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15th April 2018 – Quoted by Javier David - CNBC

Russia warns of ‘consequences’ for US-led strike on Syria

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Russia responded angrily to a U.S.-led strike against Syria, warning of unspecified "consequences" that stoked fears the conflict could escalate. more...

14th April 2018 – Quoted by Katrina Manson, Courtney Weaver, and Sam Fleming - Financial Times

US, Britain and France launch air strikes against Syria

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The US, Britain and France on Friday night launched more than 100 missiles against Syrian targets in a strike against the Assad regime’s chemical weapons capabilities, but stopped short of attacking Russian or Iranian targets in order to avoid triggering a broader conflict. more...

14th April 2018 – Quoted by Rudaw

World reacts to France, US, UK striking Assad regime in Syria

Behnam Ben Taleblu

"A perfectly executed strike last night. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military. Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished!" tweeted Trump on Saturday. more...

14th April 2018 – Quoted by Matt Kwong - CBC News

‘One-time shot’ or ‘sustained response’? Seeking a Trump Syria strategy post-missile strike

Jonathan Schanzer, Behnam Ben Taleblu

This time, as the pre-dawn skies over Syria streaked with U.S.-launched Tomahawk cruise missiles, it was a multilateral effort. more...

13th April 2018 – Quoted by Sean Savage - Jewish News Syndicate

Iran’s plummeting currency reflects country’s economic, military concerns

Behnam Ben Taleblu

With much of the world focused on the military confrontation in Syria over that country’s use of chemical weapons, Iran’s economy took a major hit as its currency plunged to record low levels. The dive in the Iran’s currency, the rial, caused a panic among Iranians as the government sought to keep things under control. more...

4th April 2018 – Quoted by Bill Gertz - The Washington Times

Russia tests ASAT missile

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Russia has conducted a flight test of a new anti-satellite missile in what Pentagon officials say is a step in advancing Moscow’s space warfare capabilities. more...

3rd April 2018 – Quoted by Theodore Bunker - Newsmax

Trump Deadline Draws Near on Iran Deal

Behnam Ben Taleblu

President Donald Trump set a May 12 deadline for improving the Iran nuclear deal, but with that date fast approaching there might not be time to reach an agreement, The Hill reports. more...

3rd April 2018 – Quoted by Rebecca Kheel - The Hill

Clouds form over Iran deal as Trump deadline nears

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Dark clouds are forming over the Iran nuclear deal as the calendar marches toward a May 12 deadline set by President Trump to improve the accord or see the United States effectively withdraw from it. more...

3rd April 2018 – Quoted by Iran News Update

Iran Supplying Houthis with Missiles Again

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Last week, the Saudi Arabian embassy in Washington DC released a report on Iran’s continued support of the Houthi terrorists in Yemen. more...

30th March 2018 – Quoted by Adam Rawnsley and Betsy Woodruff - The Daily Beast

Ukraine Intel: We Caught Iranians Smuggling a Ship-Killing Missile

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Four days into 2018, two Iranian nationals tried to buy parts of an advanced missile in Kyiv, according a spokesperson for the Ukrainian intelligence service. This effort appears to have violated a UN arms embargo on Iran. more...

28th March 2018 – Quoted by Zachary Cohen - CNN

Surrounded by hawks, Mattis digs in amid Trump admin chaos

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Defense Secretary James Mattis is doing his best to downplay notions that he is concerned about working with President Donald Trump's hawkish new national security adviser John Bolton despite signs of a shifting power dynamic at the highest levels of the administration and strong indications that the two men could clash over key issues like North Korea and Iran. more...

22nd March 2018 – Quoted by Conor Finnegan - ABC

‘Constructive talks’ toward new Iran deal no guarantee Trump won’t tear it up, top US negotiator say

Behnam Ben Taleblu

U.S. and European partners have held "constructive talks" toward a side agreement to address what the Trump administration sees as the flaws in the Iran nuclear deal, according to the top U.S. negotiator. more...

16th March 2018 – Quoted by Dwayne Harmon - The Newburgh Gazette

State Department looks past Tillerson to get ready for Pompeo

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Pompeo is perceived as a North Korea hawk, but he and Trump are, according to the president, "on the same wavelength". more...

16th March 2018 – Quoted by Joel Gehrke - The Washington Examiner

Europe running out of time to save the Iran deal

Behnam Ben Taleblu

European allies negotiating with the United States on how to fix the Iran nuclear deal are running out of time to convince President Trump to remain in the agreement, according to U.S. officials and administration allies. more...

15th March 2018 – Quoted by Stephen Loiaconi - WJLA

Tillerson firing complicates calculus surrounding Trump-Kim summit, experts say

Behnam Ben Taleblu

One week after President Donald Trump accepted an invitation to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivered by South Korean envoys—and two days after Trump fired his secretary of state—North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho landed in Sweden Thursday for talks with officials there that “will focus on Sweden’s consular responsibilities as a protecting power for the United States, Canada and Australia.” more...

14th March 2018 – Quoted by Erik Rosales - CBN

‘It Must Be on American Terms’: Why the Pompeo Pick Is Crucial for North Korean Nuke Talks

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee say Mike Pompeo's confirmation hearing for Secretary of State will be in April, but they didn't specify a specific date. more...

13th March 2018 – Quoted by Joel Gehrke - The Washington Examiner

Mike Pompeo’s job change foreshadows new pressure on Iran, Europe

Behnam Ben Taleblu

CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s emergence as the next secretary of state foreshadows a toughening U.S. position on the Iran nuclear deal, administration critics and allies agree. more...

9th March 2018 – Quoted by Israel Kasnett - Jewish News Syndicate

Deadline looms as U.S. and Europe face off over Iran nuclear deal

Behnam Ben Taleblu

U.S. President Donald Trump reluctantly signed the Iran sanctions waiver on Jan. 12—a decision that must be made every 120 days under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action—but promised that it would be the last time if the three European signatories (the United Kingdom, Germany and France, or “the P3”) cannot agree on substantial changes to the nuclear deal. That May 12 deadline, when Trump must decide whether to certify that Iran is in compliance, is rapidly approaching as negotiators on both sides try to hammer out a deal. more...

9th March 2018 – Quoted by CBN News

Freedom Seeking Iranian Women Defy Islamic Law by Removing Headscarves

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Women in Iran are protesting the Islamic regime's rule by removing their headscarves in public and posting images on social media. more...

8th March 2018 – Quoted by Erin Cunningham - The Washington Post

Women in Iran are pulling off their headscarves — and hoping for a ‘turning point’

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iranian women have been raising a new challenge to their Islamic government, breaking one of its most fundamental rules by pulling off their headscarves in some of the busiest public squares and brandishing them in protest. more...