Analysis & Commentary

11th January 2016 - FDD Press

Doubling Down on Damascus: Iran’s Military Surge to Save the Assad Regime

Max Peck

Iran’s support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his country’s civil war reached new heights in 2015.

11th January 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Sanctions Delay Lets Tehran Expand Missile Power

Behnam Ben Taleblu

As the international nuclear deal with Iran nears its implementation phase, Tehran is preparing for sanctions relief. However, the Islamic Republic has already been reaping dividends from relief of another sort.

11th January 2016 - The Long War Journal

American Charged With Supporting Shabaab Serving in ‘Specialized Fighting Force’

Thomas Joscelyn

The Department of Justice has announced that Maalik Alim Jones, a 31 year-old American citizen from Maryland, has been indicted for allegedly supporting Shabaab, al Qaeda’s official branch in East Africa. Jones appeared before a judge in the Southern District of New York last month, but...

8th January 2016 - The Long War Journal

‘High Risk’ Guantanamo Detainee Transferred to Kuwait

Thomas Joscelyn

The Defense Department announced today that Fayez al Kandari, who was detained at Guantanamo since 2002, has been transferred to his home country of Kuwait.

7th January 2016 - The Long War Journal

US Charges American Citizen with Conspiring to Kill Soldiers in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The US Department of Justice charged Muhanad Mahmoud Al Farekh, an American citizen, with conspiring to kill his countrymen in a double suicide attack at a military base in eastern Afghanistan. Farekh was part of al Qaeda’s paramilitary forces based in Afghanistan and Pakistan that fights...

7th January 2016 - The Long War Journal

Ghana Falsely Claims 2 Former Guantanamo Detainees Were ‘Cleared of Any Involvement’ in Terrorism

Thomas Joscelyn

The Defense Department has announced the transfer of two Guantanamo detainees to the West African nation of Ghana. The now former detainees, Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al Dhuby, are citizens of Yemen.

7th January 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Abbas Strives to Project Palestinian Stability, but Threats to His Rule Remain

Grant Rumley

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas delivered a defiant speech Wednesday in the West Bank city of Bethlehem amidst rumors of ill health and the potential collapse of the Palestinian Authority.

6th January 2016 - Forbes

North Korea’s Nuclear Advance—With Or Without The Hydrogen Bomb

It’s almost two years since North Korea’s government threatened to carry out “a new form of nuclear test.” Asked at a United Nations press conference what Pyongyang had in mind, a North Korean diplomat said at the time, “Wait and see.”

6th January 2016 - The Long War Journal

Hezbollah Responds to Israeli Assassination of Commander

David Daoud

Two weeks after the assassination of its notorious member Samir Quntar, Hezbollah finally carried out its repeated threats to retaliate against Israel.

6th January 2016 - The Washington Times

Erdogan and the Meaning of Hitler

Clifford D. May

It’s one of those questions political science majors debate over too many beers at the college pub: Which is better, a parliamentary system or a government headed by a powerful chief executive?

5th January 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran is Complicit in Attacks on Saudi Missions

Amir Toumaj

Saudi Arabia executed a prominent anti-government Shiite cleric on Saturday, prompting angry mobs in Iran to storm the Saudi consulate in Mashhad and set ablaze Riyadh’s embassy in Tehran.

5th January 2016 - The Long War Journal

US Soldier Killed While Fighting the Taliban in Helmand

Bill Roggio

The Taliban killed one American soldier and wounded two more as they fought alongside Afghan forces in the beleaguered southern Afghan town of Marjah in Helmand province earlier today.

5th January 2016 -

Europe’s Missile Shield and Iran’s Capabilities

Patrick Megahan

On December 18, the same week UN experts declared that Iran’s October test launch of a medium-range ballistic missile was a violation of this summer’s nuclear deal, Washington announced the completion of an advanced missile defense facility in Romania. It is designed, among other things,...

5th January 2016 - The Wall Street Journal

Amid Tensions With Saudi Arabia, Grim News for Iran’s Economy

Mark Dubowitz

The devolution in relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran could easily evolve into an economic war—with the advantage to Riyadh.

4th January 2016 - The National Interest

Wrong Way: The Problem With Al Qaeda Prisoner Swaps

David Andrew Weinberg

In early December, Qatar mediated the release of thirteen Lebanese policemen and three Lebanese soldiers kidnapped last year by Al Qaeda’s Syrian branch, the Nusra Front. According to Doha, the release last month was arranged “in exchange for twenty-five prisoners, including seventeen...

4th January 2016 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State’s Libyan ‘Province’ Launches New Offensive

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s so-called “province” in Libya has launched a new offensive and claims to have captured a town on the Mediterranean coast.

4th January 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Regional Isolation Deepens

David Andrew Weinberg

Bahrain and Sudan severed diplomatic relations with Iran on Monday, one day after Saudi Arabia did the same over Tehran's failure to protect Saudi diplomatic facilities from angry Iranian mobs.

4th January 2016 - War on the Rocks

Fixing How We Fight the Islamic State’s Narrative

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Over the past couple of years, counter-messaging has been driven to the forefront of countering violent extremism (CVE) efforts undertaken by the United States and its allies.

3rd January 2016 - Foreign Affairs

An Unholy Alliance

Grant Rumley

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ refusal to name a successor, hold elections, or reform the PA’s corrupt institutions is pushing his rivals to unite against him. The staunchest of enemies—from members of Hamas to former members of the PA, including the Western-educated...

2nd January 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Saudi Execution of Shiite Cleric Infuriates Iran and its Allies

David Andrew Weinberg

Saudi Arabia announced on Saturday that it had executed the most prominent opposition figure among its Shiite minority.


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