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5th April 2012 - Cited by UPI

Al-Qaida Fighters Mown Down in Airstrikes

The crash of a SOCOM U-28 aircraft in Djibouti confirmed reports that U.S. Special Operations units were deployed at Camp Lemonier, the Long War Journal, which monitors global counter-terrorism operations, reported.

4th April 2012 - Cited by Von Clemens Wergin, Die Welt - Germany

“Wir Stehen Kurz Vor der Bombe”

Emanuele Ottolenghi

"Als Unterhändler hat Mousavian stets die offizielle Linie vertreten, dass das iranische Nuklearprogramm nur zivilen Zwecken diene. Dass er nun schreibt, der Iran habe schon 2002 die Fähigkeit zum break-out erreicht kann sich nur auf das geheime militärische Programm beziehen, das...

4th April 2012 - Quoted by Jason Miks, The Diplomat

Will Drones Go Nuclear?

Bill Roggio

Bill Roggio, editor of The Long War Journal, agrees that at this stage, nuclear-powered drones are very much just an idea, and a potentially flawed one at that.

4th April 2012 - Cited by Lignet

Five Lessons from the Arab Spring

Clifford D. May

The Arab world has been radically transformed by the Arab Spring and it is now clear that many of the changes that have taken place will not advance U.S. interests and could in fact be detrimental to the United States.

3rd April 2012 - Cited by Benjamin Weinthal, The Jerusalem Post

German Trial Shows al-Qaida Targeted Europe Economy

The six days of hearing have thus far revealed fresh evidence of the role of radical German Islamists in Iran. The popular website The Long War Journal has long documented the links between al-Qaida and Tehran.

2nd April 2012 - Cited by Ken Dilanian and David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times

In Yemen, Lines Blur as US Steps Up Airstrikes

U.S. officials would not say exactly how many strikes have been carried out in Yemen, and it's sometimes difficult to distinguish between Yemeni military attacks and American actions.

1st April 2012 - Cited by Shoshana Bryen, American Thinker

What’s on That Ship, and Where Is It Going?

Claudia Rosett

In January, the Russian freighter Chariot delivered tons of military equipment to Syria amid the government's murderous rampage against its own citizens. Investigative journalist Claudia Rosett followed its trail from there to an explosives depot in Turkey...

1st April 2012 - Cited by Jonathan S. Tobin, Commentary

Obama’s Push to Fund UNESCO is No Joke

Claudia Rosett

There is little chance that Congress will amend the law so as to allow the flow of U.S. taxpayer cash to resume. But those supporting such a move got a boost recently when Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” did a segment intended to spoof the cutoff.

31st March 2012 - Quoted by Elise Labott, CNN

The Hunt for ‘Plan B’ - Planning for ‘the Day After’ in Syria

Syrian activist Ammar Abdulhamid, a fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington, is trying to bridge the gap between the exiles and those Syrians on the ground.

30th March 2012 - Quoted by Ben Evansky, Fox News

Splits in ‘Friends of Syria’ Group May Help Embattled Leader Assad

Tony Badran

But Tony Badran, a research fellow at the Washington-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies, says U.S. allies such as Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar appear to have stepped out in front of Obama administration by pushing for "robust action."

30th March 2012 - Cited by Zeddy Lawrence, The Australian Jewish News

‘Only a Credible US Threat will Deter Iran’

Emanuele Ottolenghi

IRAN will only step back from developing nuclear weapons if it feels the threat of an American strike against it is credible – and so far that isn’t the case.

30th March 2012 - Cited by Omri Ceren, Commentary

German SPD Youth Group Calls for Attack on Iran if Sanctions Fail

Benjamin Weinthal

Jerusalem Post journalist Benjamin Weinthal, who has thankfully returned to regular blogging, just posted about a potentially significant, albeit somewhat counter-intuitive, development on the German left.

29th March 2012 - Quoted by Indira A.R. Lakshmanan, Bloomberg

US Lawmakers Target Iran Energy Sector for Expanded Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

The proposed legislation expands on existing laws by making the Iranian energy sector a “no-go zone” for any foreign investment in energy, any imports of natural gas and the sale of energy-related technology, goods and services, said Mark Dubowitz, who advised Deutch on the bill...

28th March 2012 - Quoted by Jamie Stengle, Associated Press

Bush Institute Unveils Freedom Collection

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a contributor to the collection, participated via video teleconference and several others who have told their stories for the collection were in the audience, including a U.S.-based Syrian dissident Ammar Abdulhamid.

28th March 2012 - Cited by Amb. Marc Ginsberg, The Huffington Post

Syria Is Obama’s Srebrenica

Tony Badran

But as my able colleague Tony Badran reported in his blog in www.nowlebanon.com (confirming what I picked up during my recent visit to Turkey a few days ago), Secretary Clinton caught her Turkish counterpart off guard during their meeting in Washington last month.

28th March 2012 - Quoted by Oren Kessler, The Jerusalem Post

As Global March to J’lem Nears, Press War Rages

Jonathan Schanzer

Jonathan Schanzer, vice president of research for the US-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies, wrote in a blog post for the website of The Weekly Standard that the risk of violence at Friday’s march should not be discounted.

27th March 2012 - Cited by the Associated Press

US and Pakistan Bargain Over CIA Drones

Bill Roggio

The diplomatic furor threatens to halt the CIA's drone program, which in the last eight years, has killed an estimated 2,223 Taliban, al Qaeda and other suspected militants with 289 strikes, peaking at 117 strikes throughout 2010...

26th March 2012 - Quoted by Fabrice Rousselot, Liberation - France

Clairement, Il y a eu Défaillance

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Pour Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, de la Foundation for Defense of Democracies, «l’une des clefs est de savoir s’il y a eu suffisamment d’échanges d’informations entre les services français, et même entre la France et les Etats-Unis».

23rd March 2012 - Interviewed by William Sapp, Geopolitical Monitor

Iran Exposed: GPM Interviews the Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Sheryl Saperia

The FDD is a non-partisan institution focusing on national security and foreign policy. FDD was founded by a group of former U.S. officials and visionary philanthropists shortly after the attacks of September 11, 2001 to help free nations defend themselves.

23rd March 2012 - Cited by Anirudh Bhattacharyya, Hindustan Times

Withdrawal Symptoms

US Marines were disarmed before being addressed by US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta, who had flown in to Afghanistan after the Bales incident. The Americans, led by their president, were still in full apology mode...

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