Analysis & Commentary

23rd September 2014 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Jordan Unlikely to Retaliate Against US Over Arab Bank Case

Jonathan Schanzer

Jordan is unlikely to retaliate against the US over the federal court verdict on Monday, which found the country’s Arab Bank liable for providing material support to Hamas and that it must compensate victims of two dozen attacks by the terror group.

23rd September 2014 - Quoted by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

This Week’s Biggest Hit To International Terrorism Might Have Taken Place In A Courtroom

Jonathan Schanzer

A US-led coalition just launched a major salvo against the Islamic State and various Syrian al-Qaeda affiliates, unleashing the largest single-day amount of American ordnance since the 2011 NATO strikes on Libya.

23rd September 2014 - Quoted by Rosie Gray - Buzzfeed

How “Khorasan” Went From Nowhere To The Biggest Threat To The U.S.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

An Al-Qaeda-connected group that the Obama administration has targeted with airstrikes alongside ISIS was almost totally unknown to the American public until the U.S. started bombing them, though sources say the group has been known to the administration and to Congress for some time.

23rd September 2014 - Cited by Gill Gillespie and Shabnam Assadollahi - Gatestone Institute

Iran - Still in the Axis of Evil

Mark Dubowitz

As Hassan Rouhani, the supposed "moderate" Iran President, is soon to visit New York to continue nuclear negotiations with the G5 + 1, it is important to remember that the regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran continues to be among the largest funders and promoters of terrorism worldwide,...

23rd September 2014 - Quoted by Josh Gerstein - Politico

Syria strikes complicate Obama’s U.N. diplomacy

David Andrew Weinberg

The first wave of airstrikes by U.S. and Arab military forces against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fighters inside Syria is sure to change the dynamics of President Barack Obama’s diplomacy this week as he and scores of other world leaders converge on the United Nations in New York...

23rd September 2014 - Quoted by Eli Lake - The Daily Beast

Al Qaeda Plotters in Syria ‘Went Dark,’ U.S. Spies Say

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

U.S. intelligence agencies learned this summer of a plot from al Qaeda veterans in Syria to attack European and American airplanes. Then the Khorasan Group went dark.

22nd September 2014 - Cited by Burak Bekdil - Gatestone Institute

Turkey: What Ally?

Jonathan Schanzer

Last week, the U.S. Secretaries of State and Defense, John Kerry and Chuck Hagel, were in the Turkish capital, one after the other, to ask for Turkey's contribution to a coalition of allies in a U.S.-led war on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria [ISIS, aka The Islamic State].

22nd September 2014 - Quoted by Stephanie Clifford - New York Times

Arab Bank Liable for Supporting Terrorist Efforts, Jury Finds

Jonathan Schanzer

A federal jury on Monday found Arab Bank liable for knowingly supporting terrorism efforts connected to two dozen attacks in the Middle East, the first time a bank has ever been held liable in a civil suit under a broad antiterrorism statute.

22nd September 2014 - Quoted by Bret Stephens - The Wall Street Journal

What Obama Knows

Serious people feel an obligation to listen whenever Barack Obama speaks.

22nd September 2014 - Quoted by Toby Tabachnick - The Jewish Chronicle

NGO Speakers Here Push for Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Two advisory members of the Iran Project — an independent nongovernmental entity that calls for improving the relationship between the United States and Iran and reducing “misunderstandings” between the two countries — were in Pittsburgh last week to garner public support for...

21st September 2014 - Quoted by Paul Alster -

Turkey May Welcome Muslim Brotherhood Brass After Ouster from Qatar

Benjamin Weinthal

They're pariahs in much of the Middle East, but the Muslim Brotherhood may find the welcome mat in Turkey, a NATO ally that nonetheless seems unmoved by regional and western pressure to shun the Islamist organization.

20th September 2014 - Quoted by I24News

Qaida Tunisia Offshoot Offers Backing to IS

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

An Al-Qaeda-linked Tunisian group has offered backing to the Islamic State organisation that has overrun chunks of Iraq and Syria, becoming the third jihadist group to do so this week, a US-based monitor says.

19th September 2014 - Quoted by Rebeccah Heinrichs - The Washington Examiner

Missile Defense is Not Optional

Behnam Ben Taleblu

This summer marked the ninth occasion on which hit-to-kill missile defense technology proved its worth.

19th September 2014 - Interviewed by Reza Akhlagi - Foreign Policy Association

Candid Discussions: Mark Dubowitz on Iranian Nuclear Negotiations

Mark Dubowitz

Mark Dubowitz is executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan policy institute, where he leads projects on Iran, sanctions, nonproliferation, and countering electronic repression.

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

The Untrustworthy, Friendless Superpower

Clifford D. May

Unsurprising to those who grasp the basics of public diplomacy — a critical function in influencing others and defending oneself from domestic criticism — the Iraqi prime minister said he didn’t need U.S. troops.

19th September 2014 - Quoted by Jeremy Kahn - The Washington Post

Eager Investors Wait for Door to Open in Iran

Mark Dubowitz

On a May afternoon in Tehran, a Russian in a dark suit sits in the crowded lobby cafe of the Espinas Persian Gulf International Hotel with his Farsi translator, sipping coffee with potential Iranian partners while discussing the price of soy fiber.

18th September 2014 - Interviewed by John Gizzi - Newsmax

ISIS Is Already An Oil-Rich State, Former Cheney Adviser Says

John Hannah

As Western nations are now poised to take action against ISIS, the Islamic terrorists are already “closer to being an actual state than any American should be comfortable with,” John Hannah, the onetime national security adviser to former Vice President Dick Cheney, told Newsmax.

18th September 2014 - Quoted by Louis Jacobson -

Have Three Detainees Swapped for Bowe Bergdahl Now Joined ISIS?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

A reader recently sent us a link to a rather startling claim -- that three of the five Guantanamo detainees released by the United States in late May in exchange for Taliban prisoner Bowe Bergdahl have now taken up arms for the Islamic State.

18th September 2014 - Quoted by Deborah Haynes - The Times of London

Jihadist in Beheading Video May Have Taken Drugs

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The militant who boasted in a video of beheading the British hostage David Haines slurred his words, in a sign that he may have been intoxicated or stressed, scientific analysis of his voice has suggested.

18th September 2014 - Quoted by Luke Baker and Noah Browning - Reuters

Insight - After Mahmoud Abbas, Who Will Lead the Palestinians?

Grant Rumley

Most Palestinians have known only two leaders: Yasser Arafat, the stubble-chinned firebrand fond of chequered scarves and olive fatigues, and Mahmoud Abbas, a smooth-shaven father figure who favours Western suits and ties.


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