Analysis & Commentary


23rd June 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

Israel to UN: Hezbollah Using Environmental Group to Hide Its Presence in South Lebanon

Jonathan Schanzer

Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon on Thursday demanded that the UN Security Council take action against the Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah, which is operating in southern Lebanon in violation of Security Council resolutions 1559 and 1701, Ynet reported.

23rd June 2017 - Associated Press

Trump and Saudi King Rely on 30-Something Son, Son-In-Law

David Andrew Weinberg

Half a world apart, in a theocratic monarchy and a democracy, a king and a president are relying on their 30-something son and son-in-law to help consolidate power and push their policies.

22nd June 2017 - Quoted by New Europe

A peak at Kim Jong Un’s personal piggy bank

Anthony Ruggiero

North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un owns a brand new, top-of-the-line Mercedes Benz limousine, despite international sanctions. He also owns a gleaming white yacht and equipment necessary to kit out a luxury ski resort, according to reports of recent purchases.

22nd June 2017 - Quoted by Tim Lister - CNN

Al-Nuri mosque: The irony of ISIS’ iconoclasm

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

When ISIS fighters seized the Iraqi city of Mosul in 2014, they tried to destroy the Great Mosque of al-Nuri's minaret, regarding it as idolatrous. But residents formed a human chain around it, preventing its destruction -- such was the gulf between the people of Mosul and their new rulers....

22nd June 2017 - NK News

U.S. tells China N. Korea is “top security” concern at high-level meeting

Anthony Ruggiero

The U.S. made clear to Beijing on Wednesday that it considers North Korea its top security threat during a security dialogue between the two countries held in Washington DC, while calling on China to do more to reign in the DPRK.

22nd June 2017 - Quoted by Sean Savage -

Will Palestinian energy feud spark surge in violence against Israel?

Grant Rumley

The long-running feud between Hamas and Fatah has led to a deepening crisis in the Gaza Strip, as a cut in the electricity supplied to the coastal territory is stoking fears of a surge in violence, both between the Palestinian factions and against Israel.

22nd June 2017 - Quoted by Mercy Kuo - The Diplomat

South Korea Stops THAAD: Strategic Misstep?

22nd June 2017 - CBC News

Previous attacks underscore dangers for Canadians in Afghanistan training mission

Bill Roggio

As the security situation in Afghanistan continues to slip, NATO has asked Canada to help with its Resolute Support mission by sending trainers to help build an Afghan military and police force capable of defending the country.

21st June 2017 - Quoted by Christina Okello - RFI

Rise of Saudi prince will sharpen tensions with Iran

David Andrew Weinberg

At 31, Mohammed bin Salman has leapfrogged the Saudi king's nephew Mohammed bin Nayef, to become next in line to the throne, by being elevated to the role of crown prince.

21st June 2017 - Quoted by Ben Cohen - The Algemeiner

Exiled Palestinian Leader Dahlan’s Gaza Fuel Deal Could Revive His Bid to Succeed Aging Abbas, Exper

Jonathan Schanzer

A bitter rival of Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas could become a serious contender to replace the elderly Palestinian leader in the event of a succession crisis, a leading regional expert told The Algemeiner on Wednesday.

21st June 2017 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - VOA

Islamic State Blows Up Iconic Mosul Mosque

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Mosul’s iconic al-Nuri mosque and its leaning minaret, known as al-Hadba, or “the hunchback,” are no more, destroyed by the Islamic State as Iraqi forces worked to eradicate the terror group from one of its last strongholds in the city.

21st June 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

IDF Chief of Staff: Hezbollah Has Forces in “Every 3rd or 4th House” in Southern Lebanon

Jonathan Schanzer, Tony Badran

The IDF’s chief of staff said on Tuesday that the Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah has a presence in “every third or fourth house” in southern Lebanon, in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701, which called for the removal of all armed groups from the area....

21st June 2017 - Quoted by Julie David and Matt Flegenheimer - The New York Times

White House Tries to Get G.O.P. to Water Down Russia Sanctions Bill

Mark Dubowitz

The White House is quietly lobbying House Republicans to weaken a bill overwhelmingly passed by the Senate last week that would slap tough new sanctions on Russia for its meddling in the 2016 election and allow Congress to block any future move by President Trump to lift any penalties...

21st June 2017 - Quoted by Terence Cullen - New York Daily News

North Korean leaders’ lavish spending, missile program comes from illegal profits

Anthony Ruggiero

North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un enjoys a life of luxury — while conducting multiple missile tests — as his country’s economy goes belly up from tightening international sanctions.

21st June 2017 - Quoted by Matt Kwong - CBC News

Trump faces ‘land of lousy options’ with North Korea after Otto Warmbier’s death

Anthony Ruggiero

U.S. President Donald Trump is facing some grim math. With one American declared dead after being released from a prison in North Korea and three still in captivity there, he'll have to reckon with how to respond to a regime once dubbed by former U.S. official Victor Cha as "the land of...

21st June 2017 - Quoted by Stav Ziv - Newsweek

Is It Safe to Travel to North Korea? Tour Company that Took Otto Warmier No Longer Allows Americans

Anthony Ruggiero

Until recently, the Young Pioneer Tours website touted travel to North Korea as “extremely safe!”

20th June 2017 - Quoted by Chad O'Carroll - NK News

Trump: Chinese help on North Korea has “not worked out”

20th June 2017 - Quoted by Dwayne Harmon - Newburgh Gazette

Russian Federation threatens after United States downs Syrian warplane Newburgh Gazette http://newbu

Bill Roggio

Syria said earlier that the US-led Coalition had shot down one of its planes as it carried out a combat mission against Islamic State fighters. Newburgh Gazette

20th June 2017 - Quoted by Alexa Liautaud - Vice News

The U.S. military just shot down another Syrian drone

Bill Roggio

The U.S. military shot down an armed Syrian government–operated drone Tuesday after it was seen “advancing on coalition forces” and displaying “hostile intent,” U.S. Central Command said in a statement.

20th June 2017 - Quoted by Rowan Scarborough - The Washington Times

Iran gets North Korean expertise in building up, testing and hiding its ballistic missiles

Iran has increased production and testing of ballistic missiles since the 2015 nuclear deal with the U.S. while playing permanent host to scientists from North Korea, which has the know-how to build and launch atomic weapons, a leading Iranian opposition group said Tuesday.


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