Foster - The Telegraph

Did Qatar Pay Ransom For Release of US Journalist Peter Curtis?

David Andrew Weinberg

The sudden and unexplained release of the American photojournalist Peter Theo Curtis at the weekend has raised fresh questions about the role of Qatar in funding terrorism and broking the payment of multi-million dollar ransoms for western hostages held by Islamist terror groups in the...

25th August 2014 - Cited by ABC News

ISIS Trail Of Terror

Thomas Joscelyn

Born from an especially brutal al Qaeda faction, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has grown from relative obscurity in recent years to overshadow its extremist patrons. It now terrorizes large swaths of Syria and Iraq, has become the target of the largest U.S. military operation in...

24th August 2014 - Quoted by Michael B. Kelley - Business Insider

The Rise Of ISIS Creates A Trap For Obama In Syria

Tony Badran

For more than three years, the Obama administration has been content with largely staying out of the conflict in Syria.

23rd August 2014 - Quoted by Erik Ortiz - NBC News

What are Obama’s Options For Stomping Out ISIS in Iraq and Syria?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The videotaped killing of kidnapped journalist James Foley prompted President Barack Obama this week to condemn his ruthless executioners — the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS — as “a cancer.”

22nd August 2014 - Cited by The Tower

In Major Tactical Victory, Israeli Air Strikes Eliminate Top Hamas Figures

Jonathan Schanzer

A second consecutive night of Israeli air strikes against top Gaza Strip terrorists eliminated what the Jerusalem Post described as “three of Hamas’s most important military commanders.”

21st August 2014 - Quoted by Lucas Tomlinson - FoxNews.com

Enemy of My Enemy: Are airstrikes against ISIS putting US on same side as Assad?

Tony Badran

A year after his "red line" was crossed in the deadly chemical attack against Syrian rebels and civilians -- including hundreds of children -- allegedly by Syrian government forces, President Obama finds himself in the awkward position of being on the same side as the Assad regime in the...

21st August 2014 - Interviewed by Jonathan Weckerle - Jungle World

Der Iran trägt einen Teil der Schuld

Ali Alfoneh

Der im Iran geborene Ali Alfoneh forscht vor allem über die Geschichte und den wachsenden Einfluss der iranischen Revolutionsgarden.

21st August 2014 - Quoted by Aisha Chowdhry - Roll Call

How Obama Could Respond to James Foley’s Murder

Bill Roggio

President Barack Obama sent a tough message after an American journalist was murdered by the extremist group, Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL), but the actions that the administration will take in response to the murder, and the timeline for them, are still not fully known.

21st August 2014 - Quoted by James Warren - NY Daily News

U.S. options for retribution are limited in the wake of James Foley’s murder

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

President Obama voiced visible anger and ordered more U.S. airstrikes in Iraq to shock and awe ISIS forces who shocked the world with their savagery.

21st August 2014 - Quoted by Shane Harris - Foreign Policy

The Re-Baathification of Iraq

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Islamic State has conquered broad swaths of Iraq thanks to a surprising alliance with secular veterans of Saddam Hussein's military.

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