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19th April 2013 - Quoted by Peter Foster, Telegraph

Boston Bombs: Barack Obama Lulled America Into False Confidence Over Terror Threat

Thomas Joscelyn

In his State of the Union address to the American people earlier this year, Barack Obama declared that he was "confident" of achieving "our objective of defeating the core of al-Qaeda".

19th April 2013 - Cited by The Investigative Project on Terrorism

Bombing Suspects Lauded Jihad

While police in and around Boston celebrate the capture of 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the suspected Boston Marathon bombers, information gathered from various social media....

17th April 2013 - Quoted by Martin Banks, The Parliament

Obama Administration ‘May Be Forced’ to Launch Military Strike Against Iran

Mark Dubowitz

Speaking in Brussels on Tuesday, Mark Dubowitz warned that Iran was in the process of installing "thousands of new, more efficient centrifuges". He said, "By June 2014, they'll have so many...

16th April 2013 - Quoted by Kuwait News Agency

US Expert Warns of Environmental Danger to Gulf Region From Iran’‘s Bushehr Nuclear Plant

Mark Dubowitz

A leading American expert on Iran speaking in Brussels on Tuesday warned that Iran's nuclear reactor in Bushehr area is prone to earthquakes poses a real health and environmental threat...

16th April 2013 - Quoted by First Post

‘Too Early to Call Boston Blasts an Intelligence Failure’

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The twin blasts at the Boston marathon claimed three lives, but according to a counter-terrorism expert this would neither mean an escalation of security systems in the US and nor signify an intelligence failure.

15th April 2013 - Quoted by Khaled Abu Toameh, The Jerusalem Post

Abbas to Appoint PM or Head Gov’t Himself

Jonathan Schanzer

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has not decided who will replace Salam Fayyad as PA prime minister, sources in Ramallah said on Sunday. Abbas is expected to begin consultations...

15th April 2013 - Quoted by Michael Birnbaum and Joby Warrick, The Washington Post

A Mysterious Iranian-Run Factory in Germany

Emanuele Ottolenghi

For years, mystery surrounded an Iranian-controlled factory tucked away in this town of 70,000 in Germany’s industrial west. The plant manufactured high-pressure gas tanks, but its managers...

15th April 2013 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Wheels Off the Bus in Obama Middle East Policy: Fayyad Quits

Jonathan Schanzer

Salam Fayyad has resigned as prime minister of the Palestinian Authority. Losing practically the only Palestinian leader committed to building civil society and limiting corruption is a blow...

15th April 2013 - Quoted by Grant Rumley, The Atlantic

Who Will Be the Next Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority?

Jonathan Schanzer

Mahmoud Abbas formally accepted the resignation of his prime minister, Salam Fayyad, this weekend despite the best efforts of the U.S. and John Kerry to reconcile the two.

14th April 2013 - Cited by Jonathan S. Tobin, Commentary

Fayyad’s Exit Signals Oslo’s Bankruptcy

Jonathan Schanzer

The resignation of Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad is a pivotal moment in the history of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. Given that it is the product of an internal Palestinian...

11th April 2013 - Quoted by Eli Wallach, The John Hopkins News-Letter

Middle East Peace Prospects Spark Debate

Jonathan Schanzer

Students gathered to watch Middle East experts Gaith al-Omari and Jonathan Schanzer debate issues regarding Israel and Palestine last night. The event was sponsored by the Coalition of Hopkins Activists...

11th April 2013 - Quoted by Peter Foster, Telegraph

US Congress in Move to Tighten Financial Noose on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The move is expected "within weeks" because of growing impatience with diplomatic efforts to settle the confrontation over Iran's nuclear ambitions. "Our patience is up and I expect to see a...

11th April 2013 - Quoted by Rick Gladstone, The New York Times

US Blacklists an Iranian and Businesses Over Violation of Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

The United States blacklisted an affluent Iranian business executive and what it described as his multibillion-dollar money laundering network on Thursday, accusing them of selling oil for Iran...

10th April 2013 - Cited by Bethany Matta, al Jazeera English

Uzbek Fighters Gain Support in Afghan North

Patrick Megahan, Bill Roggio

More than a decade ago, the people of the predominately Uzbek province of Takhar in the country's north fiercely resisted the Taliban's desire to impose Sharia on the region. Indeed, in January 2001, Taloqan...

9th April 2013 - Quoted by Adam Kredo, The Washington Free Beacon

Iran Celebrates Nuke Pursuit

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Russia has agreed to help Iran construct two new nuclear reactors in the coming year Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced on Tuesday, its “National Day of Nuclear Technology.”

9th April 2013 - Quoted by Indira A.R. Lakshmanan, Bloomberg

US Senators Seeking Tougher Economic Sanctions on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

A group of U.S. lawmakers is proposing to intensify the economic pressure on Iran over its disputed nuclear program by drafting the harshest penalties to date on a nation whose income from oil...

8th April 2013 - Quoted by The Associated Press

Failure of Nuclear Talks with Iran Jumpstarts Push in Congress for Tougher Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

Current sanctions have undercut the Iranian economy, causing high unemployment and inflation while daily oil production and the value of the country’s currency, the rial, have dropped.

7th April 2013 - Quoted by Jonathan Tirone and Indira A. R. Lakshmanan, Bloomberg

Iran Nuclear Stalemate Sends Powers to Ponder Consequences

Mark Dubowitz

“We believe that some aspects of the Western side are unjust and not in accordance with international legal norms,” Russia’s top negotiator Sergei Ryabkov said. “The model of a final resolution must be recognition...

7th April 2013 - Cited by Scott Shane, The New York Times

Targeted Killing Comes to Define War on Terror

Bill Roggio

In Pakistan, where the SEAL raid that killed Bin Laden sent Pakistani-American relations into a tailspin, drone strikes — though deeply unpopular — are tolerated by the security establishment.

6th April 2013 - Quoted by Joby Warrick, The Washington Post

Diplomats See ‘Wide Gulf’ as Iran Talks End in a Muddle

Mark Dubowitz

The failure of the sides to achieve tangible progress — or even a firm date for new talks — was seen as a disappointment for the Obama administration, though most experts had anticipated at best modest progress...

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