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23rd January 2017 - Nikkei Asian Review

Trump must turn attention to North Korea

Anthony Ruggiero

Kim Jong Un's New Year's Day threat to test an intercontinental ballistic missile has rekindled an age-old debate among North Korea experts in the U.S. on the best policy towards the country.

21st January 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Germany’s Split Personality: Courts Favor Antisemites, BDS Takes Hits

Benjamin Weinthal

A regional court’s affirmation this month of a decision asserting that the arson at a synagogue in the city of Wuppertal in July 2014 was not motivated by antisemitism but was merely a plea by three Palestinians to criticize Israel catapulted the deficiencies of Germany’s judicial system...

20th January 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US kills more than 100 al Qaeda operatives in strike on Syrian training camp

Bill Roggio

Last evening, the US military killed more than 100 al Qaeda fighters in an airstrike on a training camp in Syria. The US has launched five attacks against al Qaeda’s network in Syria since the beginning of 2017.

20th January 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Afghan Taliban seek ‘to establish an Islamic state on earth’

Bill Roggio

In a propaganda video that promoted its Al Farouq Training Camp, the Taliban said that the ultimate goal of its jihad is “to establish an Islamic state on earth.” The Al Farouq camp is the latest training site publicized by the Taliban.

19th January 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran Taps Quds Force Official as Envoy to Iraq

Amir Toumaj

Iran has appointed a high-ranking officer from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) extraterritorial branch, the Quds Force, as ambassador to Iraq. Brigadier General Iraj Masjedi, a senior advisor to Quds Force chief Qassem Soleimani, replaces Hassan Danaeifar (who himself is a Quds...

19th January 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US kills al Qaeda facilitator and external ops planner in Syrian airstrikes

Bill Roggio

The US military announced that it killed an al Qaeda facilitator who was “trained by the Taliban,” as well as an external operations leader in two separate airstrikes in Syria within the last week. The US has launched four strikes against al Qaeda’s network in Syria since the beginning...

19th January 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US bombs 2 Islamic State camps south of Sirte, Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

The Defense Department announced today that the US bombed two Islamic State camps “28 miles southwest of Sirte” last night. The “precision airstrikes” are the first American bombing missions in Libya since Dec. 19, 2016, when the US announced an end to Operation Odyssey Lightning,...

19th January 2017 - The Weekly Standard

The New Bin Laden Documents

Thomas Joscelyn

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released 98 additional items from Osama bin Laden's compound today. If the ODNI has its way, then these files will be the last the American people see for some time.

18th January 2017 - Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Honor Alberto Nisman’s sacrifice by continuing his probe of Iran

Toby Dershowitz

On Jan. 18, 2015, Argentine terrorism prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found dead with a gunshot wound to his head in what was almost certainly murder, not suicide. Whoever murdered him didn’t just want to kill him but rather his body of work. They wanted to bury the revelations he was about...

18th January 2017 - FDD Press

Qatar and Terror Finance

David Andrew Weinberg

Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani abdicated as the emir of Qatar in June of 2013, making his son Tamim the youngest ruler in the Arab world. Hamad’s reign was characterized by persistent negligence toward local U.S.-designated funders of al-Qaeda, but some American officials have expressed hope...

18th January 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Guantanamo detainee selected for aborted 9/11 hijacking transferred to Oman

Thomas Joscelyn

The Defense Department has released a list of ten now former Guantanamo detainees who were transferred to Oman earlier this week. One of them is Mohammed Al Ansi, a Yemeni who was captured in northern Pakistan in late 2001 and transferred to the detention facility in Cuba in Jan. 2002.

18th January 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

‘German Research Institute Trivializes Holocaust to Attack Israel’

Benjamin Weinthal

Israel's embassy and leading deputies in the German parliament slammed a Max Planck Institute branch for stoking hatred of Israel and Jews with a series of lectures from a pro-Hezbollah US academic who trivialized the Holocaust and is popular among neo-Nazis.

18th January 2017 - The Washington Times

Defining violent extremism down

Clifford D. May

Death, where is thy sting? For Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, it certainly didn’t come from the mainstream media. The 82-year-old former Iranian president died of a heart attack earlier this month. The New York Times called him an “influential voice against hard-liners” and “a main...

17th January 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Ayman al Zawahiri honors 2 slain jihadis in new video

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda’s propaganda arm, As Sahab, released a new video from Ayman al Zawahiri yesterday. The al Qaeda leader eulogizes two jihadi veterans who were killed in 2015 and 2016.

17th January 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban eulogizes Pakistani cleric with al Qaeda ties

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban mourned the death of the leader and founder of a Pakistani Islamic university known to have supported al Qaeda and other jihadist groups in the region. Mawlana Salimullah Khan, the Pakistani cleric, was also the president of Pakistan’s largest confederation of Deobani...

16th January 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Outrage over German Institute’s Hosting of Pro-Hamas, Hezbollah Speaker

Benjamin Weinthal

The Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in the city of Halle sparked international criticism because the pro-Hezbollah and allegedly antisemitic activist Norman Finkelstein is slated to hold talks on academia and Gaza on Monday and later in January.

16th January 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Swiss Government Hosts $85,000 Event Aiming to Unify Hamas and Fatah

Benjamin Weinthal

The Swiss government and a Finnish NGO spent almost $85,000 to host a workshop in Geneva to unify the EU and US-classified terrorist organization Hamas with the Fatah party, according to a report on Monday in the daily Basler Zeitung.

16th January 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Easing Sanctions on Sudan Erodes U.S. Leverage

Jonathan Schanzer

The U.S. Department of the Treasury on Friday eased sanctions against Sudan based on improved behavior, and with the expectation that Sudan “sustains [the] positive actions it has taken over the last 6 months.” The move, which comes after months of rumors that Sudan would be removed...

16th January 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Another Palestinian Unity Agreement?

Grant Rumley

A coalition of Palestinian parties released a statement last week calling for the first session in over two decades of the parliamentary body of the PLO, the Palestinian National Council (PNC).

16th January 2017 - The Weekly Standard

Protecting Palestine

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Not long ago, I was talking to a Fatah official about Palestinian aspirations, especially his party’s sharp emotions about Hamas, the Palestinian fundamentalist movement that rules Gaza and would gladly overthrow the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority on the West Bank.

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