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2nd October 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

‘Hasm’ claims responsibility for attack targeting Myanmar embassy in Cairo

Jonathan Schanzer

The Egyptian militant group, Hasm, claimed responsibility yesterday for its attack against Myanmar’s embassy in Cairo a day earlier, noting that it was a response to Myanmar’s treatment of Rohingya Muslims. “This bombing served as a warning to the embassy of murderers, killers of women and children in the Muslim... more...

22nd September 2017 – The New York Post

Stand up against these terror groups to bolster the US-Egypt alliance

Jonathan Schanzer

There’s a way for the White House to demonstrate its support for Egypt in non-monetary terms. It can sanction two terrorist groups that continue to attack Egypt: Hasm and Liwaa al-Thawra. Such a move would send an important message to the people of Egypt and show America’s own commitment to fighting terror. more...

7th July 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

More than 20 Egyptian soldiers killed in Islamic State assault on Sinai outpost

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s Sinai branch launched a deadly assault on a military outpost in the northern Sinai earlier today. more...

7th June 2017 – The Washington Times

The Six-Day War and the 50-year occupation

Clifford D. May

Fifty years ago this week, the young state of Israel faced the threat of extermination – a second Jewish Holocaust in a single century. Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser stated candidly what he and other Arab leaders envisioned. “Our basic aim will be the destruction of Israel,” he said. more...

27th May 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State claims attack on bus carrying Coptic Christians in Egypt

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a massacre that was carried out yesterday in Minya, south of Cairo, Egypt. Masked gunman opened fire on a bus filled with Coptic Christians who were traveling to the St. Samuel Coptic Orthodox Monastery. At least 28 people were killed. more...

22nd May 2017 – Foreign Policy

Qatar Needs to Do Its Part

John Hannah

An important goal of President Donald Trump’s meetings with Arab and Islamic leaders this past weekend was to encourage them to shoulder more of the burden in defending our common interests, particularly in combating the threats from terrorism and Iran. more...

4th May 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State leader in Egypt says church bombings aren’t popular

Thomas Joscelyn

The ninth edition of the Islamic State’s Rumiyah (“Rome”) magazine was released online earlier today. And it features an interview with an unnamed jihadist who is identified as the “emir” of the group’s “soldiers” in Egypt. more...

19th April 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State fighters fire at Egyptian policemen near Saint Catherine’s Monastery

Thomas Joscelyn

Islamic State fighters attacked and killed at least one Egyptian policeman and wounded several others at a security checkpoint near Saint Catherine’s Monastery in the southern Sinai late yesterday. Amaq News Agency, one of the group’s main propaganda arms, quickly claimed responsibility for the shooting in a message released online. The Arabic statement can be seen above. more...

9th April 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State claims church bombings in Egypt

Thomas Joscelyn

Dozens of worshippers were killed or wounded when bombs were detonated at two Egyptian churches earlier today. The Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency quickly claimed credit for the attacks, saying that a “covert cell” had struck churches in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria. more...

3rd April 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Trump Offers Sisi Praise, but Unclear What Else

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi traveled to Washington on Monday for his first-ever White House meeting, his first meeting with President Donald Trump since the November election and the first such visit by an Egyptian head of state in nearly eight years. more...

3rd April 2017 – Foreign Affairs

Russia’s Charm Offensive in North Africa

Boris Zilberman

With the world’s attention focused on the question of Russian influence in the United States and the European Union, the Kremlin is quietly making inroads in another region critical to both the United States and Europe: the five North African states of the southern Mediterranean shore. more...

24th March 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

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...

22nd March 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

A Temporary Thaw in Egyptian-PA Relations

Grant Rumley

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hosted his Palestinian Authority counterpart Mahmoud Abbas this week in Cairo for the first official summit between the two leaders in nearly a year. more...

12th February 2017 – Foreign Affairs

Egypt Picks Sides in the Syrian War

On February 1, a military transport plane left a Russian airbase in Latakia, Syria, landed at an airfield near Egypt’s border with Libya, then returned to Syria. For months there had been unconfirmed reports that Cairo had sent forces to assist the Syrian regime in the country’s civil war and at first glance the flight appeared to have corroborated those suspicions. more...

12th February 2017 – New York Post

The careful way to go after Muslim Brotherhood radicals

Jonathan Schanzer

The Trump Administration is mulling an order designed to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization. The best approach would be a piecemeal one: Some Brotherhood branches belong on that list, some don’t — and making the distinction will help President Trump more effectively fight the war on terror. more...

23rd December 2016 – The Hill

Why did Egypt risk ties to Israel and Trump with UN resolution?

Egypt on Wednesday night circulated a draft U.N. Security Council resolution calling upon Israel to "immediately and completely" cease all construction in West Bank settlements and in East Jerusalem. The next day, Egypt announced it had postponed the move, after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump spoke out against it after reportedly coming under Israeli pressure to do so. more...

14th December 2016 – The Washington Times

How Barack is like Ike

Clifford D. May

The Islamic Republic of Iran is, according to no less an authority than the U.S. government, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. Its Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah, suicide-bombed U.S. Marines in Beirut in 1983. Iranian-backed Shia militias killed hundreds of American troops in Iraq more recently. Just months after the Islamic Revolution of 1979, Iran’s rulers began taking American hostages. They continue to do so. more...

29th November 2016 – Foreign Affairs

Egypt’s Unlikely Ardor for Trump

More than three weeks after the election, the American public remains divided over Donald Trump’s surprise victory. Six thousand miles away, however, one U.S. ally has demonstrated a far more unified response. more...

21st October 2016 – The Wall Street Journal

The Truth About Egypt’s Revolution

The usual account of Egypt’s revolution goes like this: In February 2011, Hosni Mubarak resigned after 18 days of protests led by the tweeting revolutionaries of Tahrir Square, ending his nearly 30-year presidency. more...

14th August 2016 – The Long War Journal

Zawahiri compares members of the Muslim Brotherhood to chickens

Thomas Joscelyn

As Sahab, al Qaeda’s propaganda arm, released a new message from Ayman al Zawahiri yesterday. Zawahiri’s speech is apparently the first of a series titled, “Brief Messages to a Victorious Ummah [worldwide community of Muslims].” more...

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23rd May 2017 - 8:00 AM

Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood’s Global Affiliates: New U.S. Administration Considers New Policies

FDD hosted a conference with the Hudson Institute and The George Washington University's Center for Cyber & Homeland Security featuring keynote discussion with Robert Gates, former Secretary of Defense (2006-2011).

14th December 2016 - 9:15 AM

Obama’s Gamble vs. Ike’s Gamble: American Influence in the Middle East

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) hosted a breakfast conversation on Wednesday, December 14, from 9:00am to 10:30am to discuss President Obama's Iran policy with the background of Michael Doran’s new book, Ike’s Gamble: America’s Rise to Dominance in the Middle East.