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28th September 2011 - Cited by Rob Crilly, Islamabad, Ashfaq Yusufzai in Peshawar and Dean Nelson in New Delhi, The Telegraph

Osama bin Laden’s Bodyguard Freed by Pakistan

As the security coordinator of the Black Guard, the elite unit charged with protecting bin Laden, he would once have been in close contact with the al-Qaeda leader, according to The Long War Journal which has profiled the Afghan-born doctor.

28th September 2011 - Cited by Michaela Bendikova, The Heritage Foundation

Experts Confident in Ballistic Missile Defense Testing Program

Two experts in missile defense—Lieutenant General Henry A. Obering III (ret.), former director of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), and Rebeccah Heinrichs, an adjunct fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies—wrote a letter countering Yousaf Butt’s claim that the ballistic...

24th September 2011 - Cited by Douglas Birch, AP

Iran’s Nuclear Setbacks: More Than Just Bad Luck?

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Reuel Marc Gerecht, a former CIA officer now at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies think tank, said a faction within Iran's government might have ordered the assassinations. He said one researcher supported Iran's persecuted opposition, while the others may have been suspected of...

23rd September 2011 - Cited by Eltaf Najafizada and James Rupert, Bloomberg

Afghans Say Taliban’s Top Pakistan-Based Leaders Sent Peace Envoy’s Killer

About 30 of the Taliban’s most prominent leaders have served on the shura in recent years, and many of the group’s members may have dispersed to Karachi or other cities to escape possible U.S. attack, according to the Long War Journal, a U.S.- based monitoring group on the Afghan war....

21st September 2011 - Cited by Eltaf Najafizada and James Rupert, San Francisco Chronicle

Taliban Bomber Waited Days to Give Afghan Peace Envoy Lethal Hug

Mullen said the U.S. will take "appropriate action" against further Haqqani attacks on its forces, while declining to offer details. Since January 2008, nearly a quarter of the 254 U.S. missile strikes in Taliban-dominated areas of Pakistan have targeted Haqqani's guerrillas, according to a...

21st September 2011 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Obama’s Middle East Dead End

Jonathan Schanzer

Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies sees a real danger that such talks “will put power back into the hands of the Quartet and President Obama. They will be able to use this as leverage to push the Israelis on concessions for peace.

20th September 2011 - Asharq Alawsat

Abbas Rejects US Corruption Allegations

Jonathan Schanzer

The Palestinian Authority has received repeated warnings from the US not to pursue statehood recognition via the UN. Chairwoman of the US House Appropriations Foreign Operations Subcommittee, Republican Congresswoman Kay Granger recently sent a forceful message to President Abbas, telling...

19th September 2011 - Quoted by Lara Setrakian, Business Insider

Did Turkey Turn On Israel To Boost Business From The Arab World?

Jonathan Schanzer

But the strategic calculus is harder to crunch. ‘Turkey has quite a bit to lose here,’ said Jonathan Schanzer, analyst in Washington. ‘NATO is looking sideways at it right now, wondering whether it’s a reliable partner. And you have the U.S. questioning its alliance.’

19th September 2011 - Interview by Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review Online

After Bin Laden, Same as Before?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Is the economic crisis a sign that, even after death, Bin Laden stings at us? Counterterrorism researcher Daveed Gartenstein-Ross is the author of the provocative new book Bin Laden’s Legacy: Why We’re Still Losing the War on Terror, and he discusses it here with National Review...

16th September 2011 - Quoted by IPT News

Media Ignores Abbas/Hamas Electricity Scam

Jonathan Schanzer

In congressional testimony Wednesday, Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies provided the intrepid Washington press corps what should be an important scoop: that one of the largest recipients of U.S. foreign assistance, the Palestinian Authority, is helping the...

16th September 2011 - Quoteed by Natasha Mozgovaya, Haaretz

U.S. Congress Mulls Cutting PA Funding, Closing PLO Mission in Light of UN Bid

Jonathan Schanzer

Dr. Jonathan Schanzer, vice president of research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the former terrorism finance analyst at the U.S. Department of Treasury, argued that despite the fact that the Palestinian government lead by Fayyad was lauded for its transparency, Abbas was...

15th September 2011 - Quoted by Rick Richman, Commentary

Who Owns the Palestine Investment Fund?

Jonathan Schanzer

Yesterday the House Foreign Affairs Committee held a hearing to re-examine U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority in light of its plan to go to the UN rather than negotiate with Israel.

15th September 2011 - Quoted by Paul Richter and Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times

EU Sanctions on Syria Oil and Gas Industry Come with Loopholes

Mark Dubowitz

The EU appears close to approving new sanctions that would bar European companies from new investments in the Syrian energy sector. But companies may continue working under existing contracts, a loophole that may be large enough "to sustain Syria's energy sector for the short to medium term...

15th September 2011 - Cited by IPT News

Hearing: U.S. Must Respond if UN Declares Palestinian State

Jonathan Schanzer

But "Fayyad has been sidelined" by Abbas, who "has consolidated power, and… is now abusing it," said Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. One particularly egregious example is the Palestine Investment Fund, created in 2002 to manage and allocate money and...

15th September 2011 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

A U.N. Vote: A Loss for Israel and a Humiliation for the U.S.

Jonathan Schanzer

I spoke this morning with Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, who testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday. Before his testimony he went to the Middle East to glean information about the upcoming vote and the reaction of Palestinians to...

14th September 2011 - Center for a New American Security

Special Abu Muqawama Q&A with Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

This week in Washington, a conference at the National Defense University has gathered some of the world's leading experts on terrorism. A few nights ago, I joined some of them for a few beers and to be amazed by their collective brilliance.

14th September 2011 - Quoted by Ben Arnoldy, Christian Science Monitor

Who’s Really Behind the Kabul Attacks?

Bill Roggio

“These are really joint attacks by all these groups. What [the US-led coalition] ISAF has suddenly done is they’ve pivoted due to negotiations, or talks of negotiations, and they are sort of trying to leave the Haqqani Network as the outlier,” says Bill Roggio, editor of the online...

11th September 2011 - Cited by Mark Landler and Eric Schmitt, The New York Times

Bush and Obama, Shoulder to Shoulder

In Mr. Obama’s first year in office, the C.I.A. carried out 53 drone strikes in Pakistan. The next year, it more than doubled that figure, to 117, according to The Long War Journal, a Web site that follows the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The pace is off a bit this year — 49 through...

11th September 2011 - Quoted by Indrani Bagchi, The Times of India

9/11: 10 Years After

Bill Roggio

Terrorism analyst Bill Roggio says, "Al-Qaida hasn't so much as become a diffused entity as it has embedded itself into local groups, for instance with the Pakistani Taliban and the Haqqani network in the Afghan-Pakistan border area, and has expanded its reach by establishing regional...

11th September 2011 - Quoted by Indrani Bagchi, The Times of India

9/11: 10 years After

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, author of 'Bin Laden's Legacy: Why We're Still Losing The War On Terror' says that al-Qaida has effected a second change in its strategy in the past few years. "The group has always been focused on the US economy as one of its key vulnerabilities

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