Analysis & Commentary


21st May 2013 - Faster, Please! - PJ Media

Catastrophic Consensus: A Dissent From Spengler and Mead

Michael Ledeen

Spengler (aka David Goldman) is one of my close friends and a long-time guru. William Russell Mead is just a guru, but I’m an avid fan. So when I find myself disagreeing...

16th May 2013 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front’s Emir to be Added to US Terrorism List

Bill Roggio

The US State Department will add Sheikh Abu Muhammad al Julani, the emir of al Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, to the list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists in a decision to be announced...

14th May 2013 - Foreign Policy

Erdogan’s Great Gamble

John Hannah

Something quite extraordinary -- perhaps even historic -- is afoot in Turkey. The country's prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is engaged in a colossal roll of the political dice...

7th May 2013 - Fox News

Report Finds Iran Among Worst Violators of Religious Freedom

Benjamin Weinthal

Religious freedom is in short supply in the Middle East, according to the bipartisan U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, which has issued a report finding Iran chief...

30th April 2013 - Fox News

America Live

Clifford D. May

FDD's Clifford D. May discusses a recent Pew poll on the popularity of sharia in the Muslim world and alarming opinions on the use of suicide bombing.

30th April 2013 - New York Daily News

America’s Inexcusable Inaction

Twenty-five years ago last month, the small, northern Iraqi town of Halabja became irrevocably associated with places like Auschwitz, Srebrenica and other sites of human depravity.

24th April 2013 - Commentary

WMD Deterrence in Syria

Emanuele Ottolenghi

There is one more lesson to draw from Israeli revelations about Syria’s alleged use of sarin gas against insurgents, which Max Boot commented on yesterday.

18th April 2013 - Foreign Policy

Previewing Iraq’s Provincial Elections

John Hannah

This Saturday, Iraqis head to the polls to vote for provincial councils -- the country's first elections since U.S. troops withdrew sixteen months ago. The balloting comes at a time of growing peril for Iraq.

9th April 2013 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in Iraq, Al Nusrah Front Emerge as Rebranded Single Entity

Thomas Joscelyn

The emir of al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), Abu Bakr al Baghdadi (also known as Abu Dua), has announced a new brand for his organization's efforts: the "Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant." The new name replaces...

8th April 2013 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in Iraq.

4th April 2013 - Scripps Howard News Service

Holy Wars

Clifford D. May

In much of what we now call the Muslim world, Muslims are fighting Muslims. The conflicts fall into two broad categories: those in which militants battle militants, and those in which militants battle moderates. The outcomes of these conflicts matter.

2nd April 2013 - New York Daily News

Neglecting the Costs of Inaction

Ten years after the launch of the Iraq War, the litany of costs associated with this allegedly “failed” mission has been repeated ad infinitum: some 100,000 dead Iraqi civilians, more than 4,000 dead...

31st March 2013 - The Wall Street Journal

At the U.N., Iran Is a Powerhouse, Not a Pariah

Claudia Rosett

President Obama likes to describes Iran as "isolated." But there is nothing lonely about Iran's berth at the United Nations, where in the corridors and on the boards of powerful agencies...

25th March 2013 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Iraq: The Consequences of Bugging Out

Clifford D. May

There is no better example of the trouble wrought by President Obama and Hillary Clinton’s policy of retreat and retrenchment than the sight of Secretary of State John Kerry pleading with Iraqi...

21st March 2013 - Sun News Network - Canada

The Charles Adler Show

Claudia Rosett

The 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.

18th March 2013 - The Hindu

Not So Strictly Legal

As some celebrate and others decry the upcoming 10-year anniversary of the March 19, 2003 invasion of Iraq by the United States, the United Kingdom and their Coalition partners, much attention undoubtedly...

17th March 2013 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in Iraq Claims ‘Storming’ Operation in Baghdad

Bill Roggio

Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) claimed credit for last week's deadly suicide assault on the Justice Ministry in Baghdad that killed 22 Iraqis. Seven Iraqi policemen and 15 civilians were killed in the March 14 attack.

13th March 2013 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Poised to Take Over Last Major City on Euphrates River

Bill Roggio

The Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, al Qaeda in Iraq's affiliate in Syria, may be close to taking control of Deir al Zour, the last major city on the Euphrates River in the west. The al Qaeda group's gains in the city take place just...

11th March 2013 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in Iraq Claims Ambush That Killed Syrian, Iraqi Troops

Bill Roggio

Al Qaeda in Iraq claimed credit for the March 4 attack in Anbar province that killed 48 Syrian soldiers who were fleeing their civil war and nine Iraqi troops who were escorting them to Baghdad. The Al...

15th February 2013 - The National Interest

Why Doesn’t Europe Think Hezbollah Is a Terror Group?

Benjamin Weinthal

The rift over counterterrorism strategy between the United States and its trans-Atlantic partners will likely be on display next week in Brussels, where European foreign ministers are slated to discuss the Bulgarian...

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