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19th January 2017 - Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

US Sends Its Expensive Stealth Bombers To Annihilate ISIS In Libya

Patrick Megahan

The U.S. Air Force deployed its ultra-stealthy B-2 bombers to strike an Islamic State camp in Libya Thursday, but it is unclear why such an expensive platform was necessary to attack the terrorist group.

19th January 2017 - Quoted by Christian Solidarity Worldwide

Turkey: Growing Religious Intolerance is Undermining Constitutional Commitments

Aykan Erdemir

American Pastor Andrew Brunson and his wife have been living in Turkey for 23 years running a church in Izmir with the full knowledge of the Turkish authorities.

19th January 2017 - Quoted by Benoit Faucon, Ahmed Al Omran - The Wall Street Journal

Islamic State Steps Up Oil and Gas Sales to Assad Regime

Jonathan Schanzer

Islamic State has ramped up sales of oil and gas to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, U.S. and European officials said, providing vital fuel to the government in return for desperately needed cash.

18th January 2017 - Quoted by Emily B. Landau, Shimon Stein - The National Interest

A Year after the Iran Nuclear Deal, the Ball’s in Tehran’s Court

Olli Heinonen

One of the foremost foreign policy challenges for the Trump administration will be defining its approach toward Iran and the JCPOA—the momentous nuclear deal—and devising a comprehensive policy in this regard, taking into account the serious flaws in the deal itself, as well as Iran’s...

18th January 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

Military Expert: Strike on Syrian Airport Prevented Hezbollah from Getting Iranian Missiles

Jonathan Schanzer

The strike last Friday on a military airport near Damascus was likely the latest salvo in Israel’s attempt to prevent Hezbollah from obtaining highly-accurate Iranian surface-to-surface missiles, Ynet military analyst Ron Ben Yishai wrote Tuesday.

18th January 2017 - Quoted by Aaron Magid - Jewish Insider

Senate Muslim Brotherhood Bill Provokes Controversy

Jonathan Schanzer

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2017 last week in a bid to “fight against radical Islamic terrorism.” The bill notes that “it is the sense of Congress that the Muslim Brotherhood meets the criteria for designation as a foreign...

18th January 2017 - Quoted by Jared Malsin - Time Magazine

The Fighting Over Erdogan’s Constitutional Reforms Has (Literally) Begun

Aykan Erdemir

On Jan. 11, members of Turkey’s parliament gathered in Ankara to debate a package of constitutional amendments that includes a dramatic expansion of presidential power. Perhaps it was only fitting that it quickly devolved into a fistfight.

18th January 2017 - Quoted by Kira Zalan - PRI

For Sudan, breaking ties with its radical past is a ‘delicate balancing act’

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Sudan is one of just three nations the US government still accuses of sponsoring international terrorism. Now, as the North African country looks to part with past alignments, and improve US relations, it’s finding that battling extremism at home can be tricky business.

17th January 2017 - Quoted by Saagar Enjeti - The Daily Caller

Obama’s Terror Legacy: While ‘Ending’ One War, Making Two Much Worse

Bill Roggio

President Barack Obama pledged throughout the 2008 campaign to end the “bad war” in Iraq and win “the good war” in Afghanistan. Now, days away from the end of his tenure, it’s clear all he’s done is make both worse.

17th January 2017 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Europe is freaking out

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

President-elect Donald Trump’s recent outburst against NATO, criticism of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and praise (again) for Russian President Vladimir Putin has thrown European politicians and national security officials into a semi-panicked state.

17th January 2017 - Quoted by Lee Smith - Tablet Magazine

What Obama Owes Putin—and Why Donald Trump Is Left Holding the Bag

Tony Badran

Is Donald Trump a Russian secret agent? Did he pay FSB hookers to pee on the bed the Obamas slept in at the Ritz in Moscow, overlooking the Kremlin? It’s silly season, so any drunk on a fat oppo-research expense account can write down any crazy foolishness they want and Buzzfeed will let...

16th January 2017 - Quoted by Jamie McIntyre - Washington Examiner

Can North Korea be stopped before it nukes us?

Anthony Ruggiero

Of all of America's adversaries, only one world leader has consistently and repeatedly threatened to wipe out a U.S. city with a nuclear strike: North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

15th January 2017 - Quoted by Rowan Scarborough - The Washington Times

Key nominees diminish Trump’s high hopes for Russia ties

Michael Ledeen

National Security Adviser-designate Michael T. Flynn has offered notably different views on Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, as the retired three-star Army general prepares to become Donald Trump’s closest White House adviser on Friday.

14th January 2017 - Quoted by Hana Levi Julian - Jewish Press

German Court Rules No Jail for Muslim Synagogue Arsonists

Benjamin Weinthal

The German court in the city of Wuppertal has upheld the 2015 decision of a lower court validating an attempt by three Muslim attackers who tried in 2014 to burn down a synagogue as a means of “drawing attention to the Gaza conflict” with Israel.

13th January 2017 - Quoted by Samuel Rubenfeld - The Wall Street Journal

The Morning Risk Report: Sanctions Drive to Burnish Obama’s Legacy

Jonathan Schanzer

Since President-elect Donald Trump won the election in November, there’s been a jump in U.S. sanctions activity, which includes new moves against Russia for hacking, as well as targeting Osama bin Laden’s son, the younger sister of North Korea’s leader, Syrian use of chemical weapons...

12th January 2017 - Quoted by William Booth - The Washington Post

In Paris, the world will try one more time to solve the Israel-Palestinian conflict

Grant Rumley

Poor, belittled Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has pulled off a remarkable feat.

12th January 2017 - Quoted by Middle East Online

As Caliphate Shrinks, ISIS Expected to Head for the Hills

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In Syria, where ISIS is still a fighting force to be reckoned with,the thinking is the jihadists will retreat into the country’s vast eastern desert around oil-rich Deir ez-Zor province where it is strongly entrenched, says James Bruce.

11th January 2017 - Quoted by Carol Morello - The Washington Post

Iran nuclear deal is in the crosshairs and may not survive a Trump administration

Mark Dubowitz

The Iran nuclear deal was written with several “sunset” provisions setting expiration dates, some of them 15 years into the future, when restrictions on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program would lift.

11th January 2017 - Quoted by Alex Lockie - Business Insider

How Iran made the US look weak with a tiny, outdated navy and some old ballistic missiles

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The news came out Monday that Iranian fast-attack craft had once again harassed US Navy ships in the Persian Gulf with unsafe and unprofessional behavior, forcing the USS Mahan to fire warning shots.

11th January 2017 - Quoted by Sean Savage -

What will Trump mean for US ties with Israel’s peaceful Arab neighbors?

Oren Kessler

The incoming Donald Trump presidency likely means a sharp break from President Barack Obama’s foreign policy. For Egypt and Jordan, the only two Arab countries that have peace treaties with Israel and two of the most reliable U.S. allies in the Middle East, the Trump administration will...


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