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18th July 2018 - Axios

U.S. and Europe continue to butt heads on Iran

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Secretary of State Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin recently rejected a European appeal for sanctions exemptions for firms conducting business with Iran.

18th July 2018 - Real Clear Defense

Putin Needs Iran in Syria

Alexandra N. Gutowski

Following their meeting in Helsinki, Donald Trump hailed Vladimir Putin as a potential partner in Syria, who can provide humanitarian relief and preserve Israeli security.

18th July 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban, Islamic State continue battle in northern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Scores of jihadists from both the Taliban and the Islamic State’s Khorasan province have been killed in several skirmishes in northern Afghanistan over the past two weeks. The clashes have mainly taken place in the northern provinces of Jawzjan and Sar-e-Pul, areas in which the two have...

18th July 2018 - The Washington Times

Make NATO great again

Clifford D. May

NATO’s first Secretary General, Lord Hastings Lionel Ismay, articulated the military alliance’s mission succinctly: “Keep the Soviet Union out, the Americans in, and the Germans down.”

18th July 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Sunni jihadists and Assad regime swap civilians and prisoners

Thomas Joscelyn

Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and Bashar al-Assad’s regime are conducting another swap of prisoners and civilians. The exchange centers on residents of Kefraya and al-Fouah, two predominately Shiite towns in the northern province of Idlib.

17th July 2018 - FDD's Policy Brief

No Deal on Syria for Trump and Putin

David Adesnik

Despite considerable speculation, President Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin did not appear to reach agreement on how to limit Iranian influence in Syria.

17th July 2018 - WORLD

The Brunson farce

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

On Wednesday American pastor Andrew Brunson—unjustly detained in a Turkish prison for almost 20 months—will appear in court. Turkish judges refused to release him after his previous two hearings on April 16 and May 7.

17th July 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

Group of men attacks German Jew wearing Israeli pin and kippa

Benjamin Weinthal

A large group of men attacked a 17-year-old German Jew who wore an Israeli pin and kippah on Friday night in what the police believe was an antisemitic attack.

17th July 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Afghan commandos free 58 from Taliban prison

Bill Roggio

Afghan commandos raided a Taliban jail in the highly contested province of Helmand and freed 58 prisoners, according to the Afghan military. The Taliban has been operating prisons in Helmand for at least three years.

16th July 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

U.S. Senators urge German bank to stop enabling antisemitic BDS campaign

Benjamin Weinthal

Two powerful US Republican senators, both of whom ran significant campaigns for the presidency of America in 2016, weighed in on Thursday against a German bank for aiding the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign targeting the Jewish state.

16th July 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

UN: Taliban remains prime culprit in Afghan civilian casualties

Thomas Joscelyn

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) released its latest report on civilian casualties in Afghanistan yesterday. Once again, UNAMA has identified the Taliban as the prime culprit when it comes to civilian deaths and injuries.

15th July 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Khorasan arm of Islamic State again strikes Afghan ministry in Kabul

Thomas Joscelyn

A suicide bomber struck the Afghan government’s Rural Rehabilitation and Development Ministry in Kabul earlier today. The Islamic State quickly claimed responsibility for the attack via its Amaq News Agency, which released a one-page report on the bombing. The so-called caliphate...

15th July 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State targets rival jihadists and Islamists in northern Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s Islamic State continues to operate throughout Syria, including in the northwestern province of Idlib. The group has claimed a series of plots targeting its jihadist and Islamist rivals in recent weeks. The attacks are centered in Idlib province, including its capital...

15th July 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

German intel report: Iran seeks to shatter states’ stability with WMD

Benjamin Weinthal

The German intelligence agency of the state of Hesse published a new document on countering the spread of weapons of mass destruction, singling out the Islamic Republic of Iran as one of two states seeking to obtain the ultimate form of powerful weapons.

13th July 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

Exclusive: Paypal closes French BDS media account

Benjamin Weinthal

The giant US online payment service PayPal shut down the account of a major French boycott,sanctions, divestment (BDS) organization targeting Israel on Thursday, The Jerusalem Post has learned.

13th July 2018 - Foreign Policy

Putin Sees Trump as an Easy Mark on Syria

John Hannah

As U.S. President Donald Trump approaches his July 16 summit in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin, there’s much speculation that Syria will be near the top of the agenda.

13th July 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Turkish-speaking jihadist group holds Assad loyalist captive in Latakia

Thomas Joscelyn

Shortly after Ansar al-Islam announced its responsibility for a successful raid against Bashar al-Assad’s forces in Latakia, another small jihadist group advertised its own participation.

13th July 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State claims suicide bombing at election rally in Pakistan

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a devastating suicide bombing carried out in Mastung, Baluchistan earlier today.

12th July 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

‘No Jew in Germany’: German police assault Israeli professor

Benjamin Weinthal

The police in the West German city of Bonn allegedly mistakenly beat an Israeli philosophy professor after a German of Palestinian origin attacked him because he was wearing kippah.

12th July 2018 - Co-authored by Michael Wilner - The Jerusalem Post

Germany charges Iranian diplomat in Paris bomb plot

Benjamin Weinthal

Germany’s federal prosecutor on Wednesday charged Assadollah Assadi, an Iranian diplomat based in Vienna, with hiring a Belgium couple of Iranian origin to bomb a Paris- based conference of Iranian dissidents.

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