Analysis & Commentary

10th May 2012 - Quoted by Hakim Almasmari and Joe Sterling, CNN

Drone Strike Kills 8 Militants in South Yemen

Bill Roggio

A U.S. drone strike killed eight militants in southern Yemen on Thursday morning, the latest hit in an intensified U.S. air camaign against al Qaeda and its affiliates in the area, security officials said.

10th May 2012 - Cited by Oren Kessler, The Jerusalem Post

‘Saudi Clerics Use Social Media to Spread Hate’

Jonathan Schanzer

Saudi clerics have toned down calls for violence in the decade since the September 11 attacks, according to a new report on social media in the kingdom, but still regularly use web technology to disseminate religious rulings hostile to women.

10th May 2012 - Quoted by Gary Thomas, VOA

Yemeni Intelligence Cooperation Improves After Saleh

Yemen's improved counterterrorism cooperation was a key to the thwarted plot to bomb a U.S.-bound airliner, analysts say. The scheme, confirmed by U.S. officials this week, was hatched in Yemen where political...

10th May 2012 - Quoted by Von Clemens Wergin, Welt Online

Beschleunigt der Iran den Bau der Bombe?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Nach Informationen der iranischen Volksmudschaheddin treibt der Iran die Arbeit an einer Atombombe mit insgesamt sieben Schwerpunkten voran.

9th May 2012 - Cited by Greg Miller, The Washington Post

Double Agent Led CIA, Allies to Terrorists, Underwear Bomb

The latest al-Qaida bomb plot targeting U.S. aircraft was unraveled from inside the terrorist group by operatives — including a double agent — working on behalf of the CIA and its counterparts in Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

9th May 2012 - Cited by Zawya

Facebook Fatwas: Saudi Clerics On Social Media

Jonathan Schanzer

Mr Al-Oudah and other Saudi clerics are the subject of a fascinating report by The Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a conservative American non-partisan institution.

8th May 2012 - Cited by CBN News

Saudi Muslims Venting Radical Beliefs on Facebook

Jonathan Schanzer

A growing number of Wahhabi Muslims in Saudi Arabia are now expressing their radical views on social media sites like Facebook, according to a new study.

8th May 2012 - Cited by Elizabeth Dickinson, World Affairs Journal

A Peak Inside Saudi Social Media

Jonathan Schanzer

The Foundation for the Defense of Democracy released an unprecedented survey yesterday of the Saudi social media sphere—a vast space on Twitter, Facebook, and a host of blogs, message boards, and mobile applications.

8th May 2012 - Cited by Editorial Board, The Washington Post

The US is Right to Strike Hard at Terrorists in Yemen

The recovery of a sophisticated bomb that U.S. officials believe was intended to be used in a suicide attack against the United States has underlined the reality that the war against al-Qaeda is not yet over.

8th May 2012 - Quoted by Darren Goode and Jennifer Martinze, Politico

Risk of Cyberattacks Clouds Natural Gas Boom

Mark Dubowitz

“The natural gas sector would be the obvious place for enemies of the United States to target just because of the [industry’s] enormous economic potential,” said Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

8th May 2012 - Quoted by Jim Yardley, The New York Times

Indians Host Clinton While Also Wooing Iran

Mark Dubowitz

Mrs. Clinton never mentioned the presence of the Iranian delegation, nor the rupee payment system, yet American officials do not seem to mind. Mark Dubowitz, an Iran specialist in Washington, said a primary purpose of sanctions is to starve Iran of the dollars and euros.

8th May 2012 - Cited by James Gibney, Bloomberg

If You Oppose Wife-Beating, Please “Like” This Post

Jonathan Schanzer

You need some cognitive dissonance to harness modern media to spread the word that the earth is flat and the sun revolves around it. Yet that's one of many incongruous uses of the Internet surfaced in "Facebook Fatwa: Saudi Clerics, Wahhabi Islam and Social Media,"...

7th May 2012 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Did Obama Improve Our Position in Afghanistan?

Clifford D. May, Reuel Marc Gerecht

I asked Cliff May of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies his take on whether the Taliban was growing stronger. He answered via e-mail: “They have an ideology/theology they believe in.

7th May 2012 - Cited by Yochi J. Dreazen, National Journal

Bomb Plot Underscores Terrorist Threat From Yemen

The Obama administration has reacted to al-Qaida's growing foothold in Yemen by sharply ramping up the number of airstrikes there. The U.S. conducted 10 drone, air, and cruise-missile strikes in all of 2011, according to The Long War Journal.

7th May 2012 - Cited by James Taranto, The Wall Street Journal

‘We’re Not There Yet’

Claudia Rosett

"Ever ready to meddle where it's least needed, the United Nations Human Rights Council recently dispatched its special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, to inspect the United States," PJMedia's Claudia Rosett reports:

6th May 2012 - Cited by Eric Schmitt, The New York Times

Militant Tied to Ship Bombing Is Said to Be Killed

Before the strike, the C.I.A. and the military’s Joint Special Operations Command were known to have carried out at least 29 air and missile strikes inside Yemen since December 2009, according to the Long War Journal.

5th May 2012 - Cited by Nuqudy

Saudi Clerics Adopt Social Media

Jonathan Schanzer

According to a report published by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Saudi clerics are increasingly becoming important figures in Arab social media.

4th May 2012 - Cited by Brian Bennett, New York Daily News

Bin Laden Worried About Legacy and Sought to Kill Obama

Bill Roggio

Seeing a more three-dimensional portrait of Bin Laden would require the release of a more representative batch of the documents, said Bill Roggio, managing editor of the Long War Journal.

3rd May 2012 - Cited by Michael Gerson, The Washington Post

America’s Remote-Controlled War on Terror

Scrolling through the headlines in the Long War Journal — a Web site dedicated to terrorism-related news — is an education in the global drone war. Mohammed Saeed al-Umda, one of Osama bin Laden’s bodyguards, confirmed killed by a drone strike in Yemen.

2nd May 2012 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Middle East Non-Leadership

Jonathan Schanzer

In the meantime, our claim to the moral high ground evaporates. Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies comments on Obama’s inconsistency in the region when it comes to democracy and support for human rights.


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