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17th April 2015 - Quoted by Toluse Olorunnipa & Margaret Talev - Bloomberg

Iran Obama Sidesteps Iran Sanctions Timeline to Focus on Snapback

Mark Dubowitz

President Barack Obama left open the possibility of negotiators lifting most sanctions against Iran at the start of a final nuclear deal -- rather than in phases -- so long as sanctions could be reimposed quickly if Iran violates its end of the deal.

17th April 2015 - Quoted by Joanna Paraszczuk - Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

What’s Next For Islamic State?

In 2014, the Islamic State (IS) extremist group emerged as one of the most powerful jihadi groups, rivaling even Al-Qaeda.

17th April 2015 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - The Daily Beast

He Served Saddam. He Served ISIS. Now Al Douri May Be Dead.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

He’s been on the loose since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and despite a $10 million bounty for his capture always managed to stay one step ahead of his pursuers, but now Iraqi officials are fairly confident that the King of Clubs can finally be crossed off the U.S. “kill or...

17th April 2015 - Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Iran-U.S. Differences Over Nuclear Deal Widen

Mark Dubowitz

Two weeks after world powers and Iran announced a framework agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program, widening gaps between the two sides are emerging.

17th April 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

James Baker Is Wrong: The Iran Deal Can’t Be Fixed

Mark Dubowitz

Each day brings more evidence that the Iran framework is a farce.

17th April 2015 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Framework Deal Opens Floodgates for Investment in Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The framework nuclear agreement Iran and world powers signed this month has opened the floodgates toward an end of sanctions and to new business deals.

16th April 2015 - Quoted by Samuel Smith

Has ISIS Established a Training Camp 8 Miles From the Porous Texas Border?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The conservative watchdog website Judicial Watch is claiming that Islamic State terrorists have established a training camp located 8 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border and plan on infiltrating the United States with the help of drug cartel smugglers.

16th April 2015 - Quoted by Deb Riechmann - PBS Newshour

President Obama May Not Need Congress to Defang Sanctions Against Iran

Mark Dubowitz

Even if Congress rejects his final Iranian nuclear deal, President Barack Obama could use his executive pen to offer Tehran a hefty portion of sanctions relief on his own.

16th April 2015 - Quoted by Nancy A. Youssef - The Daily Beast

ISIS’ Attack on Ramadi Just Upended U.S. War Plans

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

ISIS is reportedly marching on key Iraqi city of Ramadi—upending the momentum that the U.S.-led military coalition seemed to have just days ago, and threatening to shatter an already delicate recent power shift that both the U.S. and Iraq hoped to exploit.

14th April 2015 - Quoted by Paul Aster - FOX News

Hamas, PA Could Be Next Pawns in Saudi-Iranian Proxy War

Jonathan Schanzer

Top Palestinian Authority officials are appealing to Saudi Arabia to use an "iron hand" toward Iranian-backed rival Hamas, a development that underscores the ill will within the so-called unity government and could become the latest front for the proxy war between the Middle East powers....

14th April 2015 - Quoted by Eli Lake, Josh Rogin - Bloomberg

Putin Boosts Congress’s Case for Role in Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Demands from Congress that it should get to review President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran have received a boost from an unlikely source: Vladimir Putin.

13th April 2015 - Quoted by Charles Hoskinson - The Washington Examiner

If Iran Cheats, Resurrecting Sanctions Wouldn’t Be Easy

Mark Dubowitz

President Obama's ability to sell any nuclear deal with Iran depends heavily on the idea that sanctions could quickly be "snapped back" if the agreement is violated, restoring the leverage needed to bring Tehran back into line.

13th April 2015 - Quoted by Dave Majumdar - The Daily Beast

Putin’s Missile Could Make U.S. Attacks on Iran Nearly Impossible

Mark Dubowitz

This nuke deal with Iran had better work. Because the Kremlin is lifting a ban on selling a powerful air defense system to Iran that would render an airstrike on Tehran’s nuclear weapons facilities nearly impossible.

12th April 2015 - Quoted by Robert McFarlane - The Washington Times

The Means of Coercing Iran

Mark Dubowitz

How would the prospects for stability in the Middle East be affected if Iran were to succeed in its effort to become a nuclear power? In what ways might we expect Iran to behave differently?

11th April 2015 - Voice of America

Nuclear Deal Could Lead to Increases Influence for Iran

Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD Senior Fellow Emanuele Ottolenghi discusses the increasing influence of Iran.

10th April 2015 - Quoted by Nicole Gaudiano - USA Today

Sen. Menendez to Pivot From Bribery Case to Iran Bill

Mark Dubowitz

Embattled Sen. Robert Menendez will have a diminished role when he returns to the Senate next week. But he probably won't speak with a diminished voice when a key committee takes up his bill on Iran.

9th April 2015 - Quoted by David Martosko - Daily Mail

Iran’s Supreme Leader Demands ‘Instant’ Suspension of All Sanctions as Part of Nuke Agreement

Ali Alfoneh

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Thursday demanded that all sanctions on Iran be lifted at the same time as any final agreement with world powers on curbing Tehran's nuclear program is reached.

9th April 2015 - Quoted by Terry Atlas - Bloomberg

Iran Nuclear Deal Hits a Stumbling Block: the Supreme Leader

Mark Dubowitz

The nuclear deal Iran and world powers are trying to negotiate hit a roadblock Thursday when Iran’s supreme leader said economic sanctions on his country must be lifted as soon as an accord is signed and Iran’s military facilities will remain off-limits to international inspectors.

8th April 2015 - Quoted by Rachel Oswald - Congressional Quarterly

Obama Wields Double Veto Power on Iran Bill

Mark Dubowitz

The Senate appears on the verge of having a veto-proof majority to pass legislation empowering Congress to approve a final Iran deal but there's a catch. President Barack Obama is all but certain to veto any joint resolution if it forbidshim from lifting statutory sanctions.

8th April 2015 - Quoted by Maggie Ybarra - The Washington Times

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Guilty On all 30 Counts in Marathon Bombing, Faces Death Penalty

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty Wednesday of all 30 federal counts associated with the Boston Marathon bombings, and now a federal jury must determine whether he should be executed for detonating two shrapnel-packed pressure-cooker bombs near the marathon finish line.


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