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11th February 2016 - Quoted by Sharona Schwartz - The Blaze

Iranian-Backed Shi’ite Militia Spotted in Video Using U.S.- Made Tank

WORLD Iranian-Backed Shi’ite Militia Spotted in Video Using U.S.-Made Tank Feb. 11, 2016 8:57am Sharona Schwartz 12 SHARES Share ThisTweet This An Iranian-backed militia led by a commander who is classified by the U.S. government as a “global terrorist” was seen in a video this week...

11th February 2016 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda seizes more territory in sourthern Yemen

Bill Roggio

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has expanded its footprint across southern Yemen by seizing five towns, including a provincial capital, over the past two weeks. Al Qaeda’s official branch in Yemen continues to capitalize on Yemen’s chaotic civil war.

10th February 2016 - Quoted by Nahal Toosi - Politico

Obama official: Iranian law won’t dictate new visa rules

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Obama administration will not rely solely on the laws of Iran, Iraq, Syria or Sudan in determining who is a dual national and thus ineligible to travel to the U.S. without a visa, a senior U.S. official told POLITICO on Wednesday.

10th February 2016 - The Long War Journal

AQAP publishes insider’s account of 9/11 plot

Thomas Joscelyn

Sometime before his death in a US drone strike in June 2015, Nasir al Wuhayshi recorded an insider’s account of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. As the aide-de-camp to Osama bin Laden prior to the hijackings, Wuhayshi was well-placed to know such details. And al Qaeda in the Arabian...

10th February 2016 - The Long War Journal

Treasury designates head of al Qaeda’s eastern zone in Afghanistan

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has expanded its footprint across southern Yemen by seizing five towns, including a provincial capital, over the past two weeks. Al Qaeda’s official branch in Yemen continues to capitalize on Yemen’s chaotic civil war.

10th February 2016 - Foreign Policy

What to Do When Your Man Just Won’t Commit, Baghdad Edition

John Hannah

I've been highly critical of President Barack Obama’s tenure as America’s commander in chief. But his shortcomings in this regard hardly came as a shock. Start your presidency with the premise that the United States can end wars simply by withdrawing from the battlefield and you’re...

10th February 2016 - Quoted by Stephen Dinan - Washington Times

House GOP says Obama ignoring law with Iranian visa waiver bid

Emanuele Ottolenghi

President Obama’s attempt to grant a special visa waiver to Iranians who hold passports from other countries as well plays into the hands of Tehran, experts told Congress on Wednesday, saying the regime relies on exactly those dual-passport holders for its terrorism and weapons plans.

10th February 2016 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

A new UN report ‘shatters’ one of the biggest myths about Syria and Assad

Tony Badran

A UN report detailing the "massive and systematized" violence perpetrated by Syrian President Bashar Assad against his own people "shatters the notion that the regime is somehow a lesser evil" than ISIS.

10th February 2016 - The Washington Times

Winning an unconventional war

Clifford D. May

War is – and always will be -- hell. The Law of Armed Conflict is not meant to change that – only to make it a little less hellish. There are weapons you agree not to use. In exchange, your enemy doesn’t use those weapons against you. You treat captured combatants humanely. You expect...

10th February 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Divisions within Turkey’s Opposition Extend Erdoğan’s Rule

Aykan Erdemir

The Republican People’s Party (CHP), Turkey’s main secular opposition against the Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP), held its party congress last month, where it reelected Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu for the fourth consecutive time.

9th February 2016 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Saudi Arabia preapared for ground war in Syria, military spokesman says

David Andrew Weinberg

Saudi military spokesman Brigadier-General Ahmed al-Asiri said his country is prepared for a land war in Syria, the Saudi-backed Asharq al-Awsat reported on Tuesday.

9th February 2016 - The Long War Journal

Senior Taliban leader dies of cancer

Bill Roggio

The Taliban has announced the death of Mullah Hassan Rahmani, a member of its top leadership council who until recently opposed the appointment of Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour as the jihadist group’s new emir.

9th February 2016 - Quoted by Ishaan Tharoor - The Washington Post

What the fall of Aleppo would mean for Syria and the world

Patrick Megahan

Over the past week, forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have nearly encircled the city of Aleppo, once the war-torn country's most populous urban center.

8th February 2016 - Quoted by Selcan Hacaoglu, Henry Meyer and Dana Khraiche - Bloomberg

Advantage Assad After Five Years of War in Syria

Patrick Megahan

After five years of war and a quarter-million dead, President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian and Iranian allies now have the upper hand in Syria, and they’re seeking to drive home a growing battlefield advantage rather than negotiate.

8th February 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

North Korea Rocket Launch Draws Renewed Focus on Military Alliance with Iran

North Korea’s launch of a long-range rocket over the weekend drew international condemnation, as well as growing concerns over the country’s military and nuclear cooperation with Iran.

8th February 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Strategic Expert: Assad, Backed by Russia & Iran, Making Gains Due to U.S. Betrayal of Rebels

Tony Badran

2016 will be a year when Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad “will lock in significant political and military gains” due to the U.S.’s betrayal of anti-Assad rebels, Emile Hokayem, a Senior Fellow for Middle East Security at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, wrote Friday...

7th February 2016 - Foreign Affaris

The Arab Spring Five Years On: Update On Tunisia, Egypt, and Turkey

Merve Tahiroglu

FDD research analyst Merve Tahiroglu comments on the government of Turkey's regional ambitions.

6th February 2016 - The Long War Journal

Jihadists reinforce other rebels during key battle in Aleppo province

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, sent a massive convoy of fighters to the Aleppo province in late January. The jihadists’ redeployment was promoted in a short video posted on Twitter.

5th February 2016 - CBC Radio

The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses the current situation in Libya.

5th February 2016 - The Long War Journal

Hezbollah tries to shift attention to the West Bank

David Daoud

Israeli security forces announced last week their dismantling of a five-man terror cell from the West Bank city of Tulkarem, jihadists who were recruited by Hezbollah’s secretive Unit 133. The men were instructed to gather intelligence information on Israel Defense Forces (IDF) training...

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