Analysis & Commentary

22nd October 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

The Hezbollah Threat: From the Marine Barracks Bombing to Today

Toby Dershowitz, Behnam Ben Taleblu, Amir Toumaj

Sunday marks the 33rd anniversary of the most deadly state-sponsored terrorist attack against American citizens prior to September 11, 2001. On October 23, 1983, Hezbollah killed 241 American and 58 French peacekeepers, along with six civilians, in a terrorist attack on the buildings in...

21st October 2016 - Quoted by Tom Kertscher - PolitiFact

Russ Feingold says U.S. Ally Saudi Arabia exports extreme Islam that teaches Americans are the devil

David Andrew Weinberg

Near the end of an hourlong interview at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Oct. 7, 2016, Russ Feingold was asked about his criticism of Saudi Arabia in the fight against international terrorism.

21st October 2016 - Quoted by Glenn Kessler - The Washington Post

Trump’s claim that the Islamic State ‘is in 32 countries’

Bill Roggio

Many readers have asked us about this comment, repeated twice, by Trump. We wondered as well, and put it aside for further review after the debate.

20th October 2016 - WNYC

The Takeaway

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses Mosul, and the implication for the cities liberation on ISIS finance.

20th October 2016 - Quoted by Adam Rasgon - The Jerusalem Post

‘46% of Palestinians support Jordanian-Palestinian confederation based on two states’

Grant Rumley

Moreover, only eighteen percent—19% from the West Bank and 16% from Gaza—said they would support a bi-national state for both Arabs and Jews.

20th October 2016 - WLS AM 890

Big John and Ray

Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellow Bill Roggio discusses the battle to reclaim Mosul.

20th October 2016 - Quoted by Nancy A. Youssef - The Daily Beast

‘Islamic State’ Turning Into a Guerrilla Army, Top General Warns

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The capital of the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq is now under assault. But ISIS isn’t going anywhere. Instead, the terror group is beginning to rebrand itself from a “caliphate” to an insurgency, a top U.S. general fighting ISIS said Wednesday.

20th October 2016 - Quoted by Michael Bastasch - The Daily Caller

Fact-Checkers Don’t Know What To Make Of Hillary’s ‘Open Borders’ Claim

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Reporters fact-checking Wednesday night’s presidential debate didn’t exactly know how to rate Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s claim that her previous remarks about “open borders” referred to a common market for green energy, not immigration.

20th October 2016 - Quoted by the Tower

Fatah-Affiliated Terrorists Training in Gaza for War with Israel

Jonathan Schanzer

Terrorist belonging to Fatah, the political party led by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, are training in Gaza in preparation for a war with Israel, veteran Palestinian affairs correspondent Khaled Abu Toameh reported Wednesday.

20th October 2016 - Quoted by Saagar Enjeti - The Daily Caller

Turkey Welcomes US Defense Secretary By Slaughtering US Allies

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey struck hundreds of U.S.-backed Syrian rebels Thursday, just a week before a visit by U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter.

19th October 2016 - Quoted by Erin Cunningham, Thomas Gibbons-Neff - The Washington Post

Two Americans killed in attack on base in Afghanistan

Two Americans were killed and another three were injured in a rare attack on foreign troops in the Afghan capital Wednesday, U.S. and Afghan officials said.

19th October 2016 - Quoted by Matthew Continetti - The Weekly Standard

Obama Admin Leaves Congress in Dark About Quiet Changes to Iran Sanctions Guidelines

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler , Eric B. Lorber

The Obama administration won't provide Congress with a range of details about a recent announcement that cleared the way for doing business with Iran, including Iranian firms controlled by sanctioned military and terrorist groups, according to congressional sources and experts who spoke to...

19th October 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Iran Air Force Conducting War Drills with American Planes

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran is in the midst of a three-day air war drill using American planes, the Washington Free Beacon reported Tuesday.

19th October 2016 - PJ Media

We’re Losing the War and We’re Paying for It

Michael Ledeen

When the No Deal Deal was made with Iran, I said it was easy to understand: the Iranians would promise to be good, and we would pay for it. In the event, I was only half right. We are indeed paying for it, but the Iranians haven’t even pretended to be good.

19th October 2016 - Commentary Magazine

Rizvi’s Reformation

Oren Kessler

The Atheist Muslim opens with snow in Saudi Arabia. The author, Ali Rizvi, is in fifth grade at the American school in Riyadh, where students are folding glittery snowflakes out of construction paper to decorate the halls for winter.

19th October 2016 - The Weekly Standard

The German Left’s Undeclared War on Israel

Benjamin Weinthal

The historian Jeffrey Herf's profound new book shows that German-animated left-wing terrorism targeting Israel was not a tactic but rather part of a long-war strategy to destroy the Jewish state. Academic study and journalism on the now-defunct East German Communist state and radical West...

19th October 2016 - Quoted by Vivian Salama - AP Top News

As territory shrinks, IS group looks for new money sources

Yaya J. Fanusie

As the Islamic State group sees its territory shrink to half its original size and its dreams of a caliphate evaporate, the extremist fighters are losing access to the sources of revenue that once gave them their power, prompting them to turn to extortion, kidnapping or foreign donations...

19th October 2016 - Quoted by Amy Sherman - PolitiFact

Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton wants to have open borders

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Donald Trump says that Hillary Clinton wants open borders — a charge he has leveled again after an excerpt of one of her speeches leaked in a hacked email.

19th October 2016 - Quoted by Alex Lockie - Business Insider

US General thinks Iran is behind the missile attacks on US Navy near Yemen

Jonathan Schanzer

US Army Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of US forces in the Middle East, said on Wednesday that he believes Iran was behind missile strikes on US Navy ships fired from Houthi-controlled areas in Yemen. "I do think that Iran is playing a role in some of this. They have a relationship with the...

19th October 2016 - Quoted by PR Newswire

Illicit Cigarettes: Fueling Organized Crime and Connections to Terrorism in Central America

Emanuele Ottolenghi

An analysis of more than 20 studies developed over the last 4 years shows an alarming increase in the illicit cigarette trade and demonstrates how these illegal profits are used to support organized crime, fuel terrorism and weaken economies in Central America and globally.


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