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7th March 2017 - The Washington Times

Don’t rush the peace process

Clifford D. May

This palm-fringed oasis in the Jordan Valley has been continuously inhabited for 10,000 years. That justifies it billing itself as the “oldest city in the world.”

6th March 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Switzerland Funds NGO’s that Call for Israel’s Destruction

Benjamin Weinthal

A February article in the Swiss daily Basler Zeitung reported that some of the nearly $60 million its government has sent in support of Middle East projects funds initiatives that call for the destruction of Israel and the murder of Jews.

6th March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Former Guantanamo detainee killed in US air campaign in Yemen

Thomas Joscelyn

The Pentagon announced today that a former Guantanamo detainee known as Yasir al Silmi was killed in an airstrike in Yemen on Mar. 2.

6th March 2017 - Foreign Affairs

Labeling Iran’s Revolutionary Guard

Mark Dubowitz

Last month, the Donald Trump administration noted that it was contemplating whether to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization, a State Department listing that includes Hamas, Hezbollah, the Islamic State (also known as ISIS), and many...

5th March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda eulogizes Egyptian leader killed in Idlib, Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

As Sahab, the propaganda arm for al Qaeda’s senior leadership, has released a two-page eulogy for Abu al Khayr al Masri. The US killed Masri in a drone strike in Idlib, Syria in late February. [See FDD’s Long War Journal report, Zawahiri’s deputy sought to ‘unify’ Syrian rebels.]...

4th March 2017 - Foreign Affaris

The Coming Islamic Culture War

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Western observers are often blind to social currents within the Muslim world. During the Arab Spring revolutions of 2011, outside analysts confidently predicted that the uprisings would marginalize the jihadist movement in favor of more moderate and democratic reformers. In fact, the...

4th March 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

BDS Austria Barred from Holding Event at Vienna Cultural Institution

Benjamin Weinthal

A Vienna cultural institution barred BDS Austria from holding an event, the WUK cultural center told The Jerusalem Post on Saturday.

4th March 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Texas, Spanish Banks Slammed Over Israel-Boycott Accounts

Benjamin Weinthal

Two giant financial institutions – Dallas-based Comerica and Spain’s La Caixa – are caught in the crossfire of criticism from politicians and human rights organizations over a fiercely anti-Israel legal group’s accounts with them.

4th March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US blitzes AQAP in Yemen with an unprecedented 30 airstrikes

Bill Roggio

The US military has launched more than 30 airstrikes against al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen in three separate provinces over the last several days. Such a large number of strikes is unprecedented in Yemen and indicates a changing US approach to attacking al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula,...

3rd March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Zawahiri’s deputy sought to ‘unify’ Syrian rebels

Thomas Joscelyn

On Feb. 26, jihadist social media sites reported that Abu al Khayr al Masri, one of al Qaeda’s top leaders, had been killed in a US drone strike in Idlib, Syria.

3rd March 2017 - PJ Media

RELEASE THEM: Obama/Iran Nuke Deal Secrets Are NOT Classified, Just Kept From You

Michael Ledeen

The leaders of the Islamic Republic are frightened. They face an American national security team that knows a lot about them, and, unlike the Obama administration, strongly dislikes them.

3rd March 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Iranian Officials: Obama-era Prisoner Release was ‘Ransom’

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iranian intelligence agencies are fighting over credit for forcing the U.S. to pay ransom for five U.S. prisoners in January 2016.

2nd March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iranian sniper embedded in Iraqi militia killed near Mosul

Amir Toumaj

A casket carrying the body of an Iranian sniper killed in combat in Iraq on February 25 was received in Tehran three days ago. An Islamic State mortar killed Ali-Asqar Karimi near Mosul, according to a colleague. A military campaign by Iraqi forces to dislodge Islamic State is underway in...

2nd March 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Lebanon’s Armed Forces and Hezbollah Increasingly Intertwined

Tony Badran

General Joseph Votel of U.S. Central Command reportedly visited Lebanon on Monday and met with top officials to discuss U.S. aid to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF). Votel’s visit followed a separate visit last week by Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) and a delegation of congressional staff...

2nd March 2017 - FDD Research

Mohsen Qomi: A Revolutionary Diplomat on the Rise

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Mohsen Qomi, a 56-year-old cleric, is a Khamenei confidant and his aide for international relations. Qomi is well-known in Iran for his nearly 20-year tenure at the Assembly of Experts – the body that chooses the supreme leader – and his long-term leadership of the supreme leader’s...

2nd March 2017 - The Washington Post

Turkey’s bizarre witch hunt against the media

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey, the world’s worst offender of press freedom according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, now accounts for a third of journalists jailed globally.

1st March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban suicide assault teams strike Afghan security services in Kabul

Bill Roggio

Taliban suicide assault teams struck three separate targets in the Afghan capital of Kabul today. The Afghan jihadist group quickly claimed credit for the complex attack, which hit military, police, and intelligence buildings.

1st March 2017 - The Washington Times

The West isn’t worse than the rest

Clifford D. May

Intellectuals of the left and those influenced by them judge the United States and certain European nations as uniquely guilty of imperialism, colonialism, racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, Islamophobia — the list goes on.

28th February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

The future of counterterrorism: Addressing the evolving threat to domestic security

Thomas Joscelyn

Chairman King, Ranking Member Rice, and other members of the committee, thank you for inviting me to testify today. The terrorist threat has evolved greatly since the September 11, 2001 hijackings. The U.S. arguably faces a more diverse set of threats today than ever. In my written and oral...

28th February 2017 - The Hill

China’s ‘ban’ on North Korean coal isn’t the tough stance it seems

Anthony Ruggiero

China announced on Feb. 18 that it would stop all coal imports from North Korea. Analysts greeted the news with optimism, suggesting it improves prospects for a U.S.-North Korea nuclear deal or was an attempt by Beijing to curry favor with the Trump administration.

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