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Essay: Why does Iran want nuclear weapons?

Essay: Why does Iran want nuclear weapons? Categories: International Security, Iran, Terrorism     Author: Emanuele Ottolenghi

During the past decade, Western diplomats have been engaged in protracted negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Iran over its nuclear program. Though a deal remains elusive, Western policymakers remain adamant that an agreement is possible. Much of their optimism is driven by a willingness to te

Al-Qaeda in Northern Sinai

Al-Qaeda in Northern Sinai Categories: Egypt, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Jonathan Spyer

Northern Sinai has long played host to a variety of smuggling networks and jihadi organisations. Since General Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi's military coup of July 3rd, 2013 in Egypt, however, there has been an exponential increase in attacks emanating from this area. This increasingly lawless region is n

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Target: Israel

Target: Israel Categories: Islamic Extremism, Israel, Terrorism     Author: Matthew Levitt

On January 22, Israeli officials announced that, several weeks before, they had disrupted what they described as an "advanced" al-Qaeda terrorist plot in Israel. Although al-Qaeda-inspired jihadists had targeted Israel before, this marked the first time that senior al-Qaeda leaders were directly inv

Biblio File: Hezbollah’s global reach

Biblio File: Hezbollah’s global reach Categories: Lebanon, Terrorism     Author: Paul Monk

One is left with the impression, by the close of Levitt's book, that the counter-terrorism struggle against Hezbollah is being won. He writes, "All told, more than twenty terror attacks by Hezbollah or Qods Force operatives were thwarted over the fifteen month period between May 2011 and July 2012;

Recasting the Sinai Triangle

Recasting the Sinai Triangle Categories: Egypt, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Terrorism     Author: Ehud Yaari

Over the past year, Israel and Egypt have used a little-known, legally permissible understanding - the Agreed Activities Mechanism - to bypass restrictions on the number and type of Egyptian forces permitted in much of the Sinai. As a result, considerable Egyptian army forces are now constantly depl

Scribblings: Erdogan's Dubious Friends

Scribblings: Erdogan's Dubious Friends Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism, Turkey     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Here's a fascinating - and very telling - story from Turkey which has not really made it into the Australian media. On Jan. 14, Turkish police staged a sweep in which they arrested 28 people alleged to be recruiting or otherwise working for al-Qaeda in raids across six provinces. Police also raided

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ABC, terrorists aren't soldiers

ABC, terrorists aren't soldiers Categories: Israel, Lebanon, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

In a special year-end edition of ABC's Correspondents Report, host Elizabeth Jackson took her staff on the air with her for a "behind the scenes" look at the program and gave them a chance to discuss some of their favourite segments of the past year. During the segment, Jackson recalled the most me

PA subsidising terror on foreign dime

PA subsidising terror on foreign dime Categories: Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a press release last week calling attention to the Palestinian Authority's ongoing policy of financial assistance to security prisoners in Israeli jails, as well as grants and guaranteed well-paid government jobs upon their release.

The Last Word: Shadows of Terror

The Last Word: Shadows of Terror Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Terrorism     Author: Jeremy Jones

I have a very clear memory of September 11, 2001. Having represented the World Jewish Congress at the NGO Forum preceding the United Nations' now notorious "World Conference Against Racism" in Durban, South Africa, and been on the Australian Government delegation to the UN Conference, the Jewish com

Essay: Winging It

Essay: Winging It Categories: International Security, Lebanon, Terrorism     Author: Jeni Willenzik

During a meeting of the European Union (EU) Foreign Affairs Council on July 22, a consensus was reached among the 28 foreign ministers representing each of the EU's member states. After months of discussion, it was agreed to ban Hezbollah's military wing. In doing so they joined Australia, Canada, t

The EU's Partial Hezbollah Ban

The EU's Partial Hezbollah Ban Categories: Europe, Lebanon, Terrorism, Updates    

On Monday, the European Union agreed, after months of debate and negotiation, to ban the "military wing" of the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah (Australia, of course, similarly bans only Hezbollah's "External Security Organisation"). This Update focuses on the background and impl

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