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20th January 2018 - Asia Times

New Uighur jihadist group emerges

A Syria-based jihadist group mainly comprised of ethnic Uighurs has been stepping up social media campaigns, in yet another instance of al Qaeda-linked militants claiming to represent the ethnic group.

19th January 2018 - Co-authored by Derek Maltz - Foreign Policy

It’s Time for the Justice Department to Hold Hezbollah Accountable

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Last month, a Politico investigation ignited a firestorm by charging that the Obama administration deliberately undermined Project Cassandra, an ambitious effort by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to stop Hezbollah from trafficking drugs into the United States and Europe. Veterans...

19th January 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

Tillerson Revises U.S. Policy on Syria

David Adesnik

In a speech Wednesday at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson articulated the most detailed vision so far of the Trump administration’s Syria policy. Building on President Trump’s address last October that described his strategy for confronting...

19th January 2018 - The Cipher Brief

Turkey-U.S.: How to Rekindle a Win-Win Relationship

Aykan Erdemir

Although the U.S. and Turkey engage in robust cooperation on the political, military, and economic fronts, Ankara has experienced significant changes under the leadership of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which threaten the foundations of this relationship.

19th January 2018 - Journal du Cameroun

US says four Shabaab militants killed in Somalia strike

US forces in Somalia said Friday that four Al-Shabaab militants were killed in an airstrike as part of the ongoing offensive against the jihadist rebels.

19th January 2018 - Focus

Machtkampf der Terroristen: Al-Kaida will dem geschwächten IS Unterstützer abjagen

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Das selbsterklärte „Kalifat“ der Terrormiliz Islamischer Staat in Syrien und Irak ist unter militärischem Druck zusammengebrochen. Doch ein Ende des Terrorismus bedeutet das nicht, ganz im Gegenteil: Nun liefern sich IS und Al-Kaida einen Machtkampf um die Führung der radikalen...

19th January 2018 - The Guardian

Al-Qaida moves in to recruit from Islamic State and its affiliates

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Al-Qaida has been trying to win over extremists from Islamic State, while the Isis “caliphate” collapses amid heavy losses of men, material, territory and prestige.

18th January 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: US seeks extradition of Bin Laden loyalist imprisoned in France

Thomas Joscelyn

The US is seeking the extradition of Christian Ganczarski from France, where he has been imprisoned since 2003. A French court convicted Ganczarski on terror-related charges for his role in the Apr. 11, 2002 suicide bombing at a synagogue in Djerba, Tunisia. The bomber called Ganczarski...

18th January 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

President Trump Calls Out Russia for Helping North Korean Sanctions Evasion

Mathew Ha, Boris Zilberman

“Russia is not helping us at all with North Korea,” President Trump said yesterday in an Oval Office interview with Reuters. “What China is helping us with, Russia is denting,” the president added. Trump is correct when he accuses Moscow of being complicit in the Kim regime’s...

18th January 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

Hezbollah Terrorist Trial in Bulgaria Starts

Benjamin Weinthal

The trial of two Hezbollah operatives, who allegedly blew up an Israeli tour bus in 2012, killing five Israelis and their Bulgarian bus driver, started on Wednesday in Sofia, Bulgaria.

18th January 2018 - RealClear Defense

The Murder of a Terrorism Prosecutor: What Alberto Nisman Continues to Teach Us

Toby Dershowitz

On January 18, 2015, Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found bludgeoned and shot to death in his normally well-protected Buenos Aires apartment. His assassination was likely one more attempted cover-up in a long list of cover-ups associated with Argentina’s deadliest terrorist...

18th January 2018 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

State Department Hiding ‘Game Changer’ Report on Myth of Palestinian Refugees

Richard Goldberg

The State Department is hiding a classified report on Palestinian refugees that insiders say could be a game changer in how the United States approaches the situation and allocates millions in taxpayer funds to a key United Nations agency, according to multiple sources briefed on the...

18th January 2018 - Quoted by Charles Bybelezer - The Media Line

Hizbullah’s Reign Of Terror: From Beirut & Beyond

Benjamin Weinthal

The trial of two Hizbullah operatives accused of blowing up an Israeli tour bus in 2012, killing five Israelis and the Bulgarian driver, kicked off this week in Sofia. The suspects, Meliad Farah and Hassan El Hajj Hassan, are being tried in absentia after fleeing to Lebanon, which refuses to...

18th January 2018 - Quoted by Ryan Pickrell - The Daily Caller

These Are The Four Sports North Korea Will Compete In At The Olympics In The South

Anthony Ruggiero

North Korea will compete in four different events at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea, according to the top organizer.

18th January 2018 - Bitcoin Magazine

“Bitcoin Laundering” Study: Where Do Criminals Turn to Mask Illicit Cryptoassets?

A recent study (PDF) from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance and blockchain analytics company Elliptic explored the “bitcoin laundering” ecosystem. In the study, Elliptic’s forensic analysis of the Bitcoin blockchain and other publicly...

18th January 2018 - Fox News

Syrian opposition leaders, in Washington for talks, deliver message to Trump administration, Congres

Tony Badran

Members of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) left Washington, D.C., last night following several days of meetings with a White House official, members of Congress and State Department officials. Their message for President Trump was clear: Stop Iran and Al Qaeda in Syria, and they will work with...

18th January 2018 - Townhall

What’s The State Department Hiding In Their Classified Report On Palestinian Refugees

Richard Goldberg

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) was established in 1949 to provide assistance to Palestinians displaced during the 1948 and 1967 Arab-Israeli wars. Its mandate is to provide assistance to over 5 million refugees.

18th January 2018 - The Hayride

Holton: New Orleans City Council Aligns with Pro-Hamas Movement

Jonathan Schanzer

Last week, in a shamefully concealed ploy designed to stifle public input, the New Orleans City Council passed a measure targeting Israel with the so-called Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement.

18th January 2018 - BuzzFeed

How Rex Tillerson Thinks He Can Avoid Mission Creep in Syria

Mark Dubowitz

The US's top diplomat has called for an indefinite US troop presence in Syria to stanch Iranian expansion. But in an interview he said that doesn't mean the US will fight Tehran – unless Iran shoots first.

18th January 2018 - PolitiFact

Fact-checking Donald Trump’s ‘results’ from his fake news awards

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

As part of his much-hyped "fake news awards," President Donald Trump offered 10 pieces of news he said the media was ignoring. "While the media spent 90 percent of the time focused on negative coverage or fake news, the President has been getting results," he wrote.

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