Analysis & Commentary


20th April 2017 - US News and World Report

No More Kicking the Can

Anthony Ruggiero

Visiting the demilitarized zone that separates North and South Korea on Monday, Vice President Mike Pence reiterated that the Obama administration's policy of "strategic patience" towards Pyongyang had ended.

20th April 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Swiss Foreign Minister Under Fire for Pro-Hamas Policies

Benjamin Weinthal

Switzerland’s Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter’s meetings with the Jihadist organization Hamas have catapulted his policies into a critical spotlight in the central European country.

20th April 2017 - New York Post

Time for the US to stop Qatar’s support for terror

Jonathan Schanzer

Secretary of Defense James Mattis is on a Mideast tour to “continue efforts to strengthen regional security architectures.” While his meetings in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Israel are likely to attract most of the press coverage, his discussions in Qatar Saturday could be the most...

19th April 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State fighters fire at Egyptian policemen near Saint Catherine’s Monastery

Thomas Joscelyn

Islamic State fighters attacked and killed at least one Egyptian policeman and wounded several others at a security checkpoint near Saint Catherine’s Monastery in the southern Sinai late yesterday. Amaq News Agency, one of the group’s main propaganda arms, quickly claimed responsibility...

19th April 2017 - The Washington Times

The end of Turkey’s democratic experiment

Clifford D. May

On the grounds of the Turkish Embassy facing Massachusetts Ave. in Washington, D.C. is a statue of Mustafa Kamal Ataturk, father of the Republic of Turkey, the nation-state he built from the rubble of the defeated Ottoman Empire and Islamic caliphate.

18th April 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Indonesian authorities hunt Islamic State operative’s cyber recruits

Thomas Joscelyn

On Mar. 30, the US Treasury Department designated Bahrun Naim, a senior Islamic State figure from Indonesia, as a terrorist. It was the latest in a series of US government designations targeting the self-declared caliphate’s network in Southeast Asia.

18th April 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

U.S. Sanctions Brother of Qassem Soleimani

Tzvi Kahn

The Treasury Department on Thursday added two Iranian human rights abusers to its sanctions list, marking the first new human rights-related designations since 2014. The move reflects a renewed U.S. effort to target key drivers of Tehran’s domestic repression, which the Obama...

17th April 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

How Iran Enables Syria’s Chemical Warfare Against Civilians

Benjamin Weinthal

The 59 Tomahawk missiles the US fired at the Shayrat Air Base served to punish dictator Bashar Assad for his use of chemical weapons against civilians.

17th April 2017 - The Hill

Trump’s Syria strategy must target Assad’s chief protector: Iran

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The strikes ordered on April 6 by President Trump to respond to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons attack helped restore America’s credibility in the region after years of retreat.

17th April 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Turkey’s Inconclusive Referendum

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

Turkey held a historic referendum on Sunday to decide whether to grant the country’s authoritarian President Recep Tayyip Erdogan his long-standing desire to transform the government from a parliamentary system to one heavily centralized around his own presidency.

15th April 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

German State Head Gives BDS Bethlehem Hate Preacher Nearly $32,000

Benjamin Weinthal

The Green Party president of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, personally delivered in late March a check for €30,000 ($32,000) to a Lutheran pastor in the West Bank who advocates the destruction of Israel.

14th April 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Reading Iran’s Reaction To US Missile Strikes In Syria

Behnam Ben Taleblu

On the evening of Thursday April 6, Washington time, President Donald Trump ordered the US military to respond to the Assad regime’s recent use of chemical weapons which had “choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children.” In so doing, the US launched 59 Tomahawk Land Attack...

14th April 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

State Department designates 2 Canadian citizens for joining jihadist groups

Thomas Joscelyn

The State Department announced yesterday (Apr. 13) that two Canadian citizens have been added to the US government’s list of designated terrorists.

14th April 2017 - The Cipher Brief

AQIS Fits Into al Qaeda’s Global Strategy

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In the region, AQIS is a highly significant group. This is an assessment that’s shared by top officials within the U.S., such as General John Nicholson, Commander of American and NATO troops in Afghanistan, who talked about this recently in an interview with CTC Sentinel.

13th April 2017 - Vocal Europe

Interview on Islamic State Networks in Turkey with Foundation for Defence of Democracies

Jonathan Schanzer, Merve Tahiroglu

Islamic State Networks in Turkey – a report published recently by Merve Tahiroglu and Jonathan Schanzer of Foundation for Defence of Democracies (FDD) based in Washington D.C.

13th April 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban emir calls for unity, jihad, and global caliphate

Bill Roggio

Mullah Fazlullah, the emir of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan (TTP), said that his group’s ultimate goal is “to implement the law of Allah on the Earth” and called on Muslims to unite and wage jihad to achieve that end. Fazlullah, one of the most extreme commanders in a group...

12th April 2017 - New York Daily News

We can’t punish Syria and ignore Iran: Assad’s allies have been complicit in his crimes

Benjamin Weinthal

The Iranian regime’s role in enabling Syrian dictator Bashar Assad’s chemical attacks on civilians last week has sadly been ignored, in part because of Tehran’s accurate assertion that its forces were themselves the victims of nerve agent warfare during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War.

12th April 2017 - Forbes


Michael Ledeen

There’s a fascinating story in the weekend Wall Street Journal about the Dalai Lama, who has just made a very difficult trip to northeastern India to meet with tens of thousands of his faithful followers.

12th April 2017 - The Washington Times

The (limited) mission accomplished in Syria

Clifford D. May

If you’re still unsure about whether President Trump did the right thing when he launched 59 cruise missiles at Syria’s Shayrat air base last week, consider the alternative.

11th April 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

CEO of Iranian Airline to Buy Boeing Jets Has Ties to IRGC

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Boeing announced last week it would sell 30 B737 Max aircraft to Aseman Airlines – a government-owned carrier that is Iran’s third-largest – in a deal valued at around $3 billion. The deal appears to be permitted under the 2015 nuclear agreement, which lifted U.S. sanctions against the...


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