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6th May 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Reported Israeli Raid on Sudan could reveal Khartoum’s Duplicity

Jonathan Schanzer

Sudan may have joined the Saudi-led fight against Iran-backed proxies in Yemen last month, but it also may still be cooperating with Iran to arm the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

6th May 2015 - The Washington Times

Dr. Zarif or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the Iranian bomb

Clifford D. May

Tehran’s largest cemetery, Behesht-e Zahra, contains the graves of thousands of Iranians killed in battle. There’s also a polished stone monument bearing this inscription: “To the memory of two Muslim Lebanese youths who on the morning of Sunday October 23, 1983, in two simultaneous...

5th May 2015 - CNN

New Day

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the attempted terrorist attack in Garland, Texas.

5th May 2015 - Quoted by Alexander Smith - NBC News

How ISIS Capitalizes on Lone Wolves to Spread Terror ‘At No Cost’

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

ISIS' claim of responsibility for the shooting in Garland, Texas, was proof of its effectiveness at capitalizing on so-called lone wolf attacks — even when it has no hand in planning or paying for them, experts said Tuesday.

5th May 2015 - Quoted by John Hall and Robert Verkaik - The Daily Mail

Revealed: The British Jihadi Fighting for ISIS in Syria Who ‘Helped’ Texas Muhammed Cartoon Gunmen

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The two gunmen who carried out ISIS' first terror attack on American soil are feared to have been helped by a Syria-based British jihadi who was once jailed for stealing Tony Blair's personal details.

5th May 2015 - Foreign Policy

Preaching Hate and Sectarianism in the Gulf

David Andrew Weinberg, Oren Adaki

As Saudi Arabia expands its involvement in wars across the Middle East, the kingdom has given a platform to an extremist cleric who seems to believe this struggle is not just against the Islamic State or rivals in Yemen. Saad bin Ateeq al-Ateeq, a Saudi preacher with longstanding ties to the...

5th May 2015 - i24 News

What Patton Would Tell Obama About Iran’s War on the US

Benjamin Weinthal

President Barack Obama’s deeply flawed framework agreement designed to prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons will not curb the Islamic Republic’s jingoism against Israel, Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and the United States.

5th May 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Says ‘Soldiers of the Caliphate’ Responsible for Garland Shooting

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State has released a message on its Al Bayan radio program claiming that the shooting in Garland, Texas was the work of “two soldiers from the soldiers of the Caliphat‎e.” The claim, which was made in the group’s “news” bulletin, was first obtained and translated by...

4th May 2015 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Despite Iranian-Hezbollah Support, ‘In the Long Run it is Hard to See How Assad Can Survive’

Tony Badran

The balance of power between Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces and the rebels seems to be leaning in the rebels’ favor in the long-run, but the regime is not at risk of collapsing in the coming weeks, experts told The Jerusalem Post.

4th May 2015 - Quoted by Josh Rogin - Bloomberg

Obama’s New Answers on Iran Fall Flat

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

Top Obama administration officials have released new details about how they would lift most sanctions against Iran. Those are unnerving some experts, who doubt the administration’s claims about the sanctions will hold up.

4th May 2015 - Quoted by Lee Keath and Maggie Michael - The Associated Press

In the Face of IS Successes, Al-Qaida Adapts, Grows Stronger

Oren Adaki

When al-Qaida overran the Yemeni port city of Mukalla last month, the group's commanders immediately struck a deal to share power with the area's tribesmen. No jihadi banners were raised. Al-Qaida even issued a statement denying rumors that it had banned music at parties or men wearing...

4th May 2015 - Quoted by Jeremy Bender - Business Insider

Former CIA Chief: We Totally Dropped the Ball on Al Qaeda’s Rebound

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

A former CIA chief has admitted in a new tell-all book that the intelligence organization badly misjudged Qaeda's rebound during the Arab Spring, Greg Miller of The Washington Post reports.

4th May 2015 - Quoted by Daniel Bates - The Scotsman

Gunmen Killed After Texas Prophet Mohammed Contest

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Two gunmen linked to Islamic State have been shot dead after they tried to storm a provocative event in the United States that featured a competition to draw the Prophet Muhammad.

4th May 2015 - CNN

New Day

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the foiled terror plot in Texas.

4th May 2015 - The National Interest

Containment: The Gulf States’ Game Plan for Yemen

Oren Adaki, Patrick Megahan

The Saudi-led international coalition operating in Yemen announced late last month it had ended the first phase of its nearly month-long campaign in the country. Though the coalition fell short of its stated goal of returning Yemen’s internationally recognized government to power, it...

4th May 2015 - BBC

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Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on the Garland, Texas terror plot.

3rd May 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent Leader Says Attacks on ‘Blasphemers’ Ordered by Zawahiri

Thomas Joscelyn

The leader of al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), Asim Umar, has claimed responsibility for the murders of six people who were supposedly “blasphemers,” including Avijit Roy, a prominent atheist blogger. Roy, an American, was murdered in Bangladesh in February when his attackers...

3rd May 2015 - The Long War Journal

Muqtada al Sadr Threatens to ‘Unfreeze the Military Wing,’ Attack US Interests

Bill Roggio

Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al Sadr threatened to attack US personnel inside Iraq and beyond if the US House of Representatives passed a bill that would have recognized Kurdistan and Sunnis in western Iraq as their own independent countries.

3rd May 2015 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Sisi, Saudi King Discuss Yemen Amid Conflicting Reports Over Ground Troops Presence

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi paid a brief visit to Saudi Arabia on Saturday to discuss the Yemen war and the wider regional landscape with Saudi leaders.

3rd May 2015 - The Jerusalem Post

Why Are Germans so Quick to Remove Israeli Flags?

Benjamin Weinthal

The police removal of an Israeli flag unfurled at a soccer match in Berlin last week to preempt Palestinian anger is part of a longstanding practice of shunning the Jewish state’s flag in Germany.

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