Analysis & Commentary


1st June 2018 - Fox News

Iran still seeking tech for weapons of mass destruction: German intel

Benjamin Weinthal

Iran’s regime has not stopped its drive to secure technology and scientific knowledge to produce weapon of mass destruction, the intelligence agency of the German state of Baden-Württemberg disclosed in a report last week.

18th June 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban rejects ceasefire extension, resumes attacks on ‘internal puppets’

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban has rejected a request by the Afghan government to extend its short-lived ceasefire. “Mujahideen throughout the country are ordered to continue their operations against the foreign invaders and their internal puppets as before,” the group said in a short statement published...

18th June 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban rejects ceasefire extension, resumes attacks on ‘internal puppets’

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban has rejected a request by the Afghan government to extend its short-lived ceasefire. “Mujahideen throughout the country are ordered to continue their operations against the foreign invaders and their internal puppets as before,” the group said in a short statement published...

18th June 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

German Jews urge Firing of ‘Antisemitic’ Green Party Ramallah Office Head

Benjamin Weinthal

A prominent German Jewish organization – Values Initiative – called on Friday for the German Green Party’s think tank to discharge the head of its Ramallah-based office because she allegedly spreads contemporary antisemitism and defends Palestinian terrorism against the Jewish state....

16th June 2018 - Jewish Federation of New Mexico

Chai Desert Radio

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD's Behnam Ben Taleblu joins Chai Desert Radio to discuss the United States’ recent decision to pull out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, better known as the Iran Nuclear Deal

16th June 2018 - The National

Tehran and its proxies are willing to sacrifice the welfare of ordinary Yemenis to keep the conflict

Behnam Ben Taleblu

“There is no military solution to the conflict,” says the UN special envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths. Iranian officials agree, at least in public, yet Tehran keeps sending weapons to the Houthi rebels, including ballistic missiles. Arming the rebels makes perfect sense when Iran does...

16th June 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

German Bank Enabling BDS may Violate its Ethical Code of Conduct

Benjamin Weinthal

The pro-Israel group Action Forum Israel (Aktionsforum Israel) in Germany has released an eye-popping report on its website, questioning whether the Bank for Social Economy violated its internal policies and anti-terror finance laws by providing a bank account to the pro-BDS group Jewish...

16th June 2018 - Fox News

America’s News HQ

John Hannah

FDD's John Hannah joins Fox News to discuss what is necessary to denuclearize North Korea, following the summit held between Kim Jong Un and President Trump.

15th June 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

Iraqi Shiite Cleric Sadr Announces Political Alliance with Pro-Iran Coalition

Romany Shaker

This week, Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr announced a political alliance with Hadi al-Amiri, leader of a pro-Iran coalition linked to powerful Iranian-backed militias. The move represents a change of direction for Sadr, who had been marketing himself as a nationalist who opposes any...

15th June 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State’s Turkish executioner killed in Deir Ezzor

Aykan Erdemir

US-backed Syrian Defense Forces (SDF) reportedly killed the Islamic State executioner Talip Akkurt, known by his nom de guerre Abu Talha al Turki, who burned two Turkish soldiers alive in Syria in 2016.

15th June 2018 - The Hill

Trump must still hold North Korea accountable for cyberattacks

Trevor Logan, Mathew Ha

Following the U.S.-North Korea summit in Singapore earlier this week, Kim Jong Un has temporarily halted ballistic missile and nuclear weapons testing in exchange for President Trump pausing its maximum pressure campaign. Meanwhile, Pyongyang’s cyberattacks against South Korea have...

15th June 2018 - Foreign Policy

Lebanon Is Protecting Hezbollah’s Cocaine Trade in Latin America

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Days after the Trump administration withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, Washington ramped up sanctions against Hezbollah as part of its offensive against Tehran and its proxies. Yet U.S. policy toward the Lebanese militant group continues to be incoherent.

15th June 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

Munich Mayor Accuses Roger Waters of Antisemitism, Sparking Legal Action

Benjamin Weinthal

Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter slammed Roger Waters, co-founder of the British band Pink Floyd, for his stoking of antisemitism against Israel, triggering an angry reaction from the singer on Friday.

15th June 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Emir of Pakistani Taliban thought killed in US airstrike

Bill Roggio

A spokesman for Afghanistan’s Ministry of Defense claimed that Mullah Fazlullah, the emir of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan (TTP), was killed in a US airstrike in the remote Afghan province of Kunar on June 13.

14th June 2018 - Foreign Policy

Kuwait and Oman Are Stuck in Arab No Man’s Land

Jonathan Schanzer, Varsha Koduvayur

Just over a year ago, four of America’s Arab allies — Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt — severed relations with Qatar, another key U.S. ally. They enacted a land, sea, and air blockade to punish the tiny emirate for what they claimed was Doha’s “embrace of...

14th June 2018 - Quoted by Brian Bennett - Time

This Is What Trump’s Impulsive Diplomacy Looks Like

Mark Dubowitz

Kim Jong Un had a request. As Donald Trump wooed the North Korean leader inside a former British garrison in Singapore, Kim asked Trump to suspend military exercises by U.S. and South Korean forces on the Korean Peninsula, long a source of concern for Pyongyang’s hair-trigger military....

14th June 2018 - Quoted by Michael Lipin - Voice of America

Israeli Diplomat: US-North Korea Agreement Puts Pressure on Iran

Behnam Ben Taleblu

A senior Israeli diplomat has welcomed Tuesday’s U.S.-North Korean agreement to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, saying it puts more pressure on Israeli foe Iran to drop its own nuclear ambitions.

14th June 2018 - Voice of America

Voice of America

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD's Behnam Ben Taleblu joins VOA to discuss how President Trump needs more North Korean concessions before he can achieve his goal of preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

14th June 2018 - Quoted by Ibrahim Ahmed - Voice of America

Analysts Doubt Derna Capture Will End Extremism in E. Libya

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar and his self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) are poised to capture the last remaining city outside of their control in eastern Libya, after weeks of heavy fighting, bombardment and airstrikes, and after years of siege.

13th June 2018 - Quoted by Austin Bodetti - The Diplomat

How the US Is Indirectly Arming the Taliban

Bill Roggio

While empowering allied militaries to confront insurgents on their own has become the cornerstone of the American approach to counterterrorism, that strategy comes with a drawback: those militaries often lose Western-supplied equipment to American-labeled terrorist organizations.

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