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17th July 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

Gaza Rockets, Iranian Fingerprints

Patrick Megahan

Gaza Rockets, Iranian Fingerprints

Hamas has fired more than 1,400 rockets into Israel, putting roughly two-thirds of the population in range, since the most recent round of violence erupted last week. more...

15th July 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

Gaza and Turkish Politics

Merve Tahiroglu

Gaza and Turkish Politics

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan condemned Israeli military operations in Gaza last week, and called UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to urge an international response. more...

3rd July 2014 – The Hill

Eliciting A Better Deal From Iran

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Eliciting A Better Deal From Iran

After months of public optimism, Iranian and U.S. officials are publicly hinting that they’ve reached an impasse over the nuclear negotiations. more...

8th July 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Street

Grant Rumley

Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Street

Since the eruption of violence across Arab communities in Israel, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank last week, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has endeavored to straddle a fine line between pragmatic policy choices and Palestinian public opinion. more...

2nd July 2014 – The Washington Times

Financing Terrorism

Clifford D. May

Perhaps not the best use of your money and mine. more...

14th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Analysis: ISIS, Allies Reviving ‘Baghdad Belts’ Battle Plan

Bill Roggio

Analysis: ISIS, Allies Reviving ‘Baghdad Belts’ Battle Plan

The lightning advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham and its allies from Mosul to the outskirts of Samarra, as well as its capture of several towns in eastern Diyala, all... more...

25th June 2014 – The Washington Times

Modern Jihadists

Clifford D. May

Modern Jihadists

A secret CIA plot was revealed last week: Beginning almost ten years ago, the agency set in motion a plan to make Osama bin Laden action figures. Over time, the paint on the faces would fleck off, revealing a demon beneath. The idea was to dissuade children in the Muslim world from seeing al Qaeda’s leader as a hero. more...

13th June 2014 – The Weekly Standard

Their 9/11 Role

Thomas Joscelyn

Their 9/11 Role

One of the five senior Taliban leaders transferred to Qatar in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl played a key role in al Qaeda’s plans leading up to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. more...

14th June 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

Turkey’s ISIS Crisis

Merve Tahiroglu

Turkey’s ISIS Crisis

ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham -- “Sham” is Arabic for the Levant) took over the key Iraqi city of Mosul on June 11. Northern Iraqi Kurdish fighters, known as the... more...

10th June 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

Where Does Iran’s Supreme Leader Stand on Nuclear Diplomacy?

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Where Does Iran’s Supreme Leader Stand on Nuclear Diplomacy?

As the deadline for the expiration of the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA) nears, Iran and the P5+1 continue to work towards solving the various outstanding issues preventing a comprehensive nuclear deal. more...