Analysis & Commentary


6th October 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Iranian Mosques in Austria, Germany Slam Women and Israel

Benjamin Weinthal

Iranian regime-controlled mosque probed by the Austrian Integration Fund doesn't recognize Israel — regardless of its boundaries.

6th October 2017 - The Weekly Standard

No Easy Way Out

Reuel Marc Gerecht

By October 15, Donald Trump must decide what to do with his predecessor’s nuclear agreement with Iran.

5th October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban parades forces openly in Nimroz

Bill Roggio

As with previous propaganda videos, the Taliban demonstrates that it can organize its forces for assaults on bases and district centers and execute attacks over extended periods of time, or parade its troops in the open, without fear of being targeted from the air by Afghan or Coalition...

5th October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iraqi troops, Iranian-backed militias eject Islamic State from Hawija

Bill Roggio

Islamic State forces still control a small pocket of villages to the north and east of the town, but are now surrounded.

5th October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: Ayman al Zawahiri argues jihadists can’t deceive America

Thomas Joscelyn

In a new message, Ayman al Zawahiri holds up the Taliban-al Qaeda relationship as a model for jihadists around the globe. He also critiques the jihadists and Islamists in Egypt and Syria who think they can "deceive" America and achieve power by placating the US.

5th October 2017 - Quoted by Laurie Mylroie - Kurdistan 24

WATCH: Sen. Marco Rubio: US needs to prevent conflict after Kurdistan referendum

John Hannah

Sen. Marco Rubio added his voice to the growing number of figures in Washington, DC who now stress the importance of reducing tensions and preventing conflict in the region, following the Sep. 25 Kurdistan independence referendum.

5th October 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Fearing an Independent Kurdistan, Erdogan Travels to Tehran

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Merve Tahiroglu

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan traveled to Iran on Wednesday for meetings with the country’s supreme leader, president, and other regime officials.

4th October 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Time to Designate Hezbollah as a Transnational Criminal Organization

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Intended to fight transnational organized crime, Executive Orders 13581 and 13773 lay out a clear policy that identifies the convergence between terror finance networks and transnational organized crime as a critical threat to our national security. Regardless, neither President Trump nor...

4th October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistan’s intelligence service ‘has connections with terrorist groups’

Bill Roggio

Mattis and Dunford placed all of the blame for Pakistan's support of terrorist groups on the ISI, and essentially absolved Pakistan's government and the military of any responsibility for incubating and supporting regional and global jihadist organizations.

4th October 2017 - The Washington Times

American values are not the cause of racism

Clifford D. May

Disrespect for America and for the flag that symbolizes America is disrespect for the long and strong African threads in that flag, and for those who struggled over generations to become Americans and to enrich the fabric of America.

3rd October 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Despite Jewish Alarm, Britain Refuses To Outlaw Pro-Hezbollah Demonstration

Benjamin Weinthal

The annual al-Quds march promotes support for terrorism, yet the British government doesn't see any cause to call the questionable protest off.

3rd October 2017 - Interviewed by Iran Focus

What You Should Know About Tehran’s Latest Missile Test

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Following the Iranian Regime’s recent unveiling of a previously unseen medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) and their claims to have conducted a successful flight-test of the missile, many Iran hawks and missile experts jumped into action. Behnam Ben Taleblu, a Senior Iran Analyst at...

2nd October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Lessons learned from 15 years in Afghanistan: SIGAR

Philip Hegseth

The Congressionally mandated Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) issued a detailed report evaluating the current challenges facing the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) and the lessons learned from America’s nearly 15-year campaign in the...

2nd October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

‘Hasm’ claims responsibility for attack targeting Myanmar embassy in Cairo

Jonathan Schanzer

The Egyptian militant group, Hasm, claimed responsibility yesterday for its attack against Myanmar’s embassy in Cairo a day earlier, noting that it was a response to Myanmar’s treatment of Rohingya Muslims. “This bombing served as a warning to the embassy of murderers, killers of women...

2nd October 2017 - Foreign Policy

The United States Must Prevent Disaster in Kurdistan

John Hannah

You have to hand it to them. U.S. officials nailed it. Prior to the Sept. 25 independence referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan, they couldn’t have been clearer in setting out the parade of horribles that might come to pass if the vote went ahead.

2nd October 2017 - RealClearWorld

Argentine Probe Closes In

Toby Dershowitz

A 400-page report submitted Sept. 22 by Argentine police investigators to that nation’s courts found what many people instinctively knew: that special prosecutor Alberto Nisman was murdered in January 2015, and that he did not commit suicide the day before he was to present evidence to the...

1st October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State claims its ‘soldier’ stabbed two women at Marseille train station

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State's Amaq News Agency claimed that two stabbings at the Saint-Charles train station in Marseille, France were the work of its "soldier." Separately, an attack in Edmonton, Canada is being investigated as a terrorist act.

30th September 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

NY State Probes Deutsche Bank For Link To Palestinian Terrorist Group

Benjamin Weinthal

The Deutsche Bank has been operating bank accounts for a political party that reportedly supports PFLP, which both the US and the EU define as a terrorist organization.

30th September 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US resumes strikes against Islamic State in Libya

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

US Africa Command launched airstrikes against the Islamic State in Libya for the first time in eight months. AFRICOM also revealed to FDD's Long War Journal that an estimated 800 to 900 Islamic State fighters were killed during Operation Odyssey Lightning's air campaign in Sirte last year....

29th September 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US-led coalition kills 3 Islamic State ‘drone experts’ in eastern Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The US-led coalition announced that three Islamic State figures were killed in airstrikes in Mayadin, Syria between Sept. 12 and 14. All three worked for the so-called caliphate's drone program. The US has carried out a targeted air campaign against the group's personnel in or near Mayadin...


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