Analysis & Commentary


23rd August 2016 - The New York Times

After Failed Coup, Turkey Settles Into a Rare Period of Unity

Aykan Erdemir

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey is normally a divisive figure, loved by his base of religious conservatives and loathed by the rest of society.

23rd August 2016 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran Expanding Terror Network in Latin America

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran is solidifying its foothold in Latin America, sparking concerns among U.S. officials that the Islamic Republic will enlist these regional allies in its push to launch terror attacks on U.S. soil, according to conversations with congressional sources.

22nd August 2016 - Quoted by Sean Savage - JNS.org

Will Temple Mount tensions yet again strain Israeli-Jordanian relations?

Jonathan Schanzer

Jordan’s King Abdullah II vowed to fight against repeated violations and attacks carried out by Israel and extremist groups on the Temple Mount complex, according to an interview in the Jordanian daily Ad-Dustour last week.

22nd August 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

WSJ: Khamenei, Revolutionary Guards Are Main Beneficiaries of Nuclear Deal

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Emanuele Ottolenghi

A year after the nuclear deal with Iran was reached, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps have emerged as its biggest beneficiaries, Jay Solomon, the chief foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, wrote in an essay on Saturday.

21st August 2016 - Quoted by Linda Qiu - Punditfact

AP’s Julie Pace: Neither Trump nor Clinton has plan to address Syrian civil war

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Viral footage of a stunned 5-year-old boy covered in blood and debris from an airstrike in Aleppo have refocused the world’s attention on the Syrian civil war.

21st August 2016 - Quoted by Vijeta Uniyal - Legal Insurrection

READ: German university student council resolution declaring BDS anti-Semitic

Benjamin Weinthal

Students at Germany’s leading academic institution, the University of Leipzig, have passed a resolution rejecting the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and calling it anti-Semitic.

20th August 2016 - Quoted by Carol Morello - The Washington Post

State Department comes under fire with new questions about Iran payment

Mark Dubowitz

Critics of the Obama administration’s dealings with Iran on Friday accused the White House and the State Department of lying about a $400 million cash payment to Iran in January in what officials now acknowledge was conditioned on freedom for American prisoners.

19th August 2016 - Quoted by Jonah Bennett - The Daily Caller

State Dept Calls $400 Million Payment To Iran ‘Leverage’

Mark Dubowitz

The Department of State admitted Thursday it held onto $400 million in cash destined for Iran as “leverage” until Iran released American prisoners.

19th August 2016 - Quoted by Matt Purple - Rare

So the Obama administration lied about that $400 million payment to Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The State Department conceded for the first time on Thursday that it delayed making a $400 million payment to Iran for several hours in January “to retain maximum leverage” and ensure that three American prisoners were released the same day.

19th August 2016 - Sinclair Broadcast Group

Do U.S. payments to Iran pose a risk?

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Since the beginning of his time in office, President Obama has insisted the United States does not pay ransom for hostages. Now that assertion is being questioned by many, pointing to a $400 million payment to Iran, delivered on the same day four U.S. hostages were released from an Iranian...

18th August 2016 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

State Department: $400 million cash payment to Iran was contingent on US prisoner release

Amir Toumaj

The State Department says that a $400 million cash payment to Iran was contingent on the release of American prisoners.

18th August 2016 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Syria ‘is being swallowed whole by its clients’: Assad may be losing control over his own militias

Tony Badran

Pro-regime militias that have thrived amid the chaos of Syria's five-year civil war are becoming increasingly powerful and prone to warlordism as the state rapidly loses its ability to reign them in, defense analysts say.

18th August 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

U.S. Official: 80,000 Iran-Backed Shi’ite Militia Members Fighting in Iraq

Amir Toumaj, Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Around 80,000 Iran-backed Shiite militia members are currently operating in Iraq, a U.S. military official told Fox News on Tuesday.

18th August 2016 - Quoted by Carol Morello - The Washington Post

Money paid to Iran was ‘leverage’ not ransom, State Department says

Mark Dubowitz

The State Department acknowledged Thursday that it delayed releasing a $400 million cash payment to Iran in January until it was assured that a plane carrying three released American prisoners had left Tehran.

18th August 2016 - Quoted by Dan De Luce, Paul Mcleary - Foreign Policy

Obama to Israel: Our Tax Dollars Won’t Go to Your Defense Contractors

Jonathan Schanzer

The United States and Israel are close to clinching a massive 10-year arms deal, but Washington is pushing to scrap a coveted provision that has allowed Israel to pump hundreds of millions of dollars directly into its defense industry.

16th August 2016 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

‘A pretty big deal’: With Iran’s help, Russia’s air campaign in Syria is about to get much deadlier

Boris Zilberman

Russia has begun using an Iranian air base to launch airstrikes against rebel groups and militants inside Syria, the Russian defense ministry confirmed on Tuesday.

16th August 2016 - Quoted by Lucas Tomlinson - Fox News

US officials: Up to 100,000 Iran-backed fighters now in Iraq

Thomas Joscelyn

As many as 100,000 Iranian-backed Shiite militia are now fighting on the ground in Iraq, according to U.S. military officials -- raising concerns that should the Islamic State be defeated, it may only be replaced by another anti-American force that fuels further sectarian violence in the...

16th August 2016 - Quoted by Farhad Mirza - Equal Times

Erdogan’s Purge Goes Global

Aykan Erdemir

On 1 August 2016, a high-ranking Turkish delegation arrived in Pakistan to press for greater cooperation in Ankara’s international crackdown against organisations affiliated with Fetullah Gülen, a US-based cleric that the Turkish government accuses of masterminding the failed coup last...

11th August 2016 - Quoted by Kasim Cindemir, Uzay Bulut - Voice of America

With Turkey in Turmoil, Students Leave to Study Abroad

Aykan Erdemir

Young Turks are increasingly taking to studying abroad as Turkey reels from social and economic crisis.

10th August 2016 - Quoted by Bruno Macaes - The National Interest

Did Turkey’s Moves Toward Russia Provoke The Coup?

Aykan Erdemir

It’s been almost a month since the failed coup in Turkey, yet the mystery persists. Who was behind it and why did it take place? The only hard evidence as to the intentions of the putschists is of course the statement read on television the very night of the coup, but that statement was...

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