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16th October 2017 - Foreign Policy

Can Anyone End the Palestinian Civil War?

Grant Rumley

A new agreement aims to mend the rift between Fatah and Hamas — but the wounds may run too deep.

16th October 2017 - WMAL

Mornings on the Mall

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's Jonathan Schanzer discusses the Iran deal on WMAL's Mornings on the Mall.

16th October 2017 - NPR

On Point with Tom Ashbrook

Mark Dubowitz

FDD's Mark Dubowitz discusses the Iran deal on NPR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook.

16th October 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Removing Sanctions While Retaining Leverage in Sudan

Alex Entz

Though President Trump’s decision to decertify the Iran Deal largely dominated headlines last week, it was not the administration’s only major foreign policy action. Last Thursday, the Trump administration lifted sanctions on over 200 Sudanese entities, a decision based in part on the...

16th October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US kills ‘dozens’ of Islamic State members in Yemen

Thomas Joscelyn

The Pentagon announced today that "dozens" of Islamic State jihadists were killed during a strike on two training camps in Yemen. The Islamic State regularly advertises its presence in Yemen, including a camp named after the group's deceased spokesman.

16th October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard threatens the US over terrorism designation

Amir Toumaj

Before President Donald Trump levied a terrorism designation against Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the IRGC and the Islamic Republic threatened the US over the move. One senior Iranian official initially called it a "declaration of war" and then he tampered it down.

16th October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

CJTF-OIR: Kirkuk a ‘misunderstanding’ attributed to ‘limited visibility conditions’

Bill Roggio

CJTF-OIR made the statement despite the fact that it was abundantly obvious that the Iraqi government sought to seize Kirkuk from the Kurdish Peshmerga, and had signaled its intentions days before.

16th October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US drones target Taliban commander in Pakistan’s tribal areas

Bill Roggio

The strike took place just days after Pakistan freed two westerners and their children from Taliban custody in the same tribal agency.

16th October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iraqi forces recapture contentious Kirkuk in overnight offensive

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

The Iraqi government quickly capitalized on its victory against the Islamic State in the adjacent city of Hawija and turned its energy on the secessionist Kurds in Kirkuk. The rapid offensive exposes deep fault lines in the anti-Islamic State coalition and within Kurdish politics.

16th October 2017 - Quoted by the National Security Desk - The Patriot Post

Trump Threads the Needle on Iran

Reuel Marc Gerecht

He's decertifying the deal but not exiting it, and there are good reasons for this nuanced approach.

16th October 2017 - Quoted by Luke Barnes - Think Progress

Here’s what you should know about the bombing in Somalia this weekend

At least 300 people, including 15 children, were killed by two truck bombs in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Saturday — the single worst attack in the country’s history and one that shows the continued strength of the extremist group al-Shabaab.

15th October 2017 - Interviewed by Tobin Harshaw - Bloomberg

Has Trump Fixed the ‘Worst Deal Ever’? Kinda, Sorta

Mark Dubowitz

Decertifying the Iran pact isn't the same thing as ripping it up. But Iran hawk Mark Dubowitz thinks it could be a start to a tougher agreement.

15th October 2017 - Quoted by Hussein Mohamed, Eric Schmitt and Mohamed Ibrahim - The New York Times

Mogadishu Truck Bombings Are Deadliest Attack in Decades

As the death toll grew Sunday, the Somali president, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, declared three days of national mourning. He donated blood for the victims and asked his fellow citizens to do the same.

15th October 2017 - Quoted by Thomas Ayres - National Defense University Press

The Use Of Explosives In Cities: A Grim But Lawful Reality Of War – Analysis

Orde Kittrie

Refugees flowing out of the Middle East pose a serious humanitarian crisis for Europe and the world at large. The indiscriminate use of violence by the so-called Islamic State (IS), the unlawful actions of the Syrian regime, and the conduct of some of the warring factions precipitated and...

15th October 2017 - MSNBC

MSNBC Live

Mark Dubowitz

FDD's Mark Dubowitz discusses the Iran deal and other issues on MSNBC Live.

15th October 2017 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - VOA News

Trump Administration Accused of Aiding Iranian Militias in Syria

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

U.S. President Donald Trump lambasted Iranian expansionism in the Middle East Friday when disavowing the international nuclear deal with Tehran, citing in particular Iran’s support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. But analysts charge his strategy to check Iran in the region remains...

15th October 2017 - Quoted by Ryan Pickrell - The Daily Caller

Here Is Why Walking Away From The Iran Deal Probably Won’t Impact US Dealings With North Korea

Anthony Ruggiero

One of the prevailing narratives in favor of preserving the Iran nuclear deal has a few noticeable flaws.

15th October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Jihadists hit Mogadishu with car bombs, suicide assault

Bill Roggio

Somali officials estimate that more than 200 people were killed in a pair of bombings and a suicide assault on a hotel in the Somali capital. Neither Shabaab nor the Islamic State has claimed credit for the deadly attacks, but Shabaab has targeted many hotels in Mogadishu using the same...

15th October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban claims to have shot down US drone

Philip Hegseth

The Taliban has made claims like this in the past, only to have them be proven false. No official US or coalition spokesperson has confirmed the loss of a drone or verified the Taliban's claims.

14th October 2017 - Quoted by the Press Trust of India

Starting to develop much better relationship with Pakistan: US President Trump

Bill Roggio

US President Donald Trump thanked Pakistani leaders for cooperating with the US on many fronts.

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