Analysis & Commentary

20th April 2015 -

Strategy Room

Ali Alfoneh

FDD Senior Fellow Ali Alfoneh discusses Russia's strategy in the Middle East.

20th April 2015 - Quoted by Terry Atlas - Bloomberg

Nuclear Deal That Iran’s Moderates Want May Entrench Hard-Liners

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Even if an agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear program is reached, it would leave one big question unanswered.

19th April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Russian Troops Kill Leader of Islamic Caucasus Emirate

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Russian security forces killed Ali Abu Muhammad al Dagestani, the emir of the al Qaeda-affiliated Islamic Caucasus Emirate, during a special operations raid in the Russian Republic of Dagestan today. Since taking command of the Islamic Caucasus Emirate (ICE) in 2014, Dagestani has supported...

18th April 2015 - Quoted by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

Obama May Be Smiling Today but the Congressional Fight Over an Iran Deal is Far From Over

President Barack Obama may have dodged a worst-case scenario when it came to Congress's response to the Iran nuclear deal this week, but the fight is far from over.

18th April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Promotes ‘Muhajideen Special Group,’ Training Camp

Bill Roggio

The video, titled “MSG Training,” was released on April 17 by Umar Media, the official propaganda arm of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan. The footage was posted on Umar Media’s website as well as emailed to The Long War Journal by the group’s spokesman, Muhammad Khurasani....

17th April 2015 - Quoted by Toluse Olorunnipa & Margaret Talev - Bloomberg

Iran Obama Sidesteps Iran Sanctions Timeline to Focus on Snapback

Mark Dubowitz

President Barack Obama left open the possibility of negotiators lifting most sanctions against Iran at the start of a final nuclear deal -- rather than in phases -- so long as sanctions could be reimposed quickly if Iran violates its end of the deal.

17th April 2015 - Quoted by Joanna Paraszczuk - Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

What’s Next For Islamic State?

In 2014, the Islamic State (IS) extremist group emerged as one of the most powerful jihadi groups, rivaling even Al-Qaeda.

17th April 2015 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - The Daily Beast

He Served Saddam. He Served ISIS. Now Al Douri May Be Dead.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

He’s been on the loose since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and despite a $10 million bounty for his capture always managed to stay one step ahead of his pursuers, but now Iraqi officials are fairly confident that the King of Clubs can finally be crossed off the U.S. “kill or...

17th April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Hezbollah Brigades Deploys Fighters to Ramadi

Bill Roggio

Hezbollah Brigades, a US-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization, is deploying forces to the western provincial capital of Ramadi to fight off an Islamic State offensive. The Iranian-backed Shiite militia continues to promote past attacks against US forces on its official website.

17th April 2015 - Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Iran-U.S. Differences Over Nuclear Deal Widen

Mark Dubowitz

Two weeks after world powers and Iran announced a framework agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program, widening gaps between the two sides are emerging.

17th April 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

James Baker Is Wrong: The Iran Deal Can’t Be Fixed

Mark Dubowitz

Each day brings more evidence that the Iran framework is a farce.

17th April 2015 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Framework Deal Opens Floodgates for Investment in Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The framework nuclear agreement Iran and world powers signed this month has opened the floodgates toward an end of sanctions and to new business deals.

17th April 2015 - FOX News

Special Report with Bret Baier

Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD Senior Fellow Emanuele Ottolenghi comments on the implications of sanctions relief and Iranian attempts to subvert regional order.

16th April 2015 - Quoted by Samuel Smith

Has ISIS Established a Training Camp 8 Miles From the Porous Texas Border?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The conservative watchdog website Judicial Watch is claiming that Islamic State terrorists have established a training camp located 8 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border and plan on infiltrating the United States with the help of drug cartel smugglers.

16th April 2015 - Quoted by Elias Groll - Foreign Policy

Andy Marshall: I Had No Idea Who Yoda Was

Andy Marshall is a legendary figure in Washington defense circles. For 42 years until his retirement this January, he ran the Office of Net Assessment at the Pentagon, a sort of internal think tank for the Department of Defense. He has been variously described as the best strategic thinker...

16th April 2015 - Quoted by Deb Riechmann - PBS Newshour

President Obama May Not Need Congress to Defang Sanctions Against Iran

Mark Dubowitz

Even if Congress rejects his final Iranian nuclear deal, President Barack Obama could use his executive pen to offer Tehran a hefty portion of sanctions relief on his own.

16th April 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Saudi Steps on Terror Finance Fall Short

David Andrew Weinberg

The U.S. Treasury Department announced last week that it was taking joint action with the government of Saudi Arabia to block the financing of a Pakistan-based charitable institution named Al-Furqan Foundation Welfare Trust.

16th April 2015 - Quoted by Nancy A. Youssef - The Daily Beast

ISIS’ Attack on Ramadi Just Upended U.S. War Plans

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

ISIS is reportedly marching on key Iraqi city of Ramadi—upending the momentum that the U.S.-led military coalition seemed to have just days ago, and threatening to shatter an already delicate recent power shift that both the U.S. and Iraq hoped to exploit.

16th April 2015 - Forbes

The Iran Deal: Forget About Stability, Our Strategy Should Be Survival

Michael Ledeen

As you’d expect, the critique of the U.S.-Iran “understanding” by former secretaries of state Henry Kissinger and George Shultz has a lot of wisdom, some of which is aimed at the content of an acceptable nuclear deal, its verification and enforcement, and some of which lays out the...

15th April 2015 - Quoted by Jacqueline Klimas - The Washington Times

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: Obama Consulting Congress is ‘Like Fantasy Football’

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida Republican, said Wednesday that suggesting Obama might consult Congress on matters of foreign policy or national security is “kind of like fantasy football.”


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