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24th March 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Mubarak Freed, Egypt Shrugs

Oren Kessler

Hosni Mubarak was freed Friday from a military hospital in the Cairo suburb of Maadi, six years after massive crowds ousted him in the seminal episode of the Arab Spring.

24th March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Assad regime bolstered in Hama province by Iranian-controlled Iraqi militia

Amir Toumaj

The Tehran-controlled Iraqi militia Harakat al Nujaba announced today that it is joining pro-Syrian regime forces in the battle raging in Hama province. Earlier this week, jihadists, Islamists and Free Syrian Army-branded rebels launched an offensive in the northern Hama countryside. This...

24th March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: Insurgents launch major offensive against Assad regime in Hama province

Thomas Joscelyn

Insurgent organizations — including jihadists, Islamists and rebel groups affiliated with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) — launched a large-scale offensive against Bashar al Assad’s regime in Hama province earlier this week. The battle began on Mar. 21, when the insurgents assaulted more...

23rd March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

London terrorist a ‘soldier’ of the Islamic State, group claims

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency has issued a statement claiming that the terrorist responsible for yesterday’s attack in London was a “soldier” of the so-called caliphate.

23rd March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

What’s really behind Trump’s laptop ban

Thomas Joscelyn

More than 15 years after the September 11 hijackings, the U.S. government has issued yet another warning about airline security. On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced new restrictions on electronics brought on board certain U.S.-bound flights. Passengers on planes...

23rd March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban takes key district in Helmand province

Bill Roggio

The Taliban seized the district of Sangin in southern Helmand province, forcing Afghan troops to withdrawal and Coalition forces to launch airstrikes to destroy bases and government facilities left behind. Sangin has been a battleground in Helmand for several years and has exchanged hands...

23rd March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban claims US drones killed commander from North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan (TTP) claimed that the US killed a senior commander from Pakistan’s tribal agency of North Waziristan in a drone strike near the “Pak-Afghan border” on March 18. Commander Yusuf Wazir, the slain Taliban leader, also lost a father and a brother in...

23rd March 2017 - War on the Rocks

Spiritual Ardor and Military Might: The Story of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

Behnam Ben Taleblu

This past September in an audience hall in Tehran, a prominent vocalist named Sadegh Ahangaran took to a microphone to justify an Iranian military adventure. Ahangaran had earned the nickname “the nightingale of the Imam” for his melodies of martyrdom decades earlier during the Iran-Iraq...

23rd March 2017 - Foreign Policy

In Venezuela’s Toxic Brew, Failed Narco-State Meets Iran-Backed Terrorism

John Hannah, Emanuele Ottolenghi

As if the political and economic chaos wracking Venezuela wasn’t worrying enough, a couple of recent stories underscore the potential national security threat brewing there.

23rd March 2017 - The Weekly Standard

Restarting the Fight Against Terror-Funding Charities

Jonathan Schanzer

Busting terrorist charities here in the United States was a low priority for the last eight years under Barack Obama. It's time for the Trump administration to instruct the bureaucracy to get back into this important fight.

23rd March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

IRGC-controlled Iraqi militia deploys to eastern Damascus battle

Amir Toumaj

The Tehran-controlled Iraqi militia Harakat al Nujaba has announced its participation in a battle raging east of Damascus, joining pro-regime forces in the Jobar and Abbasin districts. Earlier this week, jihadists, Islamists and rebels affiliated with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) launched a...

23rd March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Resolute Support spins loss of Sangin district center as a victory

Bill Roggio

After months of heavy fighting in Sangin, the Taliban took control of the district’s center in Helmand province last night. Yet, Resolute Support – NATO’s mission in Afghanistan – attempted to claim victory.

22nd March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban confirms senior al Qaeda commander killed in Afghanistan

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

The Pakistani Taliban (Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan) confirmed in a statement today that Qari Muhammad Yasin, a senior al Qaeda military commander, was killed in a US drone strike. The bombing took place in the Laman area of the eastern Paktika province on Mar. 19. The statement confirming...

22nd March 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Turkish Organizations Under Fire for Alleged Hamas Support

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkey’s ties to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas are once again in the spotlight. Israeli authorities claimed this week that two charities with close ties to the ruling elite in Ankara were providing financial and military support to the Gaza-based Islamist faction.

22nd March 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

A Temporary Thaw in Egyptian-PA Relations

Grant Rumley

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hosted his Palestinian Authority counterpart Mahmoud Abbas this week in Cairo for the first official summit between the two leaders in nearly a year.

22nd March 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

U.S. Sanctions Bahrainis Linked to Iran-Backed Group

Tzvi Kahn, David Andrew Weinberg

The State Department on Friday designated two Bahrainis with ties to Iran as Specially Designated Global Terrorists, thereby denying them access to the U.S. financial system, freezing their U.S. assets, and prohibiting American citizens from conducting transactions with them.

22nd March 2017 - The Washington Times

Trump’s pivot to North Korea

Clifford D. May

America can do anything but America can’t do everything, at least not within a four-year time frame. That suggests that the American president — any American president — needs to prioritize.

22nd March 2017 - Politico

What’s Really Behind Trump’s Laptop Ban

Thomas Joscelyn

More than 15 years after the September 11 hijackings, the U.S. government has issued yet another warning about airline security.

22nd March 2017 - The Wall Street Journal

The Delusion of the Iran Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

President Donald Trump promised to rigorously and radically enforce the Iran nuclear agreement, which he called “the worst deal ever negotiated.” It sounds tough, but it’s an approach that plays into the hands of the Iranian mullahs.

21st March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US designates Iran-backed Bahrainis as terrorists

Amir Toumaj

The US State Department recently announced the designation of two Bahraini nationals affiliated with Iran-backed militant group the al Ashtar Brigades as global terrorists. Their designation comes amidst repeated attempts by Tehran and its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to foment...

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