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8th December 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Israeli Defense Minister Suggests Hezbollah Was Smuggling Chemical Weapons

Jonathan Schanzer

Israel is working hard to keep chemical weapons out of the hands of the Iran-backed terror group Hezbollah, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman told a Knesset committee Thursday.

8th December 2016 - Quoted by Tim Mak - The Daily Beast

Donald Trump’s Huge Conflict of Interest in Turkey

Aykan Erdemir

Two buildings in Turkey may have more potential to upend American national security than any of president-elect Donald Trump’s other foreign business dealings.

8th December 2016 - FDD's Long War Journal

US military bombs Mosul hospital as Iraqi troops retreat

Bill Roggio

The US military launched an airstrike against a hospital in eastern Mosul that was used as a command center by the Islamic State as Iraqi troops failed to seize the complex over the past several days. The strike highlights the difficulties ahead in retaking the city, as the Islamic State...

8th December 2016 - Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

Congress to Crack Down on Business with Iran, Leading Republican Says

Mark Dubowitz

Lawmakers will crack down on business with Iran under the Trump administration, warning interested companies that they could wind up funding illicit Iranian activities and slapping sanctions on entities linked to Iran's military, according to a leading House Republican.

8th December 2016 - The Cipher Brief

Al Qaeda Assessment Off the Mark

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Throughout his two terms in office, President Barack Obama faced an array of challenges from both al Qaeda and ISIS. In an interview with The Cipher Brief, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense, explained that the Obama Administration’s evaluation of al...

7th December 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Liberman Acknowledges Strikes on Syria, Pledges to Deprive Hezbollah of Advanced Weapons

Jonathan Schanzer

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman acknowledged his country’s recent airstrikes against Syrian targets, saying in an address to European Union ambassadors on Wednesday that the strikes were meant to prevent Hezbollah from receiving “advanced weapons, military equipment and weapons...

7th December 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

German Chancellor Merkel’s party labels BDS antisemitic

Benjamin Weinthal

Germany's Christian Democratic Union party on Wednesday passed a resolution opposing the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement because the anti-Israel action is antisemitic.

7th December 2016 - FDD's Long War Journal

British captive John Cantlie appears in new propaganda video from Mosul

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency has released a new video featuring British journalist John Cantlie, who has been held captive since he was kidnapped in Syria in 2012.

7th December 2016 - Quoted by Julian Pecquet - Al-Monitor

Iran hawks lay out their wish list for Trump era

Mark Dubowitz

Iran hawks on and off Capitol Hill laid out their clearest wish list to date for the next four years during a Dec. 7 briefing.

7th December 2016 - The Washington Times

Mahmoud Abbas, the winner…

Clifford D. May

One man, one vote, one time: In 2005, Mahmoud Abbas was elected to a four-year term as president of the Palestinian Authority. He hasn’t bothered to run for re-election since.

7th December 2016 - Quoted by Saagar Enjeti - The Daily Caller

Obama’s Iraq Sob Story Skips His Role In ISIS Rise

Bill Roggio

President Barack Obama blamed former President George W. Bush and Iraqi leaders for tying his hands on the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq in 2011, at his last major national security address Tuesday.

6th December 2016 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State has claimed more than 1,000 suicide attacks thus far in 2016

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency releases an infographic summarizing the total number of “martyrdom operations” (suicide attacks) carried out by its followers each month. The latest infographic, which was released yesterday and can be seen below, indicates that 132 suicide bombings...

6th December 2016 - Quoted by World Tribune

Report: Turkey post-coup crackdown targets U.S. Christians

Aykan Erdemir

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is now targeting American Christians in retaliation for the U.S.’s refusal to extradite cleric Fethullah Gulen for his alleged role in the July coup attempt, a report said.

6th December 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Can the EU breathe a deep sigh of relief?

Benjamin Weinthal

The defeat of the far-right politician Norbert Hofer in Austria’s presidential election on Sunday conjures up the writings of Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830- 1916), who quipped about her country: “Austria is a small world in which the big world holds its rehearsal.”

6th December 2016 - Quoted by Julie Brown Patton - The Gospel Herald

US Protestants, Pastors Also Targeted by Turkey Post-Coup Crackdown

Aykan Erdemir

Two American pastors -- Ryan Keating and Andrew Brunson -- recently were detained in Turkey and deemed "threats to national security" there. "Protestant or Christian churches are seen as an American influence, and now that Turkey is anti-American, they are being targeted even more," said...

6th December 2016 - Quoted by Sirwan Kajjo - Voice of America

Israel Casts Wary Eye on IS Threat on Syrian Border

David Daoud

As civil war grinds on in Syria, neighboring Israel has been largely uninvolved - even as the Islamic State (IS) said it considers Israel a prime target.

6th December 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Expert: Don’t Ignore Iran’s Chemical, Biological Weapons Threat While Enforcing Nuclear Deal

Benjamin Weinthal

While President-elect Donald Trump will likely be stricter in enforcing the terms of the nuclear deal with Iran, the incoming administration should not ignore the threat that Iran’s chemical and biological weapons programs pose, Benjamin Weinthal, a research fellow at the Foundation for...

5th December 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio talk about ISIS's new strategic position and the future of their "caliphate."

5th December 2016 - Forbes

Don’t Let Iran Off The Hook For Chemical/Biological Weapons

Benjamin Weinthal

The Trump administration will need to be on its toes to enforce the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement—and stop the Islamic Republic’s developing chemical and biological weapons programs.

5th December 2016 - Quoted by Harry Farley - Christian Today

Turkey Crackdown Turns On US Christians, Analysts Warn

Aykan Erdemir

Erdogan has unleashed a backlash against perceived opponents in response to the coup, using it as a basis to arrest tens of thousands of Turkish citizens and fire many more from public sector jobs.

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