Analysis & Commentary

22nd October 2014 - The Washington Times

“Homeland” Under Attack

Clifford D. May

Are the cast, crew and fans of “Homeland” -- Showtime’s television series about a brilliant but neurotic CIA agent – Islamophobes?

22nd October 2014 - FDD Press

China’s Post-2014 Role in Afghanistan

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

As the United States draws down from Afghanistan, regional actors are recalibrating their policies to protect their interests in the country.

21st October 2014

China’s Post-2014 Role in Afghanistan

21st October 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

UK Blacklists Qatari for Terror Finance, Pledges Closer U.S. Coordination

David Andrew Weinberg

Ten months after the U.S. Treasury sanctioned suspected terrorist financier Abdulrahman bin Omeir al-Nuaymi, the United Kingdom has followed suit, instructing British financial institutions to freeze any accounts in his name.

21st October 2014 - Interviewed by Joel Wing - Business Insider

Interview: This Is The ISIS Mastermind Responsible For The Group’s Advance Through Western Iraq

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and an adjunct assistant professor at Georgetown University.

21st October 2014 - The Long War Journal

State Department Adds Osama bin Laden’s Doctor to Terrorist Designation List

Thomas Joscelyn

Ramzi Mawafi was added to the US government's list of specially designated global terrorists today. Mawafi has been publicly identified as the emir of al Qaeda in the Sinai Peninsula, which serves as a platform for funneling al Qaeda's assistance to allied jihadist groups.

21st October 2014 - The Long War Journal

US State Department Adds Pakistani Taliban Leader Added to List of Global Terrorists

Bill Roggio

Khan Said, who is also known as Sajna Mehsud, "stated his continued commitment to terrorist activity" after parting with the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan earlier this year, the State Department said.

21st October 2014 - FDD Press Release

FDD Welcomes Oren Kessler as New Deputy Director of Research

Oren Kessler

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies welcomed Oren Kessler this week as its newest Deputy Director of Research. Kessler will play a pivotal role in FDD’s demand-driven research, while also helping to shape the output of FDD’s senior fellows and research staff. Kessler will also...

21st October 2014 - Cited by Catherine Herridge - Fox News

Taliban Claim Freed ex-Gitmo Prisoners Visited by Members of Terror Group

Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban are claiming that two senior members of the Haqqani terror network recently visited the five former Guantanamo detainees who were traded for an American soldier, raising new questions about the terms of their one-year house arrest in Qatar and eventual release in the spring as...

21st October 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood Seeks Help from Hamas

Grant Rumley

Last week, the Islamic Action Front (IAF), the Muslim Brotherhood’s wing in Jordan, wrote an open letter to Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, urging him to secure the release of the Jordanian members of his militant group incarcerated in Israeli prisons.

21st October 2014 - The National Interest

A Revival of Sanctions: How to Get Iran to Compromise on a Nuclear Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The sanctions relief provided by the Obama administration has helped the Iranian economy to the point where Iran doesn't see a need to make concessions on a nuclear deal. Time to increase pressure on Tehran.

21st October 2014 - Quoted by Brett Logiurato - Business Insider

Obama Might Try To Circumvent Congress On An Iran Deal — And He’s Already Getting An Earful

Mark Dubowitz

Anonymous Obama administration officials suggested that US President Barack Obama might try to circumvent Congress on approval of any deal with Iran on its nuclear program, prompting bipartisan backlash from members of Congress and from pundits.

20th October 2014 - Cited by Patrick Brennan - National Review Online

Of Course U.S. Humanitarian Aid Is Making Its Way to ISIS

Jonathan Schanzer

A noticeable share of the humanitarian aid that the U.S. and other Western countries are sending to Syria is being skimmed or intercepted by the Islamic State, Jamie Dettmer of the Daily Beast reports from Turkey.

20th October 2014 - The Hill

The Obama-Khamenei Alliance

Michael Ledeen

Never mind the negotiations with Iran over the Islamic Republic's nuclear weapons program. Far more urgent developments are afoot.

20th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Claims Credit for Series of Attacks in Yemen

Oren Adaki

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has claimed credit for 16 attacks over the past several days as it battles Houthi rebels for control of central Yemen.

20th October 2014 - inFocus Quarterly

Non-Islamic Anti-Semitism in Europe

Benjamin Weinthal

BERLIN — The wave of modern anti-Semitism across Europe in July and August revealed a dangerous amalgamation of left-wing, Islamic-animated, and right-wing extremist Jew-hatred.

20th October 2014 - The Jerusalem Post

Are EU Sanctions Against Iran Beginning to Evaporate?

Benjamin Weinthal

The first Europe-Iran Forum, which took place on Wednesday and Thursday in London, stated its goal as “preparing post-sanctions investment and trade.”

20th October 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Michael Ledeen

FDD Freedom Scholar Michael Ledeen reflects on "the myth of Rouhani" as a great reformer.

20th October 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio discuss the Islamic State's advance in Iraq.

20th October 2014 - AM 760 - Detroit, MI

The Frank Beckmann Show

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD Vice President for Research Jonathan Schanzer comments on the possibility that US humanitarian aid is ending up with the Islamic State.


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