Analysis & Commentary

9th March 2015 - The Weekly Standard

Violent Extremist vs. Holy Warrior

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Is Barack Hussein Obama wrong to avoid appending “Islamic,” “Muslim,” “Islamist,” or even “jihadist” to the terrorism that has struck the West with increasing ferocity since the 1990s? This question has at least two parts: Is the president historically correct to do this? And...

27th February 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Hezbollah: Alive in West Africa

Laura Grossman

The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced new designations yesterday for several Africa-based individuals and entities connected to Hezbollah’s global terrorist network.

27th February 2015 - Quoted by Maryann Cusimano Love - The Hill

Name game

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

International leaders recently gathered in Washington for the Summit on Countering Violent Extremism. Some criticize President Obama for calling it "Violent Extremism;" they charge he is too concerned about relations with Muslim states or "too soft" to call out Islam.

27th February 2015 - Cited by Nadav Shragai

Iran: A global terrorist superpower

Grant Rumley, James Woolsey, Ali Alfoneh, Jonathan Schanzer

In recent weeks, we have witnessed a proliferation of statements by senior Iranian officials expressing their intention to destroy Israel • The U.S. knows all this and, no, it is not demanding that Tehran put a stop to its terrorist activities.

27th February 2015 - The Weekly Standard

New Docs Reveal Osama bin Laden’s Secret Ties With Iran

Thomas Joscelyn

This week, prosecutors in New York introduced eight documents recovered in Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan as evidence in the trial of a terrorism suspect. The U.S. government accuses Abid Naseer of taking part in an al Qaeda’s scheme to attack targets in Europe and New York City....

27th February 2015 - Quoted by Michael Martina - Reuters

Draft Chinese law paves way for counter-terror operations abroad

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

China is close to approving a law that will create a legal framework for sending troops abroad on counter-terrorism missions, as Beijing seeks to address the vulnerability of the country's growing global commercial and diplomatic interests.

26th February 2015 - CNN

The Situation Room

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein Ross discusses the identity of ISIS fighter 'Jihadi John'

26th February 2015 - WSJ Live

Opinion Journal

Oren Kessler

FDD Deputy Director of Research Oren Kessler on what motivates young Muslim men to join the Islamic State.

26th February 2015 - Quoted by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

The US Caught Two Members of Iran’s Lebanese Proxy Running an Amusement Park in Nigeria

Jonathan Schanzer

The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Asset Control added two individuals to its specially designated nationals list on February 26: Fouzi Reda Darwish Fawaz and Mustapha Reda Darwish Fawaz, two Lebanese men living and working in west Africa.

26th February 2015 - CTV

CTV News

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn on why Westerners are attracted to the Islamic State.

26th February 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Bomber Strikes NATO Diplomatic Convoy in Kabul

Bill Roggio

A Turkish soldier and an Afghan civilian were killed in the blast. The attack on NATO's envoy to Afghanistan takes place as rumors of peace talks between the Taliban, the Afghan government, and the US persist.

26th February 2015 - Quoted by Melanie Schmitz - Bustle

Capturing Mohammed Emwazi, “Jihadi John”, May Not Be As Important As Taking On Top ISIS Leaders

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The man behind the mask has been revealed. On Thursday, the Washington Post identified the individual behind the brutal beheadings of several ISIS hostages as Kuwaiti-born London man, Mohammed Emwazi.

26th February 2015 - Quoted by Tom Kutsch - Al Jazeera America

Unmasking of ‘Jihadi John’ sheds little light on his radicalization

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The transformation of Mohammed Emwazi into an ISIL stalwart defies easy comprehension, analysts say.

26th February 2015 - CNN

New Day

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross on the challenges of tracking potential terrorists.

26th February 2015 - CNN

New Day

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross on the identification of Jihadi John as a British national.

26th February 2015 - PJ Media

Iran Working as Strategic Partner with Hezbollah Against Israel

Benjamin Weinthal

The recent Hezbollah attack on an Israel Defense Forces convoy in the Har Dov area close to Israel’s border with Lebanon, in which two Israeli soldiers were killed, was the latest move in a dangerous and high stakes game that is now underway on Israel’s northern frontier. Israel and...

26th February 2015 - FDD Press Release

New Report by FDD Scholar Outlines Civil War in Libya

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

A new report authored by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, outlines how Libya’s civil war between the Dignity and Dawn campaigns empowers jihadist groups like the Islamic State and threatens the safety of Europe.

26th February 2015 - The Jewish Chronicle

What evidence? Guardian presents dodgy dossier on Iran’s bomb project

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Guardian and al Jazeera were handed another treasure trove of leaked intelligence files this week, purportedly from a South African intelligence source. The documents include dossiers allegedly supplied by Mossad to its South African counterpart.

26th February 2015 - Quoted by Jamila Trindle - Foreign Policy

Transfer Denied: The Hidden Costs of Washington’s War Against al-Shabab

Juan Zarate

As a child, Noor Dubow fled war in his homeland of Somalia. Growing up, he fought constantly against hunger while living in a refugee camp in neighboring Kenya. Today, he wears a tie to work, goes to school at night, and lives in a tightknit Somali community in America’s heartland.

25th February 2015 - 93.1 FM - Indianapolis, IN


Michael Ledeen

FDD Freedom Scholar Michael Ledeen on what might be included in a potential Iran nuclear deal.


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