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29th December 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State claims its men planted bomb at St. Petersburg supermarket

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the Dec. 27 bombing at a supermarket in St. Petersburg, Russia. The city has been targeted by jihadists several times this year. The US claimed earlier this month that another major plot inside St. Petersburg had been thwarted.

22nd December 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

The Kremlin’s Bad Week

Boris Zilberman

This week, the Kremlin found itself facing American pressure on multiple new fronts, in domains ranging from national strategy to military assistance and human rights. On Monday, the Trump administration released its new National Security Strategy, which asserts unequivocally that Russia...

15th December 2017 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

The problem with Trump’s Middle East policy: He doesn’t have one

Eric S. Edelman

Eleven months into the Trump presidency, our Middle East policy amounts to a series of stunts — an isolated retaliatory attack on Syria for use of chemical weapons, “decertifying” the Iran deal (to the consternation of those egging on the administration, hoping that the European Union...

12th December 2017 - Quoted by Angie Drobnic Holan - PolitiFact

2017 Lie of the Year: Russian election interference is a ‘made-up story’

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

A mountain of evidence points to a single fact: Russia meddled in the U.S. presidential election of 2016. In both classified and public reports, U.S. intelligence agencies have said Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered actions to interfere with the election.

11th December 2017 - CNN

CNN

Mark Dubowitz

FDD's Mark Dubowitz discusses discusses Russian objectives in the Middle East on CNN.

5th December 2017 - Quoted by Matthew R.J. Brodsky - The Weekly Standard

With Syria Strikes, Israel Atempts to Send a Message to Trump and Putin

Tony Badran

When it comes to Syria, Israel has a message and the government hopes a wider audience is listening. It was delivered in the form of two strikes inside Syria over the last week. By itself, an Israeli strike inside Syria is nothing extraordinary.

25th November 2017 - Quoted by Dave Clark - Agence France Presse

Turkey support key as US seeks to hold on in Syria

Aykan Erdemir

The Islamic State group may be on the run from its last bastion in Syria but the United States is gearing up for a longer stay in the country.

20th November 2017 - Quoted by Sean Savage - Jewish News Service

Iran-Russia ties, US retreat paint a ‘problematic’ picture for Israel in Syria

Behnam Ben Taleblu

With one of the bloodiest civil wars in modern history winding down, world powers have been discussing the future of Syria.

19th November 2017 - Quoted by Thomas Seibert - The Arab Weekly

Russia emerges as major partner for Turkey’s Syria policy

Aykan Erdemir

- In a sign of an emerging alli­ance two years after Turkish- Russian relations plunged into crisis, Ankara is banking on Moscow to help Turkey reach its main goals regarding the conflict in Syria.

15th November 2017 - The Washington Times

Came the revolution

Clifford D. May

My political orientation has evolved slowly over decades. With one exception: I became anti-Soviet and anti-Communist overnight. More quickly than that, actually.

13th November 2017 - Quoted by Joel Gehrke - The Washington Examiner

Turkey’s Erdogan: US, Russia should leave Syria

Aykan Erdemir

American and Russian military forces should withdraw from Syria, according to the leader of a key NATO ally.

13th November 2017 - Quoted by VOA News

On Russia Meddling in US Election, Where Do Trump and US Intel Community Stand?

The issue of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election followed President Donald Trump on his 12-day trip through five Asian nations.

11th November 2017 - Quoted by Ryan Pickrell - The Daily Caller

Putin Says He Didn’t Meddle In The Election, And Trump Believes Him

President Donald Trump, in contrast with the assessments of American intelligence agencies, says that he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin’s claims that he did not meddle in the 2016 presidential election.

8th November 2017 - Foreign Policy

Does Trump Realize That His New Iran Strategy Could Suffer a Fatal Blow in Syria?

John Hannah

Note to President Trump: The new Iran strategy that you announced just three weeks ago is hanging by a thread. Its fate will likely be decided in the next few months on the Syria-Iraq border.

20th October 2017 - Quoted by Zachary Cohen and Jim Sciutto - CNN

CIA corrects director’s Russian election meddling claim

CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Thursday that the US intelligence community determined that Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election did not affect its outcome -- a statement that was quickly clarified by his own agency.

20th October 2017 - Quoted by Jason Devaney - Newsmax

CIA Backpedals After Director Says Russia Didn’t Influence Election Outcome

The CIA is backpedaling after director Mike Pompeo said Thursday Russia's intrusion into the 2016 U.S. presidential election did not sway the final result.

19th October 2017 - Quoted by Max Greenwood - The Hill

CIA: Intelligence assessment has not changed on Russia election interference

The CIA said on Thursday that the U.S. intelligence community has not reached new conclusions on Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 election, hours after the agency's director, Mike Pompeo, said that intelligence agencies had determined that the meddling had no effect on the results....

19th October 2017 - Quoted by Saagar Enjeti - The Daily Caller

CIA Director: Russian Meddling ‘Did Not Affect Outcome Of Election’

CIA Director Mike Pompeo contested allegations that Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election skewed results in a Thursday appearance before the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

19th October 2017 - Quoted by James Morrison - Newsmax

CIA Director Denies Russia Affected Presidential Election

CIA Director Mike Pompeo flatly denied Thursday that Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election had any effect on the outcome of the campaign, The Daily Caller reported.

19th October 2017 - Quoted by Michael Crowley - Politico

CIA director rebuked for false claim on Kremlin’s election meddling

CIA Director Mike Pompeo drew sharp criticism Thursday after wrongly stating that the U.S. intelligence community had found that Russian meddling did not tilt the 2016 presidential election.

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