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19th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Claims 149 Attacks in Yemen Since Late September

Oren Adaki

A map of the 149 attacks claimed by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula since Houthi rebels took Sana'a in late September shows the terror group's reach across 14 Yemeni provinces.

19th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Egyptian Jihadists Thank State Department for ‘Blessing’ of Terrorist Designation

Thomas Joscelyn

Ajnad Misr says in a statement that the US is the real "terrorist" organization, and claims to be fighting a "global system" that seeks to thwart the revolution in Egypt. The group's rhetoric is similar to al Qaeda's.

19th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Kills Islamic State Deputy Emir, 2 Senior Commanders in Recent Airstrikes

Bill Roggio

Among those killed was Abu Musallam al Turkumani, a top deputy of Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. Turkumani served in Saddam Hussein's military before joining the Islamic State.

19th December 2014 - The Weekly Standard

The Uruguay Six

Thomas Joscelyn

On Sunday, December 7, a U.S. military medical aircraft landed in South America, to deliver six jihadists from the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay to Uruguay.

19th December 2014 - Cited by Stephen F. Hayes - The Weekly Standard

Nonstop Appeasement

Thomas Joscelyn

We don’t expect much. It’s been nearly six years. We’re long past the point of hoping that Barack Obama will adopt policies that deserve our grudging approval, if not enthusiastic endorsement, particularly on foreign policy and national security.

18th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

State Department Designates Egyptian Jihadist Group, ex-Gitmo Detainee

Thomas Joscelyn

The State Department today added Ajnad Misr, an Egyptian jihadist group, and Ibrahim Rubaish, a senior al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) official, to the US government's list of specially designated global terrorists.

18th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Retakes Baiji After Iraqi Forces Withdraw

Bill Roggio

Iraqi forces withdrew from the city yesterday just one month after retaking it from the Islamic State with the help of Iranian-backed Shiite militias.

18th December 2014 - Business Insider

The Palestinians Are Mounting An Audacious Bid To Transform The Terms Of The Peace Process

Grant Rumley

The diplomatic struggle between Israel and the Palestinians reached a fever pitch on Wednesday as Palestinian ambassadors and their Jordanian allies pressed forward with a copy of a draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council. The resolution, in addition to calling for renewed...

18th December 2014 - Business Insider

An Iranian Proxy Still Holds All The Cards In Lebanon

Tony Badran

During his recent visit to Beirut, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Matthew Spence reportedly told Lebanese officials that “the war on terror has created a new reality, which has allowed the state to expand its influence at the expense of Hezbollah’s influence.”

18th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Mass Grave of Islamic State’s Victims Reportedly Found in Eastern Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

A mass grave of approximately 230 Sheitaat tribesmen has been reportedly found in eastern Syria. The tribe has been battling the Islamic State since earlier this year.

18th December 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

EU Parliamentary Recognition of Palestine

Grant Rumley

The European Union Parliament voted 498 to 88 on Wednesday to recognize Palestinian statehood and the two-state solution. The resolution underlined the EU’s conviction that recognition “should go hand-in-hand with the development of peace talks.”

18th December 2014 - Forbes

Historic Day for Washington, Havana…and Pyongyang’s Hackers

Claudia Rosett

On a day when hackers working for North Korea managed to shut down the release of an American movie, on American soil, by threatening terrorist attacks on American theaters, one might have supposed that a televised announcement from President Obama would have been all about measures to deter...

17th December 2014 - The National Interest

Turkey’s War on Rule of Law: One Year On

Merve Tahiroglu

On the morning of December 17, 2013, Istanbul police launched a massive anti-corruption operation. They detained 52 people, including the sons of three ministers, several bureaucrats, and some of Turkey’s most prominent businessmen.

17th December 2014 - Bloomberg TV

Market Makers

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross on the Sydney attack.

17th December 2014 - Quoted by Ben Cohen - The Algemeiner

Doubts Emerge Over EU Court’s Justification for Annulment of Hamas Terror Designation

Jonathan Schanzer

The decision of the European Union General Court to annul the designation of Hamas as a terrorist organization has raised concerns that the Palestinian Islamist group will exploit any legal ambiguities over its present status to rebuild its organizational and fundraising network within...

17th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Airstrike Targets Pakistani, Afghan Taliban in Nangarhar

Bill Roggio

The strike is the fifth that has targeted Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan fighters and leaders operating inside Afghanistan since the last week of November.

17th December 2014 - CNN

New Day

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross analyzes the threats made by the Sony hackers on theaters showing "The Interview."

17th December 2014 - Standpoint

A Sham Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The 24 November deadline for a nuclear agreement with Iran came and went with no deal and the likelihood of further delays in 2015. Both the Obama Administration and its European allies are adamant that we have never before been as close to a deal as we are today. Delicate diplomatic issues,...

17th December 2014 - Quoted by Brian Stelter - CNN

Theater Chain Drops ‘The Interview.’ Will Others Follow?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

One major movie theater chain has decided not to show Sony's "The Interview," and other theater owners may follow on Wednesday.

17th December 2014 - The Washington Times

America Needs Its Rough Men

Clifford D. May

In spring 2009, I was invited to debate “torture” with Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show.” He gave me an opportunity to make a case with which he vehemently disagreed.

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