Analysis & Commentary

14th March 2018 - Quoted by Al Arabiya

Hezbollah denies Nasrallah’s statement on Iran and Lebanese constitution

Hezbollah on Tuesday denied Farda News’ report quoting the party’s Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah as saying that the guardianship of the Islamic jurist (Vilayat-e Faqih) is above the Lebanese constitution and it’s mandatory to implement its orders.

14th March 2018 - Quoted by Uri Friedman - The Atlantic

The New Secretary of State Is a North Korea Hawk

Just two days before he was named Rex Tillerson’s successor as secretary of state, CIA Director Mike Pompeo appeared on the Sunday morning shows and staked out exceedingly ambitious goals for Donald Trump’s upcoming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

14th March 2018 - Quoted by Dave Clark - Agence France Presse

Tillerson sacking could spell doom for Iran nuclear deal

Mark Dubowitz

President Donald Trump’s sacking of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson could sound the death knell for the Iran nuclear deal and further strain US ties with key European allies.

14th March 2018 - Quoted by Ahval

Turkish charges against pastor to boost sanctions case

Aykan Erdemir

A Turkish prosecutor’s call to sentence a U.S. pastor to life in prison for allegedly leading a coup attempt in Turkey will only strengthen calls for Washington to impose economic sanctions on Turkey, said Aykan Erdemir, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

14th March 2018 - Quoted by Ahval

Türk Telekom spyware shows need for industry regulation – Think tank

Aykan Erdemir, Trevor Logan

An operation that used imported technology to install spyware on computers used by customers of Turkey’s leading internet service provider, Türk Telekom, highlights a pressing need for regulation of military-civilian technologies, wrote Senior Fellow Aykan Erdemir and Cyber Research...

14th March 2018 - The Hill

From Iran to North Korea, opportunities await Trump’s new secretary of State

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD Research Fellow Behnam Ben Taleblu discusses the implications of Mike Pompeo’s nomination to serve as the next U.S. Secretary of State. Behnam argues that Pompeo can positively impact U.S. coercive diplomacy with intransigent adversaries like the two nuclear-minded rogue regimes in...

14th March 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

Turkey Abused Western Dual-Use Technology to Inject Spyware

Aykan Erdemir, Trevor Logan

Turkey’s leading internet service provider, Turk Telekom, in which the Turkish government owns a minority golden share, has been reportedly using web-filtering technology to install spyware on customers’ computers – an allegation the company denies. The Citizen Lab, an award-winning...

14th March 2018 - CBN News

CBN News

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD's Behnam Ben Taleblu joins CBN to discuss why Mike Pompeo could be crucial for the North Korea talks.

14th March 2018 - AM 1130

Justice & Drew

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD's Daveed Gartenstein Ross joins Justice and Drew to discuss Rex Tillerson's removal as secretary of state and the Bloomington mosque bombing.

14th March 2018 - Long War Journal

LWJ Exclusive: US quietly continues Yemen air campaign

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

The United States’ air campaign in Yemen has shown no signs of slowing down. US forces conducted 12 airstrikes against terrorist groups in Yemen over the last month that were not publicly announced, FDD’s Long War Journal has learned.

13th March 2018 - Fox News

Pompeo faces challenges from North Korea, Syria and Iran

Reuel Marc Gerecht

President Trump’s announcement Tuesday that he has removed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and will nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to head the State Department will likely leave Pompeo spending most of his time in his new job dealing with three nations: North Korea, Syria and Iran....

13th March 2018 - The Washington Times

A pope and a grand imam

Clifford D. May

Pope Tawadros II had planned to spend last week on retreat in a monastery near Alexandria. But then Mohammed bin Salman, on a three-day visit to Egypt, asked to see him.

13th March 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

German Ambassador Praises Iranian Holocaust Denier, Politician

Benjamin Weinthal

Germany’s ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Iran Michael Klor-Berchtold praised last week Ali Larijani, the head of Iran’s quasi-parliament and a well-known denier of the Holocaust.

13th March 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

Turkish Prosecutor Seeks Life Sentence for U.S. Pastor

Aykan Erdemir

A Turkish prosecutor today demanded a life sentence for U.S. Pastor Andrew Brunson on charges of “leading a terrorist organization.” The North Carolina pastor, who is a member of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, served a small Protestant congregation without incident for over two...

13th March 2018 - Quoted by Joel Gehrke - The Washington Examiner

Mike Pompeo’s job change foreshadows new pressure on Iran, Europe

Behnam Ben Taleblu

CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s emergence as the next secretary of state foreshadows a toughening U.S. position on the Iran nuclear deal, administration critics and allies agree.

13th March 2018 - Quoted by VOA Afrique

Mike Pompeo, de la CIA à secrétaire d’Etat

Reuel Marc Gerecht, Juan Zarate

Le président américain a mis fin à plusieurs mois d'incertitudes en annonçant sur Twitter le remplacement de Rex Tillerson, l'ancien patron du géant pétrolier Exxonmobil, par l'actuel patron de la CIA.

13th March 2018 - Quoted by Oriana Pawlyk -

General Argues to Continue Refueling Saudi Planes in Yemen Fight

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

As lawmakers once again try to stop U.S. refueling and intelligence missions in support of planes from the Saudi-led coalition targeting rebels in Yemen, a top general insists U.S. support is necessary to build on its relationship with Saudi Arabia.

13th March 2018 - Quoted by Michael Crowley - Politico

Tillerson’s Ouster Could Kill the Iran Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

The Iran nuclear deal might have died Tuesday.

13th March 2018 - Quoted by Dan De Luce and Keith Johnson - Foreign Policy

Tillerson’s Exit Could Doom the Iran Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

President Donald Trump’s sacking of his top diplomat, Rex Tillerson, signals America’s likely withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement, and raises the risk of a possible military confrontation with the regime in Tehran.

13th March 2018 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - Jewish Telegraphic Agency

What does Mike Pompeo as secretary of state mean for Israel and the Jews?

Mark Dubowitz

Like the rest of the world, Rex Tillerson got the news of his firing on Twitter.


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