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15th January 2018 - Quoted by Ben Weingarten - The Federalist

Will The Obama Administration Ever Be Brought To Justice Over Its Iran Scandals?

Jonathan Schanzer

When the jaw-dropping details of the Obama administration’s alleged decision to spike Project Cassandra emerged late last year—quashing a multi-agency investigation of a cars-for-cocaine terrorist financing scheme—it raised questions about just how far Team Obama was willing to go in...

13th January 2018 - Quoted by Rukmini Callimachi - The New York Times

ISIS Affiliate Claims October Attack on U.S. Troops in Niger

Thomas Joscelyn

A group in northwestern Africa that is loyal to the Islamic State issued a statement on Friday claiming responsibility for the October attack in Niger that killed four American soldiers who were on patrol with Nigerien forces.

13th January 2018 - Agence France Presse

Trump issues stay of execution for Iran nuclear deal Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/ne

Mark Dubowitz

US President Donald Trump announced on Friday (Jan 12) he would not reimpose nuclear sanctions on Iran, keeping a landmark 2015 deal alive ... for now.

12th January 2018 - Quoted by Nick Wadhams - Bloomberg

Trump’s Ultimatum to Toughen Nuclear Deal Tests European Allies

Mark Dubowitz

President Donald Trump has handed European allies an ultimatum to revamp the nuclear deal with Iran, something they have no intention of doing, posing a potential new conflict with other world leaders.

12th January 2018 - Quoted by Jeremy Diamond - CNN

Trump issues warning, but continues to honor Iran deal

Mark Dubowitz

President Donald Trump on Friday avoided upending the nuclear deal with Iran that he has repeatedly disparaged, agreeing to waive key sanctions the US lifted as part of the deal.

12th January 2018 - Quoted by Tom DiChristopher - CNBC

Trump will extend Iran sanctions relief, keeping Obama-era nuclear deal alive—for now

Mark Dubowitz

President Donald Trump on Friday announced that he will waive sanctions against Iran for the final time, extending the life of an international nuclear accord that he disavowed three months ago.

12th January 2018 - Quoted by Carol Morello and Anne Gearan - The Washington Post

Trump warns he will withdraw U.S. from Iran nuclear deal if fixes not made

Behnam Ben Taleblu

President Trump on Friday kept alive the Iran nuclear deal he detests by waiving sanctions for the third time, but he said he will not grant another reprieve unless the agreement is amended to permanently block a potential pathway for Iran to build nuclear weapons.

12th January 2018 - The Tower

Germany Doesn’t Arrest Iranian Cleric Accused of Crimes against Humanity, Lets him Leave

Benjamin Weinthal

Germany has allowed Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, the former head of Iran’s judiciary accused of crimes against humanity, to flee the country on Thursday for Iran, after the cleric received medical treatment for a brain tumor, Benjamin Weinthal reported in The Jerusalem Post.

12th January 2018 - Quoted by James Reinl - Arab News

US prosecution drive could weaken Hezbollah in Mideast

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Vigorous prosecutions of Hezbollah’s drug traffickers and other vice units could starve the Iran-backed militia of cash and hurt its military activities in the Middle East, an expert on the group told Arab News.

12th January 2018 - The Weekly Standard

A Pakistan Crackdown

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

On New Year’s Day, Donald Trump fulminated on Twitter that the United States had “foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools.

11th January 2018 - Quoted by Jeff Mordock - The Washington Times

Jeff Sessions creates narcoterrorism team to prosecute supporters of Hezbollah

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has created a team to focus on drug trafficking and other crimes by Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed militant organization in Lebanon.

11th January 2018 - The Daily Tip

The Daily TIP: Expert: Official Corruption in Wake of Nuclear Deal is Driving Iranian Protests

Saeed Ghasseminejad

The recent protests against the Iranian regime have been fueled by the corruption of the government that has ruined Iran's economy since the 2015 nuclear deal Lee Smith, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, wrote Wednesday in an analysis for Real Clear Investigations.

11th January 2018 - The Tower

Expert: During 13 Years in Power, Abbas Has “Exacerbated Crisis of Corruption” in the PA

Grant Rumley

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas, who was elected to a four-year term 13 years ago this week, has presided over an “exacerbated crisis of corruption” in the PA even as he has practiced “his own distinct style of nepotism” to enrich his family, Grant Rumley, a...

11th January 2018 - The Tower

Expert: Official Corruption in Wake of Nuclear Deal is Driving Iranian Protests

Saeed Ghasseminejad

The recent protests against the Iranian regime have been fueled by the corruption of the government that has ruined Iran’s economy since the 2015 nuclear deal Lee Smith, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, wrote Wednesday in an analysis for Real Clear Investigations.

11th January 2018 - Quoted by Caroline Glick - The Jerusalem Post

Our World: Curing Trump’s Quarterly Iran Headache

Saeed Ghasseminejad

It’s that time of the year again. In accordance with the Iranian Nuclear Agreement Review Act, by Sunday US President Donald Trump must either certify that Iran is complying with the nuclear deal his predecessor Barack Obama concluded with the Iranian regime, or he must announce that Iran...

11th January 2018 - Quoted by Mark Landler - The New York Times

Trump Is Expected to Stop Short of Reimposing Strict Sanctions on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

President Trump has again stopped short of reimposing draconian sanctions on Iran that could break up its nuclear deal with world powers, two people briefed on his decision said on Thursday, but he is expected to give Congress and European allies a deadline to improve the deal or the United...

11th January 2018 - Quoted by Elise Knutsen - Arab News

Europe sees ‘no alternative’ to Iran nuclear deal as Trump decision looms

Behnam Ben Taleblu

European leaders vowed to stand by the Iran nuclear deal on Thursday as US President Donald Trump weighs bringing back sanctions against Tehran.

11th January 2018 - Quoted by Mike Memoli, Ken Dilanian, and Alex Moe - NBC News

House votes to reauthorize FISA despite Trump’s confusing tweets

Congress moved Thursday toward renewing a critical intelligence program despite a morning of confusion prompted by President Donald Trump’s tweets, in which he appeared to support significant changes that his administration had worked for months to rebuff.

11th January 2018 - Quoted by Cherry Mae - The Media Express

Recent Iranian Protests Reveal Weakness of the Mullahs’ Regime

Behnam Ben Taleblu

As 2017 drew to a close, the discontent of the #Iranian people boiled over in mass protests throughout the country. Over 130 cities had protests, with many Iranians from rural areas demonstrating their displeasure with the #regime.

11th January 2018 - Quoted by Zeeshan Aleem - Vox

Trump could kill the Iran nuclear deal on Friday — but he probably won’t

Behnam Ben Taleblu

President Trump had his best chance to kill the Iran nuclear deal that he’s been attacking for nearly two years — and it looks like he’s going to let it live.

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