Analysis & Commentary


28th February 2017 - The Hill

China’s ‘ban’ on North Korean coal isn’t the tough stance it seems

Anthony Ruggiero

China announced on Feb. 18 that it would stop all coal imports from North Korea. Analysts greeted the news with optimism, suggesting it improves prospects for a U.S.-North Korea nuclear deal or was an attempt by Beijing to curry favor with the Trump administration.

28th February 2017 - Foreign Policy

Economic Coercion, with a Chinese Twist

Eric B. Lorber

During the campaign and through the early days of the Trump administration, policymakers and pundits have zeroed in on the U.S. economic relationship with China, in particular whether Beijing artificially manipulates its currency and whether the terms of America’s economic engagement are...

27th February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban confirms death of Kunduz shadow governor

Bill Roggio

The Taliban announced today that the US killed Mullah Abdul Salam, its shadow governor for the northern Afghan province of Kunduz, in an airstrike on Feb. 26. Salam led Taliban forces in overrunning Kunduz City and holding the provincial capital for two weeks in 2015. His forces also entered...

27th February 2017 - The Weekly Standard

The Face-Off

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Donald Trump has promised a foreign policy of muscular retrenchment, in which a better-resourced U.S. military intimidates our enemies without serving as a global cop. More than any president since Richard Nixon, our new commander in chief sees virtue in brutal authoritarians, especially if...

26th February 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Dershowitz Calls on Banks to Close Accounts that Boycott Israel

Benjamin Weinthal

Financial institutions in the US and Spain are under fire for providing accounts to the International Association of Democratic Lawyers, which promotes a boycott of Israel and defends Iran’s nuclear program.

26th February 2017 - Forbes

The Flynn Assassination

Michael Ledeen

Why should I challenge the powerful words of Bryan Wright or the extensive reporting of Adam Kredo? The political assassination of General Mike Flynn was carried out by a cabal of CIA officials and Obama loyalists, in tandem with allies in the media. It’s an ugly spectacle, damaging to...

25th February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Syrian military intelligence official killed in suicide assault in Homs

Thomas Joscelyn

A senior military intelligence official who was reportedly close to Syrian president Bashar al Assad was killed during a complex suicide assault in the city of Homs earlier today. The official, General Hassan Daabul, died after a suicide bomber penetrated security and made his way into...

24th February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Treasury, UN sanction 2 senior leaders in al Qaeda’s Syrian branch

Thomas Joscelyn

The US Treasury Department and the United Nations have designated two senior jihadists in Syria as terrorists. Both of them were leaders in Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official arm in Syria.

24th February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iraq monument underscores Iranian commander’s role in Qods Force

Amir Toumaj

A monument dedicated to an Iranian general has been erected in Iraq for the first time in the country’s history. The landmark commemorates Hamid Taghavi (also known as “Abu Maryam”), a commander in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) extraterritorial branch the Qods Force,...

24th February 2017 - The Weekly Standard

Take Two at the NSC

Thomas Joscelyn

It has been a tumultuous start for President Donald Trump’s National Security Council, to put it gently. General Michael Flynn was forced to resign as national security adviser less than a month into the new administration, amid controversy over his contacts with a Russian ambassador. It...

23rd February 2017 - FDD Research

Framework and Terminology for Understanding Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare

Samantha F. Ravich , Annie Fixler

The world is witnessing a new kind of war, fought not with bullets but with banknotes and bytes. Although the use of economic aggression against an adversary traces nearly as far back as the creation of economic systems – economic success can breed economic competition which in turn can...

22nd February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Ex-Guantanamo detainee carried out suicide attack near Mosul, Iraq

Thomas Joscelyn

The British press buzzed yesterday with news that a former Guantanamo detainee known as Jamal al Harith (formerly Ronald Fiddler) had blown himself up in a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) in Iraq. Al Harith reportedly took part in the Islamic State’s defensive suicide...

22nd February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda-linked Uzbek groups advertise operations in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Two al Qaeda-linked Uzbek jihadist groups have released videos touting their operations inside Afghanistan. The two groups, Katibat Imam al Bukhari (aka the Imam Bukhari Jamaat) and the Islamic Jihad Union, have claimed attacks in eastern and northern Afghanistan.

22nd February 2017 - The Washington Times

The kingdom, the power and the petroleum

Clifford D. May

Saudi Arabia is changing. When government officials here tell you that, you take it with an oversized grain of salt. But when Saudi human rights activists say the same, you pay attention.

21st February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban overruns Afghan district where al Qaeda ran training camps

Bill Roggio

The Taliban claimed it “completely liberated” the district center for Shorabak in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar earlier today. Shorabak was the site of a massive al Qaeda training camp that was assaulted and destroyed by US forces in Oct. 2015. The Taliban now claims to...

20th February 2017 - FDD Press

Islamic State 2021

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Islamic State (referred to in this report as ISIL) has seen its prospects in North and West Africa grow increasingly dim since early 2015. ISIL has experienced significant losses in North Africa in the past year, especially in Libya, which was once ISIL’s most valuable territory...

19th February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Afghan intelligence confirms top al Qaeda leader killed in raid

Bill Roggio

The National Directorate of Security (NDS), Afghanistan’s intelligence service, confirmed that its forces killed Qari Saifullah Akhtar, a top Pakistani al Qaeda leader, during a raid last month in the southern province of Ghazni. Akhtar’s involvement with jihad spanned four decades, and...

19th February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda often agitated for Omar Abdel Rahman’s release from US prison

Thomas Joscelyn

News broke yesterday that Omar Abdel Rahman, an Egyptian jihadi ideologue, died in a US prison. Within hours of the reports, al Qaeda re-released a copy of Rahman’s last “will,” in which Rahman asked his “brothers” to exact “revenge” for his death.

18th February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Osama bin Laden’s files: AQIM commander recommended training Boko Haram’s members

Thomas Joscelyn

On Jan. 19, the Office of Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released 49 documents recovered in Osama bin Laden’s compound. To date, only a few hundred documents from bin Laden’s massive cache have been declassified. Still, the files that have been posted online reveal new details...

18th February 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

German Party Condemns BDS, Compares Movement to Pre-WWII Antisemitism

Benjamin Weinthal

CDU, the opposition party in Hamburg, denounced the BDS movement as antisemitic and called for the senate to act against it, responding to the appointment of pro-BDS professor to the university.


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