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27th September 2016 - Quoted by Saagar Enjeti - The Daily Caller

Hillary’s Iraq Withdrawal Story Has An Obama-Sized Hole In It

Bill Roggio

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton blamed former President George W. Bush for President Barack Obama’s decision to withdraw troops from Iraq during Monday night’s first presidential debate.

26th September 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Iran Begins Mass Producing New Ballistic Missile After Successful Test Launch

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Iran released a video on Sunday showing the test-firing of a new ballistic missile that it has started mass producing, Tasnim News Agency reported.

26th September 2016 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Obama’s Iraq incrementalism is back

Jonathan Schanzer

23rd September 2016 - Quoted The Tower

House of Representatives Passes Bill Prohibiting Future Cash Payments to Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The House of Representatives voted in favor of a bill Thursday evening that would prohibit future cash payments to Iran.

22nd September 2016 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

Turkey Exerts New Influence in Syria

Merve Tahiroglu

More than five years of relentless war have fragmented Syria like a jigsaw puzzle. The task of reassembling the pieces increasingly seems to rest not with Western policymakers, Gulf princes or Iranian ayatollahs but with Russia and now Turkey, some diplomatic observers say.

22nd September 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

U.S. Approves Aircraft Sales to Iran, Which Continues to Fly Troops, Arms to Syria

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The United States Treasury Department has approved licenses for Boeing and Airbus to export planes to Iran, even as the Islamic Republic continues to fly troops and arms to Syria, Reuters reported Wednesday.

22nd September 2016 - Quoted by JNS.org

Senate committee holds hearing on Obama’s $1.7 billion cash to Iran Posted on September 22, 2016 by

The Obama administration’s $1.7 billion cash payment to Iran earlier this year came under fire during a hearing by the Senate Banking Subcommittee on National Security and International Trade and Finance on Wednesday.

21st September 2016 - Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

Obama Admin Has To Explain Why It Paid Iran Ransom In Untraceable Cash

Jonathan Schanzer

A non-profit oversight group has called on the Department of the Treasury to explain why it sent what is being referred to as a $1.7 billion ransom to Iran in untraceable cash earlier this year.

21st September 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Atomic Expert: Recent Rhetoric Suggests Iran Intends Military Use for Nuclear Program

Olli Heinonen

Iranian leaders’ recent statements about the country’s nuclear program suggest that it is not strictly intended for civilian purposes, which would mean that the world must impose restrictions on Iran’s nuclear-related purchases, a former high-level official of the International Atomic...

21st September 2016 - Quoted by Armin Rosen - Tablet

Boundaries of Slowly Thawing Arab-Israeli Relations on Display at Iran Risk Summit in NYC

David Andrew Weinberg

Decoding the relationship between Israel and the Arab Gulf states has become a kind of Middle Eastern Kremlinology. Because none of the Gulf states officially recognize Israel as a state, and because some of them, like Saudi Arabia, actively fund and promote some noxious anti-Israel and...

20th September 2016 - Quoted by Tzvi Kahn - The Foreign Policy Initiative

FPI Bulletin: Defense of Cash Payment to Iran Falls Short

Mark Dubowitz, Eric B. Lorber

In recent weeks, the Obama administration has repeatedly argued that legal and pragmatic concerns accounted for its decision to use cash for a $1.7 billion payment to Iran.

20th September 2016 - Quoted by Barney Breen-Portnoy - The Algemeiner

Many in Washington Concerned Obama ‘Won’t Have Israel’s Back’ at UN After November Election

Clifford D. May

There is significant bipartisan concern in Washington that President Barack Obama “won’t have Israel’s back” at the United Nations following the election of his successor in November, a prominent Middle East expert told The Algemeiner on Tuesday.

20th September 2016 - Quoted by Agence France-Presse

Turkey jails 45 students over 2012 anti-Erdogan protest

Aykan Erdemir

A Turkish court jailed 45 students Tuesday over a 2012 protest against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at an Ankara university when he visited to celebrate a satellite launch, state media reported.

20th September 2016 - Quoted by Fred Lucas - The Daily Signal

Inspired Attacks Show Strength of Islamic State, Experts Say

Bill Roggio

After the terrorist attacks this weekend, President Barack Obama acknowledged a link between the central Islamic State and lone bad actors, even as the administration has frequently drawn a distinction in the past.

19th September 2016 - Quoted by Ruthie Blum - The Aglemeiner

Iranian Commander: Islamic Republic’s Military Might Brought World Powers to Nuclear Negotiating Tab

Mark Dubowitz

The head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps declared that it was his country’s military might that brought world powers to the negotiating table over the nuclear issue, the country’s semi-official state news agency Fars reported on Monday.

19th September 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Treasury Wired Money to Iran Twice, Undercutting White House Claim That It Could Only Send Cash

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration wired money to Iran on two separate occasions in the past 14 months, undercutting claims that it delivered a $400 million payment to the Islamic Republic in cash because it was strict in enforcing sanctions, Politico reported on Saturday.

17th September 2016 - Quoted by Michael Weiss - The Daily Beast

What Did KGB Get From Palestinian President?

Grant Rumley

The evidence is clear and convincing that the Soviets cultivated Mahmoud Abbas, but what did that bring them in the past, and what does it mean in the present?

17th September 2016 - Quoted by Andrew McCarthy - National Review

Obama’s Cash-for-Jihad Program

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Let’s give Iran, a certified state sponsor of terrorism, billions in cash. What could go wrong?

16th September 2016 - Quoted by Patrick Goodenough - CNSNews.com

Analyst: Iran Could Spend More Than $1 Billion of $1.7 Billion Windfall on Terror

Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Iranian regime could direct more than $1 billion of the $1.7 billion it received from the Obama administration early this year towards sponsoring terrorism, a defense policy analyst said Thursday.

16th September 2016 - Quoted by Rebecca Stoil - The Times of Israel

Does the US-Israel military aid deal really mean ‘AIPAC can retire’?

Jonathan Schanzer

Israeli representatives, including a smiling Ambassador Ron Dermer, members of Congress, Jewish leaders, and top-level Obama administration officials, gathered at the State Department’s Foggy Bottom headquarters Wednesday afternoon to officially sign the new 10-year, $38 billion dollar...

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