Analysis & Commentary


30th August 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

NATO refutes Taliban claim it shot down US helicopter

Bill Roggio

Resolute Support, NATO's mission in Afghanistan, claimed the aircraft made "a precautionary landing for a maintenance issue."

26th August 2017 - Quoted by James Kitfield - The Atlantic

How James Mattis Tried to Explain Trump to the World

Aykan Erdemir

“Just as Mattis sought to reassure nervous allies, back home there were numerous reminders that the populist and intemperate impulses of his boss will not be tamed.”

22nd August 2017 - Quoted by Charles Bybelezer - The Media Line

Erdogan’s Turkey: Reliable Partner Or Western Foe?

Benjamin Weinthal

Turkish president unleashes unprecedented verbal attack on Germany, as West ponders future ties with NATO member.

8th August 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Orde Kittrie

FDD senior fellow Orde Kittrie joins the John Batchelor Show to discuss how Norway and other U.S. allies have been undermined NATO.

31st July 2017 - The Wall Street Journal

How U.S. Allies Undermine NATO

Orde Kittrie

European countries divest from American defense firms that help protect them.

10th July 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

NATO ignores false Taliban claims of killing US soldiers

Bill Roggio

Resolute Support, NATO’s mission in Afghanistan, took the time and energy to refute a false claim by the Islamic State Khorasan Province that it killed two American soldiers in an IED attack in Nangarhar province on July 7 (the two soldiers were wounded, not killed). However, Resolute...

10th July 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

NATO: Islamic State falsely claimed killing of 2 Americans in Afghanistan

Thomas Joscelyn

NATO’s Resolute Support has issued a short statement denying that two Americans were killed while fighting the Islamic State’s Wilayah Khorasan (or ISIS-K). The jihadists claimed yesterday that they had “repelled” an attack by the “apostate” Afghan Army and the “Crusader...

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...

30th April 2017 - Quoted by Ezzedine Said - AFP

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.

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