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27th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State video promotes Somali arm, incites attacks during holidays

Bill Roggio

On Dec. 25, the Islamic State released a video promoting its fighters in Somalia and inciting attacks in the West. The group's propagandists referred to the cadre as the Islamic State's Somali "province." more...

22nd November 2017 – The Washington Times

The battle for the lands of the caliphate

Clifford D. May

Soon after taking office, President Trump ordered his national security advisers to provide “a complete strategic review of our policy toward the rogue regime in Iran.” Last month, based on that review, he announced a new strategy “to confront the Iranian regime’s hostile actions,” including its development of missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads, its support for terrorists, and its neo-imperialist aggressions. This month that strategy is facing its first serious test. more...

27th September 2017 – The Washington Times

Latin America’s socialist-Islamist-narco-terrorist alliance

Clifford D. May

At the U.N. last week, President Trump had harsh words for the “socialist dictatorship” that has impoverished Venezuela. He railed against “Islamist extremism” and “radical Islamic terrorism,” the former a supremacist ideology, the latter a weapon being used to mass-murder Muslims, Christians Yazidis, Jews and Hindus. He took note, too, of the threat posed by “international criminal networks” that “traffic drugs, weapons, people.” more...

20th September 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State rescinds one of its most problematic religious rulings

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State has rescinded a May 17 memo that even some of the group's ideologues considered too extreme in its religious rulings. The memo reportedly exacerbated leadership disputes within the self-declared caliphate. more...

12th July 2017 – Muslim Matters

How To Neutralize The Violent Jihadist Pull

Yaya J. Fanusie

Countering extremists requires shifting how they think more than what they believe. And while religion is central to jihadist narratives, culture is a way more malleable variable that determines how one approaches religion. more...

6th July 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Ohio man pleads guilty to terror charges after attempting to join ISIS in Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

The Department of Justice announced today that Aaron Travis Daniels pleaded guilty terror-related charges after trying to join the Islamic State in Libya last November. more...

10th June 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Zawahiri lectures on global jihad, warns of national boundaries

Thomas Joscelyn

Sometime in the last few years, al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri got an editor. more...

12th December 2016 – FDD's Long War Journal

US confirms death of high-profile Tunisian Islamic State assassin

Thomas Joscelyn

The US Defense Department has confirmed that Boubaker al-Hakim, a French-Tunisian Islamic State leader pictured above, was killed in airstrikes carried out in Raqqa, Syria on Nov. 26. more...

10th December 2016 – FDD's Long War Journal

US bombs oil tanker trucks as Islamic State battles Syrian regime near Palmyra

Thomas Joscelyn

The US-led coalition Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) reportedly “destroyed a fleet of 168 ISIL [Islamic State] oil tanker trucks near Palmyra, Syria” on Dec. 8. According to an OIR statement, it is “the largest air strike of its kind to date.” more...

9th December 2016 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban rejects peace talks, emphasizes alliance with al Qaeda in new video

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

The Taliban rejects “peace talks” with the West and advertises its continuing alliance with al Qaeda in a newly released video entitled, “Bond of Nation with the Mujahideen.” more...

3rd October 2016 – The Long War Journal

Taliban forces enter Kunduz city center

Thomas Joscelyn

Taliban fighters have invaded the city of Kunduz once again, according to multiple online sources. more...

13th February 2016 – The National Interest

The Middle East’s Conflicts Are About Religion

A meme is gaining traction within American government and media, and it goes like this: The conflicts of the Middle East aren’t about religion. Jihadist violence? Garden-variety criminality, the president says. more...

3rd February 2016 – The Washington Times

The Islamist wears Dolce & Gabbana

Clifford D. May

In the “culture” section of the venerable Atlantic magazine last month, there was a news item I wouldn’t want you to miss: “The Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana has just launched a line of hijabs (headscarves) and abayas (cloaks) in the label’s signature playful, theatrical aesthetic.” more...

30th December 2015 – The Washington Times

Boys in the Brotherhood

Clifford D. May

Among Western leaders these days, truth-telling is hardly habitual. So I feel compelled to give credit where credit is due: to British Prime Minister David Cameron for speaking frankly about the Muslim Brotherhood. more...

21st December 2015 – Foreign Policy

Can Obama Spur a Reform Within Islam?

John Hannah

President Barack Obama’s Oval Office address in the wake of the San Bernardino attack was almost universally panned. And rightly so. Telling the American people that our strategy to defeat the Islamic State is on track when fanatics inspired by the group have just committed mass murder on our shores is hardly a winning message. more...

16th December 2015 – The Washington Times

Perfect Submission Possible

Clifford D. May

Michel Houellebecq is a sardonic and iconoclastic French novelist, winner of the prestigious Prix Goncourt, and subject of considerable controversy in Europe these days. He deserves to be controversial here in the United States as well. more...

4th December 2015 – PJ Media

What if the Jihad Fails?

Michael Ledeen

Napoleon famously preferred lucky generals to the most brilliant ones, and there is no doubt that luck plays an enormous role in life, whether through our own individual efforts or from earth-shaking events. My own guru, Machiavelli, believed that even the greatest leader could do no better than master fortune half the time. For the rest, life is full of surprises. more...

4th December 2015 – Interviewed by Eric Heyl - The Pittsburgh Tribune

‘This Is Not a War We Can’t Win’: Fighting ISIS

Clifford D. May

Clifford D. May is the founder and president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington, D.C., policy institute specializing in national security and foreign policy issues. He spoke to the Trib regarding how best to thwart the threat posed by ISIS and other jihadist groups. more...

18th November 2015 – The Washington Times

Forget Paris

Clifford D. May

For almost two generations, since Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, self-proclaimed jihadis have been fighting to re-establish Islamic supremacy and domination in the world. more...

15th November 2015 – The Wall Street Journal

A France-U.S. Anti-Islamist Alliance

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Even before the French-born Kouachi brothers went on a shooting rampage at the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine in January, French officials knew their luck was running out. Paris had always counted on its internal-security services—the finest counterterrorist force in the West—to keep the peace. more...


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29th July 2013 - 12:00 PM

Egyptian Revolution 2.0

A Conversation with Bahaa El-Taweal, Khairi Abaza, Reuel Marc Gerecht, Samuel Tadros, and Jonathan Schanzer

In light of the rapidly changing situation on the ground in Egypt, the U.S. must now determine how best to support Egypt's transition, protect U.S. interests, and advance democracy in the region. Are we supporting a military dictatorship over a popularly elected Islamist government? What does the future hold for the non-Islamist Tamarod movement? Will the Muslim Brotherhood rebound from this defeat? What does this crisis portend for the Muslim Brotherhood bloc, including Qatar and Turkey?

26th October 2012 - 3:00 AM

Khairi Abaza Speaks on Egypt’s New Government

Where is the Egyptian 'Third Republic' Heading

Al-Hewar Center, Vienna, VA