Analysis & Commentary

13th December 2017 - The Tower

Expert: To Prevent Next Israel-Hezbollah War, World Must Enforce Resolution 1701

In an op-ed published in The Wall Street Journal on Monday, Daniel Schwammenthal, the director of the AJC Transatlantic Institute, has warned that failure to confront Iranian-backed terrorist organization Hezbollah over its violation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701 will make a...

13th December 2017 - Quoted by Jonah Bennett - The Daily Caller

Radical Christian Group ‘Sons Of Jesus’ Claims Egypt Mosque Attack, Experts Skeptical

Bill Roggio

A radical Christian terror group calling itself the Sons of Jesus has claimed responsibility for the Egyptian mosque bombing in late November, but the claim has inspired skepticism among terror analysts, who believe the attribution — and the group itself — may be a rare example of an...

13th December 2017 - Quoted by Dion Nissenbaum - The Wall Street Journal

As ISIS Recedes, U.S. Steps Up Focus on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

As the U.S. military campaign against Islamic State winds down in the Middle East, the Trump administration is turning its focus to what it sees as a bigger threat: Iran.

13th December 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban features its ‘Umari Martyrdom Battalion’

Bill Roggio

The video is the latest in a series of propaganda that promotes Taliban units and the network of training camps.

12th December 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

Shiite Iraqi Militia Members Hosted by Hezbollah at Lebanon’s Border with Israel

Tony Badran

In a demonstration of its complete control over Lebanon, Hezbollah hosted members of an Iraqi Shiite militia along the border with Israel.

12th December 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

UK’s Foreign Secretary Unable to Secure Release of Dual National, Iran Seeks Ransom Payment

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Returning from a trip to the Middle East including a stop in Iran, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said that it was “too early to be confident” that a British-Iranian dual citizen would be released by Iran before Christmas, even as evidence emerged that Iran is seeking what is...

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.

12th December 2017 - NPR


Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's Jonathan Schanzer joins NPR's 1A to discuss President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

12th December 2017 - Quoted by Ahmed Al-Hamli - Defense One

Improving on the Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

President Trump’s October decision to “decertify” but not immediately dissolve the Iran nuclear deal opened a narrow door to forging a stronger approach to Iran.

12th December 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD's Thomas Joscelyn discusses the recent bombing in New York City on The John Batchelor Show.

12th December 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD's Thomas Joscelyn discusses Al-Qaeda and the Taliban on The John Batchelor Show.

12th December 2017 - Hoover Institution

The Limits of the Indirect Approach

Tony Badran

In October 2017, the Trump administration rolled out its long-anticipated policy to counter Iranian expansionism in the region. The policy pays significant attention to Hezbollah, Iran’s principal instrument of regional power projection. After eight years of American courtship of Iran,...

12th December 2017 - Hoover Institution

Countering Iran while Retreating

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Time has almost run out for the United States to deny the Islamic Republic hegemony in the northern Middle East. The clerical regime has the high ground and the Americans are, at best, slowing Iranian advances. The approximately two thousand troops Washington has reportedly deployed to...

12th December 2017 - Newsmax

The Brett Winterble Show

Bill Roggio

FDD's Bill Roggio discusses the recent terrorist attack in New York City on The Brett Winterble Show.

12th December 2017 - The Wall Street Journal

The Qatar Quarrel Benefits the U.S.

Jonathan Schanzer

It is no secret that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been at odds with President Trump on a range of issues. One of them is the U.S. response to the spat that erupted in early June between Qatar and four other Arab states. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt all...

12th December 2017 - Quoted by Irina Tsukerman - Morocco World News

Why Washington Should Coordinate Its Counterterrorism Strategy in Africa with Rabat

Two recent developments by major U.S. foreign policy and security think tanks are evidence of the growing public, as well as US government interest, in security issues related to Maghreb, and interest in increased cooperation in that arena.

12th December 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

AFRICOM strike halts Shabaab car bomb attack

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

The US military has launched 32 strikes in Somalia since the beginning of 2017, more than doubling last year's total of 15.

12th December 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

New York City bomber ‘did it for the Islamic State’

Thomas Joscelyn

"I did it for the Islamic State," Akayed Ullah, who is charged with carrying out the failed bombing in Times Square yesterday, allegedly told authorities.

11th December 2017 - Foreign Policy

Warning to Congress: Bad Iran Legislation Is Worse Than No Iran Legislation

Richard Goldberg

In October, President Donald Trump took an important step toward countering Iran’s ever-expanding list of illicit activities by refusing to certify to Congress that the flawed nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administration remained in America’s national security interest. Now he...

11th December 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Bomber targets New York City transit system with improvised device

Thomas Joscelyn

Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old man from Bangladesh, attempted to detonate an improvised explosive device in midtown Manhattan earlier today. No one was killed in the failed bombing, but several people suffered minor wounds. Jihadists have repeatedly targeted New York City since the 9/11...


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