Analysis & Commentary


2nd October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

‘Hasm’ claims responsibility for attack targeting Myanmar embassy in Cairo

Jonathan Schanzer

The Egyptian militant group, Hasm, claimed responsibility yesterday for its attack against Myanmar’s embassy in Cairo a day earlier, noting that it was a response to Myanmar’s treatment of Rohingya Muslims. “This bombing served as a warning to the embassy of murderers, killers of women...

27th September 2017 - Quoted by Sean Savage - Jewish News Service

‘Bad blood’ hovers over latest attempt at Palestinian reconciliation

Grant Rumley

With other major issues in the Middle East such as the Iran nuclear deal taking center stage in recent weeks, two rival Palestinian factions—the terror group Hamas and the Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority (PA)—quietly announced a reconciliation deal and their decision to form a...

26th September 2017 - Quoted by Noha El Tawil - Egypt Today

Analyst calls US sanctioning of terrorist groups to reinforce relations with Egypt

Jonathan Schanzer

Jonathan Schanzer, a former terrorism-finance analyst for the U.S. Department of Treasury and senior vice president at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, wrote an op-ed in New York Post on Saturday suggesting sanctioning two terrorist groups that conducted several attacks in Egypt....

22nd September 2017 - The New York Post

Stand up against these terror groups to bolster the US-Egypt alliance

Jonathan Schanzer

There’s a way for the White House to demonstrate its support for Egypt in non-monetary terms. It can sanction two terrorist groups that continue to attack Egypt: Hasm and Liwaa al-Thawra. Such a move would send an important message to the people of Egypt and show America’s own commitment...

24th August 2017 - Quoted by Adam Taylor - The Washington Post

Egypt may be the newest front in Trump’s battle with North Korea

Anthony Ruggiero

This week, the State Department announced it will withhold millions of dollars in aid to Egypt, a long-standing U.S. ally and a major recipient of American security assistance.

22nd August 2017 - Foreign Affairs

Is War in Gaza Unavoidable?

Grant Rumley

Earlier this summer, it seemed like war in the Gaza Strip was inevitable.

2nd August 2017 - The Huffington Post

Qatar is worst in the region on counterterrorism, but other Gulf monarchies are not off the hook

David Andrew Weinberg

Rather than giving Qatar’s neighbors carte blanche, the U.S. should press all of its Gulf allies to improve their counterterrorism practices. And while Washington should seek a timely resolution of the current crisis, it should do so on enforceable terms that address Qatar’s dangerous...

26th July 2017 - The Washington Times

Does Al Jazeera deserve to die?

Clifford D. May

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt are demanding that Qatar loosen its ties with those they see as enemies of their states. They are making one additional demand: That Qatar shut down Al Jazeera, its powerful media outlet.

7th July 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

More than 20 Egyptian soldiers killed in Islamic State assault on Sinai outpost

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s Sinai branch launched a deadly assault on a military outpost in the northern Sinai earlier today.

31st May 2017 - The Washington Times

The battles of Britain and Egypt

Clifford D. May

The slaughter of 22 concertgoers in Manchester last week was followed four days later by the murder of 29 Christians traveling by bus to a monastery in the desert south of Cairo. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for both attacks. In an internet video, a masked spokesman denounced the...

27th May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State claims attack on bus carrying Coptic Christians in Egypt

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a massacre that was carried out yesterday in Minya, south of Cairo, Egypt. Masked gunman opened fire on a bus filled with Coptic Christians who were traveling to the St. Samuel Coptic Orthodox Monastery. At least 28 people were killed.

27th May 2017 - WMAL AM 630

The Larry O’Connor Show

Clifford D. May

FDD Founder and President Clifford D. May discusses the bus attack on Christians in Egypt.

22nd May 2017 - Foreign Policy

Qatar Needs to Do Its Part

John Hannah

An important goal of President Donald Trump’s meetings with Arab and Islamic leaders this past weekend was to encourage them to shoulder more of the burden in defending our common interests, particularly in combating the threats from terrorism and Iran.

4th May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State leader in Egypt says church bombings aren’t popular

Thomas Joscelyn

The ninth edition of the Islamic State’s Rumiyah (“Rome”) magazine was released online earlier today. And it features an interview with an unnamed jihadist who is identified as the “emir” of the group’s “soldiers” in Egypt.

3rd May 2017 - Quoted by Ben Cohen - The Algemeiner

At White House Meeting with Trump, Abbas Signals Abandonment of Unilateral Statehood Re

Jonathan Schanzer, Grant Rumley

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas offered a strong signal on Wednesday that he would abandon the strategy he pursued in recent years seeking unilateral statehood recognition at international fora in place of peace talks with Israel.

2nd May 2017 - Quoted by Alex Kane - Vice News

Hamas Stops Calling for Israel’s Destruction, but Still Thinks the Country has No Right to Exist

Grant Rumley

In a stunning about-face, Hamas has formally declared acceptance of a Palestinian state (based on 1967 borders), moving away from its hyperbolic calls for the destruction of Israel.

1st May 2017 - Quoted by Adam Rasgon - The Jerusalem Post

Hamas Unveils New Charter

Grant Rumley

In an effort to improve its regional and international relations, the Gaza Strip’s ruling Hamas Party on Monday released a policy document that nominally softens its official position on Israel while still calling for “the complete liberation of Palestine.”

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.

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