Analysis & Commentary

22nd May 2015 - FOX News

Happening Now

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn critiques the rollout of the Bin Laden documents.

21st May 2015 - Quoted by Munzer al-Awad, Mike Giglio - Buzzfeed

Smugglers Say Palmyra’s Artifacts Will Be “Good Business”

Jonathan Schanzer

Much of the world is looking on with horror as ISIS storms the ancient city of Palmyra. Smugglers who trade in the booming black market of Syrian antiquities, though, say they sense a lucrative opportunity.

21st May 2015 - The Wall Street Journal

Opinion Journal

Thomas Joscelyn

Foundation for Defense of Democracies Senior Fellow Tom Joscelyn on the intelligence recovered from Osama bin Laden’s compound.

21st May 2015 - Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

The Hidden Story of the Bin Laden Documents: They Tell Us How al-Qaeda Really Works

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Who would have guessed that al-Qaeda had a job application so full of corporate jargon — "What objectives would you would like to accomplish on your jihad path?" — that it reads like a gag from Office Space?

21st May 2015 - The National Review

‘Lawrence of Arabia’ Was a Zionist

Benjamin Weinthal

This week, May 19 to be exact, marks the 80th anniversary of the death of T. E. Lawrence — generally known as Lawrence of Arabia — who played a crucial role as a British officer in defeating the Ottoman Empire in the heartland of the Islamic world. While widely recognized as a champion...

21st May 2015 - Quoted by Ivan Plis - The Daily Caller

Delta’s Recent Raid In Syria May Have Revealed An Inconvenient Truth About Fighting ISIS

Jonathan Schanzer

Last weekend’s special forces raid, which killed a midlevel Islamic State commander, has revived the debate on overt U.S. military ground action in Syria and Iraq.

21st May 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Seizes Syrian City of Palmyra

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State captured the central Syrian city of Palmyra, routing Syrian Arab Army forces and killing and capturing hundreds of soldiers. The jihadist group is now estimated to control half of Syria.

21st May 2015 - The Long War Journal

Coalition Airstrikes Kill 14 Al Nusrah Front Members

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, has released a series of photos purportedly showing the aftermath of coalition airstrikes in Syria. The group claims that 14 members were killed. The photos can be seen below.

21st May 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Losses Mount in Half-Baked War Against Islamic State

Jonathan Schanzer

The Post reports: “Concerns for one of the Middle East’s most renowned archaeological sites deepened Thursday after Islamic State militants swept into the historic Syrian city Palmyra, urging residents over mosque loudspeakers to turn in regime collaborators and army soldiers.

21st May 2015 - FOX News

Happening Now

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn comments on the importance of the Bin Laden documents.

21st May 2015 - FOX News

Special Report with Bret Baier

John Hannah

FDD Senior Counselor John Hannah comments on ISIS advances in Syria.

21st May 2015 - The New York Post

Call it ‘Fail Jazeera’ — Why The Network is Imploding

Oren Kessler , David Andrew Weinberg

For Al Jazeera, May is the cruelest month. In just the past four weeks, two ex-employees have filed separate lawsuits totaling some $100 million, three executives have resigned from its New York-based American channel and plans for a Turkish version have been scrapped.

21st May 2015 - Forbes

North Korea’s Takeaway From The Iran Nuclear Talks

Claudia Rosett

In defense of the Iran nuclear talks, Obama administration officials have made a number of unlikely claims, including the repeated proposition that under the current Tehran regime Iran’s nuclear program could be transformed into something “exclusively peaceful.” But one of the most...

21st May 2015 - The National Interest

Egypt’s Religious Freedom Farce

Oren Kessler

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt presents himself as an Islamic reformer. He has challenged the sheikhs of Al-Azhar University—Sunni Islam’s preeminent religious institution—to promote moderation, and took the bold step (by Egyptian standards) of wishing worshippers a merry...

20th May 2015 - Rudaw

Inside America

John Hannah

FDD Senior Counselor John Hannah discusses repression of the Kurds in Iran.

20th May 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Saudi Arabia Seeks Top Spot on U.N. Human Rights Council

David Andrew Weinberg

Saudi Arabia is making a bid to head the United Nations’ Human Rights Council (HRC) just days after it posted a slew of new job openings for executioners who would help carry out beheadings amid a massive uptick in state-sanctioned killings in the country.

20th May 2015 - Forbes

Ramadi Falls—And Iran Will Come To The Rescue?

Michael Ledeen

Experts most everywhere agree that the fall of Ramadi to Islamic State is a disaster. It solidifies IS control over a major east-west route from Ramadi (75-100 miles from Baghdad) to deep into Syria. American military and intelligence officials know all about this route, since anti-American...

20th May 2015 - Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Osama Bin Laden Seen as Isolated, Frustrated in Documents

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden spent his final years pleading with followers to stay focused on the goal of large-scale attacks against Americans, and avoid getting sucked into the regional wars and Muslim-on-Muslim violence that have come to define so much of the global jihadi...

20th May 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Expert: Iran’s Holocaust Denial, Echoing Nazi Rhetoric, Exposes Its True Threat To Israel

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Benjamin Weinthal

Iranian Holocaust denial, which echoes Nazi rhetoric, exposes an intent “to [repeat] that same crime,” Emanuele Ottolenghi, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), argued in an article published Monday in Tablet Magazine. Ottolenghi rejected claims that it is...

20th May 2015 - CTV

CTV News

Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellow Bill Roggio discusses the latest news in Ramadi.


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