Analysis & Commentary

6th October 2015 - Foreign Affairs

Druze Clues

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The market for extremism has been so disrupted by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (also known as ISIS) and its penchant for extraordinary brutality that even a group as notorious as al Qaeda is now able to reposition—or, one might say, rebrand—itself.

5th October 2015 - Quoted by Joshua Gillin - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

GOP’s Trump Mangles Numbers on Refugees Coming From Syria

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Donald Trump, who will hold a major campaign rally in metro Atlanta on Saturday, is now against bringing any Syrian refugees to the United States.

5th October 2015 - Geneva Centre for Security Policy

How Are Societies Defended Against Hybrid Threats

Pasi Eronen

Hybrid threats, hybrid operations and hybrid warfare have been widely discussed among political decision makers and security policy analysts, particularly during the past couple of years.

5th October 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban’s Shadow Governor for Badakhshan Denies Reports of His Death

Bill Roggio

The Taliban’s shadow governor for Badakhshan province, Qari Fasehuddin, released an audiotape to dispel the Afghan government’s claim that he was killed in a US airstrike in late last week. Fasihuddin is the second shadow governor to deny reports that he was killed in a US airstrike...

5th October 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Bahrain and Iran Expel Each Other’s Diplomats

David Andrew Weinberg

Bahrain announced the withdrawal of its ambassador from Iran on Thursday and ordered Tehran’s chargé d’affaires to leave, following the discovery of a 1.5-ton cache of explosives allegedly linked to Iran and Hezbollah.

5th October 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic Jihad Union Participated in Siege of Kunduz

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic Jihad Union (IJU), which is openly loyal to the Taliban and also affiliated with al Qaeda, participated in the Taliban’s siege of Kunduz city, according to statements and photos released by the group and its supporters online. In a message posted on the IJU’s official website...

5th October 2015 - FOX Business

Lou Dobbs Tonight

John Hannah

FDD Senior Counselor John Hannah on a Russian fighter jet’s violation of Turkish airspace, Russian airstrikes in Syria, and the bombing of a hospital in Afghanistan.

5th October 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Controls or Contests Scores of Districts in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

While fighting for control of the provincial capital of Kunduz, the Taliban launched a wider offensive in the Afghan north aimed at seizing control of districts in four provinces: Badakhshan, Baghlan, Kunduz, and Takhar. Since Sept. 28, the Taliban has taken control of nine districts in...

5th October 2015 - The Hill

Europe Has Billions of Reasons to Let Iran Cheat

Benjamin Weinthal

Europe’s rapidly expanding economic relationship with the Islamic Republic of Iran prompted Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) to call for a unified trans-Atlantic approach to enforcement of the nuclear deal reached in July. Yet powerful European business interests mean a robust enforcement of...

4th October 2015 - Quoted by Steven Emerson - The Algemeiner

Iranian President Tries to Bribe Revolutionary Guard Corps to Back Nuclear Deal

Ali Alfoneh

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is seeking to bribe the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to cease its efforts to undermine the nuclear deal with global powers, reports Ali Alfonen – a senior fellow with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

3rd October 2015 - Quoted by The Week Staff

The Iran Deal: A Brief Guide

Mark Dubowitz

Having survived Republican opposition in Congress, President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran will soon go into effect. Here, a brief rundown of the deal and its effects:

2nd October 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Democrats Look for Cover on Lousy Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Nine Democrats trying frantically to dispel the impression that their party was sold a bill of goods on the Iran deal came out with legislation Thursday that they said would “strengthen U.S. policy toward Iran and to clarify aspects of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that is...

2nd October 2015 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

Syria’s Rebels, Regime Allies Gear Up for Fight

Thomas Joscelyn

Rebel groups in Syria are gearing up for a longer, bloodier battle to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad because of Russian airstrikes that they say have been designed to drive them back.

2nd October 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

‘Shut Out’: Turkey Finds Itself ‘In a Very Difficult Position’ With the Russian Moves in Syria

Jonathan Schanzer

The Russian incursion into Syria is hampering one of the region's most important players. Turkey, which has long sought Syrian president Bashar Assad's transition out of power, has been supporting some of the most powerful rebel groups in northern Syria since the civil war erupted in 2011....

2nd October 2015 - AM 860 KPAM

Terry Boyd’s World

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses complex terror networks across the Middle East and the escalating conflict in Syria.

2nd October 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Claudia Rosett

FDD Journalist-in-Residence discusses the global implications of Russia's entry into the Syrian civil war.

2nd October 2015 - The Arab Weekly

Rohani Deal With IRGC Could Torpedo Nuclear Agreement

Ali Alfoneh

Iranian President Hassan Ro­hani’s diplomacy and the land­mark nuclear bargain may have reduced the gaps between Teh­ran and the global powers, but the agreement is widening differ­ences between the political elites in the Islamic Republic, a develop­ment that could imperil the deal....

1st October 2015 - Center for Security Policy

Secure Freedom Radio

Claudia Rosett

FDD Journalist-in-Residence Claudia Rosett comments on her latest Forbes article about the UN.

1st October 2015 - Quoted by Todd Ruger and Rachel Oswald - CQ Roll Call

Supreme Court, Congress Take on Iran Terrorism Judgments

Mark Dubowitz

The Supreme Court agreed Thursday to hear a dispute over $1.75 billion in terrorism-related judgments against Iran while lawmakers moved to keep congressionally-imposed sanctions on the country until it pays $43 billion of such court-ordered judgments.

1st October 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Shadow Governor for Kunduz Denies Reports of His Death

Bill Roggio

Mullah Abdul Salam, the Taliban’s shadow governor for the embattled Afghan province of Kunduz, has denied reports by Afghan intelligence that he was killed in a US airstrike after the city of Kunduz fell to the jihadist group on Sept. 28. Afghan soldiers have since retaken the center of...


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