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17th September 2014 - CNN

The Situation Room

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross analyzes IS's latest recruitment video release.

17th September 2014 - The Washington Times

Faith, Fanaticism and Fantasy in the Middle East

Clifford D. May

“God created war,” theorized Mark Twain, “so that Americans would learn geography.” That’s as true today as it was two centuries ago. How many of us would be able to find Yemen, Somalia and Mali on a map if not for the conflicts raging in those lands?

17th September 2014 - Radio America

Radio America with Greg Corombos

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May discusses President Obama's IS strategy.

17th September 2014 - INSS Memorandum 142

A Nuclear Deal with Iran and the Perils of Sanctions Relief

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Western negotiators routinely explain that the purpose of the sanctions regime against Iran is to increase negotiating leverage against the Islamic Republic.

17th September 2014 - Interviewed by Eric Mandel - The Jerusalem Post

Qatar and Turkey As Supporters of Terrorism

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkey is the eastern flank of NATO. Qatar is an oil-rich Gulf State which houses a major American air base and is the headquarters of the United States Air Force’s Central Command.

17th September 2014 - FDD Advisory

FDD Scholar to Testify Before Congress Friday on Threat of Islamist Foreign Fighters

Thomas Joscelyn, senior fellow for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, will testify before the House Foreign Affairs Committee Friday on “Islamist Foreign Fighters Returning Home and the Threat to Europe.”

17th September 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Iranian Leverage over Turkey?

Merve Tahiroglu

The Turkish daily Taraf published a blockbuster article Tuesday alleging that Iran has been blackmailing Turkey.

17th September 2014 - War on the Rocks

The Islamic State’s Vulnerability

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

As the U.S. military joins with its allies and temporarily-aligned enemies to fulfill President Obama’s promise to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the self-proclaimed caliphate that spans portions of Iraq and Syria, it’s worth understanding the vulnerability of that foe.

16th September 2014 - KCRW - Los Angeles, CA

To the Point

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD Vice President for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses the threat the Islamic State poses to the US.

16th September 2014 - Cited by The Tower

Breaking: Deal Approved For Gaza Reconstruction

Jonathan Schanzer

The Israelis and Palestinians have agreed to a deal to allow for the reconstruction of Gaza following Operation Protective Edge.

16th September 2014 - Cited by the Project on Middle East Democracy

President Erdogan Would Welcome Exiled MB Members; Analysts Question Turkey’s Foreign Policy

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said he would welcome members of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood into the country after Qatar, under pressure from other GCC countries, asked the exiled officials to find refuge elsewhere.

16th September 2014 - Quoted by Paul Alster - Fox News

Qatar’s terror funding makes it more foe than friend to U.S., critics say

David Andrew Weinberg

Qatar has simultaneously been championed as a Western ally in the fight against terror and criticized as the Middle East's chief enabler of radical jihad.

16th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Operations Chief, Propagandist Reported Killed in Airstrikes

Bill Roggio, Oren Adaki

Influential jihadists said that Sufyan al Maghribi, a Moroccan who served as al Qaeda's military chief in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and Umar al Talib, a propagandist who narrated videos for As Sahab, have been killed in airstrikes.

16th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Branches Urge Jihadist Unity Against US

Thomas Joscelyn

AQAP and AQIM have issued a joint statement encouraging the jihadists in Syria to unite in the face of the American-led opposition. However, the statement should not be read as an indication that they are breaking ranks from al Qaeda. The two groups also offer their condolences for the Ahrar...

15th September 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

We Called It: Obama Trying to Cozy Up to Iran

Mark Dubowitz

Last week we suspected Dennis Ross, former adviser to President Obama, was trying to wave the administration off from its desire to reconcile with Iran.

15th September 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Turkey’s State-Owned Bank Probed By the New York Fed

Merve Tahiroglu

The United States Federal Reserve launched a probe last week into the New York branch of Turkey's largest state-run bank, Ziraat Bankasi. Although the bank said this was a routine inspection, the timing may suggest otherwise.

15th September 2014 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - The Daily Beast

Who Are These ‘Moderate’ Syrians Obama Wants to Pit Against ISIS?

Jonathan Schanzer

There were few modern democrats among the armed opposition to Assad two years ago. There are far fewer now. So who can Obama trust not to turn Western-supplied weapons against us later?

15th September 2014 - Cited by The Tower

Turkey and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

Jonathan Schanzer

This past week has not been kind to Turkey’s reputation as a moderate Islamic state, or to hopes that it would serve as a potential ally against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

15th September 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn outline the shortcomings of President Obama's IS strategy.

15th September 2014 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: In Germany a gap between ‘Never Again-Jew-Hatred’ and real action?

Benjamin Weinthal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivered a characteristically excellent speech against anti-Semitism on Sunday in the heart of the country’s government district.

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