Analysis & Commentary

27th November 2014 - Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Islamic State Spreading Into Northern Africa, Alarming U.S.

Thomas Joscelyn

In its war to create a caliphate across Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State is opening a front in North Africa, where affiliated militants are wreaking havoc in eastern Libya and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula — presenting a complex challenge for Washington and its allies in the region.

26th November 2014 - Mentioned by Mitchell Prothero - McClatchyDC

How a French truck driver became a target of the U.S. air war in Syria

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

To hear French officials tell it, David Drugeon is a 24-year-old former truck driver from the Brittany region of France who occasionally worked out with French soldiers before slipping off to Pakistan to join al Qaida. He is, at such a tender age, no former French intelligence officer with...

26th November 2014 - Quoted by Mark Landler - The New York Times

For Former Embassy Hostages, a Special Interest in Iran Talks

Mark Dubowitz

When the United States agreed on Monday to extend the nuclear negotiations with Iran for another seven months, it was met with immediate protest from Republicans and some Democrats in Congress, as well as from hard-liners in Iran’s Parliament.

26th November 2014 - Quoted by Luke Baker - Reuters

Israel’s lurch to the right dims two-state peace prospects

Grant Rumley

A cartoon in Israel's left-leaning Haaretz newspaper showed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu studying a poster made by his publicity team of Mahmoud Abbas, the mild-mannered, soft-featured Palestinian president.

25th November 2014 - Cited by Michael B. Kelley - Business Insider

The US Is On A Collision Course With An ‘Absolutely Indispensable’ Ally

Jonathan Schanzer, Merve Tahiroglu

The US and Turkey are headed for a showdown over Syria, as evidence mounts that Ankara is enabling groups that Washington is actively bombing.

25th November 2014 - Cited by Indira A.R. Lakshmanan - Bloomberg

Iran’s Lower Profit From Sanctions Relief Won’t Mollify Congress

Mark Dubowitz

With world powers unable so far to win Iran’s agreement to curb its nuclear program, members of both parties in the new Republican-led U.S. Congress will push in January for more economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

24th November 2014 - Quoted by Rachel Oswald - CQ Roll Call

Reaction to Extension on Iran Talks Falls Along Partisan Lines

Mark Dubowitz

The news that negotiators had not reached an agreement with Iran on its nuclear program by the deadline Monday and were extending talks for an additional seven months drew a mixed reaction from lawmakers, with hard-liners urging quick imposition of tougher sanctions while others supported...

24th November 2014 - Quoted by Tim Starks - Roll Call

Intentionally or Not, Hagel News Distracts From Other Administration News

Mark Dubowitz

Over the weekend, news broke of a change in the administration’s policy on Afghanistan. On Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry announced an extension of Iranian nuclear talks. Yet it is the newly announced departure of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that has sucked up most of the news...

24th November 2014 - Quoted by Ali Weinberg - ABC News

Republicans Could Complicate Iran Extension

Mark Dubowitz

Secretary of State John Kerry said today that he was confident President Obama and he could convince a skeptical Congress that an additional seven months of nuclear negotiations with Iran could lead to a deal they could support, but that confidence may be challenged by Congress.

24th November 2014 - Cited by Howard LaFranchi - The Christian Science Monitor

Iran Nuclear Talks Extended, So Congress Might Turn Up the Heat

Mark Dubowitz

An extension of the Iran nuclear talks is better than a bad deal, but many in Congress will want to use the next few months to further ramp up pressure on Tehran.

24th November 2014 - Quoted by Michael R. Gordon, David E. Sanger - The New York Times

U.S. and Allies Extend Iran Nuclear Talks by 7 Months

Mark Dubowitz

A yearlong effort to reach an enduring accord with Iran to dismantle large parts of its nuclear infrastructure fell short on Monday, forcing the United States and its allies to declare a seven-month extension, but with no clear indication of how they plan to bridge fundamental differences....

24th November 2014 - Cited by Raymond Tanter - Foreign Policy

A Bad Deal With Iran in the Nuclear Talks Could Destabilize the Middle East

By extending nuclear talks with Iran for seven more months, the major powers avoided total collapse but also raised the stakes, "ensuring that failure, if that is what eventually happens, will be all the more cataclysmic," according to the Guardian. My take, however, is that a bad deal with...

24th November 2014 - Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Nuke Talks Confront Deadline, Iran’s Enmity with West

Reuel Marc Gerecht

As world powers talk of extending Monday's deadline for a nuclear agreement with Iran, one thing is clear: The nation's authoritarian regime must decide if it wants to remain in conflict or engage with the West.

24th November 2014 - Quoted by Riyadh Mohammed - The Fiscal Times

Egypt, the Most Important Arab Nation, Is an ISIS Target

Oren Kessler

Egypt has historically been one of the most stable countries in the Middle East. Today, after the failed 2011 “Arab Spring” and shake-up of official power, Egypt’s economy is crippled. The tourism industry is dead. Many other vital sectors are in a bad shape, like electricity and gas....

24th November 2014 - Quoted by Carol Morello, Brian Murphy - The Washington Post

Iran Nuclear Talks Extended for 7 Months Amid Impasse Ahead of Deadline

Mark Dubowitz

Nuclear talks with Iran will be extended for seven months after intense negotiations failed to reach a comprehensive accord but appeared to make encouraging headway, diplomats said Monday.

24th November 2014 - Cited by Ruth Sherlock - The Telegraph

Islamic State Relaxes Vetting of Foreign Jihadists in a Bid to Boost Recruits

The Islamic State in the Levant has relaxed "vetting" procedures for foreign jihadists joining the group, and expanded military training camps in a drive to build its "Caliphate", safe house operatives and defectors have told The Telegraph.

24th November 2014 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - JTA

Despite ‘Incitement,’ Abbas Seen by Washington as Bulwark

Jonathan Schanzer

The Mahmoud Abbas whom Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accused of incitement has said the Jewish state practices genocide and called the temporary closure of the Temple Mount after a terrorist attack a “declaration of war.”

24th November 2014 - Quoted by Matt Schiavenza - The Atlantic

‘Al-Shabab Doesn’t Want a Truce With Infidel Powers’

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The violent campaign between Kenya's government and Somali militants is escalating. On Sunday, a day after members of the al-Shabab group executed 28 passengers on a Kenyan bus, Kenya's Vice President William Ruto announced that the country's military had crossed into Somalia and attacked...

24th November 2014 - Cited by The Wall Street Journal

More Nuclear Time in Tehran

About the best that can be said about Monday’s agreement to extend the Iran nuclear negotiations for another seven months is that it’s better than the bad deal that so many in the West seem eager to embrace. Meanwhile, the U.S. and its European partners are giving Tehran more time and...

24th November 2014 - Quoted by Jonathan Tirone, Terry Atlas, Kambiz Foroohar - Bloomberg

Iran, World Powers Extend Nuclear Talks as Major Gaps Remain

Mark Dubowitz

Envoys representing Iran and a group of world powers today agreed to extend talks on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program until July after failing to overcome differences at negotiations in Vienna.


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