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23rd October 2017 - Quoted by Waqar K. Kauravi and Umar Waqar - The Nation

Diapers for Boyles

According to Reuters, the head of the CIA said on 19 Oct that a U.S-Canadian couple kidnapped by Islamist militants in Afghanistan was held inside neighboring Pakistan for five years before being freed. American Caitlan Coleman along with her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle and their two sons...

23rd October 2017 - Quoted by CAMERA

Hamas Celebrates Qatar’s New UN Gig, Media MIA

Jonathan Schanzer

On Oct. 17, 2017, it was announced that Qatar would be appointed to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). In a largely underreported move, Hamas, the U.S.-designated terrorist group that rules the Gaza Strip, seemed pleased with the announcement.

23rd October 2017 - Quoted by Matthew Lee - The Associated Press

Tillerson’s Mideast aim is a Saudi-Iraqi axis against Iran

As U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits the Middle East this weekend, he'll hope to achieve something that has eluded top American diplomats for a generation: sealing a new alliance between Saudi Arabia and Iraq that would shut the doors of the Arab world to neighboring Iran.

22nd October 2017 - Quoted by Ed Blanche - The Arab Weekly

US sends its special forces as Africa’s jihadist threat grows

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The October 12 bombing of central Mogadishu in So­malia, which killed more than 270 people, along with the death of four US special forces troops in a jihad­ist ambush on the other side of the vast continent in south-western Niger, marked a sharp escalation in Africa’s war on terror....

22nd October 2017 - Quoted Nick Wadhams - Bloomberg

Tillerson Warns Against Doing Business With Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned global companies that they do business with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards “at their own risk,” remarks that will add to investment uncertainty in a country eager to reap the economic benefits of a 2015 nuclear accord.

22nd October 2017 - Quoted by Lailuma Noori - The Kabul Times

CIA chief’s new remarks on Pakistan show US further pressure on Islamabad

CIA Director Mike Pompeo in his recent speech in the Foundation for Defense of Democracies think tank in Washington has said the United States would do everything if could to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table in Afghanistan, but has added it could not be achieved if the militants...

22nd October 2017 - Quoted by Calgary Jewish Federation

In Washington, Israel’s defense chief praises US efforts for ‘moderate’ Mideast coalition

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, meeting with his counterpart, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis, said it was in the best interest of both countries to forge alliances with “moderates” in the Middle East.

22nd October 2017 - Quoted by Sheetal Sukhija - Manila News

Assange blasts CIA after Pompeo likens WikiLeaks to ISIS

Speaking at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) National Security Summit this week, CIA director Mike Pompeo likened WikiLeaks to ISIS, Hezbollah and Al-Qaeda.

21st October 2017 - Quoted by Joyce Karam - The National

Lebanon army chief visits Washington as Congress votes on Hizbollah sanctions

Lebanon's army chief will be visiting Washington this week at the same time that US legislators vote on stricter sanctions legislation against the Lebanese militant group Hizbollah.

21st October 2017 - Quoted by Zhenhua Lu - South China Morning Post

Will Trump’s Beijing visit bring new sanctions against Chinese banks in US?

Anthony Ruggiero

The US could pressure China to fully implement UN sanctions against North Korea by blocking more Chinese banks and companies doing business in America during Donald Trump’s upcoming Beijing visit, analysts say.

21st October 2017 - Quoted by Travis Allen - SOFREP

CIA director says U.S. and allies must ‘push back’ on Iran, North Korea ‘on the cusp’ of striking U.

Speaking at a summit hosted by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies Thursday, CIA director Mike Pompeo warned that North Korea is close to having the ability to strike the U.S. mainland with an ICBM, and spoke at length about the multi-faceted danger posed by the Iranian regime.

21st October 2017 - Quoted by Axios

A new North Korea problem

"[A]nalysts ... see signs that Mount Mantap, the 7,200-foot-high peak under which North Korea detonates its nuclear bombs, is suffering from 'tired mountain syndrome,'" the WashPost reports on A1.

21st October 2017 - Quoted by Korea JoongAng Daily

CIA director warns of rising threat from North

CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Thursday that North Korea is months away from perfecting its nuclear weapons capabilities at a security forum in Washington.

21st October 2017 - Quoted by The NZ Herald

CIA’s chilling warning on North Korea

North Korea is just months away from perfecting its nuclear weapons capabilities and could strike the United States within months.

20th October 2017 - Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

McMaster: Don’t Do Business with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps

Behnam Ben Taleblu

A top Trump White House official ripped Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a “terrorist enabler” on Thursday and warned businesses against engaging with the freshly designated organization.

20th October 2017 - Quoted by Yonhap

CIA chief: N. Korea ‘months’ from ability to nuke U.S.

North Korea could be "months" away from perfecting the ability to strike the United States with a nuclear weapon, a top American intelligence official said Thursday.

20th October 2017 - Qutoed by Javed Hamim Kakar - Pajhwok Afghan News

US-Canadian couple was held in Pakistan: CIA chief

The CIA chief said on Thursday the US-Canadian couple kidnapped by militants in Afghanistan were held ‘inside’ neighboring Pakistan for five years before being freed.

20th October 2017 - Quoted by Tolo News

Defense Ministry Says Most Abductees Are Held In Pakistan

Following reports about the release of an American-Canadian couple from Haqqani network’s captivity in Pakistan, the Afghan Ministry of Defense said most of those who are kidnapped in Afghanistan, foreigners in particular, are held as hostages in the neighboring country.

20th October 2017 - Qutoed by David Gilbert - VICE News

CIA chief corrected by his own agency after “parroting” Trump

The director of the CIA was immediately corrected by his own agency Thursday after he claimed Russian meddling in the 2016 election had not changed the result.

20th October 2017 - Quoted by Michael Wilner - The Jerusalem Post

McMaster Says Trump ‘Absolutely’ Prepared To Terminate Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

US President Donald Trump is prepared to withdraw from a nuclear agreement reached with Iran and other international powers in 2015, his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, said on Thursday.

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