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7th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: The Islamic State’s first major terrorist attacks inside Iran

Thomas Joscelyn

A team of terrorists struck the Iranian Parliament and the tomb of Ayatollah Khomeini earlier today.

7th June 2017 - The Washington Times

The Six-Day War and the 50-year occupation

Clifford D. May

Fifty years ago this week, the young state of Israel faced the threat of extermination – a second Jewish Holocaust in a single century. Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser stated candidly what he and other Arab leaders envisioned. “Our basic aim will be the destruction of Israel,” he...

7th June 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Executions Continue After Rouhani’s Reelection

Tzvi Kahn

Iran has executed at least 20 people since President Hassan Rouhani’s reelection on May 19. This grim statistic offers continuity with his first term in office, which saw some 3,000 executions. It also suggests that Rouhani – notwithstanding his reputation as a moderate – remains...

6th June 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Will Another US State Pass Anti-BDS Legislation?

Benjamin Weinthal

The Kansas state senate in Topeka on Friday passed by a vote of 28-9 an anti-BDS bill that outlaws the state from doing business with companies that boycott Israel.

6th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US warplanes again strike militias near Syrian-Jordanian border

Bill Roggio

The US military again launched airstrikes against forces loyal to the Syrian government after they entered the “deconfliction zone” near At Tanf in southeastern Syria.

6th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Anti-Islamic State coalition begins Raqqah offensive

Bill Roggio

A coalition of anti-Islamic State groups backed by the United States has officially begun its assault on the jihadist-held city of Raqqah in northern Syria.

5th June 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Distinction between Hezbollah and the “Lebanese State” now Meaningless

Tony Badran

At the conclusion of President Trump’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia, the U.S. and the Saudis issued a joint statement outlining shared positions. The last article in their statement addressed Lebanon and stressed “the importance of supporting the Lebanese state,” specifically in...

5th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

British officials publicly identify 2 of the London terrorists

Thomas Joscelyn

British officials publicly identified today two of the alleged terrorists responsible for the June 3 attacks on the London Bridge and Borough Market.

4th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State claims its ‘fighters’ responsible for London attacks

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency has issued a short statement claiming responsibility for the attacks in London yesterday.

4th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

State Department Blacklists Hashem Saffiedine

David Daoud

On May 19th, the United States Department of State listed Hashem Saffiedine – the head of Hezbollah’s Executive Council – as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under section 1(b) of Executive Order 13224.

4th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Kabul funeral suicide bombers trained in Pakistan, Afghan intelligence says

Bill Roggio

The three suicide bombers who killed 20 people and wounded scores more during a complex attack at a funeral at a Kabul cemetery trained at a Pakistani madrassa, according to Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security.

4th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Terrorists use van, blades to target civilians in London

Thomas Joscelyn

A terror attack in London shortly after 10 pm local time last night left at least seven people dead.

3rd June 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

US, German Politicians Urge PayPal to Close Neo-Nazi Party’s Account

Benjamin Weinthal

American and German politicians called on PayPal to close the account of Germany’s neo-Nazi Der Dritte Weg (“The Third Way”) party.

3rd June 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Nevada Governor Signs Anti-BDS Law

Benjamin Weinthal

Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval signed legislation on Friday making Nevada the 20th US state to have passed a law against the anti-Israel boycott movement.

3rd June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iran tests the US in southeastern Syria

Amir Toumaj

Major powers involved in the Syrian war are racing to maximize gains from the crumbling Islamic State in southern and eastern Syria.

2nd June 2017 - The Weekly Standard

‘Principled Realism’

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Donald Trump's recent sojourn in the Middle East leaves the United States where it was before the president departed: His administration remains committed to containing Iran while philosophically adopting a pre-9/11 approach to combating Sunni Islamic militancy.

2nd June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State claims Manila casino attack blamed on botched robbery

Thomas Joscelyn

According to government officials in the Philippines, an attack at the Resorts World Manila (RWM) casino was a robbery gone wrong.

2nd June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Qassem Soleimani spotted near the Syrian border with Iraqi militias

Amir Toumaj

Major General Qassem Soleimani, the chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ extraterritorial operations branch the Qods Force, has been photographed with Iranian-backed Iraqi militias of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) in the northwestern countryside of Iraq near the Syrian...

2nd June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban again affirms Haqqani Network is an integral part of group

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

The Taliban has issued a second statement denying any role in the deadly Kabul bombing on May 31.

2nd June 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

In New North Korea Sanctions, China Escapes

Anthony Ruggiero

The U.S. Treasury Department yesterday sanctioned nine entities and three individuals. The sanctions cover a wide range of North Korea’s activities—weapons procurement, intelligence activities, cyber activities, oil imports, and coal and zinc exports—but they do not include Chinese...


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