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27th August 2015 - NOW Lebanon

Turkey – Where Everyone Believes God is On Their Side

Aykan Erdemir

Six days after Turkey reluctantly joined the US war effort against ISIS with its first-ever strikes in Syria, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu addressed his party’s legislators in parliament and declared, “Allah bizden yanadır”– “God is on our side.”

27th August 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

‘A Dangerous Cocktail’ is Brewing in Turkey

Jonathan Schanzer

Just over one month after Turkey launched a two-front war against ISIS in northern Syria and the Kurdish PKK in Iraq, the country is facing violent blowback within its borders.

27th August 2015 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Is Hezbollah Behind Effort to Hijack Lebanese Protests?

Tony Badran

Hezbollah has sought to take advantage of the Lebanese protests against the government, though it does not currently seek to topple the existing political order, experts told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday.

27th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Mass in Northern Afghanistan to Swear Allegiance to New Emir

Bill Roggio

Hundreds of heavily armed Taliban fighters gathered in the open in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz to pledge an oath of allegiance to Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, the new emir of the group.

26th August 2015 - FDD Press

New Report Outlines Achievable Amendments to Iran Nuclear Deal

In the final weeks before a congressional vote on the nuclear agreement with Iran, Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) has released a new report analyzing ways to strengthen the agreement. The report, “Improving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action,” also provides a historical...

26th August 2015 - FDD Press

Improving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) negotiated between the P5+1 and Iran places term-limited constraints on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of many of the most impactful global sanctions.

26th August 2015 - Quoted by Haaretz

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Set for Windfall After Infiltrating 230 Sanctions-free Firms

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard is set to receive a windfall in funds from the U.S. and U.K. after taking control of hundreds of Iranian businesses that do not appear on sanctions lists, according to The Times.

26th August 2015 - Quoted by Alessandria Masi - International Business Times

NATO Ally Turkey Finds A New Friend In Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Omar Khatib began his conversation with International Business Times last April with this disclaimer: “I am not a terrorist. I just wanted to tell you that.” Khatib, who preferred not to disclose his real name for security reasons, had reason to be cautious -- the Syrian rebel had just...

26th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Takes Another District in Southern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban overran the Musa Qala district center when Afghan forces fled after several days of fighting. The fall of Musa Qala puts the Taliban in effective control of northern Helmand, and will allow it to threaten the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah.

26th August 2015 - Quoted by Alexi Mostrous, Billy Kenber and Hugh Tomlinson - The Times of London

Iranian Militia to Grab British Cash

Iran’s hardline religious militia is about to receive a rush of funds from Britain and the West after taking control of hundreds of companies that do not appear on sanctions lists.

26th August 2015 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Egypt Strips 3 of Citizenship for Becoming Israeli

Oren Kessler

Egypt's Interior Ministry revoked the citizenship of three of its citizens, because they acquired Israeli citizenship.

26th August 2015 - National Review - Co-written by Peter Vincent Pry

Obama’s Arms-Control Delusion

James Woolsey

Advocates of the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran argue that, despite the duplicity of the Iranian regime, the deal will work because arms control worked to contain the nuclear threat from the “evil empire” that was the Soviet Union.

26th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

Jihadists Say Nephew of 9/11 Mastermind Killed in Raid by Pakistani Intelligence

Thomas Joscelyn

Jihadists, including at least one senior al Qaeda member, are claiming that the nephew of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) was killed in a raid by Pakistani intelligence in Karachi. KSM’s nephew has been identified by these online sources as Idris al Balushi (or al Baluchi), indicating his...

26th August 2015 - CNN

New Day

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses jihadist rehabilitation efforts in Minneapolis.

25th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

Jundallah Emir Killed in Northern Afghanistan, NDS Claims

Bill Roggio

The National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan’s intelligence service, claimed it killed the leader of Jundallah’s fighters who are based in the country in an airstrike in Kunduz province yesterday.

25th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Adds Haqqani Network Commander to List of Global Terrorists

Bill Roggio

State described Aziz as “a senior member of the Haqqani Network and brother to Haqqani Network leader Sirajuddin Haqqani.” Aziz replaced Badruddin Haqqani, his brother, who was killed in a US drone strike in August 2012, as a senior military commander.

25th August 2015 - PolicyWatch - Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Maximal Exposure, Minimal Presence: Iran’s Military Engagement in Iraq

Ali Alfoneh

Although Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) and its commander, Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, remain involved in Iraq, the actual scope of their military engagement seems inversely proportional to the intense Iranian social media and press coverage of their operations...

25th August 2015 - Quoted by Josh Rogin - Bloomberg

Republicans Plan New Iran Sanctions After Vote on Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Opponents of the Iran deal aren’t expecting the Congressional vote next month to go their way, but they are already planning for the day after their loss. Republicans in Congress are preparing several bills to sanction Iran. Even if those never reach a vote, the proposals could be...

25th August 2015 - Newsmax TV

The Hard Line

Claudia Rosett

FDD Journalist-in-Residence Claudia Rosett discusses the tensions between North and South Korea.

25th August 2015 - Quoted by Nancy A. Youssef - The Daily Beast

The U.S.-Backed War in Yemen Is Strengthening al Qaeda

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The U.S.-backed war in Yemen has strengthened al Qaeda there, American defense officials concede, posing a serious threat to U.S. security. Months into the U.S.-supported Saudi intervention in Yemen, fighters linked to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), long considered the terror...

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