Analysis & Commentary

27th February 2017 - The Weekly Standard

The Face-Off

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Donald Trump has promised a foreign policy of muscular retrenchment, in which a better-resourced U.S. military intimidates our enemies without serving as a global cop. More than any president since Richard Nixon, our new commander in chief sees virtue in brutal authoritarians, especially if...

24th February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Treasury, UN sanction 2 senior leaders in al Qaeda’s Syrian branch

Thomas Joscelyn

The US Treasury Department and the United Nations have designated two senior jihadists in Syria as terrorists. Both of them were leaders in Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official arm in Syria.

24th February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iraq monument underscores Iranian commander’s role in Qods Force

Amir Toumaj

A monument dedicated to an Iranian general has been erected in Iraq for the first time in the country’s history. The landmark commemorates Hamid Taghavi (also known as “Abu Maryam”), a commander in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) extraterritorial branch the Qods Force,...

24th February 2017 - Quoted by Sean Durns - The Algemeiner

Terrorist Appointed as Mahmoud Abbas’ Deputy, But the World Stays Silent

Grant Rumley

On February 15, Fatah appointed Mahmoud Al-Aloul as a deputy and possible successor to PA President Mahmoud Abbas: Unfortunately, just like Abbas, Mr. Al-Aloul is a terrorist who has condoned violence against Israelis. And unsurprisingly, the global media — which seems uninterested in...

24th February 2017 - The Weekly Standard

Take Two at the NSC

Thomas Joscelyn

It has been a tumultuous start for President Donald Trump’s National Security Council, to put it gently. General Michael Flynn was forced to resign as national security adviser less than a month into the new administration, amid controversy over his contacts with a Russian ambassador. It...

23rd February 2017 - Quoted by Sean D. Carberry - Federal Computer Week

How to define cyber-enabled economic warfare

Samantha Ravich , Annie Fixler

The U.S. and its allies lack coherent doctrine and policy to defend against the growing range of cyber threats, and that is because of a failure to even agree on a common language to describe a "cyber attack," the authors contend.

23rd February 2017 - Quoted by Michael Lipin - Voice of America

Iran Uses Palestinian Conference to Spotlight Anti-Israel Rhetoric

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Iran has held its first conference in six years supporting Palestinian uprisings, a forum that it says drew hundreds of delegates from 80 countries, reflecting the country’s resurgent clout on the world stage.

23rd February 2017 - Quoted by Kate Shellnutt - Christianity Today

Courts Split on US Christians Caught Up in Turkey’s Crackdown

Aykan Erdemir

As Turkey continues to crack down on dissent in the wake of a failed coup, two longtime American Christian expats are struggling to stay in the Muslim-majority nation they have long served. So far, they have fared quite differently in Turkish courts.

23rd February 2017 - Quoted by Kristine Frazao - Sinclair Broadcast Group

There is a growing divide in the best way to target charities that may fund terrorism

Jonathan Schanzer

From missions on the battlefield to campaigns online, fighting terror has always been a multi-pronged strategy. But there’s one area some worry the U.S. government has been weak on for years: hitting terrorists where it hurts most - in the pocketbook.

23rd February 2017 - Los Angeles Daily News

‘Madman Theory’ of foreign policy working — so far: Charles Krauthammer

John Hannah

At the heart of Donald Trump’s foreign policy team lies a glaring contradiction. On the one hand, it is composed of men of experience, judgment and traditionalism. Meaning, they are all very much within the parameters of mainstream American internationalism as practiced since 1945....

23rd February 2017 - FDD Research

Framework and Terminology for Understanding Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare

Annie Fixler , Samantha Ravich

The world is witnessing a new kind of war, fought not with bullets but with banknotes and bytes. Although the use of economic aggression against an adversary traces nearly as far back as the creation of economic systems – economic success can breed economic competition which in turn can...

22nd February 2017 - Fox News

Fox & Friends

Thomas Joscelyn

Deputy Assistant to the President, Sebastian Gorka, references Thomas Joscelyn's piece on former Gitmo detainee Jamal Al-Harith's attack in Mosul.

22nd February 2017 - Fox Business

Countdown to the Closing Bell

John Hannah

FDD senior counselor John Hannah comments on the retaking of western Mosul, US foreign policy towards Russia and possible talks with North Korean officials.

22nd February 2017 - NewsTalk AM1130

Justice & Drew

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on McMaster as the new National Security Advisor and its impact on the war with ISIS.

22nd February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Ex-Guantanamo detainee carried out suicide attack near Mosul, Iraq

Thomas Joscelyn

The British press buzzed yesterday with news that a former Guantanamo detainee known as Jamal al Harith (formerly Ronald Fiddler) had blown himself up in a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) in Iraq. Al Harith reportedly took part in the Islamic State’s defensive suicide...

22nd February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda-linked Uzbek groups advertise operations in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Two al Qaeda-linked Uzbek jihadist groups have released videos touting their operations inside Afghanistan. The two groups, Katibat Imam al Bukhari (aka the Imam Bukhari Jamaat) and the Islamic Jihad Union, have claimed attacks in eastern and northern Afghanistan.

22nd February 2017 - Quoted by Natalie Johnson - The Washington Free Beacon

Political Instability in Africa Could Lead to ISIS Resurgence

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Islamic State has faced significant defeats in Africa over the past year but political instability across the northern and western regions could offer a ripe breeding ground for the terrorist group to resurge, according to a new report.

22nd February 2017 - The Washington Times

The kingdom, the power and the petroleum

Clifford D. May

Saudi Arabia is changing. When government officials here tell you that, you take it with an oversized grain of salt. But when Saudi human rights activists say the same, you pay attention.

21st February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban overruns Afghan district where al Qaeda ran training camps

Bill Roggio

The Taliban claimed it “completely liberated” the district center for Shorabak in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar earlier today. Shorabak was the site of a massive al Qaeda training camp that was assaulted and destroyed by US forces in Oct. 2015. The Taliban now claims to...

21st February 2017 - Quoted by Tom Rogan - National Review

Three Immediate Priorities for McMaster

Thomas Joscelyn

In 2005, Colonel Herbert McMaster prioritized victory above promotion. Attempting to secure Tal Afar, a city in northern Iraq, McMaster faced a big problem: He was witnessing an insurgency that was warping from nationalism into Salafi jihadism, and he knew that the U.S. Army’s...


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