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24th April 2018 - Foreign Podicy

Podcast: Of Strikes and Strategy: U.S. Policy in Syria

Clifford D. May, John Hannah

Foreign Podicy host Clifford D. May is joined by John Hannah, senior counselor at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, who has served on the national security teams of both democratic and republican administrations, to discuss the ongoing crises and potential ways forward in Syria and...

24th April 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

German CEO: Israel should no longer rely on Germany for its existence

Benjamin Weinthal

In an eye-popping commentary in the Die Welt newspaper last week, Mathias Döpfner, the pro-Israel CEO of the Axel Springer media conglomerate in Berlin, wrote that the Jewish state should no longer depend on Germany if it is attacked and its existence is on the line.

23rd April 2018 - Fox News

Iran spreads lies claiming America supports terrorists after US-led attack on Syria

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran has been filling the airwaves and the Internet with anti-American lies, slander and ridiculous conspiracy theories since the U.S., Britain and France launched missile strikes on Syria April 14 in response to dictator Bashar Assad’s use of chemical weapons to kill his own citizens

23rd April 2018 - Real Clear Defense

The Senate’s Blind Spot on Terrorism in Yemen

Alexandra N. Gutowski

On Tuesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee pressed hard on top administration officials to justify U.S. support for the Saudi war effort in Yemen, where hunger and cholera cause tremendous suffering. Senators certainly should be asking these tough questions, yet their narrow focus...

23rd April 2018 - Politico

How Macron can win over Trump on Iran

Richard Goldberg

French President Emmanuel Macron comes to Washington this week with two important items on his agenda: keep American troops in Syria and keep U.S. President Donald Trump in the Iran nuclear deal. Macron will have a tough sell to an American president who’s made clear he wants out of both....

23rd April 2018 - New York Post

Trump shouldn’t give in to Macron’s Iran deal request

Richard Goldberg

French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Washington Monday with a seemingly innocuous request for President Trump: Let Europe keep doing business with Iran. But unless Trump wants to make a bad nuclear deal even worse, he should flatly reject Macron’s request.

23rd April 2018 - Fox Business

Cavuto: Coast to Coast

John Hannah

FDD senior counselor John Hannah joins Cavuto: Coast to Coast on Fox Business to discuss North Korea's announcement that it will suspend its nuclear program ahead of the U.S.-North Korea summit planned for next month.

21st April 2018 - War on the Rocks

Turkey’s Snap Elections: Erdogan’s Improvised Gambit

Aykan Erdemir

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called snap elections on Wednesday, bringing forward parliamentary and presidential elections to June 24, almost 17 months earlier than scheduled. Erdogan was once a sworn enemy of early elections, referring to them previously as “a sign of...

20th April 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

German LGBT group closes bank account to protest BDS activity

Benjamin Weinthal

The Magnus Hirschfeld Foundation – named after a gay German-Jewish scientist who was persecuted by the Nazis – has terminated its account with the Bank for Social Economy over the financial institution’s enabling of organizations that advocate a boycott of Israel.

20th April 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

In Helmand, Taliban dominates security situation

Bill Roggio

The Taliban currently controls seven of Helmand's 13 districts and contests the other six, according to date compiled by LWJ.

20th April 2018 - Fox Business

Lou Dobbs Tonight

John Hannah

FDD Senior Counselor John Hannah joins Lou Dobbs Tonight to discuss Pompeo's meeting with Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang and the subsequent announcement that North Korea will suspend its nuclear program.

19th April 2018 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

U.S. Personnel Embedded With Lebanese Forces, Raising Concern Of Hezbollah Penetration

Tony Badran

A senior U.S. official disclosed this week that American personnel have been stationed in the Lebanese Armed Forces, or LAF, a contested fighting force that is closely aligned with the Iranian-backed terror group Hezbollah, according to testimony this week that has caused alarm in Congress...

19th April 2018 - Quoted by Kristina Jovanovski - NBC News

Erdogan ‘needs every vote’ and is looking to Turks in U.S. for support

Aykan Erdemir

A year after his bodyguards brawled with protesters on a Washington street, Turkey's strongman president is bringing his ruling party to the United States in what observers say is a campaign to improve its battered reputation.

19th April 2018 - FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

U.S., UK Act to Block Chinese Technology Threat

Annie Fixler , Trevor Logan

This week, the U.S. and UK governments took steps to combat key national security threats posed by two Chinese telecommunications companies. On Monday, the U.S. Commerce Department banned all U.S. sales to ZTE, a Chinese telecommunications company that violated export controls.

19th April 2018 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD's Behnam Ben Taleblu joins the John Batchelor show to discuss the fate of the JCPOA deal.

19th April 2018 - Quoted by Samantha Chang - BTC Manager

Bitcoin Is Wrongly Linked To Mass Money-Laundering, Says Canadian Chief Scientist

One reason for bitcoin’s image problem is the pseudonymity that cryptocurrency transactions afford because the ecosystem is decentralized and largely unregulated. But transactions are not completely anonymous, according to Quebec’s Chief Scientist Office.

19th April 2018 - Quoted by Amberin Zaman - Al Monitor

Is an AKP victory inevitable in upcoming Turkish polls?

Aykan Erdemir

As the shock of early elections announced yesterday begins to recede, a sense of inevitability is seizing Turkey. No matter what, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will emerge victorious, or so groupthink has it.

19th April 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban forces hundreds of schools in Kunduz to close

Bill Roggio

The closure of the schools highlights the Taliban's grip on the province, where all of the districts are currently contested.

18th April 2018 - Quoted by AIJAC

After the US-UK-French attack in Syria

Jonathan Schanzer

As reader are undoubtedly aware, on Saturday, 105 missiles were fired by American, British and French military units at Syrian chemical weapons research and storage sites, in punishment for the latest Assad regime chemical weapons attack in Douma on April 7, which killed at least 75 people....

18th April 2018 - Quoted by Alex Lockie - Business Insider

Israel sees an Iranian ‘air force’ assembling in Syria — and looks ready to deal it a knockout blow

Tony Badran, Jonathan Schanzer

Israel's military on Tuesday apparently let leak a series of news reports indicating that it sees an Iranian air force forming in Syria and hinting that it may be willing to deal it a knockout blow.

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