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17th April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State propagandists seek to undermine rival jihadists in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State's propagandists continue to take aim at rival jihadists, including al Qaeda and Hay'at Tahrir al Sham (HTS). A recent Islamic State video calls upon HTS fighters to defect to the so-called caliphate's cause. more...

8th April 2018 – The Weekly Standard

Assad’s Horror, and Those Who Enable It

Thomas Joscelyn

Horrific images from the aftermath of a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria are once again circulating online. The scene of this gassing is the eastern Ghouta suburb of Damascus. Both the location and the timing of this apparent war crime are symbolically important. And while the immediate focus will be on Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and his willingness to gas his own people, any long-term solution will require understanding the role of the rogue states that enable and support him. more...

6th April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: A premature declaration of victory in Syria?

Thomas Joscelyn

The White House declared on Apr. 4 that the "military mission to eradicate ISIS in Syria is coming to a rapid end, with ISIS being almost completely destroyed." But ISIS continues to operate in several areas of Syria, as well as in Iraq, which wasn't even mentioned in the White House's statement. more...

5th April 2018 – FDD's CSIF Research Memo

Pushing Back on Putin: Gaining Leverage with Cheaper Oil and Gas

Pasi Eronen, Boris Zilberman

For three years, Russian President Vladimir Putin has seemed immune to the dual stresses of increasingly tighter economic sanctions and stubbornly low oil prices. He has maintained covert pincers on Ukraine sovereignty, captured a diplomatic and military foothold in Syria, and attacked the democratic systems of the U.S. and Europe. In the wake of Putin’s March 18 election to another six-year term, extending his rule through at least 2024, oil offers him the opportunity for even bolder action to come. more...

29th March 2018 – The Hill

The US can breathe easy on Russia-OPEC deal

Boris Zilberman, Varsha Koduvayur

In their latest op-ed for The Hill, FDD’s deputy director of congressional relations Boris Zilberman and senior research analyst Varsha Koduvayur explain why a potential long-term pact extending cooperation with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) between Saudi Arabia and Russia does not threaten an abandonment of the strong Saudi-U.S. alliance – and why the agreement might actually benefit oil producers in the U.S. more...

22nd March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Grozny jihadist swore allegiance to Baghdadi before assaulting police

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State's Amaq News Agency has claimed responsibility for a jihadist's assault on police in Grozny on Mar. 20. Amaq released a video of the alleged perpetrator swearing allegiance to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi prior to his day of terror. The video is similar to a string of other clips released by Amaq since mid-2016. more...

18th February 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State claims church shooting in Dagestan

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a shooting at a church in Kizlyar, a town in Dagestan, earlier today. Russian officials have confirmed that at least five people were killed and four more wounded. more...

6th February 2018 – Foreign Podicy

Russia’s Disinformation Offensive

Clifford D. May

Using social media, sophisticated tech platforms and cyber weapons, the Russian government is running a sophisticated campaign to undermine faith in America’s democratic institutions, assist extremists on both the left and right, polarize Americans, and poison policy debates. more...

3rd February 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Syrian jihadist group downs Russian Su-25 jet

Thomas Joscelyn

Hay'at Tahrir al Sham has released two videos and a short statement claiming that its men downed a Russian warplane. The Russian defense ministry confirmed that the jet was lost after it was struck by a "a portable anti-aircraft missile system." more...

29th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State claims its men planted bomb at St. Petersburg supermarket

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the Dec. 27 bombing at a supermarket in St. Petersburg, Russia. The city has been targeted by jihadists several times this year. The US claimed earlier this month that another major plot inside St. Petersburg had been thwarted. more...

19th December 2017 – Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

Trump Hails New Era of Global Competition, Says ‘America is Going to Win’

David Adesnik

U.S. President Donald Trump warned Monday the country's greatness is being challenged by rival powers, but promised the country would use "every instrument" at its disposal to ignite what he portrayed as an American awakening. more...

15th December 2017 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

The problem with Trump’s Middle East policy: He doesn’t have one

Eric S. Edelman

Eleven months into the Trump presidency, our Middle East policy amounts to a series of stunts — an isolated retaliatory attack on Syria for use of chemical weapons, “decertifying” the Iran deal (to the consternation of those egging on the administration, hoping that the European Union and Congress would act, exactly nothing has happened since President Trump’s announcement a month ago) and now an announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel (but won’t be moving the embassy for years, says the secretary of state). more...

19th November 2017 – Quoted by Thomas Seibert - The Arab Weekly

Russia emerges as major partner for Turkey’s Syria policy

Aykan Erdemir

- In a sign of an emerging alli­ance two years after Turkish- Russian relations plunged into crisis, Ankara is banking on Moscow to help Turkey reach its main goals regarding the conflict in Syria. more...

18th November 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Iraqi militia publicizes Iranian Qods Force chief by Syrian border town

Amir Toumaj

The Iraqi Harakat Hezbollah al Nujaba has posted photos of its Iranian commander, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Qods Force chief Qassem Soleimani, inspecting positions near Al Bukamal in Syria near the Iraqi border. more...

15th November 2017 – The Washington Times

Came the revolution

Clifford D. May

My political orientation has evolved slowly over decades. With one exception: I became anti-Soviet and anti-Communist overnight. More quickly than that, actually. more...

13th November 2017 – Quoted by Joel Gehrke - The Washington Examiner

Turkey’s Erdogan: US, Russia should leave Syria

Aykan Erdemir

American and Russian military forces should withdraw from Syria, according to the leader of a key NATO ally. more...

13th November 2017 – Quoted by VOA News

On Russia Meddling in US Election, Where Do Trump and US Intel Community Stand?

The issue of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election followed President Donald Trump on his 12-day trip through five Asian nations. more...

11th November 2017 – Quoted by Ryan Pickrell - The Daily Caller

Putin Says He Didn’t Meddle In The Election, And Trump Believes Him

President Donald Trump, in contrast with the assessments of American intelligence agencies, says that he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin’s claims that he did not meddle in the 2016 presidential election. more...

19th October 2017 – Quoted by Michael Crowley - Politico

CIA director rebuked for false claim on Kremlin’s election meddling

CIA Director Mike Pompeo drew sharp criticism Thursday after wrongly stating that the U.S. intelligence community had found that Russian meddling did not tilt the 2016 presidential election. more...

19th October 2017 – Quoted by Greg Miller - The Washington Post

CIA director distorts intelligence community’s findings on Russian interference

CIA Director Mike Pompeo declared Thursday that U.S. intelligence agencies determined that Russia’s interference in the 2016 American presidential election did not alter the outcome, a statement that distorted spy agency findings. more...

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