Analysis & Commentary

11th February 2016 - Quoted by Julian Pecquet - Al Monitor

US seeks to block sanctioned Iranian airline’s flights into Europe

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Obama administration is warning European countries and companies to shut out a sanctioned Iranian airline or risk US retaliation, Treasury officials told Al-Monitor.

11th February 2016 - Quoted by Sharona Schwartz - The Blaze

Iranian-Backed Shi’ite Militia Spotted in Video Using U.S.- Made Tank

WORLD Iranian-Backed Shi’ite Militia Spotted in Video Using U.S.-Made Tank Feb. 11, 2016 8:57am Sharona Schwartz 12 SHARES Share ThisTweet This An Iranian-backed militia led by a commander who is classified by the U.S. government as a “global terrorist” was seen in a video this week...

11th February 2016 - Quoted by Eli Lake - Bloomberg

U.S. Sends Europe a Mixed Message on Iran Sanctions

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Since reaching the nuclear agreement that lifted economic sanctions on Iran, President Barack Obama has pledged to continue to punish foreign companies that do business with the regime's powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.

10th February 2016 - Quoted by Nahal Toosi - Politico

Obama official: Iranian law won’t dictate new visa rules

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Obama administration will not rely solely on the laws of Iran, Iraq, Syria or Sudan in determining who is a dual national and thus ineligible to travel to the U.S. without a visa, a senior U.S. official told POLITICO on Wednesday.

10th February 2016 - Quoted by Stephen Dinan - Washington Times

House GOP says Obama ignoring law with Iranian visa waiver bid

Emanuele Ottolenghi

President Obama’s attempt to grant a special visa waiver to Iranians who hold passports from other countries as well plays into the hands of Tehran, experts told Congress on Wednesday, saying the regime relies on exactly those dual-passport holders for its terrorism and weapons plans.

10th February 2016 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

A new UN report ‘shatters’ one of the biggest myths about Syria and Assad

Tony Badran

A UN report detailing the "massive and systematized" violence perpetrated by Syrian President Bashar Assad against his own people "shatters the notion that the regime is somehow a lesser evil" than ISIS.

9th February 2016 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Saudi Arabia preapared for ground war in Syria, military spokesman says

David Andrew Weinberg

Saudi military spokesman Brigadier-General Ahmed al-Asiri said his country is prepared for a land war in Syria, the Saudi-backed Asharq al-Awsat reported on Tuesday.

9th February 2016 - Quoted by Ishaan Tharoor - The Washington Post

What the fall of Aleppo would mean for Syria and the world

Patrick Megahan

Over the past week, forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have nearly encircled the city of Aleppo, once the war-torn country's most populous urban center.

8th February 2016 - Quoted by Selcan Hacaoglu, Henry Meyer and Dana Khraiche - Bloomberg

Advantage Assad After Five Years of War in Syria

Patrick Megahan

After five years of war and a quarter-million dead, President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian and Iranian allies now have the upper hand in Syria, and they’re seeking to drive home a growing battlefield advantage rather than negotiate.

8th February 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

North Korea Rocket Launch Draws Renewed Focus on Military Alliance with Iran

North Korea’s launch of a long-range rocket over the weekend drew international condemnation, as well as growing concerns over the country’s military and nuclear cooperation with Iran.

8th February 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Strategic Expert: Assad, Backed by Russia & Iran, Making Gains Due to U.S. Betrayal of Rebels

Tony Badran

2016 will be a year when Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad “will lock in significant political and military gains” due to the U.S.’s betrayal of anti-Assad rebels, Emile Hokayem, a Senior Fellow for Middle East Security at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, wrote Friday...

5th February 2016 - Mosaic

American Policy Has Changed the Balance of Power in the Middle East- For the Worse

Tony Badran

By pursuing rapprochement with Iran and simultaneously undermining its traditional alliances, including with Israel, the United States has created a new order in the Middle East.

5th February 2016 - Quoted by Stewart Bell - National Post

Why American Victims of terrorism are fighting Iran’s government in a Toronto commercial court

Sheryl Saperia

The commercial court on the 8th floor of the Canada Life building looked to be an unlikely front in the fight against international terrorism.

5th February 2016 - The Tower

Expert: White House’s Foreign Policy is Legitimizing Iranian Influence in the Middle East

Tony Badran

The Obama administration’s Middle East policy effectively serves as “legitimization of Iranian spheres of influence throughout the region, especially in Iraq and Syria,” Tony Badran, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies wrote in an analysis for Tablet on...

5th February 2016 - Quoted by Sharon Behn - Voice of America

Australian Commander: IS Changing Tactics

Jonathan Schanzer

Islamic State extremists fighting in Iraq and Syria have proven themselves experts in modern warfare. They create diversionary fronts, use suicide bombers with devastating effect, and constantly change their offensive and defensive tactics.

4th February 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Head of Iranian Army: Missile Program is a Threat to Enemies, Including Israel

Mark Dubowitz, Boris Zilberman

The head of Iran’s armed forces said that Tehran does “not pay attention” to United Nations resolutions banning its development of ballistic missiles, and indicated that its missile program is a threat against Iran’s enemies, including Israel, Reuters reported on Thursday, citing...

4th February 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Expert: U.S. Must Ground Iranian Airline that Transports Troops, Weapons to Syria

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The United States’ failure to ground a sanctioned Iranian airline that provides logistical support to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Syria underscores a severe loss of American credibility, which the Obama administration should immediately act to restore by penalizing...

4th February 2016 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Kerry is the only one who couldn’t see that Syria talks were fruitless

Jonathan Schanzer

Talks on the future of Syria predictably have stalled. Just a few days after they began, the United Nations “suspended” the proceedings.

4th February 2016 - Leaders League

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross (Valens Global): “Daesh’s economy has frequently been overestimated”

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Like an aggresive virus, terrorism has been spreading around the globe at an alarming rate in recent years, with the example of Daesh (so-called “ISIS”) and its abominable crimes.

4th February 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

World Pledges Over $10 Billion to Help Syrian Refugees as Peace Talks Stall

Tony Badran

International donors pledged over $10 billion to assist refugees fleeing from Syria’s civil war, the Associated Press reported on Thursday.


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