Analysis & Commentary


22nd June 2017 - Quoted by Mercy Kuo - The Diplomat

South Korea Stops THAAD: Strategic Misstep?

22nd June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US kills AQAP provincial emir in Yemen airstrike

Bill Roggio

US Central Command (CENTCOM) announced today that a provincial leader for al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen was killed in an airstrike on June 16.

22nd June 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD Senior Iran Analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu discusses Iran ballistic missile fire in Syria.

22nd June 2017 - CBC News

Previous attacks underscore dangers for Canadians in Afghanistan training mission

Bill Roggio

As the security situation in Afghanistan continues to slip, NATO has asked Canada to help with its Resolute Support mission by sending trainers to help build an Afghan military and police force capable of defending the country.

22nd June 2017 - The Wall Street Journal

Opinion Journal

David Andrew Weinberg

FDD Senior Fellow David Weinberg discusses Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's reform agenda.

21st June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State destroys mosque where Baghdadi delivered first speech as ‘caliph’

Thomas Joscelyn

The Iraqi government announced today that the Great Mosque of Al-Nuri in Mosul has been destroyed.

21st June 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Saudi King Ousts His Crown Prince

David Andrew Weinberg

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman dismissed his heir, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, on Wednesday morning local time.

21st June 2017 - CNN International

Anthony Ruggiero discusses North Korea funds the regime, Kim Jong Un’s lavish lifestyle

Anthony Ruggiero

Anthony Ruggiero on how North Korea funds its regime and Kim Jong Un's lavish lifestyle.

21st June 2017 - CNN

Anthony Ruggiero on cutting of North Korea’s cash flow - on Wolf Blitzer

Anthony Ruggiero

FDD senior fellow Anthony Ruggiero was featured on Wolf Blitzer discussing ways the U.S. can cut off North Korea's cash flow.

21st June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban overruns district in Afghan north

Bill Roggio

The Taliban took control of a district center in the northern Afghan province of Jawzjan over the past 24 hours.

21st June 2017 - Quoted by Christina Okello - RFI

Rise of Saudi prince will sharpen tensions with Iran

David Andrew Weinberg

At 31, Mohammed bin Salman has leapfrogged the Saudi king's nephew Mohammed bin Nayef, to become next in line to the throne, by being elevated to the role of crown prince.

21st June 2017 - ABC News

Good Morning America

Anthony Ruggiero

FDD Senior Fellow Anthony Ruggiero discusses Otto Warmbier, his travel group, and the dangers of traveling to North Korea.

21st June 2017 - Quoted by Ben Cohen - The Algemeiner

Exiled Palestinian Leader Dahlan’s Gaza Fuel Deal Could Revive His Bid to Succeed Aging Abbas, Exper

Jonathan Schanzer

A bitter rival of Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas could become a serious contender to replace the elderly Palestinian leader in the event of a succession crisis, a leading regional expert told The Algemeiner on Wednesday.

21st June 2017 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - VOA

Islamic State Blows Up Iconic Mosul Mosque

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Mosul’s iconic al-Nuri mosque and its leaning minaret, known as al-Hadba, or “the hunchback,” are no more, destroyed by the Islamic State as Iraqi forces worked to eradicate the terror group from one of its last strongholds in the city.

21st June 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

IDF Chief of Staff: Hezbollah Has Forces in “Every 3rd or 4th House” in Southern Lebanon

Jonathan Schanzer, Tony Badran

The IDF’s chief of staff said on Tuesday that the Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah has a presence in “every third or fourth house” in southern Lebanon, in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701, which called for the removal of all armed groups from the area....

21st June 2017 - Quoted by Julie David and Matt Flegenheimer - The New York Times

White House Tries to Get G.O.P. to Water Down Russia Sanctions Bill

Mark Dubowitz

The White House is quietly lobbying House Republicans to weaken a bill overwhelmingly passed by the Senate last week that would slap tough new sanctions on Russia for its meddling in the 2016 election and allow Congress to block any future move by President Trump to lift any penalties...

21st June 2017 - Quoted by Terence Cullen - New York Daily News

North Korean leaders’ lavish spending, missile program comes from illegal profits

Anthony Ruggiero

North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un enjoys a life of luxury — while conducting multiple missile tests — as his country’s economy goes belly up from tightening international sanctions.

21st June 2017 - Quoted by Matt Kwong - CBC News

Trump faces ‘land of lousy options’ with North Korea after Otto Warmbier’s death

Anthony Ruggiero

U.S. President Donald Trump is facing some grim math. With one American declared dead after being released from a prison in North Korea and three still in captivity there, he'll have to reckon with how to respond to a regime once dubbed by former U.S. official Victor Cha as "the land of...

21st June 2017 - Quoted by Stav Ziv - Newsweek

Is It Safe to Travel to North Korea? Tour Company that Took Otto Warmier No Longer Allows Americans

Anthony Ruggiero

Until recently, the Young Pioneer Tours website touted travel to North Korea as “extremely safe!”

21st June 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

BDS Activists Launch Tirade Against MK and Holocaust Survivor in Berlin

Benjamin Weinthal

One protestor, wearing a t-shirt with the words "Boycott Israel," accused the Israeli MK representative of apartheid.

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