Analysis & Commentary


16th August 2017 - Quoted by Arab News

Iranian president threatens to restart nuclear program

Mark Dubowitz

The war of words between the US and Iran over the latter’s nuclear and missile development program continued on Tuesday.

16th August 2017 - Fox News

Time to end the North Korea sanctions merry-go-round

Anthony Ruggiero

The Groundhog Day nature of U.S. response to North Korea for the last decade, during Republican and Democratic administrations alike – provocation, followed by multilateral sanctions that usually are not fully implemented, leading to another provocation, to another round of sanctions –...

16th August 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

Report: Iran Smuggling Weapons to Syria in Violation of UN Resolution

Iran is shipping arms to Russia via a smuggling route into Syria, which would violate the terms of United Nations Security Council resolution 2231, which implemented the 2015 nuclear deal, according to Western intelligence agencies.

16th August 2017 - Quoted by Daniel Horowitz - Conservative Review

Why are we funneling weapons to Hezbollah?

Tony Badran

What if I told you we were sending military hardware to ISIS? Would you march on Washington with an outpouring of righteous indignation?

16th August 2017 - Quoted by Thomas Watkins - Agence France Presse

Pentagon adjusts to life under unpredictable commander-in-chief

John Hannah

After days of fiery talk of possible military intervention in the North Korea nuclear stand-off, Pentagon officials late last week suddenly found themselves digesting a surprising piece of breaking news.

16th August 2017 - The Cipher Brief

Expelling Digital Demons from U.S. Sensitive Supply Chains

Samantha F. Ravich

The open manner with which U.S. national security enterprises bid for goods and services can be exploited by U.S. adversaries seeking to inject counterfeit or malicious components into sensitive electronic hardware.

16th August 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US lists Hizbul Mujahideen as a Foreign Terrorist Organization

Bill Roggio

The brief designation omitted Hizbul Mujahideen's support for al Qaeda in the past, as well as its relations with other jihadist groups in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India, such as Lashkar-e-Taiba. Hizbul Mujahideen's emir was officially listed as a global terrorist in June 2017.

16th August 2017 - The Washington Times

In search of a grand U.S. strategy

Clifford D. May

Anti-extremists should hang together while Trump’s advisers construct it

15th August 2017 - Quoted by Sophie McNeill - ABC (Australia)

West Bank freedom crackdown as new law jails Palestinian Authority critics

Grant Rumley

Affaf Jaqarna's husband Mamdouh never came home from work last Tuesday.

15th August 2017 - Quoted by Jonathan Kaiman and Barbara Demick - The Los Angeles Times

To make North Korean sanctions stick, the ‘gloves are off’ for U.S. in fight against Chinese smuggle

Anthony Ruggiero

A tough new sanctions resolution unanimously approved Aug. 5 by the U.N. Security Council bars North Korea from exporting $1 billion of its most profitable commodities, including coal.

15th August 2017 - i24 News

Crossroads

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD Iran analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu talks about Iran's threat to withdraw from the nuclear agreement on Crossroads.

15th August 2017 - CBS News

CBS Interactive

Anthony Ruggiero

North Korea appears to be stepping down from its threats to attack Guam. North Korea state media reports say that Kim Jong Un has opted "not to fire missiles at this time." Anthony Ruggiero, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, joins CBSN with more.

15th August 2017 - Fox Business Network

Cavuto Coast to Coast

John Hannah

Former National Security Advisor to VP Dick Cheney and FDD senior counselor John Hannah and Hudson Institute Fellow Rebeccah Heinrichs on North Korea's Kim Jong Un backing off from Guam threats.

15th August 2017 - Fox Business Network

Countdown to the Closing Bell

Anthony Ruggiero

Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Anthony Ruggiero on North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

15th August 2017 - Quoted by Joel Gehrke - The Washington Examiner

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani: We could restart ‘advanced’ nuke program ‘within hours’

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told President Trump not to impose sanctions on the regime, warning the Iranians could restart their nuclear program "within hours" in retaliation.

15th August 2017 - Quoted by Jack Moore - Newsweek

U.S. Train Stations The Target Of Al-Qaeda In Latest Magazine

Al-Qaeda has ordered its followers to focus on a specific western target in its latest propaganda magazine: train stations.

15th August 2017 - Quoted by Sean Durns - The Algemeiner

Can the Washington Post Google Anti-Jewish Incitement?

Clifford D. May

A July 27, 2017, Washington Post report minimized both Palestinian anti-Jewish violence, as well as the Jewish people’s connection to their ancestral homeland of Israel.

15th August 2017 - Quoted by Vijeta Uniyal - Legal Insurrection

Intel Report: Russia Opens Secret Military Supply Route to Iran, Violates Nuclear Deal

Benjamin Weinthal

Russia using bases in Syria for unauthorised weapon deals with Iran, German newspaper cites Intel report

15th August 2017 - Quoted by Kevin G. Hall - McClatchy

China, Russia keep North Korea’s nuclear program funded

Anthony Ruggiero

Lost in all the attention paid to President Donald Trump’s threat of unleashing “fire and fury” on North Korea is his promise to bring the country to heel with tough sanctions. It hasn’t worked so far, because of Russia, China and shadowy middlemen tied to both nations.

15th August 2017 - Tablet Magazine

The Pentagon Fills Hezbollah’s Shopping List

Tony Badran

Bradley fighting vehicles, M4 rifles among the American goods that will soon make their way to Lebanon, free of charge.

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