Analysis & Commentary


17th May 2018 - New York Post

For Gaza’s suffering, blame Hamas

Jonathan Schanzer

Predictably, the recent unrest on the border separating Israel and the Gaza Strip has given way to a banal debate over the “desperation” of the people of Gaza.

16th May 2018 - Fifth Domain

The US must secure its supply chain in the face of anti-satellite weapons

Trevor Logan

At the 34th National Space Symposium in April, U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson announced that the service is taking steps to secure its satellite networks by working with allied forces, commercial satellite owners and international organizations to share satellites currently in...

16th May 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban claims it seizes 2 Afghan districts

Bill Roggio

Taliban claimed it took control of two districts, one in Badghis province and another in Ghazni. The Taliban has overrun five districts since it announced the beginning of its 2018 offensive.

16th May 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

US military kills ‘dual-hatted’ AQIS leader in eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Hazrat Abbas served as a leader for both al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent and the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan. AQIS was formed to unite disparate jihadist factions to fight under the banner of the Afghan Taliban.

16th May 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

As Taliban enters Farah City, Resolute Support wrongly claims Afghan government is in control

Bill Roggio

Video evidence emerging from the city shows Taliban fighters patrolling areas of the city, seizing weapons, and in control of government buildings.

16th May 2018 - The National Interest

Return of the Sanctions: Banks Should Steer Clear of the Central Bank of Iran

Annie Fixler , Behnam Ben Taleblu

The U.S. Treasury Department has set its crosshairs on two more Iranian illicit finance schemes. Late last week, Washington designated a network spanning Iran and the United Arab Emirates that had “procured and transferred millions in U.S. dollar-denominated bulk cash” for the Islamic...

16th May 2018 - The Washington Times

Trump’s art of the nuclear deals

Clifford D. May

Donald Trump inherited two deadly serious national security crises, one in the Middle East, one in the Far East. Look closely and you’ll see that these crises are inseverable.

15th May 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

Increasing U.S.-Ukraine Cyber Cooperation is a Step in the Right Direction

Boris Zilberman, Trevor Logan

In early May, the State Department announced a doubling to $10 million of U.S. assistance to Ukraine for the strengthening of its cyber defenses. The increased funding is an important signal that the U.S. stands with Kyiv as it faces a sustained and evolving cyber threat from Russia, yet...

15th May 2018 - Tablet Magazine

Palestinian Nationalism is at its Lowest Point Ever

Jonathan Schanzer

The riots on the border of the Gaza Strip could be the beginning of a new round of Middle East violence. Yet, they are also an indication that Palestinian nationalism is at its lowest point since the “Nakba,” the Israeli victory in the 1948-1949 War of Independence.

15th May 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban launches coordinated assault on Farah City

Bill Roggio

The assault on Farah City should put to rest claims by the US military that the Taliban is desperate and losing ground in Afghanistan. Farah has been under threat for months.

14th May 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

Hezbollah and its Allies Win more than Half the Seats in Lebanon’s Parliament

Romany Shaker

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah declared a “great political and moral victory for the resistance” after his party and its allies secured their first-ever majority in Lebanon’s May 6 parliamentary election, the first in nine years. Hezbollah’s success at the polls helps to cement...

14th May 2018 - Fortune Magazine

Iran Could Benefit From the Brewing U.S.-Europe Nuclear Deal Dispute

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The EU believes the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal is worth preserving. It is no surprise, then, that President Trump’s decision to restore nuclear sanctions and terminate America’s adherence to the JCPOA risks putting Washington on a collision course with...

14th May 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State suicide team strikes tax office in Jalalabad

Bill Roggio

At least nine people were killed and more than 30 more were wounded in the latest attack by the Islamic State's branch in Afghanistan.

14th May 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

As US relocates embassy to Jerusalem, al Qaeda leader condemns international system

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda has released a message from its leader, Ayman al Zawahiri, that is timed to coincide with the Trump administration's relocation of the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Zawahiri notes that the decision caused a "big uproar," but he reminds listeners that Tel Aviv is also...

14th May 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

Students at Germany’s oldest university reject ‘antisemitic’ BDS campaign

Benjamin Weinthal

Heidelberg University's student council voted on Tuesday to classify the boycott, divestment, sanctions campaign targeting Israel as antisemitic and bar university space and funds to advocates of BDS.

14th May 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

Neo-Nazis wave Palestinian flags in protest against Israel

Benjamin Weinthal

German neo-Nazis expressed their solidarity with Palestinians on Monday by showing an antisemitic banner and waving PLO flags.

14th May 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

Ripples in the Gulf: GCC States’ Reaction to Withdrawal from Iran Deal Reflects Disunity

Varsha Koduvayur

President Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal prompted reactions from the Gulf States ranging from enthusiasm to regret. The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members’ divergent responses reflect the GCC’s disunity on Iran, highlighting challenges Washington may face in its...

13th May 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Paris knife terrorist swore allegiance to ISIS leader before attack

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State's Amaq News Agency has released a video purportedly showing the young man who attacked several people with a knife in Paris yesterday. FDD's Long War Journal cannot independently verify that the person shown was responsible for the knife attacks. However, the footage is...

13th May 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Authorities say ISIS-linked family conducted suicide bombings at Indonesian churches

Thomas Joscelyn

According to authorities, an ISIS-linked family carried out suicide bombings at three churches in the Indonesian city of Surabaya earlier today. The bombings came just days after other ISIS-affiliated militants conducted a prison riot south of Jakarta. ISIS has long targeted Christians,...

13th May 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: Shabaab advertises its al Qaeda allegiance

Thomas Joscelyn

Since late April, Shabaab has released a series of videos emphasizing its place in al Qaeda's global network. Two of the videos were recorded by the group's emir, Abu Ubaydah Ahmad Umar, a normally reclusive figure. Abu Ubaydah refers to the Taliban's emir as the "Commander of the Faithful"...


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