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30th August 2016 - The Long War Journal

Former IMU cleric latest to denounce Islamic State

Bill Roggio

An influential jihadist who served as the mufti, or top religious figure, for the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and who defected to the Islamic State’s Khorasan province has denounced his new group and apologized for remaining silent on its misdeeds in the region.

30th August 2016 - Quoted by Agence France-Presse

Turkey risks becoming bogged down in Syria: analysts

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey's week-old cross-border offensive in Syria could become a drawn-out affair that stokes tensions with Washington if Ankara continues to take the fight to US-backed Kurdish fighters, analysts say.

30th August 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: BDS initiatives and their counter-efforts play out across Europe

Benjamin Weinthal

Europe's Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement has long percolated down through many layers of society. However, this month saw a range of countervailing forces designed to blunt the movement.

29th August 2016 - Fox News

Happening Now

John Hannah

Senior counselor, John Hannah, details FDD's new "Covering the Bases" report, which looks at reassessing the U.S. military deployments and basing in Turkey following July's coup attempt.

29th August 2016 - Patomac Institute for Policy Studies

Terrorism Challenges

Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir discusses Turkey's approach to terrorism.

29th August 2016 - The Hill

Iran looks to Latin America to revive missile infrastructure

Emanuele Ottolenghi

With the presidential campaign in full swing, U.S. media may be forgiven for downplaying the news of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's six-nation tour of Latin America last week. His visit, however, should elicit concern in Washington.

29th August 2016 - FDD Press Release

U.S., NATO Should Develop Contingency Plans to Move Military Bases Out of Turkey, FDD Report Finds

Amidst a recent spike in anti-American sentiment in Turkey since the failed coup d'etat in July, and owing to myriad foreign policy disagreements between Ankara and Washington in recent years, the United States and its NATO allies need a contingency plan for alternative military basing...

29th August 2016 - Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

Study: US Needs A Contingency Plan To Move Bases Out Of Turkey

Eric S. Edelman, John Cappello

Despite Turkey’s strategic role in U.S. defense policy, the military needs to have a contingency plan to move its bases out of the country, according to a recent study by a Washington, D.C. think tank.

29th August 2016 - Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

Iran’s Most Contentious Nuclear Site Just Got Some Serious Russian Firepower

Jonathan Schanzer

Iran’s premier nuclear enrichment facility just got a massive upgrade in its defense capabilities after installing the Russian S-300 surface-to-air missile defense system Monday.

29th August 2016 - Quoted by Dave Clark - Agence France-Presse

Turkish Syrian operation forces US to make hard choice

John Hannah

Turkey's dramatic intervention in Syria could prove a setback for the Islamic State group -- but it forces the United States to make a difficult choice between two unpredictable allies.

28th August 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Expert: West Bank Disorder Result of Abbas’ Failure to Prepare PA for Statehood

Grant Rumley, Jonathan Schanzer

The Palestinian Authority’s failure “to build itself as a state-like entity” is at the root of ongoing unrest in West Bank territories under its administration, Pinchas Inbari, a longtime Arab affairs correspondent for Israel Radio, wrote in an analysis published Wednesday by the...

28th August 2016 - Foreign Affairs

Rebranding Terror

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Thomas Joscelyn

On July 28, Abu Muhammad al-Julani, heretofore the emir of al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra, delivered what seemed to be a major announcement. Although Julani lavished praise on both al Qaeda emir Ayman al-Zawahiri and his predecessor Osama bin Laden, he noted two apparent...

27th August 2016 - Fox News

America’s Election HQ

James Woolsey

Chairman of FDD's Leadership Council, Jim Woolsey, discusses Hillary Clinton's meetings as Secretary of State, as well as Iranian boats that recently intercepted an American warship.

27th August 2016 - The Long War Journal

Taliban storms district in eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban took control of the district of Jani Khel in the eastern Afghan province of Paktia yesterday after laying siege to the district center for more than two weeks.

27th August 2016 - Quoted by Susan Crabtree - Washington Examiner

Biden’s thankless task in Turkey

Aykan Erdemir

Vice President Biden's bridge-building trip to Turkey didn't win rave reviews in Ankara or at home, but even critical U.S.-based Middle East experts say that extending the olive branch to an angry President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was one of the most critical and difficult U.S. diplomatic...

27th August 2016 - Al Jazeera

Afghanistan: Who controls what?

Since the Taliban was ousted from power following the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, the armed group's control over parts of Afghanistan has fluctuated widely.Since the Taliban was ousted from power following the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, the armed group's control over parts...

27th August 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

In Germany, Israelis help to launch anti-BDS group

Benjamin Weinthal

Israelis along with Germans launched the Action Forum group, which included a protest against BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) activists targeting Jewish state products in front of a Berlin department store on Thursday.

26th August 2016 - Quoted by Katilin Lavinder - The Cipher Brief

Turkish Moves in Syria Show Policy Shift & Politicking

Aykan Erdemir

A fresh wave of Turkish tanks rolled into Syria yesterday, in an effort to both fight the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL) and to keep Kurdish forces in check.

26th August 2016 - The Long War Journal

Zawahiri says jihadists should prepare for guerrilla war in Iraq

Thomas Joscelyn

As Sahab, al Qaeda’s propaganda arm, released the third episode of Ayman al Zawahiri’s “Brief Messages to a Victorious Ummah” series on Aug. 25. The latest installment is subtitled “Fear Allah in Iraq.”

26th August 2016 - Quoted by Kaitlin Lavinder - The Cipher Brief

Turkish Moves in Syria Show Policy Shift & Politicking

A fresh wave of Turkish tanks rolled into Syria yesterday, in an effort to both fight the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL) and to keep Kurdish forces in check. Concerns about the Syrian YPG – a primarily Kurdish military force operating in northern Syria and viewed by Turkey as...

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