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29th April 2016 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

The Obama administration is now ‘giving full cover to the Russians’ in Syria

Tony Badran

Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad pounded the Syrian city of Aleppo with airstrikes on Thursday, targeting a hospital and killing at least 55 civilians in a new offensive that is believed to have been months in the making.

27th April 2016 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Major Iranian Missile Test to Coincide With U.S. Presidential Inauguration

Amir Toumaj

Iran is preparing to conduct a major ballistic missile test in February 2017, following the inauguration of the next U.S. president into the Oval Office, according to a timetable issued by the Islamic Republic.

27th April 2016 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Obama Admin Withholding Details of ‘Potentially Illegal’ Deal to Buy Iranian Nuke Materials

Mark Dubowitz

Obama administration officials are declining to provide specific details about an unprecedented upcoming purchase of Iranian nuclear materials, an $8.6 million exchange that is likely to be funded using American taxpayer dollars, according to conversations with multiple administration...

27th April 2016 - Quoted by Jennifer Williams - Vox

This bill would let 9/11 victims’ families sue Saudi Arabia. Here’s how it could backfire.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Obama administration is trying to block a bill, known as the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), that would seek to allow the families of 9/11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia for its alleged financial support of al-Qaeda.

27th April 2016 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

IS at Weakest Point Since Start of Bombing Campaign, US Says

Thomas Joscelyn

Efforts to squeeze the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria have put the self-declared caliphate on shaky ground, leaving the terror group in perhaps its most vulnerable state since the start of the U.S.-led bombing campaign, according to U.S. officials.

26th April 2016 - Quoted by Judah Ari Gross - The Times of Israel

Iran may have secretly tested ballistic missile tech with ‘space launch’

Amir Toumaj

Iran test-fired an advanced rocket system in the Dasht-e Kavir desert last week, according to Russian and American officials, in what some considered a cover for intercontinental ballistic missile research.

26th April 2016 - Quoted by Mark Pomerleau - The Hill

Can ‘leadership decapitation’ strikes defeat ISIS?

Bill Roggio

Recent actions by the U.S.-led military effort against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has reignited a much-debated component of counterterrorism policy called "leadership decapitation," which aims to dismantle organizations from the top down by taking out high-ranking officials...

25th April 2016 - Quoted by C. Eugene Emery Jr., Linda Qiu, Katie Sanders - Politifact

Fact-checking the April 24 edition of Meet the Press

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, D-Fla., said Sunday that the White House will decide by June whether to release sealed pages of a congressional report that explore links between Saudi Arabia and the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

22nd April 2016 - Quoted by Sean Savage - JNS

As Israel asserts Golan control, the move is a civil war’s one point of agreement

Jonathan Schanzer

With Syria’s civil war raging on in its sixth year, neighboring Israel has largely managed to keep a comfortable distance from the bloody conflict, in no small part thanks to the Jewish state’s strong presence in the strategic Golan Heights—a territory that has belonged to Israel for...

22nd April 2016 - Quoted by Lucas Tomlinson - Fox News

US to buy 32 tons of nuclear material from Iran, State Department announces

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration will purchase 32 tons of nuclear material from Iran, the State Dept. confirmed to Fox News Friday, in a move likely to anger critics still reeling after Iran received billions in sanctions relief following the implementation of the nuclear deal in January.

22nd April 2016 - Quoted by Fred Lucas - The Blaze

Here’s How the Obama Administration Is Paying Millions Directly to Iran to Preserve the Nuke Deal

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration is paying $8.6 million directly to the government of Iran to buy 32 tons of heavy water, a top component to develop nuclear weapons — a transaction seen as a means of preserving the controversial nuclear agreement.

22nd April 2016 - Quoted by Shane Harris - The Daily Beast

Parents Sue Assad for Son’s Beheading by ISIS

Thomas Joscelyn

There may be some justice after all for Steven Sotloff, the journalist whose gruesome killing at the hands of an ISIS executioner was seen around the world in a propaganda video in 2014.

21st April 2016 - Quoted by Colleen McCain Nelson, Margherita Stancati - The Wall Street Journal

Obama Seeks to Repair Rocky Relationships in Gulf

David Andrew Weinberg

President Barack Obama was holding talks Thursday with leaders from the six-nation bloc of Persian Gulf countries in an effort to repair relations and bridge differences over issues ranging from Iran to the fight against terror.

20th April 2016 - Quoted by Pete Williams - NBC News

Victims of Terror Can Seize Iranian Money, Supreme Court Rules

Mark Dubowitz

Victims of terrorist attacks that were backed by Iran, and members of their families, can collect nearly $2 billion in Iranian money held by a bank in New York, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

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

Backlash grows over Obama’s Iran concession

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration’s hint that it was considering allowing Iran to access directly or indirectly U.S. dollars drew furious, negative reaction from both sides of the aisle. On Monday, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) denounced the effort and called for the administration to reaffirm...

20th April 2016 - Quoted by Ariane de Vogue - CNN

Supreme Court rules in favor of terror victims

Mark Dubowitz

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in favor of victims of terrorism and their families in a 6-2 split, clearing the way for them to collect nearly $2 billion from the central bank of Iran.

20th April 2016 - Quoted by Nicole Gaouette - CNN

Obama in Saudi Arabia: Does the U.S. still need the Kingdom?

David Andrew Weinberg

President Barack Obama landed in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday as the U.S. alliance with the Mideast powerhouse, long lubricated by barrels of oil, is being questioned on both sides like never before.

20th April 2016 - Quoted by Edwin Mora - Breitbart

Islamic State Committing ‘Cultural Genocide’ by Selling Priceless Antiques to Westerners

Yaya J. Fanusie

Expert witnesses, while testifying before a House panel about the unprecedented level of looting and destruction of priceless antiques by jihadist groups across the Middle East, identified collectors from Europe and the United States as top buyers of ancient artifacts illegally sold by the...

20th April 2016 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Report: Obama Seeks Meeting With Iranian President

Amir Toumaj

President Barack Obama has sent two letters to senior Iranian leaders in recent months requesting a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, according to Persian language reports recently translated by a Middle East research organization.

20th April 2016 - Quoted by Tracy Wilkinson, Michael A. Memoli - Los Angeles Times

Obama goes to Saudi Arabia to rebuild a relationship strained by Iran, Islamic State and 9/11

David Andrew Weinberg

President Obama begins a delicate mission Wednesday both to reinforce his strategic aims in the Middle East and to ease tension with an aggrieved longtime ally, Saudi Arabia.


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