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29th March 2017 – FDD Press

Islamic State Networks in Turkey

Merve Tahiroglu, Jonathan Schanzer

Islamic State Networks in Turkey

The year 2016 was catastrophic for Turkey. At least 30 terror attacks across the country took more than 300 lives. Ankara survived a bloody military coup attempt in July, which claimed the lives of an additional 290. more...

29th March 2017 – The Washington Times

A bloody day in London town

Clifford D. May

A bloody day in London town

“The Kafir’s Blood Is Halal For You, So Shed it.” That’s just one of the catchier headlines in a recent issue of Rumiyah, a slick online magazine published by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL. more...

29th March 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Congress Ups Ante with New Iran Sanctions

Tzvi Kahn

Congress Ups Ante with New Iran Sanctions

House and Senate lawmakers on Thursday introduced legislation that would increase sanctions on Iran for its ballistic missile tests and other malign behavior. more...

27th March 2017 – Foreign Affairs

Lone Wolves No More

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Lone Wolves No More

The tactics used by British terrorist Khalid Masood in his horrifying attack on Wednesday outside London’s Parliament were typical of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, or ISIS: an attacker plowing a vehicle through a crowd of pedestrians before slashing at police officers with a knife. more...

24th March 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Mubarak Freed, Egypt Shrugs

Oren Kessler

Mubarak Freed, Egypt Shrugs

Hosni Mubarak was freed Friday from a military hospital in the Cairo suburb of Maadi, six years after massive crowds ousted him in the seminal episode of the Arab Spring. more...

23rd March 2017 – War on the Rocks

Spiritual Ardor and Military Might: The Story of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Spiritual Ardor and Military Might: The Story of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

This past September in an audience hall in Tehran, a prominent vocalist named Sadegh Ahangaran took to a microphone to justify an Iranian military adventure. Ahangaran had earned the nickname “the nightingale of the Imam” for his melodies of martyrdom decades earlier during the Iran-Iraq War, his defiant voice often the last thing Iranian combatants heard before death. more...

23rd March 2017 – Foreign Policy

In Venezuela’s Toxic Brew, Failed Narco-State Meets Iran-Backed Terrorism

John Hannah, Emanuele Ottolenghi

In Venezuela’s Toxic Brew, Failed Narco-State Meets Iran-Backed Terrorism

As if the political and economic chaos wracking Venezuela wasn’t worrying enough, a couple of recent stories underscore the potential national security threat brewing there. more...

22nd March 2017 – Politico

What’s Really Behind Trump’s Laptop Ban

Thomas Joscelyn

What’s Really Behind Trump’s Laptop Ban

More than 15 years after the September 11 hijackings, the U.S. government has issued yet another warning about airline security. more...

22nd March 2017 – The Wall Street Journal

The Delusion of the Iran Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

The Delusion of the Iran Nuclear Deal

President Donald Trump promised to rigorously and radically enforce the Iran nuclear agreement, which he called “the worst deal ever negotiated.” It sounds tough, but it’s an approach that plays into the hands of the Iranian mullahs. more...

22nd March 2017 – The Washington Times

Trump’s pivot to North Korea

Clifford D. May

Trump’s pivot to North Korea

America can do anything but America can’t do everything, at least not within a four-year time frame. That suggests that the American president — any American president — needs to prioritize. more...