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17th April 2018 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iranian-Backed ‘Sleeper Cell’ Militants Hibernating in U.S., Positioned for Attack

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Iranian-backed militants are operating across the United States mostly unfettered, raising concerns in Congress and among regional experts that these "sleeper cell" agents are poised to launch a large-scale attack on the American homeland, according to testimony before lawmakers. more...

17th April 2018 – FDD's Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance

State Sponsors of Terrorism: An Examination of Iran’s Global Terrorism Network

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Since its establishment, the Islamic Republic of Iran has viewed Latin America as a fertile ground for the export of its revolution. Tehran wants the Western Hemisphere to become a hotbed of anti-Americanism and a forward operating base for Iran. more...

13th April 2018 – Foreign Policy

Why Is Trump Going Soft on Hezbollah?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

On Saturday, Vice President Mike Pence is set to meet with regional leaders at the Summit of the Americas, where he should tell those assembled that it is time to launch a coordinated campaign against Hezbollah’s illicit empire in Latin America. (The Vice-President is stepping in for President Donald Trump, who abruptly cancelled his Latin America trip to oversee the U.S. response to Syria’s latest chemical attack outrage). But first, the White House has to show that it is prepared to take the lead by designating Hezbollah, a political and militant organization based in Lebanon, as a Transnational Criminal Organization under U.S. law. more...

12th April 2018 – Quoted by Exame

FNCP: Contrabando de cigarros financia terroristas e crime organizado

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Foco de investigação da Polícia Federal há mais de uma década, as atividades criminosas de terroristas na Tríplice Fronteira – região em que o Brasil faz divisa com Argentina e Paraguai, em Foz do Iguaçu (PR) e arredores – ganharam nos últimos três anos um poderoso incentivo. more...

26th March 2018 – Quoted by Marcelo Toledo - Fola de S. Paulo

Hizbullah atua no comércio ilegal com PCC, diz especialista

Emanuele Ottolenghi

O Hizbullah está presente na Tríplice Fronteira -entre Brasil, Paraguai e Argentina- e há elementos que indicam que o grupo extremista atua em parceria com a facção criminosa PCC (Primeiro Comando da Capital). more...

25th March 2018 – Quoted by Roger Simon - PJ Media

Trump Is Justified in Using the Military Budget for the Wall

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The president often references the opioid crisis to justify the need for a wall on our southern border, but he rarely invokes what may be an even greater (related) justification for making the barrier a national security issue and utilizing the military budget for its construction -- the presence of the Lebanese terror organization Hezbollah. more...

2nd March 2018 – Quoted by The Tower

Judge Orders Boeing to Give Details of $16 Billion Iran deal to Terror Victim’s Kin

Emanuele Ottolenghi

A federal district judge ordered airplane manufacturer, Boeing, to make terms of its $16 billion contract with Iran available to the family of an Israeli terror victim, The Times of Israel reported Friday. more...

2nd March 2018 – Foreign Policy

Trump Should Block Iran’s Air Corridor to Syria

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Last month, an Iranian drone reportedly violated Israeli airspace after taking off from a base in Syria. Israel shot it down and then launched a wave of retaliatory strikes against both Iranian installations in Syria and Syria’s own air defenses. Tehran’s brazen provocation may have been surprising, yet is a natural extension of Iranian efforts to transform Syria into a forward base for aggression against Israel. more...

26th February 2018 – Quoted by Andrew Miller - The Trumpet

Venezuela’s Migrant Crisis Could Exceed Syria’s

John Hannah, Emanuele Ottolenghi

The average Venezuelan has lost 24 pounds in weight since 2017. Failed socialist economic policies are resulting in major food shortages, and almost 90 percent of Venezuelans now live in poverty. This is according to a study published Wednesday by the Central University of Venezuela, the Andrés Bello Catholic University and the Simón Bolívar University. more...

23rd February 2018 – The Weekly Standard

The Mystery Martyr

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Death came suddenly for Samer Ibrahim Atoui, a 48-year-old native of the southern Lebanese village of Khiyam. On October 2, 2017, a Syrian opposition social media account posted photographs showing the burned-out wreckage of Atoui’s car, alongside Atoui’s picture and that of his fellow traveler, a known Hezbollah special force commander named Ali Al-Ashiq. Atoui was initially identified only as Abu Ali Jawad, his nom de guerre. The apparent cause of death was a drone strike. more...

19th February 2018 – Quoted by Ian Talley - The Wall Street Journal

Iranian Airline, Under Sanctions, Bought U.S. Jet Parts Through Front Firms

Emanuele Ottolenghi

An Iranian airline under sanctions by the U.S. for ferrying weapons and fighters into Syria repeatedly bought U.S.-made jet engines and parts through Turkish front companies over the past several years, most recently in December, federal investigators said in a new U.S. government filing. more...

6th February 2018 – Quoted by Curt Mills - The National Interest

China Is Furious With Rex Tillerson

Emanuele Ottolenghi

True to form, the Trump administration is keeping all options on the table: even armed intervention in Venezuela, as the president explicitly floated in August. Secretary of State of Rex Tillerson stated his belief over the weekend that there will likely be “a change” in the country. more...

19th January 2018 – Co-authored by Derek Maltz - Foreign Policy

It’s Time for the Justice Department to Hold Hezbollah Accountable

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Last month, a Politico investigation ignited a firestorm by charging that the Obama administration deliberately undermined Project Cassandra, an ambitious effort by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to stop Hezbollah from trafficking drugs into the United States and Europe. Veterans of the Obama administration fired back, saying the charges were categorically false and politically motivated. more...

17th January 2018 – Voice of America Persia


Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD's Emanuele Ottolenghi joins Ofogh to discuss Vice President Pence's visit to the Middle East. more...

12th January 2018 – Quoted by James Reinl - Arab News

US prosecution drive could weaken Hezbollah in Mideast

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Vigorous prosecutions of Hezbollah’s drug traffickers and other vice units could starve the Iran-backed militia of cash and hurt its military activities in the Middle East, an expert on the group told Arab News. more...

11th January 2018 – Quoted by Jeff Mordock - The Washington Times

Jeff Sessions creates narcoterrorism team to prosecute supporters of Hezbollah

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has created a team to focus on drug trafficking and other crimes by Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed militant organization in Lebanon. more...

6th January 2018 – Quoted by Saphora Smith - NBC News

Hurricane-hit countries slash cost of citizenship-by-investment programs

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Caribbean nations ravaged by recent hurricanes are selling citizenship at dramatically discounted prices in an effort to raise emergency funds, sparking concerns that the programs may be vulnerable to abuse. more...

5th January 2018 – Quoted by Diogo Schelp - Veja

Repúdio a todos

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Durante uma semana, as cidades do Irã, em especial as do interior, foram tomadas por protestos populares. As manifestações se iniciaram na quinta-feira, 28 de dezembro, em Mashhad, a segunda maior cidade do país, incitadas por um clérigo local, contra o alto custo de vida e, especificamente, contra um recente aumento no preço do ovo. more...

28th December 2017 – Quoted by Curt Mills - The National Interest

Did Obama Ignore Hezbollah to Secure the Iran Deal?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

“The debate you’re seeing is political,” Emanuele Ottolenghi of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies tells me on a call Wednesday afternoon. “The Obama administration made a pivot in the Middle East towards Iran, which involved relinquishing a number of well-established policies that the United States had pursued in previous decades-- taking the United States in unchartered territories.” more...

26th December 2017 – Resumen de Noticias

Prófugos vinculados a gigantesca red de financiamiento terrorista

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Agosto de 2016. Un hombre de ascendencia libanesa es detenido en el Aeropuerto Guaraní, de Ciudad del Este -en la zona conocida como la Triple Frontera entre Paraguay, Brasil y Argentina-, mientras intentaba enviar 39 kilos de cocaína escondidos en rollos de papel film. El destino final de la carga era Turquía. more...