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24th June 2016 - Quoted by Samuel Rubenfeld - The Wall Street Journal

Money-Laundering Standards Body Suspends Some Iran Restrictions

The Financial Action Task Force, an international anti-money-laundering standards body, said Friday it would suspend some of its restrictions against Iran for a year to monitor Tehran’s progress implementing changes to its regulatory regime.

24th June 2016 - Quoted by Bradley Klapper - Associated Press

Top economies ease penalties on Iran over money laundering

Mark Dubowitz

The world's major economies on Friday suspended anti-money laundering measures against Iran for a year despite concerns that the Islamic Republic uses its financial sector to protect criminal enterprises and fund terrorist activity.

24th June 2016 - Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

‘Brexit’ produces winners, losers on world stage

Jonathan Schanzer

Winners and losers are already emerging on the world stage in the wake of the British vote to leave the European Union.

24th June 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Erdoğan’s New Assault on Turkey’s Judiciary

Aykan Erdemir

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım submitted to parliament a government bill on June 13 that would redesign Turkey’s high courts as requested by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

24th June 2016 - Quoted by Louis Charbonneau - Reuters

Money laundering body keeps Iran blacklisted, freezes some steps

Mark Dubowitz

An international group that monitors money laundering worldwide decided on Friday to keep Iran on its blacklist of high-risk countries but welcomed Iranian promises to improve and called for a one-year suspension of some restrictions on Tehran.

24th June 2016 - Quoted by Ken Dilanian, Courtney Kube - NBC News

Officials: U.S. Report Will Say Drones Have Only Killed 100 Civilians

The Obama administration is preparing to announce as early as next week that it believes around 100 civilians have died in nearly 500 U.S. drone strikes since 2009, U.S. officials tell NBC News.

24th June 2016 - The Weekly Standard

What’s in a Name?

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Barack Obama’s habit of avoiding Islamic nomenclature and highlighting American gun violence whenever Muslim terrorists strike is surely, in part, a product of his fear of anti-Muslim xenophobia in the United States.

24th June 2016 - CSIF Policy Brief

Iran is Still a Business Risk: Implications of FATF’s Decision

Mark Dubowitz, Toby Dershowitz

Following its plenary meeting this week, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is set to maintain Iran on its black list, with a one-year suspension, though not removal, of the mandatory countermeasures applied to the Islamic Republic.

23rd June 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Diplomat Who Pushed for Iran Deal Failed to Disclose Payments from Boeing, Which Made $25B

Emanuele Ottolenghi

A veteran U.S. diplomat who pushed for the nuclear deal with Iran, which allowed Boeing to sell $25 billion worth of planes to state-owned Iran Air, did not disclose that he was paid by Boeing during the time he advocated for the agreement, The Daily Beast reported Wednesday.

23rd June 2016 - INSS Arms Control and Regional Security Program

The Iran Nuclear Deal, One Year On: Nuclear, Economic, and Regional Implications

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz joined INSS to discuss the Iran deal after one year and what has changed along the nuclear and regional fronts.

23rd June 2016 - Quoted by Allison Graves - Politifact

Websites say Hillary Clinton’s State Department blocked investigation into Orlando shooter’s mosque

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The deadly nightclub attack in Orlando, Fla., has given rise to dozens of theories and explanations as to what happened and how it could have been stopped.

23rd June 2016 - Quoted by Fulya Ozerkan - Agence France-Presse

Turkey in new quest to patch up with regional foes

Aykan Erdemir

Reaching out to Russia and working to normalise ties with Israel, Turkey is moving to mend fences and restore its waning regional clout by returning to a policy known as "zero problems with neighbours".

23rd June 2016 - Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Amid Dissent at State, Obama Stays the Bloody Course on Syria

Tony Badran

Last week, an internal State Department memo criticizing the administration's Syria policy was leaked to the press. Fifty-one American officials variously involved with Middle East policy signed a letter calling for military action against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. "A judicious use...

23rd June 2016 - The Wall Street Journal - Co-written by Chip Register

Defeating ISIS on the Digital Battlefield

James Woolsey

Clearly, the U.S. and its allies can and should meet Islamic State on the battlefield, whether in Syria or Iraq. But the war with the ISIS “virtual state”—those the terrorist organization inspires over the internet, like Omar Mateen in Orlando—will be much harder to fight and will go...

23rd June 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Experts to Global Finance Watchdog: Be Vigilant Toward Iranian Corruption, Money Laundering

Mark Dubowitz

More than 30 former government and military officials wrote an open letter on Tuesday urging the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global watchdog supported by more than 30 Western countries focused on ensuring the integrity of the international financial system, to “remain vigilant...

23rd June 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Iran’s Use of Civilian Planes to Arm Assad Could Jeopardize $25B Boeing Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The $25 billion aircraft deal that Boeing recently struck with Iran could be jeopardized by Tehran’s continued support of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, the Associated Press (AP) reported Thursday.

23rd June 2016 - The Long War Journal

Possible 9/11 hijacking recruit transferred from Guantanamo to Montenegro

Thomas Joscelyn

A Guantanamo detainee who may have been selected to participate in a canceled part of al Qaeda’s Sept. 11, 2001 hijacking plot has been transferred.

22nd June 2016 - Vox

What it’s like to be a Muslim in the CIA

Yaya J. Fanusie

It was the day after the 2009 Fort Hood shooting. I was working as a CIA analyst. I sat in a room with the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, along with several other analysts, as we discussed the attack.

22nd June 2016 - Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

Obama Admin Still Committed To Negotiating With Taliban After Blowing Up Its Leader

Bill Roggio

The Obama administration still wants to negotiate with the Taliban after President Barack Obama green lighted a drone strike that killed its top leader in late May.

22nd June 2016 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

End of Islamic State Could Be Start of Larger Anti-Terror Fight

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Slow, steady progress by U.S. and coalition backed forces against the Islamic State terror group in Iraq and Syria could mean little in the wider war against jihadist organizations bent on striking at the West.


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