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23rd March 2017 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran’s Spymaster Claims Pro-Regime Agents Operating in D.C., London, Canada

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran maintains a network of spies and lobbyists who clandestinely push the Islamic regime's agenda in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere, according to the head of Iran's ministry of intelligence, who touted the pro-Iran network's ability to spread its ideology to the West.

23rd March 2017 - Quoted by New York Post

Senate GOP should go nuclear now, Christie’s pension legacy & other comments

Jonathan Schanzer

The US Senate “is a post-apocalyptic nuclear wasteland,” says Grant Starrett at The Federalist. So with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer now calling for a filibuster of Judge Neil Gorsuch, Republicans should invoke the so-called “nuclear option” and confirm him with just 51 votes.

22nd March 2017 - Quoted by Alan Gomez - USA Today

London attack latest in disturbing terror vehicle trend

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

If a vehicle terror attack in the U.K. by a sole assailant that killed at least four people and injured at least 40 sounds familiar, that's because it follows a disturbing trend of terrorism that requires little organization, manpower or technological know-how.

22nd March 2017 - Quoted by Dan Boylan, Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Homegrown strain of radical Islam haunts London in wake of attack outside Parliament

Bill Roggio

The attack outside Britain’s Parliament Wednesday came amid a yearslong struggle by British authorities to contain a small but persistent strain of Islamic extremism promoted by a clutch of radical preachers, including one who was sentenced in September for encouraging young men to join...

22nd March 2017 - Quoted by Josh Siegel - The Daily Signal

London Attack Shows Challenge of Stopping Terrorism in Age of ISIS

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

At least four people were killed, including a police officer and the suspected assailant, and 40 others wounded in a terrorist attack Wednesday in London.

22nd March 2017 - Quoted by One Free Korea

Royce introduces bill to toughen sanctions on N. Korea; subcommittee holds hearing

Anthony Ruggiero

The big news yesterday was that Ed Royce, the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has introduced a sequel to the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act, or NKSPEA.

22nd March 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Latest Iranian Threat: Drones in Yemen

Jonathan Schanzer

Iran is increasing its support for Houthi forces in Yemen through the transfer of new technology and advanced weaponry. That is the conclusion of a new report by Conflict Armament Research, a UK-based organization that identifies and tracks conventional weapons.

22nd March 2017 - Quoted by Chang Jae-soon - Yonhap News Agency

U.S. House subcommittee chairman calls for ‘secondary sanctions’ on China to rein in N. Korea

Anthony Ruggiero

A U.S. House subcommittee chairman on Tuesday urged President Donald Trump to impose "secondary sanctions" on Chinese firms doing business with North Korea, saying Beijing will help rein in Pyongyang only when its interests are threatened.

21st March 2017 - Quoted by Howard LaFranchi - The Christian Science Monitor

Defeating ISIS: Is Trump administration ready for the long haul?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

21st March 2017 - Quoted by John Power

What Tillerson’s Asia Trip Means for North Korea

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called time on the Obama administration’s North Korea policy while offering little specific about a new White House strategy during a three-nation tour of Asia dominated by Pyongyang’s advancing nuclear and missile development.

21st March 2017 - Quoted by Alan Neuhauser - U.S. News and World Report

What Sparked the ‘Laptop Ban’

Thomas Joscelyn

The Trump administration didn't refer to a specific threat when it abruptly announced Monday that it would begin banning laptops, tablets and other electronic devices from aircraft cabins on U.S.-bound flights from certain airports in the Middle East and North Africa.

21st March 2017 - Quoted by Victor Cha - Foreign Affairs

Making China Pay on North Korea

Anthony Ruggiero

On February 18, the Chinese Commerce Ministry announced a ban on coal imports from North Korea, raising hopes that Beijing may finally be ending its support for its communist ally and neighbor. The ban went into effect immediately and will remain in place until the end of the year. China...

20th March 2017 - Quoted by Hassan Dai - The Hill

On Iran, President Trump is sending mixed signals

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Two months into the Trump presidency, uncertainty and confusion about U.S. foreign policy in general, and its policy in the Middle East in particular, continue to puzzle experts and decision makers around the globe. Regarding Iran, the administration has been sending mixed signals, making it...

20th March 2017 - Quoted by Adam Abrams -

Jordan’s approach on terrorists brings ties with Israel into question

Jonathan Schanzer

On the surface, Israel and Jordan appear to have peaceful, productive and sometimes even friendly relations. Their 1994 peace treaty and deepening economic ties—including a 15-year, $10 billion natural gas deal inked in 2016—seem to indicate that all is well between the neighbors.

19th March 2017 - Quoted by Patrick Poole - PJ Media

New Islamic State Video Threatens Egyptian Christians, Shows December Church Suicide Bomber

Oren Kessler

A new video released today by the Islamic State in Egypt (titled "And fight against the disbelievers") targets the Coptic Christian community, which is still reeling from the suicide bombing of a church service inside the main Coptic Christian Cathedral compound in December that killed 29...

19th March 2017 - Quoted by Natalie Johnson - The Washington Free Beacon

Expanded Internet Access in Muslim World Could Spur Next Islamic ‘Culture War’

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The expansion of Internet access across the Middle East and North Africa will open communications channels for marginalized social and political groups, including those that criticize the Islamic faith, potentially sparking a culture war across the Muslim world, according to a new report....

18th March 2017 - Quoted by Matthew RJ Brodsky - The National Interest

Can Trump Refrain from Repeating His Predecessor’s Mistakes in Syria?

Tony Badran

The case of the president’s self-inflicted wound from his self-imposed red line provides a rather illustrative example of being outmaneuvered.

17th March 2017 - Quoted by Rebecca Kheel, Ellen Mitchell - The Hill

US sends warning to North Korea — with China the likely audience

Anthony Ruggiero

The Trump administration is taking a hard line against North Korea that could signal the start of a new sanctions campaign targeting China.

17th March 2017 - Quoted by Jeremy Diamond - CNN

Trump, Saudis hit reset button

David Andrew Weinberg

It's reset time for the United States and Saudi Arabia. Saudi officials are heralding a new era in relations after watching their stock tumble in Washington under the Obama administration. And the Trump White House is signaling a strengthened partnership as it begins to reshape US...

16th March 2017 - Quoted by Rachel Oswald - CQ Roll Call

Senators Weigh Myriad Options for Sanctions on Russia

Eric B. Lorber

Senators on Wednesday weighed recommendations from experts to approach new sanctions on Russia cautiously but to deepen and expand economic consequences for Moscow's seizure of the Crimean Peninsula and interference in the U.S. election.


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