Analysis & Commentary


22nd April 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban kills more than 140 Afghan soldiers in suicide assault

Bill Roggio

Yesterday, when the Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said that his fighters killed more than 100 soldiers in a complex suicide assault at the Afghan National Army’s 209 Shaheen Corps Headquarters near the provincial capital of Mazar-i-Sharif, his claim was dismissed as routine...

22nd April 2017 - Quoted by Kristen McTighe - NBC News

Donald Trump Wins Turkish Friends by Cozying to Turkey’s Erdogan

Aykan Erdemir

Accusations of voter fraud, alleged human rights abuses, and concerns about a slide toward authoritarianism — none of this stopped President Donald Trump congratulating Turkey's leader on his controversial referendum victory this week.

22nd April 2017 - Quoted by Brian Ross, Pete Madden - ABC News

United States remains vulnerable to North Korean cyber-attack, analysts say

Anthony Ruggiero

As North Korea blusters about launching missile strikes against the United States and its allies, experts are warning that aggressive action from North Korea is more likely to come from cyber space.

21st April 2017 - Quoted by Joel Gehrke - The Washington Examiner

Russia pushes for Iranian membership in NATO counterweight group

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Russia wants Iran to receive full membership in a geopolitical organization designed as a partial counterweight to NATO and other western pacts, a move that would likely deepen the economic and military ties between the two governments.

21st April 2017 - Quoted by Jennifer Wishon - CBN News

Devil’s Bargain? Why Turkish Referendum Spells Bad News for Religious Minorities

Aykan Erdemir

This week Turkey voted to trade democracy for what looks like authoritarian rule. If the referendum stands, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will gain power over all branches of government. That's bad news for Christians and other religious minorities in Turkey already facing...

21st April 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban assault Afghan Army corps headquarters in north

Bill Roggio

The Taliban launched a suicide assault on an Afghan Army corps headquarters in the northern province of Balkh today and attacked the mosque on the base.

21st April 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Anthony Ruggiero

FDD Senior Fellow Anthony Ruggiero the current situation in North Asia and the threats of North Korea.

21st April 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Aykan Erdemir

FDD Senior Fellow Dr. Aykan Erdemir discussed Turkey's recent referendum.

21st April 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Senior Fellow Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi discusses the recent Paris attack.

21st April 2017 - WINA 98.9 FM

The Schilling Show

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Senior Analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu shares an update on Iran.

21st April 2017 - Quoted by James Rosen - Fox News

Iran: Group claims regime is ‘in full gear’ on covert work on nuclear weapons

Olli Heinonen

The White House responded cautiously Friday to claims by an Iranian dissident group alleging that Iran’s clandestine work on a nuclear weapon has continued unabated by the landmark nuclear deal that Tehran finalized with the Obama administration and five other world powers two years ago....

21st April 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US: Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s ‘close associate’ killed in special operations raid

Thomas Joscelyn

The US military announced today that Abdurakhmon Uzbeki, a senior Islamic State operative and “close associate” of Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, was killed during a special forces raid on April 6. The operation was carried out near the city of Mayadin in the eastern Syrian province of Deir...

21st April 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Presidential Election and the Role of Women

Tzvi Kahn

More than 130 women and nearly 1,500 men registered to run in the Iranian presidential election next month. But on Thursday, Iran’s Guardian Council – an unelected, 12-member body that screens candidates for loyalty to the regime’s Islamist ideology – rejected all of the women and...

21st April 2017 - i24

The Rundown

Grant Rumley

FDD research fellow Grant Rumley discusses 100 Palestinian prisoners abandon hunger strike.

21st April 2017 - Quoted by Michael Lipin - Voice of America

US Nearly Silent on Iran’s Presidential Election as Policy Toughens

Behnam Ben Taleblu

In a Thursday report, Iranian state television said the country’s 12-member Guardian Council has vetted and approved six candidates to compete in the May 19 presidential vote, most notably the relatively moderate incumbent President Hassan Rouhani, and prominent conservative Ebrahim Raisi,...

21st April 2017 - Quoted by Ruthie Blum - The Algemeiner

Iran’s North Korean Path

John Hannah

Iran is reacting angrily to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s announcement on Tuesday, and to subsequent comments by US Defense Secretary James Mattis Wednesday, about a review of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action signed between Tehran and world powers in July 2015.

21st April 2017 - Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Iran on Notice

Mark Dubowitz

Last week the Trump administration sent a letter to House speaker Paul Ryan to certify that the Islamic Republic of Iran is in compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, commonly referred to as the Iran nuclear deal. On the campaign trail, Donald Trump had called it the “worst...

21st April 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Texas House of Representatives Unanimously Passes Anti-BDS Bill

Benjamin Weinthal

The Texas House of Representatives on Thursday unanimously passed legislation that bars the state from doing business with companies involved in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting the Jewish state.

20th April 2017 - AM 560

Chicago’s Morning Answer

Clifford D. May

FDD's President and Founder Clifford D. May discusses the threats of North Korea and Iran's nuclear programs.

20th April 2017 - WINA 98.9 FM

The Schilling Show

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD senior Iran analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu discusses the implications of Tillerson's message to Iran.

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