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1st July 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran Repatriates 13 Tons of Gold Under Sanctions Relief

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iranian officials said Monday that the Islamic Republic’s Central Bank has successfully repatriated 13 tons of gold as part of a package of sanctions relief provided to Iran by U.S. and Western powers.

1st July 2015 - Quoted by Orhan Coskun and Ercan Gurses - Reuters

Talk of Syria Action May be Erdogan’s Latest Gambit to Pressure the West

Jonathan Schanzer

Alarmed by Syrian Kurds' advances against Islamic State, and irked by Western reluctance to tackle Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, President Tayyip Erdogan has once again raised the prospect of a Turkish military intervention in Syria.

1st July 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Despite Deadline Extension, Iran and West Far Apart on Details of Nuke Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Although the West and Iran agreed to extend nuclear negotiations a week past the June 30 deadline, major differences still exist between the two sides, USA Today reported Tuesday.

1st July 2015 - Quoted by Ari Yashar - Arutz Sheva

Iran Receives 13 Tons of Gold in Sanctions Relief

Saeed Ghasseminejad

While nuclear talks have been held up by - among other things - Iran's demand to have all sanctions removed immediately, the Islamic regime showed how the current sanctions regime has been unable to punish its economy as it repatriated 13 tons of gold this week.

1st July 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Expert: Economic Benefits of Sanctions Relief Likely to Boost Iran’s Regional Threat

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The expected windfall Iran would receive from sanctions relief as part of a nuclear deal would likely benefit its internal and external security services—including proxy terrorist groups such as Hezbollah—which would further destabilize the Middle East, according to an analysis published...

1st July 2015 - Quoted by Michael Crowley - Politico

The Iran Watchers

Mark Dubowitz

Making a dramatic visit to Tehran days before the July 7 deadline for a nuclear deal, the head of an international atomic watchdog agency has emerged as a central figure in the effort to stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear bomb — even as Republicans and other skeptics worry that a nuclear...

1st July 2015 - Quoted by Shane Kavanaugh and Vladi Vovcuk - Vocativ

Saudi-Led Campaign Of Airstrikes In Yemen Marks 100th Day

David Andrew Weinberg

Saudi Arabia’s boldest military campaign in almost 100 years is marking its 100th day on Friday of punishing airstrikes on the Arab world’s poorest country, with seemingly no exit strategy in sight.

30th June 2015 - Quoted by Brett Logiurato - Business Insider

The Iranian Nuclear Talks Just Went Into Overtime — and Here’s the Real Deadline for Obama

Mark Dubowitz

Negotiators in Geneva are set to blow past their latest deadline in the ongoing discussions surrounding Iran's nuclear program.

30th June 2015 - Quoted by Rosie DiManno - The Toronto Star

Qatar: Loyal Ally for West, or ‘Club Med for Terrorists’?

David Andrew Weinberg

With one hand they took: The Taliban Five. That was a political favour to the United States, accepting a quintet of high-ranking Guantanamo detainees, after President Barack Obama authorized a grossly imbalanced prisoner swap for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the only American soldier still held...

30th June 2015 - Quoted by Michael Singh - The Wall Street Journal

Can We Trust How Iran Would Spend Funds From a Nuclear Deal?

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The deadline in the Iran nuclear negotiations has just been extended. But if an agreement is ultimately reached, Tehran is expected to receive a substantial financial windfall. Critics have argued that an influx of funds will permit Iran to expand its destabilizing regional activities.

30th June 2015 - Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Iran Nuke Talks Deadline Extended to July 7

Mark Dubowitz

U.S. and Iranian negotiators in Vienna on Tuesday agreed to extend a deadline for an agreement on Iran's disputed nuclear program until July 7, as sticking points remained.

30th June 2015 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - JTA

As Iran Deadline Approaches, Skeptics Draw Dueling Red Lines

Mark Dubowitz

In nuclear talks between Iran and the major powers, it’s deadline time, and skeptics on both sides are laying out red lines in a bid to shape a final deal.

30th June 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Iran Talks: Moral Equivalence and the Concession Frenzy

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

In a written statement, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) observed, “It’s outrageous that a senior U.S. official pointed out that if the United States wouldn’t allow weapons inspectors full access to its military installations, Iran shouldn’t either. The United States is the chief defender of...

30th June 2015 - Quoted by Barin Kayaoğlu - Al Monitor

Turkish Corruption Suspect Awarded Business Prize

Jonathan Schanzer

Iranian-born Turkish businessman Reza Zarrab received his country’s top exporter award June 21 from the Turkish Exporters Assembly (TIM), a pro-government business group. Zarrab received the award in the field of jewelry on behalf of his company, Volgam Gida. In the general exporters’...

29th June 2015 - Quoted by Jordan Fabian - The Hill

White House Confident Final Iran Nuclear Deal is in Reach

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration’s effort to reach a final nuclear agreement with Iran is expected to slip past its deadline Tuesday, though U.S. officials expressed confidence a deal is within reach.

29th June 2015 - Quoted by Terry Atlas - Bloomberg

Iran’s Economic Boost From Nuclear Deal Projected to Come Slowly

Iran may not see a rapid economic rebound from a potential nuclear deal that would lift the international sanctions now imposed on the country, according to new projections by Roubini Global Economics.

29th June 2015 - Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

Is ISIS’s Capital City Under Threat?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

ISIS is in trouble: Kurdish forces have advanced to within 35 miles of the Syrian city of Raqqa, the Islamic State's capital.

29th June 2015 - Interviewed by Boaz Bismuth - Israel Hayom

‘As an Iranian, I Would Be Pleased With the Emerging Deal’

Mark Dubowitz

Iran expert Mark Dubowitz believes there will be a nuclear agreement between Tehran and the West because the U.S. views no deal as worse than a bad deal • The Iranians are brilliant negotiators, but we must not lose hope, he says.

27th June 2015 - Quoted by Pamela Dockins - Voice of America

Iran Nuclear Negotiators Face ‘Tough Issues’

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Secretary of State John Kerry said Iran nuclear negotiators are hopeful they will be able to reach an agreement but still need to work through some “very tough issues.”

26th June 2015 - Quoted by Max J. Rosenthal - Mother Jones

Here’s What We Know About the Terrorist Attacks That Hit Tunisia, France, and Kuwait

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Dozens of people were killed on Friday in Tunisia, France, and Kuwait in what authorities in all three countries are calling terrorist attacks. Here's what we know so far.

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