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31st May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Bomb blast rocks Kabul during rush hour, killing dozens of civilians

Thomas Joscelyn

A vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) was detonated near diplomatic facilities in the Afghan capital during rush hour this morning. Preliminary casualty reports say that at least 80 people were killed in the blast and dozens more wounded. A photo of the aftermath of the bombing...

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...

30th May 2017 - Fox News

Trump, Germany’s Merkel clash over trade, NATO and ‘Western values’

Benjamin Weinthal

Germany and the U.S. emerged from Memorial Day weekend in a war of words, as Chancellor Angela Merkel and her coalition partners attacked America’s reliability as a world power and President Trump fired back on Twitter.

27th May 2017 - Fox News

Journal Editorial Report with Paul Gigot

Clifford D. May

FDD Founder and President Clifford D. May discusses Trump's first trip abroad and it's implications for U.S. foreign policy

25th May 2017 - The Weekly Standard

It’s Time for NATO to Call Turkey’s Bluff

Eric S. Edelman, Merve Tahiroglu

Thursday's NATO Summit provides an opportunity for the alliance to get tough on its putative Turkish ally. Under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's destabilizing policies in Europe and the Middle East have made it appear less an ally and more a Russian Trojan horse.

24th May 2017 - Fox Business

Cavuto: Coast to Coast

John Hannah

FDD's senior counselor John Hannah discusses Tillerson's comments on NATO and their possible impact.

15th May 2017 - Quoted by Josh Lederman, Vivian Salama - Associated Press

Erdogan Visits Trump, Amid Much Friction Between US, Turkey

Jonathan Schanzer

The United States is on a collision course with its NATO ally Turkey, pushing ahead with arming Syrian Kurds after deciding the immediate objective of defeating Islamic State militants outweighs the potential damage to a partnership vital to U.S. interests in the volatile Middle East.

8th May 2017 - Quoted by Christina Lin - Asia Times

Turkey’s role in Syria raises serious questions about Nato’s future

Aykan Erdemir

At the upcoming May 16-17 meeting between US President Donald Trump and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, his Turkish counterpart, and the May 25 Nato summit, serious issues relating to the status of Nato will need to be addressed — namely defense expenditures reform, clarification of the alliance’s...

3rd May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State suicide bomber strikes NATO convoy in Kabul

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency has claimed responsibility for a bombing that targeted a NATO convoy in Kabul, Afghanistan earlier today. A jihadist detonated his vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) near a security checkpoint in the Afghan capital, close to where the US...

1st May 2017 - Quoted by Ezzedine Said - France 24

Erdogan seeks to send Trump stern message on Syrian Kurds

Aykan Erdemir

By launching air strikes against Syrian Kurdish fighters and threatening more action, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is seeking to send a tough message to Donald Trump in the hope of bringing about a major U-turn in US Syria policy.

22nd April 2017 - Quoted by Kristen McTighe - NBC News

Donald Trump Wins Turkish Friends by Cozying to Turkey’s Erdogan

Aykan Erdemir

Accusations of voter fraud, alleged human rights abuses, and concerns about a slide toward authoritarianism — none of this stopped President Donald Trump congratulating Turkey's leader on his controversial referendum victory this week.

21st April 2017 - Quoted by Joel Gehrke - The Washington Examiner

Russia pushes for Iranian membership in NATO counterweight group

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Russia wants Iran to receive full membership in a geopolitical organization designed as a partial counterweight to NATO and other western pacts, a move that would likely deepen the economic and military ties between the two governments.

19th April 2017 - The Washington Times

The end of Turkey’s democratic experiment

Clifford D. May

On the grounds of the Turkish Embassy facing Massachusetts Ave. in Washington, D.C. is a statue of Mustafa Kamal Ataturk, father of the Republic of Turkey, the nation-state he built from the rubble of the defeated Ottoman Empire and Islamic caliphate.

8th April 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

American soldier killed fighting Islamic State in Afghanistan

Thomas Joscelyn

An American soldier was killed while fighting the Islamic State’s arm in Afghanistan earlier today, according to US officials.

28th March 2017 - Quoted by Ryan Browne - CNN

US sees a resurgent Russian military expanding into Afghanistan, Libya

Bill Roggio

The Kremlin's ambitions in the Middle East reach far beyond Syria, according to US officials. From Afghanistan to Libya, US Pentagon officials are increasingly concerned by mounting Russian military and diplomatic activity they believed is aimed at undermining the US and NATO.

20th March 2017 - Fox Business

Countdown to the Closing Bell

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford D. May comments on the meeting between Trump and Merkel.

2nd February 2017 - RealClearDefense

Russian Information Operations in the Western Balkans

John Cappello

Moscow’s ability to wage information warfare is becoming alarmingly effective in the Western Balkans. Russian news outlets, fake news portals, and pro-Russian tabloids are increasingly attempting to impact public perceptions through manipulation of local media.

31st January 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Erdogan’s Newfound Partners: Russia and Iran

Aykan Erdemir

Russian officials announced Monday that Russian President Vladimir Putin would meet with his Turkish and Iranian counterparts, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hassan Rouhani, at some point over the following months – the latest sign that trilateral relations are deepening.

23rd January 2017 - Quoted by Nick Wadhams, Margaret Talev - Bloomberg

Emerging ‘Trump Doctrine’ Toward Europe Upends Historic Alliance

Mark Dubowitz

For most of the past seven decades, U.S. relations with Europe revolved around a set of shared beliefs: Russia was the common adversary, Germany’s industrial might would be the core of the Continent’s economy and a unified Europe was in everyone’s interests. Donald Trump is having none...

22nd January 2017 - Defense News

Defense News TV

Aykan Erdemir, Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir and senior Iran analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu discuss Syria, the Moscow declaration, Iran, Turkey and Middle East.

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