Analysis & Commentary


20th June 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Pyongyang’s Murder of U.S. Student Shows Negotiating is Pointless

Anthony Ruggiero

The death of American student Otto Warmbier was nothing less than a callous murder at the hands of North Korea’s Stalinist dictatorship. This crime should serve as a potent reminder that there is no prospect of meaningful negotiations with a regime that shows such contempt for American...

20th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US shoots down another Iranian UAV over Syria

Bill Roggio

arlier today, the US military shot down its second unmanned areal vehicle over Syria in the past two weeks. US Central Command (CENTCOM) said that the Iranian-made drone was shot down after it “displayed hostile intent and advanced on Coalition forces.”

20th June 2017 - The Wall Street Journal

Tehran’s Own Worst Enemy

Reuel Marc Gerecht

A theocratic regime has made Iranians less observant. The number of clerics in parliament has diminished greatly since the revolution. Reuel Marc Gerecht reviews “Democracy in Iran: Why It Failed and How It Might Succeed” by Misagh Parsa.

20th June 2017 - France 24

France 24

Anthony Ruggiero

FDD Senior Fellow Anthony Ruggiero on US's North Korea Strategy.

20th June 2017 - Quoted by Chad O'Carroll - NK News

Trump: Chinese help on North Korea has “not worked out”

20th June 2017 - Quoted by Dwayne Harmon - Newburgh Gazette

Russian Federation threatens after United States downs Syrian warplane Newburgh Gazette http://newbu

Bill Roggio

Syria said earlier that the US-led Coalition had shot down one of its planes as it carried out a combat mission against Islamic State fighters. Newburgh Gazette http://newburghgazette.com/2017/06/20/russian-federation-threatens-after-united-states-downs.

20th June 2017 - Quoted by Alexa Liautaud - Vice News

The U.S. military just shot down another Syrian drone

Bill Roggio

The U.S. military shot down an armed Syrian government–operated drone Tuesday after it was seen “advancing on coalition forces” and displaying “hostile intent,” U.S. Central Command said in a statement.

20th June 2017 - Quoted by Rowan Scarborough - The Washington Times

Iran gets North Korean expertise in building up, testing and hiding its ballistic missiles

Iran has increased production and testing of ballistic missiles since the 2015 nuclear deal with the U.S. while playing permanent host to scientists from North Korea, which has the know-how to build and launch atomic weapons, a leading Iranian opposition group said Tuesday.

20th June 2017 - Quoted by Joshua Berlinger and Zachary Cohen - CNN

The secrets behind Kim Jong Un’s personal piggy bank

Anthony Ruggiero

When the world's most mysterious leader arrives for a parade, he steps out of a black Mercedes Benz and onto a red carpet.

20th June 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

Germany Agrees to Show “Censored” Documentary on Anti-Semitism as Public Pressure Grows

Benjamin Weinthal

Germany’s public broadcaster has announced it will show a documentary on anti-Semitism in Europe after accusations of political censorship, The Times of Israel reported Monday.

20th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces an ‘important and blessed phenomenon,’ Khamenei says

Amir Toumaj

Iraqi Prime Minister Hayder al Abadi arrived in Tehran today to meet with senior Iranian government officials.

20th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

CENTCOM confirms Islamic State’s ‘Grand Mufti’ killed in airstrike

Thomas Joscelyn

US Central Command (CENTCOM) confirmed today that the Islamic State’s Turki al-Bin’ali was killed in a May 31 airstrike in Mayadin, Syria.

19th June 2017 - Jerusalem Post

Kansas Governor Signs Anti-BDS Law

Benjamin Weinthal

Kansas on Friday became the 21st US state to enact a law barring boycotts of the Jewish state.

19th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US downs Syrian warplane while defending SDF

Bill Roggio

The US military shot down a Syrian fighter bomber yesterday after it attacked Syrian Democratic Forces in a town recently liberated from the Islamic State.

19th June 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn discusses US air-to-air combat and Al-Qaeda, ISIS attack and Assad.

19th June 2017 - Quoted by Tim Hume - Vice News

A Flexing Contest In Syria May Trap The U.S. In An Endless Conflict

Bill Roggio

19th June 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Senate Bill Addresses Flaws in Iran Nuclear Deal

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Late last week, the U.S. Senate passed a bill containing new sanctions against Iran.

19th June 2017

Iran Launched A Salvo of Ballistic Missiles at ISIS

On Sunday, Iran launched a salvo of ballistic missiles against targets in and around the city of Deir Ez-Zor in Syria. The missiles, which were variously estimated to be between four and six in number, were reportedly launched against ISIS positions. Iran is a solid backer of the Syrian...

19th June 2017 - CGTN America

The World Today

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discussing what's behind recent attack in London.

19th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iranian media reports missile strike in Syria

Behnam Ben Taleblu

On Sunday, Iranian outlets reported that their country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Aerospace Force (IRGC-AF) fired several missiles against “Takfiri terrorists” in the Syrian governorate of Deir ez-Zor.

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