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30th July 2015 - Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

Map: ISIS Has Lost 9.4 Percent of Its Territory This Year

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

SIS has lost almost 10 percent of its territory so far in 2015, yet another indication that the group, for all the terror it has sown in Syria and Iraq, is losing the war. Defense analysis group IHS Jane's 360 detailed the territorial loss in a report, which includes this map below...

30th July 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Seize District in Helmand Province

Bill Roggio

The Taliban overran the district center and several military and police installations in Now Zad in the southern Afghan province of Helmand yesterday. The fall of Now Zad is the latest in a series of setbacks for the Afghan security forces and government, which are struggling to maintain...

30th July 2015 - FOX News

Happening Now

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Tom Joscelyn discusses the death of Mullah Omar, ISIS, and the Gulf reactions to the Iran nuclear deal.

30th July 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Expert: Iran Will Exploit Growing Commercial Ties With West To Increase Repression

Benjamin Weinthal

Western corporations rushing to take advantage of the removal of economic sanctions on Iran in the wake of the nuclear deal may find themselves implicated in the regime’s repression, Benjamin Weinthal, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, warned Wednesday in an...

30th July 2015 - Quoted by United State Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Corker Rejects Obama Administration’s False Choice on Iran Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

During the second in a series of hearings to examine the Iran nuclear deal, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, rejected the Obama administration’s false choice between supporting the nuclear deal or supporting war, which was part of the...

30th July 2015 - National Review Online - Co-written by Saba Farzan

How the West Can Use the Iran Deal to Foster Regime Change

Benjamin Weinthal

Since the comprehensive deal on Iran’s nuclear-weapons program was reached, technical aspects of the agreement have been discussed, but a crucially unremarked-upon topic deserves significant attention: what the deal means for the Iranian people’s deep longing for a democratic future in...

30th July 2015 - Quoted by George Will - National Review Online

With the Iran Deal, Obama’s Contempt for Congress Is on Full Display

Reuel Marc Gerecht

It came two days after the announcement of the nuclear agreement with Iran, yet little mention was made on July 16 of the 70th anniversary of the first nuclear explosion, near Alamogordo, New Mexico. The anniversary underscored that the agreement attempts to thwart proliferation of...

30th July 2015 - Politico Europe

Turkish Grey Wolves Target ‘Chinese’

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit Wednesday with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing came at an awkward time. So far this month, Turkish ultranationalists have attacked two Chinese restaurants in Istanbul, assaulted Koreans (whom they mistook for Chinese) at an iconic...

29th July 2015 - Militaryedge.org

Turkey at War: A New, Complicated, Phase in the Fight Against ISIS

Patrick Megahan, Merve Tahiroglu

The Turkish cabinet formally approved opening the Incirlik air base in southern Turkey on Wednesday to the coalition fighting Islamic State (ISIS). The U.S. has been pressuring Turkey to allow operations from Incirlik for months, but the deadly suicide bombing in the Turkish border town of...

29th July 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Congress: Nuke Deal Loopholes Bolster Illicit Iranian-N. Korean Alliance

Claudia Rosett

Iran’s nuclear relationship with North Korea is likely to grow due to a recent nuclear accord, according to experts and members of Congress, who warned in a hearing that loopholes in the deal would facilitate illicit trade between the rogue countries.

29th July 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Congressional Testimony: Anti-Boycott Laws Needed to Protect US, Allies from Economic Attack

Mark Dubowitz

The ultimate goal of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and its leaders is to delegitimize the state of Israel, legislators, legal experts and business leaders agreed in a congressional hearing Tuesday. The hearing was held by the Subcommittee on National Security of the...

29th July 2015 - Quoted by Morgan Chalfant - The Washington Free Beacon

Afghan Officials Say Taliban Leader Mullah Mohammad Omar is Dead, Taliban Denies Report

Thomas Joscelyn

Afghan officials and an individual close to the Taliban claim that the group’s spiritual leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, for whom the United States had issued a $10 million bounty, is dead.

29th July 2015 - Quoted by Shane Harris, Nancy A. Youssef, and Sami Yousafzai - The Daily Beast

Rumors of Mullah Omar’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated Before

Thomas Joscelyn

Rumors surfaced Wednesday morning that Mullah Omar, the notorious one-eyed leader of the Taliban, had died. The BBC first reported news of Omar’s death, citing “top sources within the Afghan administration and intelligence agency.”

29th July 2015 - The Long War Journal

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Emir Killed in Shootout With Pakistani Police

Bill Roggio

Pakistani police killed Malik Ishaq, the leader of the al Qaeda-linked Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, in a shootout in Muzaffargarh on the evening of July 28. The jihadist group’s fighters were attempting to free Ishaq and his two sons, who were in police custody. The jihadist leader had been in and...

29th July 2015 - CBN

CBN News

Merve Tahiroglu

FDD Research Associate Merve Tahiroglu discusses the latest developments in Turkey's fight against ISIS and the PKK.

29th July 2015 - Quoted by Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, Adi Cohen - Vocativ

Saudi Royalty Flaunts Lavish French Holiday In Rare Photos

David Andrew Weinberg

Swanky villas, fleets of gleaming new Mercedes and an entire beach annexed from the public are apparently not enough for some among of the 1,000-strong entourage accompanying Saudi King Salman during his three-week sojourn at the French Riviera. They’ve turned to Instagram to flaunt their...

29th July 2015 - NOW Lebanon

The ISIS Attack and Turkey’s Islamist Kurds

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

An ISIS-linked suicide bomber attacked the southern Turkish border town of Suruç on Monday, killing 32 and wounding 100. The victims were preparing for a trip to reconstruct the war-torn Syrian town of Kobane, which has held by the Kurdish People’s Democratic Union (PYD) since late...

29th July 2015 - Forbes

European Companies: Enter The Iranian Market At Your Own Risk

Benjamin Weinthal

With the signing of an Iranian nuclear agreement earlier this month, European companies along with leading politicians have moved at astonishingly fast pace to enter Iran’s markets.

28th July 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Overruns Another District in Northern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban continues to press its offensive on multiple fronts in the Afghan north, taking control of Kohistanat district in the once calm province of Sar-i-Pul after a police commander and his officers defected to the jihadist group. According to the Taliban, its forces “raised the white...

28th July 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

IRGC to Cash in On Nuke Deal

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is poised to reap a large windfall as a result of a recently inked nuclear accord with Western powers that will fully remove economic sanctions on the fighting force and allow it to continue pursuing rogue activities across the globe, according to...

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