Analysis & Commentary


31st January 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

US designates Egypt based HASM and Liwa al-Thawra as terrorist groups

Romany Shaker

The US Department of State announced terrorism designations today against Harakat Sawa’id Misr (HASM) and Liwa al-Thawra, two Islamist groups active in Egypt with suspected ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

26th January 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda head blames Islamists for failure of Arab uprisings

Thomas Joscelyn

In a newly-released audio message, Ayman al Zawahiri blames Islamist parties in Tunisia and Egypt for the failure of the Arab uprisings to deliver sharia-based governance.

29th December 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Coptic church attacked by Islamic State loyalist, group says

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an attack outside of a Coptic Church in a southern suburb of Cairo earlier today. The assault is one in a series of operations targeting Coptic Christians in Egypt since 2016.

13th December 2017 - Quoted by Jonah Bennett - The Daily Caller

Radical Christian Group ‘Sons Of Jesus’ Claims Egypt Mosque Attack, Experts Skeptical

Bill Roggio

A radical Christian terror group calling itself the Sons of Jesus has claimed responsibility for the Egyptian mosque bombing in late November, but the claim has inspired skepticism among terror analysts, who believe the attribution — and the group itself — may be a rare example of an...

29th November 2017 - i24 News

The Rundown

Alexandra N. Gutowski

FDD's Alexandra Gutowski joins i24 News to discuss the recent terrorist attack in the Sinai.

27th November 2017 - Wall Street Journal Opinion

Foreign Edition with Mary Kissel

Reuel Marc Gerecht

FDD's Reuel Marc Gerecht discusses the terrorist attack in the Sinai as well as Syrian peace talks on Foreign Edition with Mary Kissel.

27th November 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD's Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss the Sinai terrorist attack on The John Batchelor Show.

25th November 2017 - Quoted by Jason Burke - The Guardian

Sinai attack needs to be a turning point in Egypt’s war on terror

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Egypt’s restive northern Sinai province, where at least 235 people were killed and scores more injured in a bomb and gun assault on a mosque on Friday, has been under a state of emergency since October 2014, when Islamist militants killed more than 30 soldiers in one operation.

25th November 2017 - Quoted by Amanda Erickson - The Washington Post

Trump says mosque attack in Egypt proves U.S. needs border wall with Mexico. Is he right?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In the wake of the horrific Egyptian mosque attack that killed more than 300 people, President Trump took to Twitter to both offer his sympathies and plug some favorite policies.

24th November 2017 - CNN

CNN Newsroom

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's Jonathan Schanzer discusses the recent terror attack in the Sinai on CNN's State of America with Kate Bolduan.

24th November 2017 - CNN

CNN Newsroom

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's Jonathan Schanzer discusses the recent terror attack in the Sinai on CNN Newsroom.

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.

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