Analysis & Commentary

2nd September 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Understanding Israel’s Humanitarian Efforts in Southern Syria

John Cappello

Israel has so far been able to insulate itself from the devastating effects of the civil war in Syria, which has been raging since 2011. However, there is a growing understanding within the Israeli security establishment that the status quo is not sustainable and that Israel must reexamine...

1st September 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran Gives Green Light to Direct $1.7 Billion from U.S. to Military

Saeed Ghasseminejad

A debate has raged in recent weeks over whether the Obama administration’s $400-million payment to Iran in January – part of a $1.7-billion settlement over a decades-old arms deal – constituted “ransom” for five U.S. hostages.

1st September 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Understanding Iran’s Deployment of the S-300 System

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Patrick Megahan

Iranian outlets this week revealed that components of Iran’s first Russian-made S-300 missile system were positioned around the Fordow fuel enrichment plant – an underground bunker which, until recently, was used for uranium enrichment.

31st August 2016 - The Long War Journal

US adds Islamic State commander in Somalia to list of global terrorists

Bill Roggio

The US Department of State added the commander of the Islamic State’s nascent force in Somalia to its list of specailly designated global terrorists today. Abdulqadr Mumin, the leader of the small cadre of Islamic State fighters in the East African nation, defected from Shabaab late last...

31st August 2016 - Jerusalem Post

German lawmaker investigates aid for Palestinian terrorism

The head of the German–Israel Parliamentary Group in the Bundestag, Volker Beck, launched an inquiry into the misuse of German aid for Palestinian terrorism.

31st August 2016 - FDD Research

Settling with Iran: $1.7 Billion and U.S. Hostages

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Annie Fixler

On January 17, 2016, the Obama administration announced that Washington and Tehran had reached a $1.7-billion settlement on an outstanding claim against the United States for military equipment predating the 1979 Iranian revolution.

31st August 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

German gov’t: No normalized relations with Iran regime until it recognizes Israel

Benjamin Weinthal

Germany's normalization of relations with Iran are tied to Tehran’s recognition of Israel, according to a letter released on Tuesday.

30th August 2016 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State says senior official killed in Aleppo province

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State announced today that Abu Muhammad al Adnani, one of the organization’s most senior officials, has been killed in Aleppo.

30th August 2016 - The Long War Journal

Former IMU cleric latest to denounce Islamic State

Bill Roggio

An influential jihadist who served as the mufti, or top religious figure, for the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and who defected to the Islamic State’s Khorasan province has denounced his new group and apologized for remaining silent on its misdeeds in the region.

30th August 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: BDS initiatives and their counter-efforts play out across Europe

Benjamin Weinthal

Europe's Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement has long percolated down through many layers of society. However, this month saw a range of countervailing forces designed to blunt the movement.

30th August 2016 - The Washington Times

Iran and the future of the Middle East

Clifford D. May

The 1972 visit of President Richard M. Nixon to the People’s Republic included meetings with both Chairman Mao Zedong, the communist revolutionary leader, and Premier Zhou Enlai, the pragmatic head of the government.

30th August 2016 - New York Post

Team Obama’s appalling smugness on Syrian refugees

Jonathan Schanzer

State Department spokesman John Kirby sang the praises of President Obama’s Syria policy on Monday. And boy, was he tone deaf.

29th August 2016 - The Hill

Iran looks to Latin America to revive missile infrastructure

Emanuele Ottolenghi

With the presidential campaign in full swing, U.S. media may be forgiven for downplaying the news of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's six-nation tour of Latin America last week. His visit, however, should elicit concern in Washington.

28th August 2016 - Foreign Affairs

Rebranding Terror

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Thomas Joscelyn

On July 28, Abu Muhammad al-Julani, heretofore the emir of al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra, delivered what seemed to be a major announcement. Although Julani lavished praise on both al Qaeda emir Ayman al-Zawahiri and his predecessor Osama bin Laden, he noted two apparent...

27th August 2016 - The Long War Journal

Taliban storms district in eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban took control of the district of Jani Khel in the eastern Afghan province of Paktia yesterday after laying siege to the district center for more than two weeks.

27th August 2016 - Al Jazeera

Afghanistan: Who controls what?

Since the Taliban was ousted from power following the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, the armed group's control over parts of Afghanistan has fluctuated widely.Since the Taliban was ousted from power following the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, the armed group's control over parts...

27th August 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

In Germany, Israelis help to launch anti-BDS group

Benjamin Weinthal

Israelis along with Germans launched the Action Forum group, which included a protest against BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) activists targeting Jewish state products in front of a Berlin department store on Thursday.

26th August 2016 - The Long War Journal

Zawahiri says jihadists should prepare for guerrilla war in Iraq

Thomas Joscelyn

As Sahab, al Qaeda’s propaganda arm, released the third episode of Ayman al Zawahiri’s “Brief Messages to a Victorious Ummah” series on Aug. 25. The latest installment is subtitled “Fear Allah in Iraq.”

26th August 2016 - War on The Rocks

Boko Haram’s Doomed Marriage To The Islamic State

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

When the Nigerian jihadist group popularly known as Boko Haram publicly pledged its allegiance to the Islamic State in March 2015, this new alliance made perfect sense to both groups.

24th August 2016 - The Cipher Brief

The New Frontier in Terror Fundraising: Bitcoin

Yaya J. Fanusie

When I worked as a counterterrorism analyst for the CIA, I always looked out for signs of terrorist groups adapting their methods. Now, as someone outside of government who analyzes how nefarious groups fund themselves, I am concerned about terrorists using innovative technologies to bolster...


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