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16th September 2018 – Tablet Magazine

Hezbollah Ritually Humiliates the UN

Tony Badran

In what is becoming a yearly ritual, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 2433 end of August, extending the mandate of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) for another year. more...

6th September 2018 – FDD Report

IAEA Still Needs to Investigate Military Dimension of Iran’s Nuclear Program

Olli Heinonen

IAEA Still Needs to Investigate Military Dimension of Iran’s Nuclear Program

The board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will meet in Vienna beginning on September 10 and will receive briefings beforehand from the IAEA secretariat. The upcoming meeting represents an important opportunity for the board of governors to address the possible military dimensions (PMD) of the Iranian nuclear program, especially after the discovery of an atomic archive in Tehran raised new concerns about whether Iran had declared all of its nuclear-related activities to the IAEA. more...

7th September 2018 – Real Clear Defense

Unlikely Allies, Israel and Egypt Face Joint Challenge in Gaza

Jonathan Schanzer, Jacob Nagel

Unlikely Allies, Israel and Egypt Face Joint Challenge in Gaza

The winds of war are blowing in Gaza. The last several months have been replete with rocket barrages, drones, incendiary balloons and kites (flaming or containing explosives) flying into Israeli airspace, and border breaches. Israel is working on solutions, but it is also looking to find help from an unlikely ally: Egypt. more...

12th September 2018 – FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

New Reports of Abuse Reinforce Case for Sanctions on Iran’s Prisons

Tzvi Kahn

New Reports of Abuse Reinforce Case for Sanctions on Iran’s Prisons

An exiled Iranian Dervish activist accused Tehran on Saturday of violating its own prison regulations by allowing seven Dervish women to suffer “appalling” conditions in jail. “The Dervish women are weak physically after having been beaten before and after their transfer to the prison,” said Alireza Roshan, whose community practices a form of Islam considered deviant by the clerical regime. more...

13th September 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Mattis Warns Assad to “Wise Up” While Key Officials Signal Syria Policy Shift

David Adesnik

Mattis Warns Assad to “Wise Up” While Key Officials Signal Syria Policy Shift

Secretary of Defense James Mattis confirmed that the Assad regime is preparing to use chemical weapons as part of its impending offensive in Idlib province. Referring to Assad, Mattis told reporters, “He’s been warned,” and “we’ll see if he’s wised up” since previous rounds of U.S. airstrikes. The secretary’s comments follow similar remarks from the president, along with signals from key officials, that the U.S. will pursue a more assertive policy toward Syrian war crimes. more...

14th September 2018 – FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

Treasury Sanctions Chinese and Russian IT Companies Funding North Korea

Mathew Ha

Treasury Sanctions Chinese and Russian IT Companies Funding North Korea

The U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned a Chinese information technology (IT) company, its North Korean chief executive, and a related Russian firm for generating funds on North Korea’s behalf by employing exported labor. This is the first time Washington has employed its authority to designate targets for generating funds with exported labor. However, it is the second time in less than a week that Treasury has designated an IT firm acting on Pyongyang’s behalf. more...

14th September 2018 – The Interpreter - Co-authored by John Lechner

Conspiracy and cronyism: Turkey’s economic spiral

Aykan Erdemir

Conspiracy and cronyism: Turkey’s economic spiral

Hours before the Thursday’s decision by the Central Bank of Turkey to raise its benchmark rate 625 basis points to 24%, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched into one of what is now a trademark tirade against higher rates. He denounced interest rates as “a tool of exploitation” analogous to the “heroin trade” – and the Turkish lira tumbled in value in response, just as it did when the Turkish strongman decried interest rates as “the mother and father of all evil” back in May. more...

14th September 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Islamic State Attacks Libya’s National Oil Corporation

Romany Shaker

The Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for a September 10 shooting attack at the Tripoli headquarters of Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC), which killed at least two employees and wounded 10 others. “Three suicide militants from the soldiers of the caliphate” carried out the assault, the IS-affiliated “Wilayat Libya” said in a statement posted by the Islamic State’s Amaq news agency. more...

5th September 2018 – War on the Rocks

The Demographics of Southeast Asian Jihadism

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Demographics of Southeast Asian Jihadism

Shortly after sunrise on July 31, soldiers at a military checkpoint outside Lamitan City in the Philippines’ Basilan province were hailed over to inspect a white 10-seat van suspected of bearing an improvised explosive device. more...

7th September 2018 – The Weekly Standard

Iraqi Militant Qayis Khazali Warned Us About Iran. We Ignored Him.

Bill Roggio

Iran has its tentacles all over Iraq, and the United States has no one to blame but itself. It is a bipartisan failure dating back to the March 2003 invasion. Even after the Bush administration adjusted its course in Iraq, waging a large counterinsurgency campaign, the United States was so eager to wash its hands of a messy insurgency that it did little to roll back Iran’s gains. more...