Analysis & Commentary


27th April 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Afghanistan’s terrorist resurgence: Al Qaeda, ISIS, and beyond

Bill Roggio

Chairman Poe, Ranking Member Keating, and other members of this subcommittee, thank you for inviting me here today to speak about the terrorist groups based in Afghanistan and their continuing threat to U.S. national security.

27th April 2017 - Quoted by Tim Marcin - Newsweek

Traveling to North Korea is Still Legal for Americans, But It’s Probably not a Great Idea

Anthony Ruggiero

As he was readying to leave Pyongyang in May 2011, Robert King, then the United States' special envoy for North Korean human rights, was given American citizen Eddie Jun as a parting gift of sorts from the totalitarian regime of Kim Jong Il. Jun had been accused of carrying out missionary...

27th April 2017 - Quoted by Carol Morello, Erin Cunningham - The Washington Post

The nuclear deal takes center stage as Iran’s election campaign gets underway

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran’s short, intense presidential campaign kicks off Friday with the first televised debate between six candidates in a race widely seen as a referendum on whether Iranians feel they have benefited from the nuclear deal that took effect last year.

27th April 2017 - Fox News

Fox News Digital

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD Senior VP Jonathan Schanzer discusses sanctions against Syria after chemical attack.

27th April 2017 - Quoted by Laurie Mylroie - K24

Turkish airstrikes reveal rift with US

Aykan Erdemir

As more details emerge of the airstrikes which Turkey conducted on Kurdish forces Tuesday morning, the extent of Ankara’s rift with the US is becoming clearer.

27th April 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Germany’s Social Democrats Pivot Toward PLO and Iran

Benjamin Weinthal

German Foreign and Vice Chancellor Minister Sigmar Gabriel’s move to pick a fight with Benjamin Netanyahu come as no surprise to longterm observers of Gabriel and his Social Democratic Party’s (SPD) explicit pivot toward Fatah and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Netanyahu told Gabriel he...

27th April 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Ideological War on Homosexuality

Tzvi Kahn

Iranian police raided a private party this month, arresting more than 30 people on charges of sodomy, alcohol consumption, and psychedelic drug use. The move reflects the daily perils that homosexuals face in the Islamic Republic, which regards them as enemies of the state who threaten its...

27th April 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Turkish Airstrikes Complicate Campaign against IS

Aykan Erdemir

Turkish jets carried out airstrikes Tuesday and Wednesday against Kurdish forces in northern Syria and northern Iraq.

26th April 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Syria Chemical Weapons Sanctions Send Clear Message

Alex Entz

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on Monday designated 271 Syrians in response to Bashar al-Assad’s use of sarin nerve gas in the town of Khan Sheikhoun on April 4.

26th April 2017 - ABC

AM with Sabra Lane

Grant Rumley

FDD Research Fellow Grant Rumley discussed the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

26th April 2017 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - The Times of Israel

What the North Korea crisis says about the Iranian nuclear deal

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration last week endorsed a narrative long promoted by critics of the Iran nuclear deal: It’s North Korea all over again.

26th April 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US military kills AQIS leaders, fighters in southern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Al Qaeda announced the deaths of a shura member for its branch in the Indian subcontinent, its commander in Bangladesh, and other fighters during US military operations in Afghanistan over the past year. The eight leaders and fighters are but a small percentage of al Qaeda members killed by...

26th April 2017 - The Washington Times

The Boeing and Airbus Iran deals shouldn’t fly

Clifford D. May

Sometimes international law is ambiguous. Sometimes not. When it comes to murdering civilians and using chemical weapons to get the job done, there are no gray areas, no fuzzy lines, no mitigating circumstances. Such practices are clearly and specifically prohibited under what’s called...

25th April 2017 - The Blaze

The Buck Sexton Show

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD Senior Vice President Dr. Jonathan Schanzer discusses the Iran Nuclear Deal.

25th April 2017 - Quoted by Lorraine Caballerio - Christian Daily

Turkey referendum: Erdogan’s new powers feared to intensify Christian persecution

Aykan Erdemir

The persecution of Turkish Christians could intensify after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was granted massive new powers by the people through a referendum on Sunday, a Muslim Turk who used to serve in the Parliament fears.

25th April 2017 - Quoted by Vijeta Uniyal - Legal Insurrection

Netanyahu snubs visiting German Minister over plans to meet anti-Israel NGOs

Benjamin Weinthal

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called off talks with the visiting German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel over his insistence on meeting anti-Israel NGOs. Netanyahu had previously urged Gabriel not to meet with organizations that are involved in anti-Israel activism. According to German...

24th April 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Obama Administration Dropped Charges against Iranian Procurement Agents

Orde Kittrie

A bombshell article published Monday in Politico describes how the Obama administration dropped charges against key members of Iran’s proliferation procurement network, infuriating Justice Department officials and undermining the U.S.’s ability to detect and deter Iranian cheating –...

24th April 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

North Korea Takes another American Hostage

Anthony Ruggiero

North Korea detained an American academic on Saturday as he was preparing to leave the country, joining two other Americans already serving harsh sentences there. His capture is part of a pattern for Pyongyang, which uses Americans as bargaining chips in its standoff with Washington.

24th April 2017 - Tablet Magazine

Hezbollah’s Farcical Media Tour at the Israel-Lebanon Border

Tony Badran

Last Thursday, Hezbollah organized a tour for journalists along the border with Israel, where the Iranian proxy highlighted the various topographical alterations the IDF has done near the border in preparation for a future war.

24th April 2017 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran, Russia Boost Military Ties Amid U.S. Action In Syria

Boris Zilberman, Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran and Russia are moving closer together in their military alliance, working to boost ties and coordination in Syria and elsewhere in the region following the U.S. decision to launch a military strike in Syria, according to regional reports and experts.

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