Analysis & Commentary

27th April 2015 - Quoted by Steven Edwards -

UN Plan to Settle 1M Refugees an Invitation to Terror, Critics Warn

Benjamin Weinthal

The humanitarian disaster unfolding on the Mediterranean is likely already providing a "shield" for Islamist terrorists to infiltrate waves of migrants attempting the perilous crossing from North Africa to Europe, terrorism experts and other strategic observers are warning. And they say a UN...

27th April 2015 - Quoted by Matthew J. Brodsky - The Jerusalem Post

Leveraging Sanctions With Iran

Having leaders already negotiated terms that would leave its entire nuclear-related infrastructure intact, Iran’s leaders shifted their focus to securing sanctions relief. Unfortunately, sanctions are America’s only insurance policy that Iran will keep up its end of the bargain – and...

25th April 2015 - Quoted by Golnaz Esfandiari - RFE/RL

Increasing Number Of Afghans, Pakistanis Killed In Syria Buried In Iran

Ali Alfoneh

An increasing number of Afghans and Pakistanis killed in the fighting in Syria have been buried in Iran in recent months.

24th April 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Hamas Wins Student Election at Major West Bank University, Signaling PA Political Weakness

Grant Rumley

The terrorist organization Hamas won the student elections in Birzeit University in the West Bank on Wednesday, defeating Fatah, the main constituent party of the Palestinian Authority which rules the West Bank. In an analysis published Thursday, Grant Rumley of the Foundation for Defense of...

24th April 2015 - Quoted by Steven Metz - World Politics Review

Obama’s Islamic State Strategy Avoids Failure—but Also Success

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

When U.S. President Barack Obama announced his strategy for countering the so-called Islamic State (IS) last September, it was met with an immediate volley of criticism, most of it asserting that the president’s approach was too timid. Incensed by IS’ horrors, the critics called for...

23rd April 2015 - Quoted by Kevin Derby - Sunshine State News

Dennis Ross Looks at Terrorism Funding by Iran

Jonathan Schanzer

U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla., part of the U.S. House leadership as senior deputy whip, insisted Iran is helping fund terrorism.

23rd April 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Former Treasury Dept. Official: Sanctions Relief Allows Iran to Boost Support for Terrorism

Jonathan Schanzer

In testimony before a House of Representatives hearing Wednesday, former Treasury Department official Jonathan Schanzer warned that the sanctions relief being offered to Iran as part of ongoing nuclear negotiations threatens to make “much more terror finance” available to terror groups,...

23rd April 2015 - Quoted by Heather Saul - The Independent

Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal Faces Backlash For Tweet

David Andrew Weinberg

A Saudi Prince has come under fire on social media after reportedly promising luxury Bentley cars to fighter pilots involved in bombing strikes in Yemen.

23rd April 2015 - Quoted by Christopher Snyder -

Military Experts Fear Saudi Arabia’s Strategy in Yemen is Failing

David Andrew Weinberg

A Saudi-led coalition is keeping up an air campaign against Houthi rebel targets in Yemen, despite an announcement to end airstrikes.

23rd April 2015 - Quoted by Charlotte Alfred - Huffington Post

What We Know About Killed Al Qaeda Leader Ahmed Farouq

Thomas Joscelyn

The U.S. airstrike in Pakistan that killed two al Qaeda hostages earlier this year also left a senior leader of the global terrorist network dead, the White House said Thursday.

23rd April 2015 - Quoted by Editorial Staff - USA Today

Drone Strikes Claim America’s Best, and Worst: Our View

Islamic militants in Pakistan regularly prey on civilians who are trying to help ordinary Pakistanis, probably because they're the softest of soft targets.

23rd April 2015 - Quoted by Adam Entous, Damian Paletta and Felicia Schwartz - The Wall Street Journal

American, Italian Hostages Killed in CIA Drone Strike in January

A U.S. drone killed an American and an Italian held hostage in a January attack on an al Qaeda compound in Pakistan, sparking new questions about the use of the controversial and still-evolving weapon.

22nd April 2015 - Quoted by Kimberly Atkins - The Boston Herald

Lynch Cautions Iran Deal Could Aid Terrorists

Jonathan Schanzer

Lifting of sanctions against Iran under the nuclear deal that is now in talks could ease the flow of funding to terrorist groups around the world, a concern raised by experts on Capitol Hill and echoed by Bay State Rep. Stephen Lynch yesterday.

22nd April 2015 - Quoted by Kevin Cirilli - The Hill

Ex-Treasury Official Warns Iran Funds Going to Terror Groups

Jonathan Schanzer

A former Treasury Department official raised concerns on Wednesday about terrorists obtaining some of the international community's financing to Iran.

22nd April 2015 - Quoted by Tobias Burns - Military Times

Experts: Terrorism Groups Find New Revenue Sources

Jonathan Schanzer, Juan Zarate

As the number of terrorist groups around the world increases, so do the ways in which they're raising money to fund their activities, experts say.

22nd April 2015 - Mentioned by the Office of Congressman Dennis A. Ross

Iran is the Terrorist Central Bank

Jonathan Schanzer

U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip and member of the bipartisan Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing, today participated in the Task Force’s first hearing entitled, “A Survey of Global Terrorism and Terrorist Financing.” During this hearing, Ross...

22nd April 2015 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Chaos in Middle East Could Last for ‘at Least a Decade,’ Expert Tells ‘Post’

David Andrew Weinberg

The breakdown of states throughout the Middle East since the outbreak of the Arab Spring has led the people in the region to fall back on primordial attachments, enhancing the power of sectarianism, tribalism, and Islamism, experts told The Jerusalem Post.

22nd April 2015 - Quoted by Nancy A. Youssef - The Daily Beast

ISIS Now Says It Didn’t Bomb Afghanistan

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

ISIS loyalists may have claimed credit for Saturday bombing that killed at least 35 people in eastern Afghanistan. But U.S. officials now believe that Taliban fighters—not the Middle East-based extremist group—carried out the strike. Had ISIS been responsible, it would have been among...

21st April 2015 - Quoted by Jacqueline Klimas - The Washington Times

Russia Recruits U.S. Allies in Eastern Europe by Raising Doubts About Security Commitment

Boris Zilberman

Russia is trying to slowly strip away U.S. allies in Eastern Europe by playing up fears that Washington will not come to their aid, as promised nearly a decade ago, because of a lack of foreign strategy and commitment to the region, analysts say.

21st April 2015 - Quoted by Lawrence J. Haas - U.S. News & World Report

Iran Is Already Winning

Mark Dubowitz

As global talks over Iran’s nuclear program resume in Vienna this week, one can’t help wonder whether, in a larger sense, the die of an Iranian regional, military and economic victory has already been cast. From Washington to Berlin, Moscow to Beijing, and many places in between,...


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