Analysis & Commentary


28th February 2018 - The Washington Times

Black lives in Africa

Clifford D. May

No nation in Africa is receiving more attention right now than Wakanda. And why not since, as Anthony Lane writes in The New Yorker, Wakanda is “a model of serenity,” that also is “wisely ruled,” in addition to being “an unplundered homeland, blooming from liberty rather than from...

28th February 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

US concentrates Somalian air campaign around Jilib

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

US forces launched a strike yesterday that killed two members of Shabaab, al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia and East Africa, and wounded another fighter. The strike occurred in Jilib, a village south of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu.

27th February 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

State Department designates 7 ISIS-affiliated groups as terrorist organizations

Thomas Joscelyn

The State Department announced today that seven ISIS-affiliated groups have been designated as terrorist organizations.

26th February 2018 - War on the Rocks

Spike in African Terrorism Highlights the Importance of Jihadist Innovation

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In War on the Rocks, FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross outlines how adaptability is crucial to the survival of jihadist groups in Africa. Although groups like Shabaab have increased their efforts independent of the Arab Spring, Gartenstein-Ross argues that “the chaos wrought by the...

26th February 2018 - FDD Press

Evolving Terror: The Development of Jihadist Operations Targeting Western Interests in Africa

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

After the Arab Spring, North African countries experienced growing instability, and jihadist groups capitalized on both social unrest and local conflicts. As these groups strengthened, jihadists expanded their operations into the Sahel, and were able to propagate their transnational ideology...

26th February 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

Exclusive: PayPal Closes Second Illegal French BDS Account

Benjamin Weinthal

For the second time in 30 days, the US-based online payment service giant PayPal shut down the account of a French organization advocating for the boycott, divestment, sanctions (BDS) campaign targeting Israel.

26th February 2018 - Toronto Sun

Extremist foreign funding in Canada needs to be addressed

Sheryl Saperia

Canada, like its Western allies, is facing the problem of radicalization as both a domestic and foreign policy concern. While the term has yet to be legally formulated, I define radicalization here as the process by which an individual comes to adopt an extremist ideological belief system...

24th February 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

Wiesenthal Calls for Jewish NGOs to End Business with German Pro-BDS Bank

Benjamin Weinthal

The Simon Wiesenthal Center issued an urgent appeal last week to Jewish organizations to terminate their business relations with Germany’s top financial enabler of Israeli boycott activities, Bank for Social Economy.

24th February 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

German Court Says BDS Activist Antisemite, Called Israeli Ministers Nazis

Benjamin Weinthal

A leading proponent of the boycott campaign targeting Israel suffered a stinging defeat on Monday after he declined to appeal a January court decision in the German city of Munich that ruled in favor of Charlotte Knobloch, the president of the city's Jewish community and a Holocaust...

24th February 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

As security in Farah worsens, Taliban stage deadly attack

Bill Roggio

The Taliban killed more than 20 soldiers during a nighttime raid on an Afghan military base in the western province in Farah.

23rd February 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

Treasury Sanctions Increase Pressure on North Korea’s Global Shipping Network

Mathew Ha

Today, the Treasury Department issued its “largest North Korea-related sanctions tranche to date” against 27 entities, 28 vessels, and one individual tied to Pyongyang’s shipping and trading network. The U.S. also issued a global advisory on North Korea’s deceptive shipping...

23rd February 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

Egypt Launches Massive Anti-terrorism Operation ahead of March Elections

Romany Shaker

In a surprise move, Egypt launched a massive anti-terrorism operation on February 9, covering northern and central Sinai, plus parts of the Nile Delta, the desert areas west of the Nile Valley, as well as the country’s long border with Libya. Egyptian military spokesman Colonel Tamer...

23rd February 2018 - The Weekly Standard

The Mystery Martyr

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Death came suddenly for Samer Ibrahim Atoui, a 48-year-old native of the southern Lebanese village of Khiyam. On October 2, 2017, a Syrian opposition social media account posted photographs showing the burned-out wreckage of Atoui’s car, alongside Atoui’s picture and that of his fellow...

23rd February 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

The Dire Consequences of Iran’s Water Crisis

Amir Toumaj, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Islamic Republic’s decades-long mismanagement of water resources has led to a shortage of fresh water, a problem compounded by drought and rising temperatures due to climate change. The shortage is acutely felt across Iran and has fueled recent protests against the government.

23rd February 2018 - FDD's Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance Policy Brief

To Evade U.S. Sanctions, Venezuela Launches the World’s First National Cryptocurrency

Yaya J. Fanusie, Michaela Frai

This week, the Venezuelan government started selling the “petro,” the world’s first “national cryptocurrency.” The petro’s release is part of the Maduro regime’s strategy to combat the “financial blockade” of U.S. sanctions, yet the petro is likely to find itself just as...

23rd February 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

EU Parliament Politicians Call for a Full Ban of Hezbollah

Benjamin Weinthal

Members of the European Union parliament sent a letter on Thursday to EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, urging her to classify all of the Lebanese organization Hezbollah as a terrorist entity.

22nd February 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

Iranian Cruise Missiles also a Proliferation Threat

Behnam Ben Taleblu

In its new Worldwide Threat Assessment for 2018, the U.S. intelligence community warns that Iran continues to “enable” attacks by Yemen’s Houthi rebels against America’s Persian Gulf partners. The new assessment highlights “an attempted 3 December cruise missile attack on an...

22nd February 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

US kills four Shabaab jihadists in Somali airstrike

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

US forces killed four Shabaab terrorists in a strike in southern Somalia. The strike is the second since Feb. 19.

22nd February 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: ISIS hasn’t been defeated

Thomas Joscelyn

On January 19, the Pentagon released its new National Defense Strategy, which prioritizes "inter-state strategic competition" from China and Russia over "terrorism." In many ways, the strategy makes sense. However, the threat from ISIS and al Qaeda has not been eliminated. The jihadists are...

21st February 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

Pro-BDS Pastor and German Green Party Figure Speaks at Nazi Event

Benjamin Weinthal

Friedrich Bode, a Protestant pastor and co-founder of the Green Party branch in Bremen, Germany, delivered a talk at a neo-Nazi party event in Karlshöfe, Lower Saxony, on Saturday.


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