Analysis & Commentary


31st May 2016 - Quoted by Alex MacDonald - Middle East Eye

Fears grow for Fallujah residents caught in the crossfire

Amir Toumaj

Concerns that the end of a siege on the Iraqi city of Fallujah could see retribution attacks on Sunni residents or leave a humanitarian catastrophe are growing as Iraqi army and the allied Popular Mobilisation Units (PMUs) troops delve further into the Islamic State-controlled city.

31st May 2016 - Quoted by Neville Teller - The Jerusalem Post

The jihadist civil war

The bloodthirsty jihadist organization that calls itself Islamic State (IS) sprang from the loins of al-Qaeda, once the supreme bane of the western world, which achieved its apogee with the destruction of the twin towers in New York.

31st May 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

PayPal terminates anti-Israel BDS France account

Benjamin Weinthal

PayPal, a global leader in online payment services, blocked payments to the anti-Israel movement Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) chapter in France in May.

31st May 2016 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda branches eulogize Taliban leader Mullah Mansour

Thomas Joscelyn

Three of al Qaeda’s official branches have jointly published a eulogy for Mullah Mansour, the Taliban leader who was killed in an American drone strike on May 21. The statement of condolences is signed by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), and...

29th May 2016 - Quoted by Sarah El Deeb, Bassem Mroue - Associated Press

Syria’s cease-fire strengthens al-Qaida branch

Thomas Joscelyn

Al-Qaida's branch in Syria has recruited thousands of fighters, including teenagers, and taken territory from government forces in a successful offensive in the north, illustrating how the cease-fire put in place by Russia and the United States to weaken the militants has in many ways...

29th May 2016 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Iran has supported the Taliban’s insurgency since late 2001

Thomas Joscelyn

On May 21, an American drone strike ended Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour’s reign as the Taliban’s leader. As The Wall Street Journal first reported, US intelligence officials tracked Mansour to Iran, where he was visiting his family, and then targeted his car as he crossed back over the...

29th May 2016 - The Washington Post

Iran’s Holocaust denial is part of a malevolent strategy

Reuel Marc Gerecht

The Islamic Republic of Iran held another Holocaust cartoon festival this month, inviting the usual despicable cast of characters. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif assured the New Yorker that although the event would proceed, Iran would ensure that the “people who have preached racial...

27th May 2016 - The Long War Journal

Iranian-backed Iraqi militias signal readiness to enter Fallujah

Bill Roggio, Amir Toumaj

Abu Mahdi al Muhandis, the leader of Iranian-backed Iraqi militia Kata’ib Hezbollah (Hezbollah Brigades) and also the umbrella Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), said that the second phase of the Fallujah operation will be launched “within a few hours.”

27th May 2016 - Quoted by Michael Kugelman - Foreign Policy

What Was Mullah Mansour Doing in Iran?

Thomas Joscelyn

On May 21, after a drone strike obliterated a car and its two occupants in Pakistan’s Balochistan province, local officials discovered a Pakistani passport, miraculously intact, amid the smoldering wreckage and two bodies charred beyond recognition.

27th May 2016 - Quoted by Karl Vick - TIME Magazine

No Terrorist Groups Took Credit for Downing EgyptAir Flight 804. So Experts Have Other Theories

Jonathan Schanzer

Perhaps clarity on EgyptAir Flight 804 will surface with the black box, which reports say sensors have located on the Mediterranean floor. But a week after the airliner went down, from what experts and government officials from Cairo to Washington continue to say was very likely a terrorist...

27th May 2016 - The Weekly Standard

A Historian Turns 100

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Twenty years ago, Bernard Lewis and I were walking along the Thames. We’d just seen a dreary English take on naughty French theater, which provoked remembrances of Paris in the 1930s when Lewis was a student of Louis Massignon, the great Catholic orientalist born in 1883, 33 years before...

26th May 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

Self-described anti-Semitic German pastor resigns from interfaith position

Benjamin Weinthal

A culmination of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel incidents has resulted in the resignation of the Protestant Church’s representative for dialogue with religious communities in the city of Bremen.

26th May 2016 - CSIF Policy Brief

How Iran Taints the Dollar

Eric B. Lorber

For the past two months, a debate has raged between the Obama administration and Congress over whether last summer’s nuclear deal provides Tehran access to dollars outside of the U.S. financial system. In a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday, Chairman Ed Royce was...

26th May 2016 - Quoted by Michael Wilner - The Jerusalem Post

Iran has limited, indirect access to US dollars, Treasury official says

Mark Dubowitz

The United States has no jurisdiction over foreign banks engaging with Iran in US dollars, but will continue to bar the country from directly accessing the American financial system, a senior Treasury Department official said on Wednesday.

26th May 2016 - The Long War Journal

US lists 2 Pakistani jihadist groups as global terror organizations

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Both Jamaat ul Dawa al Quran (JDQ) and the Tariq Gidar Group (TGG) have now been sanctioned, meaning Americans “are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with” the jihadist organizations.

26th May 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Experts at Senate Hearing: White House Must Increase Pressure on Iran to Stop its Malign Behavior

Mark Dubowitz

Sanctions and national security experts urged the United States to reject Iran’s demands for further economic concessions and ramp up pressure on Tehran in response to its regional aggression during a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Tuesday.

26th May 2016 - Real Clear World

Obama Administration Helps Iran Get Its Money Back

Emanuele Ottolenghi

On March 19, the FBI arrested Turkish-Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab upon his arrival in Miami for evading sanctions against Iran, money laundering, and bank fraud.

26th May 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

No Iranians Sanctioned for Human Rights Abuses Since Nuke Deal, Senior U.S. Official Admits

Benjamin Weinthal

The United States has not sanctioned any Iranians for human rights abuses since last year’s nuclear deal with Iran was signed, a senior Obama administration official told the House Foreign Affairs Committee Wednesday.

25th May 2016 - Quoted by Louis Jacobsen - Politifact

Donald Trump’s Pants on Fire claim that US is letting in ‘tens of thousands’ of terrorists now

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Donald Trump has advocated for a "temporary" ban on Muslims coming into the United States to prevent any terrorists from crossing the border. But are there already tens of thousands of terrorists coming into the country now? That’s what he claimed in an interview with Fox News’ Bill...

25th May 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

A Hardliner’s Hardliner Wins Assembly of Experts Chair

Amir Toumaj

The Assembly of Experts, the body charged with choosing Iran’s supreme leader, selected one of the Islamic Republic’s most hardline, anti-Western clerics as chairman on Tuesday. Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, 89, has a reputation for blistering denunciations of America, of Iranian reformists,...

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