Analysis & Commentary


27th July 2016 - Quoted by Nahal Toosi - Politico

Turkey tries to trap Obama with extradition demand

Jonathan Schanzer

Is President Barack Obama willing to damage America’s relationship with a critical NATO ally over the fate of an elderly Muslim man living in the Poconos?

27th July 2016 - Fox News

Europe terror attacks spotlight security failings amid refugee crisis

Benjamin Weinthal

The European policy Germans call “Willkommenskultur” -- the enthusiastic embrace of refugees from Syria and other Muslim-majority countries -- has morphed into a summer of terror.

27th July 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Dem VP Nominee, Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge More Funding for Israel’s Missile Defense

Jonathan Schanzer

A bipartisan group of senators has signed a public letter urging the Senate Armed Services Committee to include an additional $320 million for Israeli missile defense systems in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which sets the Pentagon’s annual budget.

27th July 2016 - The Cipher Brief

Terrorists in our backyard: the Hezbollah threat in Latin America

Emanuele Ottolenghi

In Latin America, the combination of weak governments, porous borders, widespread corruption, and the lack of adequate legislative tools to combat terror finance creates an ideal environment for transnational organized crime.

27th July 2016 - The Washington Times

The dark dilemma of modern globalism

Clifford D. May

“Americanism, not globalism, will be our credo.” That line from Donald Trump’s long and emphatic speech to the Republican National Convention last Thursday jumped out at me. I think I know what he meant: that he prioritizes America’s national interests above those of the wider world....

26th July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Attacks in France and Germany claimed by Islamic State propaganda arm

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency has claimed responsibility for two attacks in Europe. The first was a suicide bombing in Ansbach, Germany on July 24. More than one dozen people were injured, some of them seriously, when a bomber self-detonated outside of a music festival.

26th July 2016 - PJ Media

Who’s Hillary’s Hacker And Why?

Michael Ledeen

The Twitter crowd has devoted a lot of bandwith to the theory that the Wikileaks dump on the DNC is a Russian operation.

26th July 2016 - Foreign Affairs

The Myth of Lone-Wolf Terrorism

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

This month, Europe has again been rocked by a series of shocking terrorist attacks perpetrated by lone individuals and claimed in the name of the Islamic State (ISIS).

25th July 2016 - The Hill Times

Should Canada reopen its embassy in Iran?

Sheryl Saperia

The embassy must be tasked with the immensely difficult job of protecting Canadian citizens and Canadian security interests in the region, not with lining the pockets of those with little regard for these imperatives.

25th July 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Report: Next War with Hezbollah Could Cause “Thousands of Civilian Deaths” in Israel

Jonathan Schanzer, Tony Badran, David Daoud

Israeli officials believe that a future war with Hezbollah, with its advanced Iranian-supplied rocket arsenal, could lead to “thousands of civilian deaths,” a white paper published by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies revealed.

25th July 2016 - The Hill

Will Iran wordsmith its way off our terrorism list? It certainly is trying

Toby Dershowitz, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran is on a diplomatic offensive to persuade global illicit finance regulators to accept that Hezbollah is not a terrorist group. It may be just a matter of time before the international body in charge of protecting the global financial system succumbs to pressure from businesses on a gold...

25th July 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Netanyahu: “We Have Beaten” Boycott Campaign

Benjamin Weinthal

Israel has defeated the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proclaimed at a Knesset hearing on Monday.

25th July 2016 - Quoted by Ari Lieberman - FrontPage Magazine

Afghanistan, a Model for Obama’s Failed Global Leadership

Bill Roggio

Twin suicide blasts struck Afghanistan’s capital city of Kabul last week killing at least 80 and injuring as many as 260. The death toll is likely to rise as many of the injured are in a critical state. The resultant carnage was gruesome even by Afghan standards. Bodies in grotesque,...

24th July 2016 - i24 News

News Now

Benjamin Weinthal

FDD senior fellow Benjamin Weinthal discusses an attack in Germany by a Syrian refugee.

23rd July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State claims suicide bombings at Kabul protest

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State claimed credit for a double suicide attack today in Kabul that killed more than 60 people, wounded at least 200 more and caused much of the city to be shut down.

23rd July 2016 - Quoted by Jonathan Steele - Middle East Eye

Who is Fetullah Gulen

Aykan Erdemir

Debate is raging in Turkey over what role, if any, self-exiled Islamic cleric Fetullah Gulen and his throngs of supporters in government jobs played in last week’s abortive coup. But one man has little doubt of Gulen’s guilt - his former second-in-command.

23rd July 2016 - Quoted by Pascale Trouillaud - The Times of Israel

How Erdogan’s mass appeal saved him on coup night

Aykan Erdemir

More than his security forces, what saved Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the night of the coup attempt was the extraordinary devotion the charismatic strongman inspires among his followers.

22nd July 2016 - Fox News

America’s News HQ

Clifford D. May

FDD's President Clifford May discusses the attack at a shopping center in Munich.

22nd July 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Where U.S. Sees Crisis in Turkey, Iran Sees Opportunity

Amir Toumaj

Iran was the first government to fully back Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during Friday’s abortive coup attempt.

22nd July 2016 - The Hill

By blocking UN vote, Egypt sticks finger in Turkey’s eye

Oren Kessler

Egypt blocked a United Nations Security Council resolution this past Saturday that would have expressed support for Turkey's government after the coup attempt launched against it the day before. Cairo's move is the latest, but most brazen indication yet that it has little intention of...

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