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18th October 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

German Officials: Iran Working To Build Nuclear-Armed Missiles

Benjamin Weinthal

German security officials have accused the Iranian regime of pursuing its goal to build missiles armed with nuclear warheads, the Berlin daily Der Tagesspiegel reported.

18th October 2017 - The Washington Times

Trump’s third way

Clifford D. May

President Trump made a tough call last week. European diplomats and an “echo chamber” in the mainstream media were insisting he “recertify” the nuclear weapons deal his predecessor concluded with Iran’s rulers in 2015.

17th October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban suicide assault teams kill Paktia police chief

Bill Roggio

Taliban suicide teams hit the police headquarters and a training center in the provincial capital of Gardez City. Twenty-two policemen and 20 civilians were killed and scores more were wounded.

17th October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban overruns 2 districts in southern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Taliban forces have overrun two district centers in Kandahar and Farah provinces over the past two days. The jihadist group continues to gain ground in Afghanistan despite a change in US strategy that has reduced restrictions on local commanders to launch airstrikes against the group.

16th October 2017 - Foreign Policy

Can Anyone End the Palestinian Civil War?

Grant Rumley

A new agreement aims to mend the rift between Fatah and Hamas — but the wounds may run too deep.

16th October 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Removing Sanctions While Retaining Leverage in Sudan

Alex Entz

Though President Trump’s decision to decertify the Iran Deal largely dominated headlines last week, it was not the administration’s only major foreign policy action. Last Thursday, the Trump administration lifted sanctions on over 200 Sudanese entities, a decision based in part on the...

16th October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US kills ‘dozens’ of Islamic State members in Yemen

Thomas Joscelyn

The Pentagon announced today that "dozens" of Islamic State jihadists were killed during a strike on two training camps in Yemen. The Islamic State regularly advertises its presence in Yemen, including a camp named after the group's deceased spokesman.

16th October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard threatens the US over terrorism designation

Amir Toumaj

Before President Donald Trump levied a terrorism designation against Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the IRGC and the Islamic Republic threatened the US over the move. One senior Iranian official initially called it a "declaration of war" and then he tampered it down.

16th October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

CJTF-OIR: Kirkuk a ‘misunderstanding’ attributed to ‘limited visibility conditions’

Bill Roggio

CJTF-OIR made the statement despite the fact that it was abundantly obvious that the Iraqi government sought to seize Kirkuk from the Kurdish Peshmerga, and had signaled its intentions days before.

16th October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US drones target Taliban commander in Pakistan’s tribal areas

Bill Roggio

The strike took place just days after Pakistan freed two westerners and their children from Taliban custody in the same tribal agency.

16th October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iraqi forces recapture contentious Kirkuk in overnight offensive

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

The Iraqi government quickly capitalized on its victory against the Islamic State in the adjacent city of Hawija and turned its energy on the secessionist Kurds in Kirkuk. The rapid offensive exposes deep fault lines in the anti-Islamic State coalition and within Kurdish politics.

15th October 2017 - Interviewed by Tobin Harshaw - Bloomberg

Has Trump Fixed the ‘Worst Deal Ever’? Kinda, Sorta

Mark Dubowitz

Decertifying the Iran pact isn't the same thing as ripping it up. But Iran hawk Mark Dubowitz thinks it could be a start to a tougher agreement.

15th October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Jihadists hit Mogadishu with car bombs, suicide assault

Bill Roggio

Somali officials estimate that more than 200 people were killed in a pair of bombings and a suicide assault on a hotel in the Somali capital. Neither Shabaab nor the Islamic State has claimed credit for the deadly attacks, but Shabaab has targeted many hotels in Mogadishu using the same...

15th October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban claims to have shot down US drone

Philip Hegseth

The Taliban has made claims like this in the past, only to have them be proven false. No official US or coalition spokesperson has confirmed the loss of a drone or verified the Taliban's claims.

14th October 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Austrian Students Reject ‘Antisemitic’ Boycott Israel Campaign

Benjamin Weinthal

The union is believed to be the first national group to have passed an anti-BDS resolution.

13th October 2017 - The Washington Examiner

Trump throws a Hail Mary pass against Iran

Reuel Marc Gerecht

President Trump has finally decertified his predecessor's nuclear agreement with Iran. Twice before, in April and July, Trump certified, per the requirement in the 2015 Iran Nuclear Review Agreement Act, that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action remained in the interest of the United...

13th October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Indian forces kill Jaish-e-Mohammed commander in Kashmir

Bill Roggio, Philip Hegseth

The commander, who went by the alias Abu “Khalid,” or Shahid Showkat, was highly sought by Indian security forces for his role in orchestrating attacks targeting Indian military positions and personnel.

12th October 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Report: Hezbollah Militants Entered Germany Among Refugees

Benjamin Weinthal

Membership for Hezbollah and Hamas in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia has increased since the influx of refugees to the country.

12th October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistan announces release of couple held captive by Taliban since 2012

Thomas Joscelyn

The Pakistani and American governments announced today that Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle, along with their three children, have been released from the Taliban's custody. The couple was abducted in Afghanistan in 2012.

12th October 2017 - Interviewed by The Cipher Brief

Tens of Thousands of Syrian Rebels Poised to Regroup

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Al Qaeda’s role in the Syrian civil war drastically increased after the al Qaeda-linked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) managed to take control of Syria’s northwestern Idlib province and position itself as the strongest rebel force battling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.


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