Analysis & Commentary

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 -

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

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.

21st August 2014 - Cited by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

A Leading Hamas Commander Just Said The Group Was Behind June’s West Bank Kidnappings

David Andrew Weinberg

On Wednesday the exiled commander for Hamas' West Bank operations confirmed his organization's responsibility for the June murder of three Israeli teens.

19th August 2014 - Quoted by

Experts: Retire UNRWA, Transfer Responsibility for Gaza to PA

Jonathan Schanzer

Writing in The New Republic yesteday, Alexander Joffe and Asaf Romirowsky, argue that it’s time to retire the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the United Nations (UN) agency solely devoted to the Palestinian cause.

19th August 2014 - Cited by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

This Map Explains Why The War In Gaza Is Unlikely To Re-Start Any Time Soon

Patrick Megahan

Hostilities between Israel and Hamas could be gearing up again. Rocket fire from the Gaza Strip during an agreed-upon ceasefire led to Israel recalling its negotiators from talks in Cairo.

19th August 2014 - Cited by Tamer El-Ghobashy and Safa Majeed - The Wall Street Journal

Iraqi Military Launches Major Offensive to Reclaim Tikrit from Militants

The Iraqi military launched a major air and ground offensive early Tuesday to reclaim Tikrit from Islamist militants, who had taken control of the city best known as being the hometown of former dictator Saddam Hussein, officials said.

19th August 2014 - Quoted by Guy Taylor Maggie Ybarra - The Washington Times

Despite Sanctions Relief, Iran Aids Hamas With Missile Technology

Jonathan Schanzer

When President Obama announced last year the easing of U.S. sanctions on Iran in return for concessions on its nuclear program, he cautiously hailed the deal as a “real opportunity to achieve a comprehensive, peaceful settlement” with Tehran.

18th August 2014 - Cited by Joe Parkinson - The Wall Street Journal

Iraq Crisis: Kurds Push to Take Mosul Dam as U.S. Gains Controversial Guerrilla Ally

U.S. jets, drones and bombers pounded Sunni insurgent positions to ease the siege of the strategically vital Mosul Dam, as Washington and its Kurdish allies turned up pressure on the radical group Islamic State.

18th August 2014 - Cited by Clare Lopez - The Washington Times

Islam’s Dilemma Over the Islamic State

Clifford D. May

The jihadist forces of the Islamic State are strewing a path of atrocities, destruction and conquest across the heartland of the Middle East.

18th August 2014 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

State Dept. Defends Arms Sales to Turkey Despite Hamas Ties

Jonathan Schanzer

The State Department defended missile sales to Turkey just hours after news emerged that Ankara is hosting and abetting a senior Hamas operative who planned to violently overthrow the Palestinian government in the West Bank and wage war on Israel.

17th August 2014 - Quoted by Al-Monitor

Saudis Count on US Network to Get Obama on War Footing

David Andrew Weinberg

Saudi Arabia is counting on its extensive contacts in US military circles and its $2 million-a-year PR operation to weather the worst crisis in relations with Washington since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.


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