Analysis & Commentary


17th April 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State propagandists seek to undermine rival jihadists in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State's propagandists continue to take aim at rival jihadists, including al Qaeda and Hay'at Tahrir al Sham (HTS). A recent Islamic State video calls upon HTS fighters to defect to the so-called caliphate's cause.

22nd March 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Grozny jihadist swore allegiance to Baghdadi before assaulting police

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State's Amaq News Agency has claimed responsibility for a jihadist's assault on police in Grozny on Mar. 20. Amaq released a video of the alleged perpetrator swearing allegiance to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi prior to his day of terror. The video is similar to a string of other clips...

24th February 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

As security in Farah worsens, Taliban stage deadly attack

Bill Roggio

The Taliban killed more than 20 soldiers during a nighttime raid on an Afghan military base in the western province in Farah.

18th February 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State claims church shooting in Dagestan

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a shooting at a church in Kizlyar, a town in Dagestan, earlier today. Russian officials have confirmed that at least five people were killed and four more wounded.

3rd February 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Syrian jihadist group downs Russian Su-25 jet

Thomas Joscelyn

Hay'at Tahrir al Sham has released two videos and a short statement claiming that its men downed a Russian warplane. The Russian defense ministry confirmed that the jet was lost after it was struck by a "a portable anti-aircraft missile system."

18th January 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

President Trump Calls Out Russia for Helping North Korean Sanctions Evasion

Mathew Ha, Boris Zilberman

“Russia is not helping us at all with North Korea,” President Trump said yesterday in an Oval Office interview with Reuters. “What China is helping us with, Russia is denting,” the president added. Trump is correct when he accuses Moscow of being complicit in the Kim regime’s...

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

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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.

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