Analysis & Commentary


5th February 2016 - The Long War Journal

Hezbollah tries to shift attention to the West Bank

David Daoud

Israeli security forces announced last week their dismantling of a five-man terror cell from the West Bank city of Tulkarem, jihadists who were recruited by Hezbollah’s secretive Unit 133. The men were instructed to gather intelligence information on Israel Defense Forces (IDF) training...

4th February 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Head of Iranian Army: Missile Program is a Threat to Enemies, Including Israel

Mark Dubowitz, Boris Zilberman

The head of Iran’s armed forces said that Tehran does “not pay attention” to United Nations resolutions banning its development of ballistic missiles, and indicated that its missile program is a threat against Iran’s enemies, including Israel, Reuters reported on Thursday, citing...

4th February 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Expert: U.S. Must Ground Iranian Airline that Transports Troops, Weapons to Syria

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The United States’ failure to ground a sanctioned Iranian airline that provides logistical support to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Syria underscores a severe loss of American credibility, which the Obama administration should immediately act to restore by penalizing...

4th February 2016 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Kerry is the only one who couldn’t see that Syria talks were fruitless

Jonathan Schanzer

Talks on the future of Syria predictably have stalled. Just a few days after they began, the United Nations “suspended” the proceedings.

4th February 2016 - The Long War Journal

Senior AQAP commander reportedly killed in US drone strike in Yemen

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

A senior al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leader may have been killed in a US drone strike that was launched in southern Yemen last night. Several fighters were reportedly killed and jihadists on social media claim that one of them was Jalal al Bala’idi, a prominent AQAP field...

4th February 2016 - Tablet Magazine

America Makes a U-Turn in the Middle East

Tony Badran

The administration of President Barack Obama seldom missed an opportunity to insist that the alternative to the Iran nuclear deal was a war with Iran, a prospect that has now presumably been kicked further down the road. Middle Easterners are not so lucky: They get to fight their wars with...

4th February 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

World Pledges Over $10 Billion to Help Syrian Refugees as Peace Talks Stall

Tony Badran

International donors pledged over $10 billion to assist refugees fleeing from Syria’s civil war, the Associated Press reported on Thursday.

4th February 2016 - Sirius XM Canada

The Arlene Bynon Show

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses Saudi Arabia's willingness to send troops to Syria.

4th February 2016 - FOX Business

Lou Dobbs Tonight

John Hannah

John Hannah of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies on the $1.7B ‘ransom’ payment to Iran.

3rd February 2016 - FDD Press Release

Anti-Money Laundering and Terror Finance Expert Joins FDD’s Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance

John Cassara, a 26-year federal intelligence and law enforcement veteran and expert on anti-money laundering policy and terror finance issues, has been named to the board of advisors of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance (CSIF).

3rd February 2016 - The Long War Journal

AQAP provides social services, implements sharia while advancing in southern Yemen

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) took control of Azzan, a town in Yemen’s southeastern Shabwa province, earlier this week. The jihadists reportedly faced no resistance as they settled in. Citing local residents, Xinhua reported that “many checkpoints were established in Azzan and...

3rd February 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Nuclear Deal Paves Way for Iran-Russia Ballistic Missile Cooperation

Boris Zilberman

Since the start of talks over Iran’s nuclear program over two years ago, Russia and Iran have moved towards deepening economic and strategic ties in anticipation of Tehran’s reintegration into the global economy.

3rd February 2016 - CBN

700 Club

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford D. May comments on President Obama's visit to the Islamic Center of Baltimore.

3rd February 2016 - CapX

US picks sides in EU anti-Israel trade war

Benjamin Weinthal

When a European Union policy decision can bring together two senators as ideologically diverse as Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), the issue must be egregious. And the EU initiative targeting Israeli exports fits the bill. Gillibrand and Cruz took the lead along with a...

3rd February 2016 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

‘Weakest position in Syria in years’

Aykan Erdemir

Pro-government forces in Syria have reportedly broken a rebel siege of two villages northwest of Aleppo, effectively cutting off Turkey's supply line to opposition groups operating in and around Syria's largest city.

3rd February 2016 - The Long War Journal

US strikes Pakistani Taliban faction in eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The US is reported to have killed 18 Taliban fighters from Pakistan in an airstrike last night in an eastern Afghanistan area known to serve as a safe haven for several terrorist groups. The Taliban fighters who were killed are believed to belong to a group led by Sajna Mehsud, an al...

3rd February 2016 - The Wall Street Journal Europe

Flying in the Face of U.S. Sanctions

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Mahan Air is an Iranian passenger airline that also happens to be a favorite with the country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The IRGC uses Mahan planes to ferry weapons and personnel to aid the Syrian regime. That’s according to the U.S. government, which has repeatedly committed...

3rd February 2016 - FDD Press

Nuclear Deal: Impact on Iran-Turkey Economic Relations

Jonathan Schanzer

The recent implementation of the Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA) will have a profound impact on the Middle East. From heightened tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia to Iran’s ability to finance terrorist proxies with sanctions relief, there are many...

3rd February 2016 - The Wall Street Journal

The Revolution Devours Its Own

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Laura Secor surprised me. I had expected to read yet another journalist’s account of an Iran where “reformists,” though bruised and battered, remain hopeful and allied to “moderate” president Hassan Rouhani. An Iran in which Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif actually means what...

3rd February 2016 - The Washington Times

The Islamist wears Dolce & Gabbana

Clifford D. May

In the “culture” section of the venerable Atlantic magazine last month, there was a news item I wouldn’t want you to miss: “The Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana has just launched a line of hijabs (headscarves) and abayas (cloaks) in the label’s signature playful, theatrical...

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