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1st August 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

First German City Set To Pass Anti-BDS Bill

Benjamin Weinthal

Munich lawmakers declare boycott movement antisemitic.

1st August 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban video details takeover of eastern Afghan district

Bill Roggio

The Taliban released a propaganda video of its fighters battling to take control of the district of Jani Khel in Paktia province.

1st August 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban control of Afghan districts remains ‘unchanged,’ according to SIGAR

Bill Roggio

The battle between the Afghan government and the Taliban “remains a stalemate” and the number of districts under Taliban control or influence is “unchanged” since the last assessment by the US military was made more than five months ago.

31st July 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Making Sense of Iran’s Latest Satellite-Launch Vehicle Test

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Late last week, Iran formally inaugurated the Imam Khomeini Space Launch Center by conducting the second test of its “Simorgh” rocket, a satellite-launch vehicle (SLV). This was Iran’s first SLV test in 2017 and the second overall test of the “Simorgh,” which is Persian for...

31st July 2017 - The Hill

How oil can break the back of Venezuelan despotism

Michaela Frai, Alex Entz

31st July 2017 - The Wall Street Journal

How U.S. Allies Undermine NATO

Orde Kittrie

European countries divest from American defense firms that help protect them.

31st July 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State’s Khorasan ‘province’ assaults Iraqi embassy in Kabul

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s Wilayah Khorasan (or Khorasan province) attacked the Iraqi embassy in Kabul earlier today.

31st July 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US military kills Shabaab fighter in ‘kinetic strike’

Bill Roggio

US Africa Command (AFRICOM) killed one Shabaab fighter in a “kinetic strike” against an al Qaeda branch in southern Somalia on July 29.

31st July 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Shabaab ambushes AMISOM forces in southern Somalia

Thomas Joscelyn

Shabaab, al Qaeda’s branch in East Africa, launched a deadly ambush on African Union Mission (AMISOM) forces in southern Somalia yesterday.

29th July 2017 - The National Interest

How America’s Friends Aid North Korea’s Missile Program

Anthony Ruggiero

Pyongyang is not as isolated as it is supposed to be.

28th July 2017 - Equities

Mark Dubowitz from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies on US Policy Toward Russia

Mark Dubowitz

In a recent interview with Julie Banderas for the Fox News Channel, Mark Dubowitz, executive director for the Foundation for Defensive Democracies, a non-profit, policy institute focusing on foreign policy and national security, discussed the following points regarding Sessions’ recusal...

28th July 2017 - The Hill

How Trump can show Iran that America will not be intimidated

Behnam Ben Taleblu

28th July 2017 - The Weekly Standard

Trump Got This One Right

Thomas Joscelyn

Earlier this year, President Donald Trump was shown a disturbing video of Syrian rebels beheading a child near the city of Aleppo. It had caused a minor stir in the press as the fighters belonged to the Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement, a group that had been supported by the CIA as part of its...

27th July 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US identifies Islamic State propagandists killed in airstrikes

Thomas Joscelyn

The US military released a statement today naming seven senior Islamic State “propagandists and facilitators” killed in airstrikes in Iraq and Syria this year.

27th July 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Congress Moves to Reassert Itself in Iran Policy Oversight

Tyler Stapleton

This week, Congress moved to sanction Iran, North Korea, and Russia in an attempt to reestablish the utility of financial restraints as a means of challenging the malign behavior of hostile regimes.

27th July 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

How the Use of Human Shields Violates International Law

Tyler Stapleton

Hamas, Hezbollah, the Islamic State, and other terrorist groups have a demonstrated propensity to use human shields to protect the infrastructure they use to stage attacks. They direct men, women, and children to place themselves on roofs and next to rocket launch sites to deter retaliatory...

26th July 2017 - The Jewish Journal

The Mahmoud Abbas exchange, part 2: On peace agreements with Arab autocrats

Grant Rumley

The following exchange will focus on Tibon and Rumley’s new book The Last Palestinian: The Rise and Reign of Mahmoud Abbas (Prometheus Books, 2017).

26th July 2017 - The Hill

North Korea must feel full weight of US sanctions, pressure — now

Anthony Ruggiero

In its latest assessment, the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) concludes that North Korea could field a reliable, nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in 2018, two years earlier than its previous estimate of 2020.

26th July 2017 - Tablet Magazine

Lebanon Is Another Name for Hezbollah

Tony Badran

During his joint press conference with Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Tuesday, President Trump gave expression to the inherent paradox in America’s Lebanon policy. On the one hand, the president voiced appreciation and support for Lebanon and its Armed Forces (LAF) for their...

26th July 2017 - Hoover Institute

“Pushing Back” Iran

Reuel Marc Gerecht

On both the left and the right, there is a consensus in Washington that the United States needs to “push back” against the Islamic Republic’s nefarious actions in the Levant, Iraq, and Yemen.


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