{FD} Getting tough on the Taliban: Trump admin said to be urging closure of the militant group’s Qatar office

After years of failed peace talks and following one of the deadliest weeks of suicide attacks on Afghan forces, the Trump administration is said to be pushing for the Taliban’s Qatar-based office to be closed down in an increasingly iron-fisted approach to defeating the militant group.

{FD} Saudi ex-intel chief says Assad is the biggest terrorist, praises Trump’s harsh Iran stance

Former Saudi Chief of Intelligence and Ambassador to the U.S. and U.K. Prince Turki al-Faisal is cautioning the Trump team to clarify its stance on defeating “the biggest terrorist in Syria” — the country’s president, Bashar al-Assad — while at the same time praising the clear, ironfisted strategy of the U.S. toward Iran.

{FD} Behind the dramatic rescue of American-Canadian couple from Haqqani captivity

Armed with information from U.S. intelligence, Pakistani soldiers staged a dramatic but successful rescue operation last week to free American Caitlan Coleman, 31, and her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle, 34, and their three young children after five years in Haqqani network captivity.

{FD} Turkey’s relationship with the West crumbles amid new jail sentence for American journalist

A Wall Street Journal reporter’s sentencing by a Turkish court this week, to two years behind bars by “spreading terrorist propaganda,” marks the latest in the government’s escalating hostility not only with the press, but with any figure tied to the West.

{FD} Iran’s secret sites linked to nuclear weapons development revealed

President Donald Trump is expected this week to “decertify” the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), better known simply as the Iran deal, declaring that the agreement reached in 2015 by the U.S. and five other international powers is not in America’s national interest.

{FD} Kurdish referendum inspires Iraq’s Christians to fight for their own independence amid fears of being caught in crossfire

Kurds in Iraq voted overwhelmingly last week in favor of seeking full independence from the central government in Baghdad – setting off a firestorm of international retaliation, including strong objections from the U.S.

{FD} ISIS, private militias threaten Libyan recovery, says former prime minister

As officials in the once-economically thriving nation of Libya struggle to revive oil production and establish peace, two major obstacles threaten its recovery: the influx of ISIS terrorists and the rise of transnational organized crime syndicates.

{FD} How to successfully sue ISIS, Hezbollah or the regimes of Iran, Syria and North Korea

For almost seventeen years, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner and her legal team of ten at the non-governmental organization Shurat HaDin, known as the Israel Law Center in Tel Aviv, have managed to achieve the seemingly inconceivable: successfully sue – and successfully collect – hundreds of millions of dollars from terrorist groups and governments on behalf of victims’ families.

{FD} As North Korea threatens electromagnetic pulse attack, questions over lapses in US grid security rise

For more than 15 years, security and intelligence officials – including former CIA Director James Woolsey – have been raising the alarm bells about the vulnerability of the U.S power grid to an electro-magnetic pulse (EMP) attack.

{FD} Iran nuclear deal drives wedge between US and France

The presidents of the United States and France both addressed the United Nations General Assembly for the first time on Tuesday, and both took divergent views when it came to the 2015 nuclear agreement reached between five U.N. permanent members and Germany.

{FD} Inside Syria’s Idlib, where poor and desperate civilians are selling their limbs and organs

In Idlib province in northwestern Syria, deemed the last government stronghold in the conflict-butchered country, civilians caught in the crossfire of escalating poverty and hopelessness have resorted to selling whatever they can to survive – including body parts.

{FD} Why Russia props up the dangerous North Korean regime

As North Korea continues to develop a nuclear weapons program, threaten the U.S and neighboring countries, as well as starve and enslave much of its population, the regime of Kim Jong-un continues to receive an increasing amount of both public and private support from Russia.

{FD} ISIS still stealing, spilling and smuggling oil throughout Iraq

Despite being recently defeated from their major strongholds of Mosul and Tel Afar in Iraq, and it being more than two years since Iraqi forces specifically sought to retake oil-rich areas from ISIS, militants belonging to the terror faction are continuing to steal, spill and smuggle crude oil from Iraqi oil fields as a means to wreak havoc and fund their spluttering but slimly surviving campaign of terror.

{FD} Inside Iran: Western tourism a growing government money-maker

The once notoriously enigmatic country of Iran is experiencing a steady but significant boom in Western tourism despite being hit with hefty monetary sanctions, detaining several Americans and having its nuclear ambitions and support for criminalized militias constantly thrown into question by the international media.

Conservative student transfers out of BU because of death threats

Nicholas Fuentes, an 18-year-old who attended the Charlottesville, Virginia “Unite the Right” rally this past weekend, said that despite the intensity of the backlash he has since received, he has absolutely “no regrets” about taking part in the controversial movement.

As US close to victory vs. ISIS in Syria, Al Qaeda takes territorial control

While the U.S-led fight against ISIS in Syria is inching closer and closer to victory, the worst may not be over as Al Qaeda-linked militants continue to make strong advances and maintain territorial control in the north-west of the war-shattered country.

{FD} USC’s expulsion of football star for sex assault blasted by ‘victim’ girlfriend

The University of Southern California football player whose field goal cinched the school’s Rose Bowl win in January was booted from the school weeks later for an alleged assault against his girlfriend that she insists never happened.