Analysis & Commentary


10th August 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

Kuwait Airways’ Anti-Israel Discrimination

David May

Kuwait’s national carrier has agreed, without admitting liability, to pay damages and costs to an Israeli passenger denied service from London to Bangkok, a UK advocacy group reported Tuesday. Kuwait Airways refuses to fly Israeli passport holders even on routes that do not enter the Gulf...

10th August 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Ghazni City up for grabs after coordinated Taliban assault

Bill Roggio

Both the Afghan government (and Resolute Support) and the Taliban claim they control the city. The Afghan government and Resolute Support have proven unreliable in the past when it denied that the Taliban twice took control of Kunduz City, as well as Farah City earlier this year.

10th August 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

Oman Offers to Mediate between the U.S. and Iran

Nicole Salter

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif confirmed Wednesday that Oman, along with Switzerland, has offered to mediate talks between the Islamic Republic and the United States.

10th August 2018 - Foreign Policy

Energy Security Is the Real Way to Put America First

John Hannah

Since withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal in May, the Trump administration has faced a serious dilemma.

10th August 2018 - Real Clear Defense

Is the Pentagon About to Hand Iran a Major Border Crossing?

Alexandra N. Gutowski

The Pentagon announced on Wednesday the start of its final ground offensive against the Islamic State in Syria.

9th August 2018 - Providence Magazine

Censorship and Sanctions: Should the US Sanction Iran’s Minister of Culture?

Tzvi Kahn

This past April, the Iranian regime announced an ostensible concession to the country’s beleaguered, long-censored journalists: Tehran would offer 100 of them unrestricted internet access.

9th August 2018 - The New York Post

In Saudi-Canada standoff, Riyadh should stand down

Jonathan Schanzer, Varsha Koduvayur

The last time Canada undertook an act of aggression was in 1999, when it declared war on the United States — in the comedic universe of “South Park,” that is. But few were laughing Monday when Saudi Arabia shockingly cut ties with Canada and enacted severe punitive measures against...

8th August 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

German governor boycotts anti-Israel music festival affiliated with BDS

Benjamin Weinthal

Armin Laschet, the governor of Germany’s most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia, announced on Tuesday that he will not attend the Ruhrtriennale arts and music festival because it has not separated itself from advocacy of the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement targeting...

8th August 2018 - Co-authored by John Lechner - The National Interest

How Russia Plans to Get Turkey on Its Side

Aykan Erdemir

June has been a tough month for the board of Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), the joint Turco-Russian megaproject and Turkey’s first nuclear reactor. On June 19, Russian authorities arrested on charges of espionage Karina Tsurkan, an energy executive at Moscow-based Inter RAO and former...

8th August 2018 - Co-authored by Gonul Tol - The Globalist

U.S. Sanctions on Turkish Ministers Require Recalibration

Aykan Erdemir

The Trump administration has now made good on its threat to sanction Turkey if Ankara refused to release an American pastor from custody.

7th August 2018 - Fox News

German central bank blocks $400 million cash delivery to Iran ahead of crippling U.S. sanctions

Benjamin Weinthal

The U.S. campaign to rein in Iran has scored a victory in the German financial sector, after the Deutsche Bundesbank− the country’s central bank− imposed a rule stopping a $400 million cash delivery to Tehran.

7th August 2018 - FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

U.S. Should Sanction Iran’s Interior Minister

Tzvi Kahn

In July, Iran’s interior minister issued a veiled threat. The regime, said Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, seeks to end protests “with restraint from police.”

7th August 2018 - The Weekly Standard

The Al Qaeda-Iran Connection

Thomas Joscelyn

Twenty years ago today, al Qaeda carried out its most devastating terrorist attack prior to the September 11 hijackings. On the morning of August 7, 1998, two al Qaeda operatives drove explosive-laden trucks into the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

7th August 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Afghan forces target al Qaeda commanders in Helmand and Nangarhar

Bill Roggio

The raids in Helmand and Nangarhar indicate that al Qaeda's leaders are not focused on its survival. Al Mesri was focused on manufacturing IEDs to support the Taliban's insurgency in Helmand, while Rahmatullah and his cohorts were operating in Nangarhar's provincial capital.

6th August 2018 - Fifth Domain

The Russian DNC hack shows the US needs to get smart on crypto

Yaya J. Fanusie, Boris Zilberman

If the United States is going to stop Russia from hacking its next election, law enforcement and the intelligence community will need to get much smarter on how to catch adversaries who use cryptocurrencies.

5th August 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban suicide bomber kills 3 Czech soldiers

Bill Roggio

The Taliban remains active in Parwan, where it contested five of the provinces 10 districts. One American and two Afghan soldiers were also wounded in the suicide attack.

5th August 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

Israel blasts German festival for mainstreaming anti-Israel BDS

Benjamin Weinthal

The Israeli Embassy in Berlin on Thursday slammed the German music and cultural Ruhrtriennale festival for providing a platform to negate the existence of the Jewish state.

5th August 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

EU report details international web of Hezbollah terror funding

Benjamin Weinthal

A newly released European Union report on terrorism states that Lebanese nationals worked with organized crime organizations to finance Hezbollah’s terrorist activities.

5th August 2018 - The Hill

US should sanction Iran’s higher education minister

Tzvi Kahn

In July, Iran sentenced scores of students to lengthy prison terms for peacefully protesting against the clerical regime.

3rd August 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s New Central Bank Governor Tied to Sanctioned Entities

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Saeed Ghasseminejad

On July 25, Abdolnasser Hemmati replaced Valiollah Seif as the governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI). 


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