Analysis & Commentary


19th April 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State fighters fire at Egyptian policemen near Saint Catherine’s Monastery

Thomas Joscelyn

Islamic State fighters attacked and killed at least one Egyptian policeman and wounded several others at a security checkpoint near Saint Catherine’s Monastery in the southern Sinai late yesterday. Amaq News Agency, one of the group’s main propaganda arms, quickly claimed responsibility...

15th April 2017 - Fox News

America’s News HQ

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD senior fellow Jonathan Schanzer discusses the terror attacks in Egypt and its impact on Christians in the region.

10th April 2017 - WMAL 105.9 FM

Mornings on the Mall

Clifford D. May

FDD President and Founder Clifford May comments on the Palm Sunday attacks in Egypt.

10th April 2017 - WINA 98.9 FM

The Schilling Show

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD senior vice president Jonathan Schanzer discusses the horrific events that took place this past weekend and why Egypt was targeted.

9th April 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State claims church bombings in Egypt

Thomas Joscelyn

Dozens of worshippers were killed or wounded when bombs were detonated at two Egyptian churches earlier today. The Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency quickly claimed credit for the attacks, saying that a “covert cell” had struck churches in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria.

6th April 2017 - CNN

CNN International

Oren Kessler

FDD Deputy Director for Research Oren Kessler discusses the implications of Sisi's recent visit with Trump.

3rd April 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Trump Offers Sisi Praise, but Unclear What Else

Oren Kessler

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi traveled to Washington on Monday for his first-ever White House meeting, his first meeting with President Donald Trump since the November election and the first such visit by an Egyptian head of state in nearly eight years.

3rd April 2017 - Foreign Affairs

Russia’s Charm Offensive in North Africa

Oren Kessler , Boris Zilberman

With the world’s attention focused on the question of Russian influence in the United States and the European Union, the Kremlin is quietly making inroads in another region critical to both the United States and Europe: the five North African states of the southern Mediterranean shore....

3rd April 2017 - Quoted by Nicole Gaouette, Kevin Liptak, Allie Malloy - CNN

Trump, Egypt’s leader bond over terror fight

Oren Kessler

President Donald Trump warmly welcomed his Egyptian counterpart to the White House on Monday in a visit that's meant to signal a shift in the US approach to Egypt, but could leave both Trump and President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi disappointed.

31st March 2017 - Democast

Democast TV

Oren Kessler

FDD Deputy Director for Research Oren Kessler discusses ISIS insurgency in Sinai, a problem for Egypt and Israel.

24th March 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Mubarak Freed, Egypt Shrugs

Oren Kessler

Hosni Mubarak was freed Friday from a military hospital in the Cairo suburb of Maadi, six years after massive crowds ousted him in the seminal episode of the Arab Spring.

19th March 2017 - Quoted by Patrick Poole - PJ Media

New Islamic State Video Threatens Egyptian Christians, Shows December Church Suicide Bomber

Oren Kessler

A new video released today by the Islamic State in Egypt (titled "And fight against the disbelievers") targets the Coptic Christian community, which is still reeling from the suicide bombing of a church service inside the main Coptic Christian Cathedral compound in December that killed 29...

6th March 2017 - Quoted by Akbar Shahid Ahmed - The Huffington Post

Donald Trump Has Already Picked His Favorite Muslims

David Andrew Weinberg

President Donald Trump says “Islam hates us.” Steve Bannon, Trump’s chief strategist and now a top National Security Council figure, sees himself as part of a multi-generational “Judeo-Christian West struggle against Islam.” White House adviser Stephen Miller believes Muslim...

12th February 2017 - Foreign Affairs

Egypt Picks Sides in the Syrian War

Oren Kessler

On February 1, a military transport plane left a Russian airbase in Latakia, Syria, landed at an airfield near Egypt’s border with Libya, then returned to Syria. For months there had been unconfirmed reports that Cairo had sent forces to assist the Syrian regime in the country’s civil...

12th February 2017 - New York Post

The careful way to go after Muslim Brotherhood radicals

Jonathan Schanzer

The Trump Administration is mulling an order designed to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization. The best approach would be a piecemeal one: Some Brotherhood branches belong on that list, some don’t — and making the distinction will help President Trump more...

8th February 2017 - Quoted by Blake Hounshell, Nahal Toosi - Politico

CIA Memo: Designating Muslim Brotherhood Could ‘Fuel Extremism’

Jonathan Schanzer

Trump administration officials pushing to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization face at least one significant obstacle: analysts at the Central Intelligence Agency.

3rd February 2017 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - Jewish News Service

Trump’s Iran sanctions realign US Mideast policy back toward Sunnis and Israel

David Andrew Weinberg

President Donald Trump’s administration issued new sanctions against Iran’s ballistic missile program Friday, marking a major step toward realigning U.S. policy in the Middle East away from the Obama administration’s rapprochement with the Iranian-Shi’a axis and back toward...

2nd February 2017 - Quoted by Frederick Deknatel - World Politics Review

If Hamas and Egypt Reconcile, Will It Be on Egypt’s Terms?

Grant Rumley, Oren Kessler

Last week, Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas’ top official in the Gaza Strip, visited Egypt for the first time since 2013, when Mohammed Morsi, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood-aligned former president, was ousted in a coup.

26th January 2017 - WHUTTV

The Mimi Geerges Show

Oren Kessler

FDD Deputy Director for Research Oren Kessler discusses the Egypt's recent church bombing, daily indignities suffered by the Copts, and what the current regime is doing (or not doing) to address it.

18th January 2017 - Quoted by Aaron Magid - Jewish Insider

Senate Muslim Brotherhood Bill Provokes Controversy

Jonathan Schanzer

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2017 last week in a bid to “fight against radical Islamic terrorism.” The bill notes that “it is the sense of Congress that the Muslim Brotherhood meets the criteria for designation as a foreign...

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