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1st October 2014 – The Washington Times

Iran Rising

Clifford D. May

Iran Rising

In his address to the UN General Assembly last week, President Obama called the conflict in the Middle East “a fight no one is winning.” I think the evidence suggests he’s wrong. I think Iran is making significant gains. more...

24th September 2014 – Foreign Policy

Thank You for Bombing

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Thank You for Bombing

Washington says its air war on the Islamic State (IS) militant group in Syria is part of a strategy to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the organization. It may have another effect: swelling al Qaeda's ranks and giving the jihadist group that Osama bin Laden founded a new lease on life. more...

25th September 2014 – New York Post

Boosting Turkey As It Backs Terror

Jonathan Schanzer

Boosting Turkey As It Backs Terror

Turkey’s lax border policies have enabled ISIS to finance and arm its fighters in Syria; ISIS cells are now operating throughout Turkey. more...

25th September 2014 – Foreign Policy

Germany’s Jewish Problem

Benjamin Weinthal

Germany’s Jewish Problem

With anti-Semitism on the march, Germany's politicians and opinion makers are grappling with what went wrong with the country's seven-decade-long struggle to come to terms with its past, or as they call it, Vergangenheitsbewältigung. more...

25th September 2014 – Al Arabiya

Who Benefits from Yemen’s Houthi crisis?

Oren Adaki

Who Benefits from Yemen’s Houthi crisis?

It was reported Sunday that the Yemeni government and Houthi Shiite rebels signed an agreement calling for the formation of a new government in an attempt to end fierce clashes in the embattled capital Sanaa. more...

17th September 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

Iranian Leverage over Turkey?

Merve Tahiroglu

Iranian Leverage over Turkey?

The Turkish daily Taraf published a blockbuster article Tuesday alleging that Iran has been blackmailing Turkey. more...

15th September 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

Turkey’s State-Owned Bank Probed By the New York Fed

Merve Tahiroglu

Turkey’s State-Owned Bank Probed By the New York Fed

The United States Federal Reserve launched a probe last week into the New York branch of Turkey's largest state-run bank, Ziraat Bankasi. Although the bank said this was a routine inspection, the timing may suggest otherwise. more...

10th September 2014 – The National Interest

The Problem With Al Jazeera

Oren Adaki, Grant Rumley, David Andrew Weinberg

The Problem With Al Jazeera

Khaled Mashal. Mohammed Deif. Ramadan Shallah. These three men are all leaders in Palestinian groups listed as Foreign Terrorist Organizations by the United States government. And all three of them were granted special airtime during the recent Gaza conflict by Qatar’s Mideast media powerhouse Al Jazeera. more...

4th September 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

Boko Haram Did Not Declare a Caliphate

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Laura Grossman

Boko Haram Did Not Declare a Caliphate

Reports suggest that Abubakar Shekau, leader of the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram, either declared a caliphate or announced that the group’s territorial gains have become part of a caliphate. The reports are wrong. In the video he released on August 24, following the group’s territorial gains, Shekau did not even use the word “caliphate,” let alone declare one. more...

28th August 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

Countering Gaza’s Mortars

Patrick Megahan

Countering Gaza’s Mortars

Hours before the latest ceasefire was announced between Hamas and Israel, two Israeli civilians were killed and five others wounded near the Gaza border by Palestinian mortar fire. more...