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7th February 2017 - The Hill

Ukraine needs to enforce US sanctions on Iran

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Boris Zilberman

The Ukrainian State Border Guard seized anti-tank missile components, reportedly the AT-4 Spigot, destined for Iran on Jan. 19. The weapons were concealed in the cargo section of a UM Airlines flight from Kiev to Tehran.

7th February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

IRGC adviser killed near Tal Afar in Iraq

Amir Toumaj

A member of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) who was embedded with Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) was killed on Saturday by an Islamic State booby trap near the Tal Afar airport, which is to the west of Mosul, according to Iranian media. The PMF, the umbrella...

6th February 2017 - FDD Press

Securing American Interests: A New Era of Economic Power

Eric B. Lorber

American economic power has become an increasingly critical national security tool in recent years. For well over a decade, the United States has leveraged the size of its economy, the centrality of the dollar, and America’s ability to set economic and financial global standards and norms...

6th February 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Anti-Israel German Politician Compares Jewish Facebook Head with Nazi

Benjamin Weinthal

The deputy head of Germany’s Social Democratic Party equated the Jewish Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg with a neo-Nazi terrorist on Sunday for her attendance at a Trump administration hi-tech meeting.

6th February 2017 - RealClearWorld

What Can Trump Do to Stop the BDS Movement?

Benjamin Weinthal

In late December, with just weeks left in his administration, former U.S. President Barack Obama delivered a shot in the arm to the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement, or BDS. Obama instructed the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, to abstain instead of...

6th February 2017 - Centre on Religion and Geopolitics

US Policy in Afghanistan: What to Expect from Trump

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Can Trump scale back involvement in Afghanistan while keeping his inauguration pledge to 'eradicate radical Islamic terrorism from the face of the earth?' Three analysts have their say.

6th February 2017 - The Weekly Standard

The Final Obama Scandal

Thomas Joscelyn

Less than 24 hours before the official end of the Obama presidency, while White House staffers were pulling pictures off the walls and cleaning out their desks, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) posted without fanfare another installment of the documents captured in...

5th February 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

German State Removes Antisemitic School Book

Benjamin Weinthal

The German state of Thuringia announced on Friday it will remove a school book with an antisemitic illustration depicting a video game character – alongside the words “Rothschild Bank” – consuming Europe.

4th February 2017 - The Hill

Trump’s Iran sanctions signal return to coercion

Mark Dubowitz, Behnam Ben Taleblu

On Friday the Treasury Department added 13 persons and 12 entities to their Specially Designated Nationals list for supporting “Iranian destabilizing activity.” According to National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, the sanctions communicate the end of “turning a blind eye to Iran’s...

4th February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Mehsud faction rejoins the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

A faction of the Pakistani Taliban that broke away from the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan (TTP) in 2014 has rejoined the group, and its leader has been named the deputy emir of the TTP. The reunion is the latest in a series of moves that have brought wayward Taliban groups back into...

3rd February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda criticizes American raid in Yemen

Thomas Joscelyn

Earlier today, Al Qaeda’s propaganda arm released a statement condemning the recent American counterterrorism operation in Yemen. US Central Command (CENTCOM) has confirmed that “civilian non-combatants were likely killed in the midst of a firefight during” the raid in Yemen on Jan....

3rd February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US military says AQAP leaders killed in Yemen raid

Bill Roggio

The US military said that it believes two important al Qaeda operatives were killed and significant intelligence was seized during the controversial raid in central Yemen on Jan. 29 that killed 14 jihadists, more than 10 civilians, and one US Navy Seal. FDD’s Long War Journal has...

3rd February 2017 - National Review

Will the Next Arab Revolt Be in Algeria?

Benjamin Weinthal

A remarkable series of barely noticed counterterrorism operations, labor strikes, and social protests in Algeria in January showed that the North African country may be facing a year of upheaval. Six years after leaders in the fellow North African states of Tunisia and Egypt were ousted,...

3rd February 2017 - The Christian Science Monitor

How to handle Hezbollah in Latin America

Emanuele Ottolenghi

In his inaugural address, President Trump pledged to eradicate radical Islamic terrorism “from the face of the earth.” A good place to start is Latin America.

2nd February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban faction showcases training camp, suicide attacks

Bill Roggio

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a powerful faction of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan (TTP), has released a video detailing a training camp somewhere in Pakistan’s northwest tribal frontier. The video also highlighted the training of suicide bombers and an assault on a Pakistani military base...

2nd February 2017 - RealClearDefense

Russian Information Operations in the Western Balkans

John Cappello

Moscow’s ability to wage information warfare is becoming alarmingly effective in the Western Balkans. Russian news outlets, fake news portals, and pro-Russian tabloids are increasingly attempting to impact public perceptions through manipulation of local media.

1st February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Afghan government ‘has lost territory to the insurgency’

Bill Roggio

The Afghan government “has lost territory to the insurgency” and “district control continues to decline,” the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) said in its most recent quarterly report to United States Congress. An estimated 15 percent of...

1st February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Afghan government ‘has lost territory to the insurgency’

Bill Roggio

The Afghan government “has lost territory to the insurgency” and “district control continues to decline,” the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) said in its most recent quarterly report to United States Congress. An estimated 15 percent of...

1st February 2017 - The Washington Times

How much is the U.N. worth?

Clifford D. May

This may come as a shock: It’s possible, not likely but possible, that a committee of officials from the Defense, State and Justice Departments, as well as the National Security Council, will conduct a review of the disproportionate funding the United States provides to the United Nations...

31st January 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Erdogan’s Newfound Partners: Russia and Iran

Aykan Erdemir

Russian officials announced Monday that Russian President Vladimir Putin would meet with his Turkish and Iranian counterparts, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hassan Rouhani, at some point over the following months – the latest sign that trilateral relations are deepening.

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