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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...

19th October 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Russia and Iran help capture Syria’s al Mayadeen from Islamic State

Amir Toumaj

Iran's Revolutionary Guard and Russia have spearheaded the operation to capture the Islamic State-held city of al Mayadeen in Deir Ezzor province, eastern Syria. more...

13th October 2017 – Quoted by Kaitlin Lavinder - Cipher Brief

Russia Ramps Up Media and Military Influence in Balkans

John Cappello

Since its invasion of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea in 2014, Russia has waged a robust disinformation and influence campaign in the Balkans. Over the past few years, the Russians have steadily ramped up their activity in southeast Europe, analysts told The Cipher Brief. more...

12th October 2017 – Quoted by Adam Taylor - Straits Times

What the US is actually getting right on the North Korean issue

Anthony Ruggiero

It's tempting to give into doom and gloom when we think of North Korea policy. The rapid advances in Pyongyang's weapons technology, coupled with its provocative propaganda about the supposedly impending devastation of America, are enough to make many lose hope for any solution to the current crisis. more...

11th October 2017 – Quoted by Joseph Young - Btcmanager.com

Russian Foreign Ministry Condemns Vinnik Extradition

Boris Zilberman

The Russian Foreign Ministry has condemned the request of the US government to extradite Alexander Vinnik, who has been charged with money laundering in relation to BTC-E and kept in custody by Greek law enforcement agencies. more...

11th October 2017 – Quoted by Adam Taylor - The Washington Post

What the U.S. is actually getting right on North Korea

Anthony Ruggiero

It's tempting to give into doom and gloom when we think of North Korea policy. The rapid advances in Pyongyang's weapons technology, coupled with its provocative propaganda about the supposedly impending devastation of America, are enough to make many lose hope for any solution to the current crisis. more...

8th October 2017 – Quoted by Dan Boylan - The Washington Times

U.S., Russia fight over ‘brain’ of bitcoin crime suspect Alexander Vinnik

Boris Zilberman

The alleged Russian mastermind of a $4 billion digital money laundering scheme sits in an Athens prison cell as Washington and Moscow “fight over his brain,” according to international illicit finance analysts. more...

16th September 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Russia struck Syrian Democratic Forces in eastern Syria, US says

Thomas Joscelyn

The US says that Russian forces struck and wounded several fighters belonging to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The incident highlights the fact that despite "de-confliction," the US and Russia are often not on the same page in Syria. more...

15th September 2017 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Reuel Marc Gerecht

FDD senior fellow Reuel Marc Gerecht joins the John Batchelor Show to discuss Israel and Russia's communication about Iran. more...

14th September 2017 – Quoted by Brian Padden - VOA News

Thriving Black Market Could Mitigate North Korea Sanctions Impact

Anthony Ruggiero

Illicit evasion and a thriving black market continue to mitigate the impact of sanctions intended to deprive North Korea of billions of dollars in revenue and needed components for its nuclear program. more...

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