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21st November 2014 - A conversation with Chuck Todd - NBC

Tweet The Press

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz participates in a Tweet The Press conversation with NBC’s Meet the Press moderator, Chuck Todd.

21st November 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Rejects Islamic State’s ‘Caliphate,’ Blasts Group for Sowing Dissent Among Jihadists

Thomas Joscelyn

Harith bin Ghazi al Nadhari, a senior AQAP sharia official, directly responds to a Nov. 13 speech by the Islamic State's Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. Nadhari says that Baghdadi's caliphate is illegitimate and criticizes him for trying to split the jihadists' ranks around the world.

21st November 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQIS Announces Death of Two Senior Leaders in US Operation

Bill Roggio

Adil Qudoos was a former major in the Pakistani Army; Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, planner of the 9/11 attacks, was arrested at Qudoos' home in 2003. The second jihadist leader, Dr. Sarbaland, served as a surgeon and senior propagandist for al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent.

20th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

Jihadist Group ‘Soldiers of Egypt’ Claims Responsibility for Attack on Police Near University

Thomas Joscelyn

Ajnad Misr, the "Soldiers of Egypt," claimed today's bombing of a police post near Helwan University in Cairo; five policemen as well as several bystanders were wounded by the terrorist attack.

20th November 2014 - Cited by The Economist

The Pros and Cons of a SWIFT Response

Mark Dubowitz

IN 1973 global finance saw a back-room revolution when a group of banks formed a co-operative to offer those moving money across borders a slick alternative to the clunky old telex.

20th November 2014 - Cited by Samuel Rubenfeld - The Wall Street Journal

Corruption Currents: Spanish Folk Singer Jailed

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20th November 2014 - Cited by Edwin Mora - Breitbart

Report: There are Active ISIS Cells Inside Turkey

Jonathan Schanzer, Merve Tahiroglu

Turkey has contributed to the rise of the brutal Islamic State by turning a blind eye to the ongoing flow of money, weapons, illegal oil, and fighters across its border to the jihadist group in Syria, according to a new report.

20th November 2014 - Business Insider

Obama Is Making His Middle East Allies Look Like Chumps

Tony Badran

Last week, CNN reported that President Barack Obama had asked his national security team for a review of the Syria policy. According to the report, the review is premised on the recognition that removing Bashar Assad from power is a necessary element in the strategy to defeat the Islamic...

20th November 2014 - Fox News

Happening Now

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP of Research Jonathan Schanzer explains how Turkey's lax border policies enable the Islamic State.

20th November 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD Senior Fellow Emanuele Ottolenghi shares his suspicions of the Iran nuclear talks.

20th November 2014 - Quoted by Awad Mustafa - DefenseNews

Questions, Praise for UAE’s Terrorist List

David Andrew Weinberg

Although the United Arab Emirates’ list of designated terrorist organizations has raised questions about who it does and does not include, officials see the move as necessary for the Arabian Gulf sheikhdom.

20th November 2014 - FDD Press Release

FDD Executive Director Calls on Congress to ‘Defend the Sanctions Architecture’ As Deadline Nears

Mark Dubowitz

Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, called on Congress Thursday to “defend the sanctions architecture it was so instrumental in creating” to enforce a nuclear deal that may be announced between the United States and its allies and Iran in the...

20th November 2014 - Quoted by Richard Baehr - Israel Hayom

Mass Murderer Moderate Mahmoud

Jonathan Schanzer

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, under pressure from U.S. ‎Secretary of State John Kerry, uttered a few words on Tuesday that appeared to ‎condemn the barbaric attack by two Palestinians in a synagogue in Jerusalem.

20th November 2014 - Cited by Today's Zaman

Turkey Associated with Terrorism Financing, Weapons Smuggling

Jonathan Schanzer, Merve Tahiroglu

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) -- a non-profit, non-partisan policy institute focusing on foreign policy and national security based in the US -- released a report on Wednesday alleging that Turkey has failed to clamp down on terrorism financing, weapons smuggling, illegal...

20th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Launches Drone Strike in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

Nine of the 19 drone strikes in Pakistan this year have occurred in the jihadist hub of Datta Khel in North Waziristan.

20th November 2014 - Quoted by Daniel Wiser - The Washington Free Beacon

Hayden: U.S. Intelligence Likely Could Not Detect Iranian Bomb

Mark Dubowitz

Former top George W. Bush administration official Gen. Michael Hayden said on Thursday that unless Iran provides the West with extensive access to its suspected nuclear facilities—a concession the Islamic regime has strenuously refused—U.S. intelligence agencies will be unable to detect...

19th November 2014 - National Review Online

Will Western Leaders Learn from the Synagogue Attack?

Benjamin Weinthal

The latest Palestinian terrorist attack in Jerusalem has profound implications, both for Israel’s security and for the broader Middle East.

19th November 2014 - CTV

CTV News

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP of Research Jonathan Schanzer comments on rising tensions in Jerusalem.

19th November 2014 - Sun News Network

The Arena with Michael Coren

Grant Rumley

FDD Research Analyst Grant Rumley discusses the aftermath of the recent attacks in Jerusalem.

19th November 2014 - Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

5 Reasons Why Iran Wants a Nuclear Deal, and May Fail

Mark Dubowitz

As Monday's deadline for a deal on Iran's nuclear program nears, here are five reasons Iran wants an agreement — and five barriers to an accord:


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