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24th April 2017 - BBC

BBC World

Anthony Ruggiero

FDD senior fellow Anthony Ruggiero discusses escalating tensions between the United States and North Korea and the US relationship with China.

24th April 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban strikes US base in eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban claimed credit for a suicide attack outside of a US base in eastern Afghanistan that has hosted CIA operatives who are hunting al Qaeda and other jihadists in the region.

24th April 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Afghan defense minister, Army chief of staff resign after deadly suicide assault

Bill Roggio

Casualties continue to pile up in the wake of the Taliban’s spectacular suicide attack on an Afghan Army corps headquarters in Balkh province on April 21 that killed more than 140 Afghan security personnel. Afghanistan’s defense minister and the Army chief of staff have resigned, and...

24th April 2017 - Quoted by Kimberly Dozier, Benny Avni - The Daily Beast

Pentagon Caught Off Guard by Team Trump’s Tough Talk on North Korea

Anthony Ruggiero

The Trump administration launched its week with tough talk aimed at North Korea—barbs all the more remarkable because they caught some senior officials at the Pentagon off guard.

24th April 2017 - Quoted by Raf Sanchez - The Telegraph

Marwan Barghouti: Can a man convicted of terrorism lead Palestinians to peace?

Grant Rumley

Even from the Israeli prison cell where he has languished for more than a decade, Marwan Barghouti is making himself heard.

24th April 2017 - Quoted by Pattricia Hurtado, Greg Farrell, Christian Berthelsen - Bloomberg

Giuliani’s Talk With Erdogan Adds Mystery to U.S. Sanctions Case

Emanuele Ottolenghi

A wealthy Turkish-Iranian gold trader facing U.S. charges that he helped Iran evade U.S. sanctions for sponsoring terrorism has an unlikely ally: Rudy Giuliani.

24th April 2017 - The Cipher Brief

Hezbollah Fundraising Underscores its Financial Crisis

David Daoud, Yaya J. Fanusie

Hezbollah is ramping up its grassroots fundraising efforts with an intensive online outreach campaign aimed at making its revenue streams more resistant to U.S. pressure. The campaign indicates that Hezbollah – likely on advice from Iran – is seeking more financial autonomy from its...

24th April 2017 - Fox Business

Cavuto: Coast to Coast

John Hannah

FDD senior counselor John Hannah, former national security advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney, discusses President Trump’s potential sanctions against North Korea.

24th April 2017 - Fox News

Happening Now

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellow Thomas Joscelyn discusses the ISIS claimed terror attack in France.

24th April 2017 - Foreign Affairs

The Goal of the Latest Palestinian Hunger Strike

Grant Rumley

Last week, over a thousand Palestinian prisoners in Israel launched a hunger strike under the leadership of Marwan Barghouti, the mastermind of Fatah’s terror campaign during the second intifadaand the recipient of five life sentences in an Israeli prison.

24th April 2017 - RealClearDefense

CEO of Iranian Airline to Buy Boeing Jets Has Ties to IRGC

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Boeing announced last month it would sell 30 B737 Max aircraft to Aseman Airlines –Iran’s third-largest carrier – in a deal valued at around $3 billion.

23rd April 2017 - Quoted by Stephen Quillen - The Arab Weekly

Turkey deeply divided after vote, at time of regional conflicts

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey’s vote for a strong executive presidency has left the country divided and at odds with Europe at a time when it is em­broiled in the Syrian conflict and seeking to balance good ties with both Russia and the United States.

23rd April 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Ayman al Zawahiri warns against ‘nationalist’ agenda in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda’s propaganda arm, As Sahab, released an audio message from emir Ayman al Zawahiri earlier today. The audio file, which was spliced together with images from the Sunni jihad in Syria, is just over six minutes long. It was released via social media, including on As Sahab’s...

23rd April 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban ‘infiltrated’ Afghan Army to carry out deadly attack in north

Bill Roggio

The Taliban claimed that four of the fighters who executed Friday’s suicide assault on an Afghan Army corps headquarters in Mazar-i-Sharif in Balkh had “infiltrated” the military. At least 140 Afghan soldiers were reportedly killed during the Taliban operation, making it one of the...

23rd April 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Qods Force commander to advance Tehran’s influence as ambassador to Iraq

Amir Toumaj

An Iranian general from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) began his new position this week as Tehran’s ambassador to Iraq. The selection of Brigadier General Iraj Masjedi, the senior adviser to the commander of the IRGC extraterritorial branch the Qods Force, highlights...

23rd April 2017 - Quoted by Rebecca Kheel - The Hill

Trump team raises rhetoric against Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration is stepping up its rhetoric against Iran even as it acknowledges the country is in compliance with a nuclear deal the president has long derided.

23rd April 2017 - Forbes

Tyrants And Their Hollow States

Michael Ledeen

Frankly, I’m surprised Erdogan had to settle for a photo-finish win at the wire. Not a great result for a would-be modern sultan who used all the tools of modern mass manipulation and intimidation during the “electoral campaign.”

23rd April 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Germany is a Hotbed of Iranian Spy Activity that Targets Israel

Benjamin Weinthal

The German Interior Ministry notified a Left Party deputy last week that agents from Iran have been some of the most active spies in the Federal Republic between 2007 and 2017, including assassination attempts on Israel advocates.

22nd April 2017 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Qatar’s ill-timed hostage deal increases pressure on Washington

David Andrew Weinberg, Thomas Joscelyn

When US Secretary of Defense James Mattis arrived in Qatar yesterday, the country’s attention was focused on the return of roughly two dozen Qatari citizens who were held hostage in Iraq, including members of the royal family.

22nd April 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Russian government blames neo-Nazi group for attack claimed by Islamic State

Thomas Joscelyn

A gunman opened fire at the local office of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) in the city of Khabarovsk yesterday. At least two people were killed. Depending on which source you consult, the shooter was either a far right neo-Nazi, or a jihadist loyal to the Islamic State.

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