Analysis & Commentary

25th November 2015 - FDD Press

Strengthening the Verification and Implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) puts Iran’s nuclear program under greater scrutiny than before and reduces the likelihood of an overt dash to the bomb for the next 10 years.

25th November 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Russia is Already Exacting Its Revenge on Turkey for Downing a Russian Warplane

Boris Zilberman

Just over 24 hours after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane on after claiming the jet had violated Turkish airspace, Moscow is already exacting its revenge — albeit subtly.

25th November 2015 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - The Times of Israel

In Fight for Syrian Refugees, US Groups Recall Jews’ Flight From Europe

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

American Jewish organizations don’t see the Syrian refugees as a threat; they see them as a reminder.

25th November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Graphic Promotes the Islamic State’s Prolific Media Machine

Thomas Joscelyn

On November 23, a supporter of the Islamic State posted a graphic on Twitter that purportedly summarizes the “caliphate’s” prolific propaganda efforts over the course of the previous year, from late 2014 to late 2015.

25th November 2015 - The Washington Times

Memo to Presidential Campaign Advisers

Clifford D. May

This memorandum is addressed to the brave souls advising presidential candidates. As you know, the recent terrorist attacks in France – and in Mali, Nigeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey and Israel – have altered the political landscape. With less than a year to go before the...

25th November 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Russia on Downing of Jet by Turkey: ‘We Have Serious Doubts It Was an Accident’

Boris Zilberman

In a press call on Wednesday morning, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters that Turkey's decision to shoot down a Russian warplane on Tuesday seemed like a "planned provocation."

24th November 2015 - FOX News

Happening Now

Clifford D. May

FDD President Cliff May discusses the Paris attacks and implications of presidential elections.

24th November 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Putin’s Belligerence Reaches a Tipping Point

Merve Tahiroglu, Patrick Megahan

Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet today after it violated the country’s airspace.

24th November 2015 - CNN

New Day

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on intelligence, the EU, and the Paris attacks.

24th November 2015 - Quoted by Linda Qiu - Politifact

Bernie Sanders is Right: Saudi Arabia is More Focused on the Conflict in Yemen Than Fighting ISIS

David Andrew Weinberg

Bernie Sanders delivered his long-awaited speech on democratic socialism last week, also outlining his plan for fighting ISIS.

24th November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State ‘Province’ Bombs Hotel In the Sinai

Thomas Joscelyn

Earlier today, the Islamic State’s so-called Sinai “province” attacked a hotel where a number of judges were staying as they oversaw elections. According to initial casualty reports, four people were killed.

24th November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Jihadist-led Coalition Launches Counteroffensive in Syria’s Aleppo Province

Thomas Joscelyn

The Jaysh al Fateh coalition, which is led by jihadist groups, claims to have overrun several towns and villages in the southern part of Syria’s Aleppo province in the past 24 hours. Leading factions in Jaysh al Fateh, including Al Nusrah Front and Ahrar al Sham, have posted a series of...

24th November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Assault Squad Pledges Allegiance to Emir Mullah Mansour

Bill Roggio

A Taliban suicide assault team known as the Muaskar ul Fida has pledged allegiance to the Taliban’s new emir, Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour. The suicide squad is likely loyal to the Haqqani Network, an al Qaeda-linked Taliban group that is backed by Pakistan’s military and intelligence...

24th November 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Putin: Turkey’s Downing of a Russian Warplane ‘a Stab in the Back’ By ‘Accomplices of Terrorists’

Boris Zilberman

Russian President Vladimir Putin harshly rebuked Turkey for its downing of a Russian warplane Tuesday morning. "Today's loss is linked to a stab in the back delivered to us by accomplices of terrorists," Putin said Tuesday from the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi before a meeting with...

24th November 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Expert: New Legislation Would Empower U.S. to Fight Hezbollah’s Illicit Financing Activities

Tyler Stapleton

The Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015, which passed the Senate unanimously last week, would strengthen the United States’ ability to clamp down on the Iranian-backed terrorist group’s illicit financing activities if it’s signed into law, Tyler Stapleton, a deputy...

24th November 2015 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

NATO Backs Turkey But Seeks to Lower Tensions With Russia

Jonathan Schanzer

NATO says it stands with Turkey following an emergency meeting in Brussels of its 28 ambassadors requested by Ankara to discuss the downing a Russian warplane Tuesday by Turkish jets.

23rd November 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Congress Moves to Target Hezbollah with New Sanctions

Tyler Stapleton

Congress took action this week to target Hezbollah and its global network of illicit finance.

23rd November 2015 - NPR

The Diane Rehm Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on globalization, religious extremism, and jihad around the world.

23rd November 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Iran Sentences WaPo Reporter Jason Rezaian to Unspecified Prison Term

Benjamin Weinthal

A spokesman for the Iranian judiciary has announced that Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post reporter who was arrested by Iranian authorities in July 2014, was sentenced to prison, Reuters reported Sunday. No details were given regarding the length of his prison term.

23rd November 2015 - Quoted by Max Fisher - Vox

The Problem at the Heart of ISIS — and Why the World Seems Unable to Solve It

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

If you look at a map of ISIS's territory over the past year, it seems to tell a promising story. The group has lost "something like 25 percent of their territory" since just last summer, according to Brookings scholar William McCants.


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