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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.

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 - 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 - 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.

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.

22nd June 2016 - Quoted by Benny Avni - New York Post

US troops in Syria is starting to look inevitable

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

If Hillary Clinton is the next US president, prepare for a deeper American military involvement in Syria’s civil war — one that won’t seek to maintain a status quo but to crush ISIS where it’s strongest, perhaps with American boots on the ground.

22nd June 2016 - Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

Officials Urge Financial Watchdog to Strengthen Counter-Measures Against Iran

Mark Dubowitz

A group of think tank scholars, congressmen, and intelligence officials is urging an intergovernmental financial watchdog to keep Iran on its so-called blacklist, despite Obama administration officials' vocal encouragement of trade and investment in the Islamic Republic.

22nd June 2016 - Quoted by Richard Pollock - The Daily Caller

EXCLUSIVE: At Least 280 Military Lawyers Scrutinize US Military Operations, Often In Real Time

Bill Roggio

U.S. military commanders must deal with at least 280 military lawyers overseeing their decisions and scrutinizing the legality all proposed U.S. combat missions before they are authorized, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation.

21st June 2016 - Quoted by Missy Ryan - The Washington Post

As the nation debates the place of Islam, the CIA’s Muslim officers fight terrorism

Yaya J. Fanusie

Shortly after supporters of the Islamic State gunned down 14 people in California last year, the CIA’s deputy director assembled a group of Muslim employees to talk about Islamophobia.

21st June 2016 - Quoted by Yonah Jeremy Bob - The Jerusalem Post

German Ambassador: Iran deal achieved its goals, will not accept Iran threatening Israeli existence

Mark Dubowitz

Germany thinks the Iran nuclear deal has achieved its defined objectives of pushing Iran farther away from a nuclear bomb, but it does not accept Iran’s continued threats against Israel’s existence, German Ambassador to Israel Dr. Clemens Von Goetze said on Tuesday.

21st June 2016 - Quoted by Sean Savage - JNS

Tension over missile defense funding further complicates Obama’s legacy on Israel

Jonathan Schanzer

Since taking office in 2009, President Barack Obama’s relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been fraught with tension.

20th June 2016 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

New evidence of Iran’s chicanery — and the Obama administration’s

Mark Dubowitz

The Wall Street Journal reports: The Obama administration has concluded that uranium particles discovered last year at a secretive Iranian military base likely were tied to the country’s past, covert nuclear weapons program, current and former officials said, a finding that contradicts...

20th June 2016 - Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

Experts Skeptical That Iran Stopped One Of The ‘Biggest Terrorist Plots’

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Dozens of major news outlets reported Monday that Iran claimed to have stopped a massive terrorist plot against its capital of Tehran and other cities, but some experts are skeptical.

18th June 2016 - Quoted by Saagar Enjeti - The Daily Caller

Experts: Radical Ideology Is A Clear Motivation For Orlando, Despite Media Claims

Thomas Joscelyn

During his rampage in a popular LGBT club in Orlando, Omar Mateen called 911 to send a clear message: His allegiance to the Islamic State. After his initial burst of fire, he reaffirmed his pledge to the terrorist group and justified his attack as the “vengeance” of ISIS for U.S....

17th June 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Lawmakers Warn Boeing That Selling Jets to Iran Could Further Destabilize Middle East

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Leading Republican congressmen have warned Boeing Corporation not to proceed with a rumored deal to sell approximately 100 planes to Iran, pointing out that aircraft could be used to boost the Islamic Republic’s destabilizing activities throughout the Middle East, Fox News reported on...

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