Analysis & Commentary


23rd January 2013 - World Affairs Journal

The Last Liberal: The Legacy of Joe Lieberman

In January 2004, the New Republic endorsed Joe Lieberman for president. By this time, recriminations against Democrats who had supported the Iraq War (or, in the parlance of the American left, “Bush’s War”)...

17th January 2013 - NOW Lebanon

The Kurds’ Sensitive Juncture

Tony Badran

Last week’s killing in Paris of three female Kurdish activists with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has spurred much speculation about the party responsible for the assassinations and the purpose...

10th January 2013 - NOW Lebanon

Obama’s Flexible Red Lines

Tony Badran

In response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s latest address, US officials and spokespersons have dismissively described the embattled dictator as someone “detached from reality” and “delusional,”...

7th January 2013 - PBS

Newshour

Reuel Marc Gerecht

FDD's Reuel Marc Gerecht discusses the nominations of Chuck Hagel for Defense Secretary and John Brennan for Director of Central Intelligence.

14th December 2012 - The Weekly Standard

Al Qaeda Tried to Hide Hand in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Earlier this week, the State Department designated the al Nusrah Front in Syria as an “alias” for al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI). The head of AQI, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi al Husseini al Qurshi (a.k.a. Abu Du'a)...

12th December 2012 - The Long War Journal

Syrian Jihadists, Including al Qaeda’s Al Nusrah Front, Form Mujahideen Shura Council

Bill Roggio

On the same day the US government announced that al Qaeda in Iraq's Al Nusrah Front was a terrorist organization, Al Nusrah and nine other jihadist groups banded together in the Syrian...

10th December 2012 - Cited by Daniel Pipes, The Washington Times

Islamists are Worse Than Dictators

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Who is worse, President Mohammed Morsi, the elected Islamist seeking to apply Islamic law in Egypt, or former President Hosni Mubarak, the dictator ousted for trying to start a dynasty? More broadly...

7th December 2012 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State of Iraq Denies Its Emir Captured

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State of Iraq, al Qaeda's political front in Iraq, denied that its emir, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi al Husseini al Qurshi, or Abu Du'a, was captured by Iraqi security forces earlier this week.

4th December 2012 - New York Daily News

Yes, Hamas and Iran are Still the Best of Friends

“To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle,” George Orwell wrote in 1946. He was describing a midcentury inclination to avoid “facing unpleasant facts,” one that manifested itself in the...

28th November 2012 - Standpoint

Turks, Arabs and Jews: The Middle East in Crisis

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Standing outside Istanbul's Blue Mosque on a Friday morning as the muezzin calls the faithful to prayer, curious tourists furtively peek through the windows in the hope of catching a glimpse of the beautiful...

16th November 2012 - The Long War Journal

Iraq Frees Hezbollah Commander Who Helped Mold Shia Terror Groups

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Iraq has freed Musa Ali Daduq, the senior Hezbollah commander who was tasked by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) to mold Shia terror groups into a Hezbollah-like...

14th November 2012 - Tablet

Losing Petraeus, Losing Iran

The still-unraveling scandal that has forced the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus has already touched on vital matters of U.S. national security. For starters: Did the spymaster pass information...

6th November 2012 - Sky News - UK

News Update

Clifford D. May

FDD's Clifford May provides commentary during the 2012 presidential election results.

1st November 2012 - NOW Lebanon

Obama Runs From Iran

Tony Badran

The Iranian challenge to US interests and allies is the most pressing strategic issue for Washington in the Middle East. With the US election less than a week away, now is as good a time as any to look...

1st November 2012 - Quoted by Mike Giglio, The Daily Beast

Syria Conflict Contagious in the Region

John Hannah

In Turkey, in early October, a stray artillery shell flew across the Syrian border and killed four civilians in the quiet town of Akcakale. Turkey decided it had to fight back, launching missiles at Syrian forces...

25th October 2012 - The Weekly Standard

More Al Qaeda Connections in Benghazi

Thomas Joscelyn

The Benghazi story continues to evolve. CNN reports that multiple al Qaeda franchises, and others with al Qaeda links, are suspected of taking part in the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack...

25th October 2012 - Scripps Howard News Service

America’s Enemies Are Getting Away with Murder

Clifford D. May

Last week, Manssor Arbabsiar pleaded guilty to plotting what U.S. officials have termed “a significant attack in the United States.” Attorney General Eric Holder called...

22nd October 2012 - Fox 5 News - Washington

Fox 5 Morning News

Clifford D. May

FDD's Clifford May gives a breif preview of the presidential debate on foreign policy, including some of the key threats that that should be discussed.

22nd October 2012 - The Jerusalem Post

The Joint Iran and al-Qaida Operation Declares War

Benjamin Weinthal

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s comparison between al-Qaida and Iran during his September 27 address to the UN has garnered greater urgency since the US Treasury...

18th October 2012 - The Long War Journal

2 Zarqawi Cousins Detained in Jordan After Fighting in Syria

Bill Roggio

Two cousins of Abu Musab al Zarqawi, the slain leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, were arrested by Jordanian security forces as they returned from waging jihad in Syria.

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