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22nd March 2017 – Politico

What’s Really Behind Trump’s Laptop Ban

Thomas Joscelyn

What’s Really Behind Trump’s Laptop Ban

More than 15 years after the September 11 hijackings, the U.S. government has issued yet another warning about airline security. more...

22nd March 2017 – The Wall Street Journal

The Delusion of the Iran Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

The Delusion of the Iran Nuclear Deal

President Donald Trump promised to rigorously and radically enforce the Iran nuclear agreement, which he called “the worst deal ever negotiated.” It sounds tough, but it’s an approach that plays into the hands of the Iranian mullahs. more...

22nd March 2017 – The Washington Times

Trump’s pivot to North Korea

Clifford D. May

Trump’s pivot to North Korea

America can do anything but America can’t do everything, at least not within a four-year time frame. That suggests that the American president — any American president — needs to prioritize. more...

22nd March 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

A Temporary Thaw in Egyptian-PA Relations

Grant Rumley

A Temporary Thaw in Egyptian-PA Relations

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hosted his Palestinian Authority counterpart Mahmoud Abbas this week in Cairo for the first official summit between the two leaders in nearly a year. more...

22nd March 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Turkish Organizations Under Fire for Alleged Hamas Support

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkish Organizations Under Fire for Alleged Hamas Support

Turkey’s ties to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas are once again in the spotlight. Israeli authorities claimed this week that two charities with close ties to the ruling elite in Ankara were providing financial and military support to the Gaza-based Islamist faction. more...

21st March 2017 – Foreign Policy

Rouhani, the Deceiver

John Hannah, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Rouhani, the Deceiver

In two months’ time — on May 19, to be exact — Iran will hold presidential elections. As things currently stand, odds are that the incumbent, Hassan Rouhani, will win a second term. more...

20th March 2017 – MilitaryEdge.org

Israel Shows Its Edge as Arrow Sees Action for the First Time

John Cappello, Patrick Megahan

Israel Shows Its Edge as Arrow Sees Action for the First Time

The Israel Defense Force (IDF) confirmed that the Syrian armed forces fired surface-to-air missiles (SAM) against Israeli Air Force (IAF) jets late Thursday evening. The S-200 missiles were fired in response to the IAF aircraft striking Hezbollah targets in Syria, and one of those S-200 missiles was intercepted by the Israeli Arrow missile defense system. more...

19th March 2017 – The Cipher Brief

After Nuclear Deal, Iran Looks to Profit in Syria

Tony Badran, Saeed Ghasseminejad

After Nuclear Deal, Iran Looks to Profit in Syria

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iran’s powerful, ideological military force, is one of the country’s most influential institutions, with major stakes in key sectors of the economy and supervision of Tehran’s vast network of militias and terrorist proxies in conflicts throughout the Middle East. more...

16th March 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Morocco Arrests Hezbollah Financier

Tony Badran

Morocco Arrests Hezbollah Financier

Lebanese media reported Tuesday that the tycoon and terror financier Qassem Tajeddin has been apprehended in Morocco before boarding a flight to Beirut. The U.S. Treasury Department designated Tajeddin in 2009 for being “an important financial contributor” to Hezbollah and for operating a number of front companies with his brothers for the group. more...

17th March 2017 – The Hill

Time to act against rogue North Korean banks

Anthony Ruggiero

Time to act against rogue North Korean banks

North Korea maintains access to the international financial system despite the robust sanctions regime built up over the last decade to prevent such access. The U.S. Treasury Department must take a page out of its Iran sanctions playbook and bring the full weight of its sanctions power against Pyongyang’s financial activities that sustain the Kim regime. more...