Analysis & Commentary


25th July 2016 - The Hill Times

Should Canada reopen its embassy in Iran?

Sheryl Saperia

The embassy must be tasked with the immensely difficult job of protecting Canadian citizens and Canadian security interests in the region, not with lining the pockets of those with little regard for these imperatives.

25th July 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Report: Next War with Hezbollah Could Cause “Thousands of Civilian Deaths” in Israel

Jonathan Schanzer, Tony Badran, David Daoud

Israeli officials believe that a future war with Hezbollah, with its advanced Iranian-supplied rocket arsenal, could lead to “thousands of civilian deaths,” a white paper published by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies revealed.

25th July 2016 - The Hill

Will Iran wordsmith its way off our terrorism list? It certainly is trying

Toby Dershowitz, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran is on a diplomatic offensive to persuade global illicit finance regulators to accept that Hezbollah is not a terrorist group. It may be just a matter of time before the international body in charge of protecting the global financial system succumbs to pressure from businesses on a gold...

23rd July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State claims suicide bombings at Kabul protest

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State claimed credit for a double suicide attack today in Kabul that killed more than 60 people, wounded at least 200 more and caused much of the city to be shut down.

22nd July 2016 - Fox News

America’s News HQ

Clifford D. May

FDD's President Clifford May discusses the attack at a shopping center in Munich.

22nd July 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Where U.S. Sees Crisis in Turkey, Iran Sees Opportunity

Amir Toumaj

Iran was the first government to fully back Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during Friday’s abortive coup attempt.

22nd July 2016 - The Hill

By blocking UN vote, Egypt sticks finger in Turkey’s eye

Oren Kessler

Egypt blocked a United Nations Security Council resolution this past Saturday that would have expressed support for Turkey's government after the coup attempt launched against it the day before. Cairo's move is the latest, but most brazen indication yet that it has little intention of...

22nd July 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Is the BDS movement facing economic warfare?

Benjamin Weinthal

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement is staring down the barrel of economic warfare with financial assaults on BDS, replicating in many ways the sanctions architecture imposed on Iran to compel a change in its behavior over its illicit nuclear weapons program.

22nd July 2016 - Interviewed by The Cipher Brief

Despite Coup Failure, Turkish Democracy Still at Risk

Aykan Erdemir

One week after the failed military coup took place in Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken significant steps to consolidate his power, firing thousands of government employees from many different sectors.

22nd July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Presence of French special forces in Libya sets off controversy

Thomas Joscelyn

A helicopter carrying three French soldiers crashed near Benghazi, Libya earlier this week. The French government subsequently confirmed that all three soldiers, along with their Libyan counterparts, were killed. The circumstances surrounding the crash remain murky, but jihadists and...

22nd July 2016 - Quoted by Dion Nissenbaum - The Wall Street Journal

Reclaiming of Istanbul’s Taksim Square by Erdogan Supporters Sparks Trepidation in Some Quarters

Aykan Erdemir

In the week since President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Turks to occupy the streets and thwart an attempted coup, Istanbul’s Taksim Square has transformed from a scene of military occupation into a site of euphoric celebration.

22nd July 2016 - FDD Press Release

FDD Study Highlights the Iran Nuclear Deal as A New Factor in Israel’s Hezbollah Military Calculus

The next war between Israel and the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah will be more destructive than previous conflicts, thanks to a massive Hezbollah arms build-up that includes a 150,000-rocket arsenal, and is likely to begin with a minor flare-up that escalates to an all-out...

21st July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Taliban seizes district in northern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban took control of the district of Qala-i-Zal in Kunduz province after an operation the put Afghan forces under siege, Afghan officials and the Taliban confirmed. The district is the latest to fall under Taliban control.

21st July 2016 - Quoted by Raphael Ahren - The Times of Israel

Despite detente, Erdogan may find Israel too good a scapegoat to resist

Aykan Erdemir

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is likely to start blaming Israel for the attempted coup that threatened to depose him over the weekend, due to a perceived connection between the Jewish state and the cleric he accuses of instigating the putsch, a leading Israeli expert on Turkey said....

21st July 2016 - Quoted by Lauren Rosenblatt - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Turkish government seeks self-exiled cleric living in Poconos

Jonathan Schanzer

A Pittsburgh restaurateur found out first-hand earlier this year how powerful the influence of a Poconos-dwelling Turkish cleric is — and how deep the Turkish government's antipathy for the man runs.

21st July 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

State of Emergency Risks Undercutting Turkey’s Fragile Democracy

Merve Tahiroglu

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared a three-month-long nationwide state of emergency on Wednesday after back-to-back, hours-long meetings with the National Security Council and Cabinet.

21st July 2016 - The New York Post

Syria just got worse than the ‘worst-case scenario’

Tony Badran

While the Republican National Convention was dominating headlines, the Obama administration’s management of the Syria crisis went from bad to worse.

20th July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Treasury designates 3 senior al Qaeda members in Iran

Thomas Joscelyn

The Treasury Department announced today that three senior al Qaeda members have been added to the US government’s list of designated terrorists. All three of them are “located in Iran.”

20th July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Ex-Gitmo ‘poet’ and committed jihadist denounces Islamic State for attacks on civilians

A former Guantanamo Bay detainee who defected from the Taliban in 2014 and joined the Islamic State denounced the group and called the emir of Khorasan province “illiterate” for conducting acts of wanton violence against civilians in Afghanistan.

20th July 2016 - Quoted by Tim Johnson - McClatchy DC

Computer hack helped feed an Islamic State death list

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The attack seemed like a garden-variety digital holdup.

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