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29th June 2018 - The National Review

The U.S. Should Sanction Iran’s Minister of Intelligence and Security

Tzvi Kahn

On January 1, 24-year-old Saru Ghahremani attended one of Iran’s nationwide protests and vanished. Eleven days later, agents of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) delivered his corpse, marked by signs of torture and beatings, to the home of his parents.

27th June 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Jihadists try to rally opposition in southern Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Jihadist groups in Syria are attempting to rally insurgents against an offensive launched by the Assad regime, Russia and their allies in the southwest part of the country. Syrian and Russian warplanes have been pounding locations inside the city of Daraa, as well as areas in the surrounding...

27th June 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

Citibank and Arab Bank Stop Service to NGO with Links to Terrorism

Benjamin Weinthal

The United Kingdom Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI) announced on Tuesday that their organization succeeded in stopping the Defense for Children International Palestine (DCI-P) – a NGO accused of close links to a Palestinian terrorism entity from receiving donations by bank transfers from...

27th June 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

Frankfurt Deputy Mayor Declares Bands that Support BDS are not Welcome

Benjamin Weinthal

Uwe Becker, the deputy mayor and city treasurer for Frankfurt, announced on Tuesday that artists who support the boycott campaign targeting the Jewish state are not welcome in Germany’s main municipal financial hub, and festivals and organizations that support BDS face loss of city funds....

27th June 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Confirmed: First evidence of Iranian-controlled militia involvement in southern Syria

The Iraqi Shia militia Liwa Zulfiqar, which is controlled by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, released a picture of its forces in the southern Syria town of Busra al Harir. The photo offers first confirmed evidence of the Iraqi militia’s – and thereby Iran’s – involvement...

27th June 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: How Gulf States can get Europe to Abandon Iran

Benjamin Weinthal

The protests sweeping across Iran are a clear sign the country’s economy and its Islamic revolutionary system are ready to buckle.

27th June 2018 - The Washington Times

Woman of the world

Clifford D. May

President Ronald Reagan’s 1981 appointment of Jeane Kirkpatrick as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations did not meet with universal approval. Never before had a woman held that position. And this woman happened to be a member of the opposition party. Nevertheless, Mr. Reagan chose her as...

26th June 2018 - Axios

Iranians take growing discontent to the streets

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iranians protesting government policies have shut down parts of the Tehran Grand Bazaar. Social media posts showed Iranian merchants gathering outside the parliament building yesterday chanting anti-regime slogans. The protests, which began in the capital, have reportedly spread to several...

26th June 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban: We’re ‘another name of the Afghan nation’

Bill Roggio

In a recent statement that addressed comments by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the Taliban reiterated that it considers itself the sole representative of the Afghan people. This is at odds with the opinion of some analysts who advise the US government on policy with respect to a...

25th June 2018 - FDD Research

Kaspersky and Beyond: Understanding Russia’s Approach to Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare

Boris Zilberman

One of the most iconic images of the 20th century is that of U.S. Army troops wading ashore onto Omaha Beach from their landing craft on June 6, 1944 under Nazi machine gun fire to create a beachhead for the Allies. The beachheads of the future, however, are being established today in cyber...

25th June 2018 - The Cipher Brief

Don’t Underestimate Economic Side of Russia’s Cyber Warfare

Boris Zilberman

Russia knows how to spread chaos and outrage in American politics, but Russia may pose a far greater threat to the U.S. economy and the infrastructure it depends on.

24th June 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Assad offensive creeps closer to southwest Syria ceasefire zone

Alexandra N. Gutowski

The Assad regime has launched its offensive southwest of Syria, a zone ostensibly under a Russian-American ceasefire. Although Iranian-aligned forces have reportedly agreed to withdraw from a buffer zone near the Jordanian and Israeli borders, the threat of Iranian expansion remains high....

24th June 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban captures more than 70 Afghan police in attack near the capital

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban captured more than 70 Afghan policemen and took over a number of outposts after clashing with security forces in Jalrez district in the province of Wardak, just south of Kabul. The Afghan government is maintaining its unilateral ceasefire despite the current Taliban...

23rd June 2018 - The Globalist

Turkish Elections: A Win That Cannot Be Stolen

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey will go to the polls Sunday to elect both its president and the members of its 600-seat parliament.

23rd June 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban appoints new emir after confirming death of Mullah Fazlullah

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan (TTP) confirmed that the US killed Mullah Fazlullah and appointed Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud (Wali) as its new emir. The TTP appears to be returning to its roots by selecting a prominent commander from the Mehsud tribe to lead the organization.

22nd June 2018 - Business Insider

Iran’s supreme leader torpedoed his country’s best chance to get off the terror financing blacklist

Toby Dershowitz, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran's own Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, may have just torpedoed his own country's campaign to be removed from the blacklist of states who cannot or will not prevent money laundering and the financing of terrorism.

22nd June 2018 - The Hill

US should sanction Iran’s notorious ‘hanging judge’

Tzvi Kahn

In mid-May, Iranian judge Abolghassem Salavati told a British-Iranian prisoner to expect a new conviction on fresh charges of “propaganda against the state.” Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, whom Salavati first sentenced to five years in prison in 2016 on equally specious espionage...

22nd June 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

Turkish Elections: A Win That Cannot Be Stolen

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey will go to the polls Sunday to elect both its president and the members of its 600-seat parliament. Confronted by a looming economic crisis as well as pressure from his allies on the far right, incumbent strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan chose to call early elections 17 months ahead of...

22nd June 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

Exclusive: German Islamic Center Raises Money for Hezbollah

Benjamin Weinthal

The Al-Mustafa community center in the city-state of Bremen in northern Germany is a major hub for raising funds for the EU and US designated terrorist organization Hezbollah in Lebanon, according to a German intelligence report reviewed by The Jerusalem Post on Thursday.

21st June 2018 - FDD Background Resource Guide

Risks of Doing Business with Iran

Toby Dershowitz

Conducting business in the Islamic Republic of Iran continues to entail profound risk. Nearly one year after the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) temporarily suspended mandatory countermeasures on Iran for its illicit conduct, Tehran has not fundamentally altered the behavior that led the...

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