Not-So-Secret Hamas Command Bunker Located Under Gaza Hospital

Hamas has turned hospital into 'Hollywood sound-stage'
Palestinians in the morgue of Shifa Hospital / AP

Hamas operates a sophisticated command bunker that is located beneath Shifa Hospital in northern Gaza and despite the fact that journalists are regularly invited to meet with Hamas officials there, the existence of the hospital command center has gone unreported, according to Tablet Magazine.

DIA Chief: Al Qaeda Ideology Rapidly Expanding

More violent terror groups replace core al Qaeda
Pro-ISIL demonstrators in Iraq / AP

The terrorist ideology behind al Qaeda is expanding significantly—contrary to President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign theme that declared the Islamist terror threat in decline, according to the outgoing director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Congress Seeks to Designate Muslim Brotherhood as Terror Group

Bill would sanction group and all its affiliates
Followers of the Muslim Brotherhood Islamic movement burn a representation of an Israeli flag

Congress is moving to officially designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) and impose sanctions on any person who provides the group and its affiliates with “material support,” according to a copy of the legislation obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Experts: American Adversaries Work Together Despite Differences

Middle East watchers say U.S. must craft new strategy
Fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) try to calm civilians demonstrating against the rebel infighting in Aleppo

American adversaries in the Middle East continue to work together across sectarian and religious divides to harm U.S. interests and security, requiring a more nuanced response from U.S. officials to address the turmoil in the region, experts say.

The Bear Is Loose

Column: Obama fundraises while Putin runs amok

“The bear is loose!” President Obama has been saying, whenever he leaves the White House to visit Starbucks, or sandwich shops, or burger joints, or BBQ shacks, or neighborhood diners, in his increasingly rote and pathetic attempts to “connect” with “real people.” Obama, we have been told, is frustrated, “restless,” bored with the responsibilities and chores of office. He thinks of himself as the bear—intimidating, wild, untamed, roving—escaping his den. But he is flattering himself. Obama is not the bear. He is the cub: aimless, naïve, self-interested, self-indulgent, irresponsible, irresolute. The bear is in Moscow.

Hamas Rejects Egypt-Backed, Israeli-Accepted Ceasefire

Ceasefire was to have gone into effect this morning
Gaza City / AP

JERUSALEM—Hamas has rejected a ceasefire negotiated by the Egyptian government and agreed to by Israel that was to have gone into effect at 9 A.M. this morning.

Dozens of rockets from the Gaza Strip were launched into Israel after 9 A.M. in defiance of the Egyptian government, which had proposed the cease-fire. Israel refrained from responding for four-and-a-half hours, apparently to give time to Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza to reassess. Planes then resumed attacks on rocket launch sites.