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18th September 2014

Islamist Foreign Fighters Returning Home and the Threat to Europe

18th September 2014 - Interviewed by John Gizzi - Newsmax

ISIS Is Already An Oil-Rich State, Former Cheney Adviser Says

John Hannah

As Western nations are now poised to take action against ISIS, the Islamic terrorists are already “closer to being an actual state than any American should be comfortable with,” John Hannah, the onetime national security adviser to former Vice President Dick Cheney, told Newsmax.

18th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Assaults City in Syrian Kurdistan

Bill Roggio

The border town of Kobane is under siege from the Islamic State, which continues to advance in Aleppo province.

18th September 2014 - Quoted by Louis Jacobson - Politifact.com

Have Three Detainees Swapped for Bowe Bergdahl Now Joined ISIS?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

A reader recently sent us a link to a rather startling claim -- that three of the five Guantanamo detainees released by the United States in late May in exchange for Taliban prisoner Bowe Bergdahl have now taken up arms for the Islamic State.

18th September 2014 - CNN

Wolf Blitzer

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz comments on the latest nuclear negotiations with Iran

18th September 2014 - 104.1 KQTH - Tucson, AZ

The Jon Justice Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the latest video released by IS.

18th September 2014 - Fox News

Happening Now

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses Iran's role in combatting the Islamic State

18th September 2014 - Now Lebanon

Bigotry Behind The Cassock

Tony Badran

Last week, an indignant audience including prelates and leaders of the Eastern Christian churches, booed Senator Ted Cruz off the stage while he was speaking in Washington at the gala dinner for a conference held by the In Defense of Christians (IDC) organization.

18th September 2014 - Quoted by Deborah Haynes - The Times of London

Jihadist in Beheading Video May Have Taken Drugs

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The militant who boasted in a video of beheading the British hostage David Haines slurred his words, in a sign that he may have been intoxicated or stressed, scientific analysis of his voice has suggested.

18th September 2014 - Quoted by Luke Baker and Noah Browning - Reuters

Insight - After Mahmoud Abbas, Who Will Lead the Palestinians?

Grant Rumley

Most Palestinians have known only two leaders: Yasser Arafat, the stubble-chinned firebrand fond of chequered scarves and olive fatigues, and Mahmoud Abbas, a smooth-shaven father figure who favours Western suits and ties.

18th September 2014 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Experts See Qatar Making Tactical Adjustment, Not Dropping Islamist Support

David Andrew Weinberg

Qatar's gesture in deporting seven Muslim Brotherhood members does not represent a major strategic shift, but rather a temporary, tactical adjustment to overcome building pressure on the country, Gulf experts tell The Jerusalem Post.

17th September 2014 - CNN

The Situation Room

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross analyzes IS's latest recruitment video release.

17th September 2014 - The Washington Times

Faith, Fanaticism and Fantasy in the Middle East

Clifford D. May

“God created war,” theorized Mark Twain, “so that Americans would learn geography.” That’s as true today as it was two centuries ago. How many of us would be able to find Yemen, Somalia and Mali on a map if not for the conflicts raging in those lands?

17th September 2014 - Radio America

Radio America with Greg Corombos

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May discusses President Obama's IS strategy.

17th September 2014 - INSS Memorandum 142

A Nuclear Deal with Iran and the Perils of Sanctions Relief

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Western negotiators routinely explain that the purpose of the sanctions regime against Iran is to increase negotiating leverage against the Islamic Republic.

17th September 2014 - Cited by Julian E. Barnes and Carol E. Lee - The Wall Street Journal

Obama Plans to Tightly Control Strikes on Syria

The U.S. military campaign against Islamist militants in Syria is being designed to allow President Barack Obama to exert a high degree of personal control, going so far as to require that the military obtain presidential signoff for strikes in Syrian territory, officials said.

17th September 2014 - Interviewed by Eric Mandel - The Jerusalem Post

Qatar and Turkey As Supporters of Terrorism

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkey is the eastern flank of NATO. Qatar is an oil-rich Gulf State which houses a major American air base and is the headquarters of the United States Air Force’s Central Command.

17th September 2014 - Quoted by Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

Like A Sibling Spat for Attention, Islamic State-al Qaeda ‘Competition’ Could Prompt U.S. Strikes

Bill Roggio

Islamic State militants may now be engaged in a competition with al Qaeda to be the successors to Osama bin Laden’s terrorist empire, with disastrous implications for Americans’ safety, top security officials said Wednesday.

17th September 2014 - FDD Advisory

FDD Scholar to Testify Before Congress Friday on Threat of Islamist Foreign Fighters

Thomas Joscelyn, senior fellow for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, will testify before the House Foreign Affairs Committee Friday on “Islamist Foreign Fighters Returning Home and the Threat to Europe.”

17th September 2014 - WRC, Washington, D.C.

Andy Parks Show Live from Washington Times

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May discusses his latest column: "Faith, Fanaticism and Fantasy in the Middle East."

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