Analysis & Commentary

31st July 2015 - Quoted by Howard LaFranchi - The Christian Science Monitor

Iran Nuclear Agreement: Is a ‘Better Deal’ Possible – and At What Cost?

Mark Dubowitz

The television ads are airing across the country, from Washington to Honolulu: The Iran nuclear deal is a “bad deal,” the ad says, before concluding, “We want a better deal.” As Congress debates the complex international agreement limiting Iran’s nuclear program in anticipation of...

30th July 2015 - Quoted by David M. Weinberg - The Jerusalem Post

Know Comment: American-Iranian Fairy Tales

Claudia Rosett

Here is an updated scorecard of the misrepresentations advanced by the Obama administration in defense of its concordat with Iran. The list grows every day.

30th July 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Turkey is ‘Playing a Dangerous Game’ — and What Comes Next Could Make It Worse

Jonathan Schanzer

Last week, Turkey went from being effectively neutral in the conflict brewing on its southern border to opening a war on two fronts against ISIS in northern Syria and the Kurdish PKK in northern Iraq. And what happens next will determine just how messy Ankara’s Syria policy has become....

30th July 2015 - Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

Map: ISIS Has Lost 9.4 Percent of Its Territory This Year

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

SIS has lost almost 10 percent of its territory so far in 2015, yet another indication that the group, for all the terror it has sown in Syria and Iraq, is losing the war. Defense analysis group IHS Jane's 360 detailed the territorial loss in a report, which includes this map below...

30th July 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Expert: Iran Will Exploit Growing Commercial Ties With West To Increase Repression

Benjamin Weinthal

Western corporations rushing to take advantage of the removal of economic sanctions on Iran in the wake of the nuclear deal may find themselves implicated in the regime’s repression, Benjamin Weinthal, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, warned Wednesday in an...

30th July 2015 - Quoted by United State Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Corker Rejects Obama Administration’s False Choice on Iran Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

During the second in a series of hearings to examine the Iran nuclear deal, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, rejected the Obama administration’s false choice between supporting the nuclear deal or supporting war, which was part of the...

30th July 2015 - Quoted by George Will - National Review Online

With the Iran Deal, Obama’s Contempt for Congress Is on Full Display

Reuel Marc Gerecht

It came two days after the announcement of the nuclear agreement with Iran, yet little mention was made on July 16 of the 70th anniversary of the first nuclear explosion, near Alamogordo, New Mexico. The anniversary underscored that the agreement attempts to thwart proliferation of...

29th July 2015 - Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Reports of Mullah’s Death Rock Afghan Peace Push

Bill Roggio

Uncertainty swirled Wednesday around new reports that long-secretive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has been dead for perhaps as long as two years, as U.S. officials declined to confirm an Afghan government claim and analysts debated how the death might impact Afghan-Taliban peace talks...

29th July 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Congress: Nuke Deal Loopholes Bolster Illicit Iranian-N. Korean Alliance

Claudia Rosett

Iran’s nuclear relationship with North Korea is likely to grow due to a recent nuclear accord, according to experts and members of Congress, who warned in a hearing that loopholes in the deal would facilitate illicit trade between the rogue countries.

29th July 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Congressional Testimony: Anti-Boycott Laws Needed to Protect US, Allies from Economic Attack

Mark Dubowitz

The ultimate goal of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and its leaders is to delegitimize the state of Israel, legislators, legal experts and business leaders agreed in a congressional hearing Tuesday. The hearing was held by the Subcommittee on National Security of the...

29th July 2015 - Quoted by Morgan Chalfant - The Washington Free Beacon

Afghan Officials Say Taliban Leader Mullah Mohammad Omar is Dead, Taliban Denies Report

Thomas Joscelyn

Afghan officials and an individual close to the Taliban claim that the group’s spiritual leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, for whom the United States had issued a $10 million bounty, is dead.

29th July 2015 - Quoted by Shane Harris, Nancy A. Youssef, and Sami Yousafzai - The Daily Beast

Rumors of Mullah Omar’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated Before

Thomas Joscelyn

Rumors surfaced Wednesday morning that Mullah Omar, the notorious one-eyed leader of the Taliban, had died. The BBC first reported news of Omar’s death, citing “top sources within the Afghan administration and intelligence agency.”

29th July 2015 - Quoted by Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, Adi Cohen - Vocativ

Saudi Royalty Flaunts Lavish French Holiday In Rare Photos

David Andrew Weinberg

Swanky villas, fleets of gleaming new Mercedes and an entire beach annexed from the public are apparently not enough for some among of the 1,000-strong entourage accompanying Saudi King Salman during his three-week sojourn at the French Riviera. They’ve turned to Instagram to flaunt their...

28th July 2015 - Quoted by Ari Yashar - Artuz Sheva

US to Lift Sanctions on Khamenei’s $100 Billion Empire

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Analysts have revealed that the US is preparing to lift sanctions on Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's secret network of organizations worth over $95 billion as part of the Iran nuclear deal.

28th July 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

IRGC to Cash in On Nuke Deal

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is poised to reap a large windfall as a result of a recently inked nuclear accord with Western powers that will fully remove economic sanctions on the fighting force and allow it to continue pursuing rogue activities across the globe, according to...

28th July 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

U.S. to Lift Sanctions on Khamenei’s Financial Empire

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Obama administration is gearing up to lift economic sanctions on a nearly $100 billion network of organizations belonging to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, according to the parameters of the recent Iranian nuclear deal.

28th July 2015 - Quoted by Kyle Orton - NOW Lebanon

Turkey Fears a Kurdish State More Than the Islamic State

Jonathan Schanzer

After years of threatening, Turkey directly intervened in Syria on Friday, launching airstrikes against the ISIS, and finally allowed the US to use Incirlik for jet and drone attacks against ISIS.

28th July 2015 - Quoted by Howard LaFranchi - The Christian Science Monitor

If Congress Rejects Nuclear Deal, Would US and Not Iran Be a Pariah?

Mark Dubowitz

After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, President George W. Bush played down diplomacy in favor of isolation and military action – unilateral American action if necessary – for dealing with rogue states like Iraq and Iran.

28th July 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Senior Western Official: Links Between Turkey and ISIS Are Now ‘Undeniable’

Jonathan Schanzer

A US-led raid on the compound housing the Islamic State's "chief financial officer" produced evidence that Turkish officials directly dealt with ranking ISIS members, Martin Chulov of the Guardian reported recently.

27th July 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Text of Deal Suggests Iran May Back Out if Violation Found and Sanctions Re-Imposed

Mark Dubowitz

A clause in the nuclear deal suggests that Iran may unilaterally withdraw from the agreement and pursue its military nuclear program if the West attempts to impose sanctions due to violations of the deal, nonproliferation expert Emily Landau of Israel’s Institute for National Security...


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