Analysis & Commentary


25th August 2016 - Quoted by Howard LaFranchi - The Christian Science Monitor

Caught between two allies, US makes a clear choice

John Hannah

For much of the Syrian civil war the United States has been walking one particularly fine line. It’s the one between Turkey and the Syrian Kurds. For the US, Turkey is a problematic but crucial NATO ally and a bridge between Europe and the East.

25th August 2016 - FDD Press

Covering the Bases

John Cappello, Patrick Megahan, John Hannah, Jonathan Schanzer

The Republic of Turkey has been a reliable staging point for U.S. forces for more than six decades. Turkish bases have historically provided the U.S. military easy access to multiple theaters without having to build new infrastructure or forge new agreements.

25th August 2016 - Quoted by Saleha Mohsin - Mark Dubowitz

Lew Loose Ends From Inversions to Iran Await Next U.S. President

Mark Dubowitz

Jacob J. Lew looks set to close out his tenure as one of just two Treasury secretaries to serve during the Obama administration. Not since the days of Eisenhower has a two-term U.S. president had such stability at the helm of the Treasury Department.

25th August 2016 - Quoted by Scott Shane - The New York Times

Saudis and Extremism: ‘Both the Arsonists and the Firefighters’

David Andrew Weinberg

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump don’t agree on much, but Saudi Arabia may be an exception. She has deplored Saudi Arabia’s support for “radical schools and mosques around the world that have set too many young people on a path towards extremism.” He has called the Saudis “the...

24th August 2016 - The Cipher Brief

The New Frontier in Terror Fundraising: Bitcoin

Yaya J. Fanusie

When I worked as a counterterrorism analyst for the CIA, I always looked out for signs of terrorist groups adapting their methods. Now, as someone outside of government who analyzes how nefarious groups fund themselves, I am concerned about terrorists using innovative technologies to bolster...

24th August 2016 - Fox News

Special Report with Bret Baier

John Hannah

FDD senior counselor John Hannah discusses Turkey's relations with Russia and the West.

24th August 2016 - Sirius XM

The Arlene Bynon Show

Aykan Erdemir

FDD Senior Fellow Aykan Erdemir discusses Turkey's increased role in Syria.

24th August 2016 - The Long War Journal

IRGC commander discusses Afghan militia, ‘Shia liberation army,’ and Syria

Amir Toumaj

A retired Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander who was deployed to Syria gave a lengthy interview to a hardline media outlet last week about IRGC operations in the country.

24th August 2016 - The Long War Journal

The Abu Zubaydah file

Thomas Joscelyn

The US government has released an unclassified profile of the jihadist known as Abu Zubaydah, who is held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.

24th August 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Ex-Shin Bet Chief: Hezbollah “Learning to Fight on a Large Scale” in Syria, Threatening Israel

Jonathan Schanzer

The Iran-backed terror group Hezbollah is gaining valuable experience while “learning to fight on a large scale” in Syria, a former Shin Bet chief told a visiting delegation of U.S. congressional advisers on Monday, Israel Hayom reported. The warning came just days after Israel uncovered...

24th August 2016 - The Long War Journal

Turkey’s Operation Euphrates Shield is a message to the Kurds

Merve Tahiroglu

Turkey launched its largest military operation into Syria today, sending tanks, planes and ground forces into Jarabulus in an effort to clear the Islamic State from its last remaining frontier with Turkey.

24th August 2016 - PJ Media

The War Intensifies

Michael Ledeen

Everyone’s talking about “ransom,” but it’s virtually impossible to find anyone who’s trying to figure out how to win the world war we’re facing.

24th August 2016 - The Washington Times

Hey, George Soros! Put your mouth where your money is!

Clifford D. May

Washington is not an easy-going town. You come here to argue policy with the big boys — you should expect some rough-and-tumble. But you also should expect clean fights — no biting, no spitting, no hitting below the belt. Whatever else divides us, we all value free speech and edifying...

24th August 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

Merkel party politician: Green Party minister ignored anti-Semitism at university

Benjamin Weinthal

A leading state politician from the Christian Democratic Union, the party of Chancellor Angela Merkel, slammed a Green Party minister in the state of Lower Saxony for failing to rope in an allegedly anti-Semitic seminar at HAWK University.

23rd August 2016 - Quoted by Ceylan Yeginsu - The New York Times

After Failed Coup, Turkey Settles Into a Rare Period of Unity

Aykan Erdemir

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey is normally a divisive figure, loved by his base of religious conservatives and loathed by the rest of society.

23rd August 2016 - BBC

BBC Newsday

Aykan Erdemir

FDD Senior fellow Aykan Erdemir discusses Gulen and Turkey's current conflicts in Syria.

23rd August 2016 - BBC

BBC World News

Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir discusses Turkey and Kurdish forces in Syria.

23rd August 2016 - CNN

The Situation Room

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on the Roanoke, Virginia stabbing.

23rd August 2016 - Quoted by Roland Elliott Brown - IranWire

Who Holds the Key to Sanctions Relief?

Jonathan Schanzer

When Iran signed a nuclear agreement last year with the US, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif hailed the deal as “a triumph of diplomacy.”

23rd August 2016 - The National Interest

How Hamas Allegedly Embezzles Millions in Christian Charity

Benjamin Weinthal

The arrests of the head of a U.S. charity operating in the Gaza Strip—and of an UN engineer—put the international spotlight on terrorism finance in the nonprofit world.

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