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26th April 2017 – The Washington Times

The Boeing and Airbus Iran deals shouldn’t fly

Clifford D. May

The Boeing and Airbus Iran deals shouldn’t fly

Sometimes international law is ambiguous. Sometimes not. When it comes to murdering civilians and using chemical weapons to get the job done, there are no gray areas, no fuzzy lines, no mitigating circumstances. Such practices are clearly and specifically prohibited under what’s called “the law of war.” That makes Bashar Assad, Syria’s dynastic dictator, a war criminal. And it makes Iran his chief accomplice. more...

24th April 2017 – The Cipher Brief

Hezbollah Fundraising Underscores its Financial Crisis

David Daoud, Yaya J. Fanusie

Hezbollah Fundraising Underscores its Financial Crisis

Hezbollah is ramping up its grassroots fundraising efforts with an intensive online outreach campaign aimed at making its revenue streams more resistant to U.S. pressure. The campaign indicates that Hezbollah – likely on advice from Iran – is seeking more financial autonomy from its Iranian patrons as they struggle under the weight of U.S. sanctions and the costs of military interventions abroad. more...

24th April 2017 – RealClearDefense

CEO of Iranian Airline to Buy Boeing Jets Has Ties to IRGC

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

CEO of Iranian Airline to Buy Boeing Jets Has Ties to IRGC

Boeing announced last month it would sell 30 B737 Max aircraft to Aseman Airlines –Iran’s third-largest carrier – in a deal valued at around $3 billion. more...

24th April 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

North Korea Takes another American Hostage

Anthony Ruggiero

North Korea Takes another American Hostage

North Korea detained an American academic on Saturday as he was preparing to leave the country, joining two other Americans already serving harsh sentences there. His capture is part of a pattern for Pyongyang, which uses Americans as bargaining chips in its standoff with Washington. more...

24th April 2017 – Foreign Affairs

The Goal of the Latest Palestinian Hunger Strike

Grant Rumley

The Goal of the Latest Palestinian Hunger Strike

Last week, over a thousand Palestinian prisoners in Israel launched a hunger strike under the leadership of Marwan Barghouti, the mastermind of Fatah’s terror campaign during the second intifadaand the recipient of five life sentences in an Israeli prison. more...

24th April 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Obama Administration Dropped Charges against Iranian Procurement Agents

Orde Kittrie

Obama Administration Dropped Charges against Iranian Procurement Agents

A bombshell article published Monday in Politico describes how the Obama administration dropped charges against key members of Iran’s proliferation procurement network, infuriating Justice Department officials and undermining the U.S.’s ability to detect and deter Iranian cheating – all in service of reaching a nuclear deal with Tehran. more...

20th April 2017 – New York Post

Time for the US to stop Qatar’s support for terror

Jonathan Schanzer

Time for the US to stop Qatar’s support for terror

Secretary of Defense James Mattis is on a Mideast tour to “continue efforts to strengthen regional security architectures.” While his meetings in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Israel are likely to attract most of the press coverage, his discussions in Qatar Saturday could be the most consequential. more...

19th April 2017 – The Washington Times

The end of Turkey’s democratic experiment

Clifford D. May

The end of Turkey’s democratic experiment

On the grounds of the Turkish Embassy facing Massachusetts Ave. in Washington, D.C. is a statue of Mustafa Kamal Ataturk, father of the Republic of Turkey, the nation-state he built from the rubble of the defeated Ottoman Empire and Islamic caliphate. more...

18th April 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

U.S. Sanctions Brother of Qassem Soleimani

Tzvi Kahn

U.S. Sanctions Brother of Qassem Soleimani

The Treasury Department on Thursday added two Iranian human rights abusers to its sanctions list, marking the first new human rights-related designations since 2014. The move reflects a renewed U.S. effort to target key drivers of Tehran’s domestic repression, which the Obama administration largely abandoned after nuclear negotiations began. more...

14th April 2017 – The Cipher Brief

AQIS Fits Into al Qaeda’s Global Strategy

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

AQIS Fits Into al Qaeda’s Global Strategy

In the region, AQIS is a highly significant group. This is an assessment that’s shared by top officials within the U.S., such as General John Nicholson, Commander of American and NATO troops in Afghanistan, who talked about this recently in an interview with CTC Sentinel. more...