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6th February 2015 - Quoted by Lara Jakes, Elias Groll - Foreign Policy

ISIS Says Last American Hostage, a Female Aid Worker, Killed in Jordanian Airstrike

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State militant group said on Friday that its last known remaining American hostage, female aid worker Kayla Mueller, has been killed by a Jordanian airstrike against extremist targets in Syria.

5th February 2015 - Quoted by Lucy Draper - Newsweek

Fledgeling Gaza ISIS Groups Operate Under Watchful Eye of Hamas

Grant Rumley

A Palestinian journalist was reportedly kidnapped and tortured for eight hours in Gaza this week by a group claiming to be part of Islamic State (ISIS), amid signs that the group are gaining support in the enclave and being tolerated, up to a point, by Hamas.

5th February 2015 - Quoted by Jack Moore - Newsweek

West Bank Gun Battle Exposes Growing Resentment Towards Palestinian Authority

Grant Rumley

Unidentified Palestinian gunmen and Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces today became embroiled in one of their biggest gun battles in recent years in the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

5th February 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran: The ‘Americans Are Begging Us for a Deal’

Saeed Ghasseminejad

A top Iranian military leader claims that U.S. officials have been “begging us” to sign a nuclear deal during closed door negotiations with Tehran over its contested nuclear program, according to recent comments made to the Iranian state-controlled media....

4th February 2015 - Quoted by Susan Crabtree - The Washington Examiner

Obama to Release National Security Strategy as Urgency Over the Islamic State Grows

Jonathan Schanzer

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s brutal slaying of a Jordanian pilot and concern about the Obama administration’s strategy to confront the extreme terrorist group are ratcheting up expectations for the White House’s long-awaited national security doctrine.

4th February 2015 - Quoted by John Reed - Financial Times

Palestinians Look to Exiled Mohammad Dahlan for Abbas Successor

Grant Rumley

Early one December morning posters went up on the walls outside Gaza City’s al-Azhar University insulting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

4th February 2015 - Quoted by Shane Harris - The Daily Beast

ISIS Snuff Films’ Sleight Of Hand

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

U.S. officials say ISIS executed a Jordanian pilot a month ago. It’s not the first time the group has hidden whether hostages are alive or dead.

3rd February 2015 - Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Dead Argentine Prosecutor Drafted Arrest Warrant for President

Mark Dubowitz

Before his death, Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman had drafted an arrest warrant for the country's president in connection with an alleged secret deal with Iran to cover up the bombing of a Jewish community center two decades ago, the chief investigator of Nisman's death said Tuesday....

3rd February 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Israelis Don’t Buy the ‘Peace Process’ Chatter

Jonathan Schanzer

Among the many things President Obama gets wrong about the Middle East is that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is an impediment to “peace” with the Palestinians.

3rd February 2015 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

New Video Overshadows IS Obsession With Kobani, Possible Flaws

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Photos and video of Jordanian Air Force pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh being burned alive at the hands of his Islamic State captors had U.S. officials searching for words, trying to describe another act of violence committed by a group that has continually found a way to shock the Western world....

3rd February 2015 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - JTA

Beyond Sanctions and Kerfuffles, the Iran Deal Netanyahu Wants to Avoid

Orde Kittrie

When Benjamin Netanyahu faces the Congress next month, two things are unlikely to come up in his speech: a consideration of diplomatic protocol and an analysis of the efficacy of sanctions.

2nd February 2015 - Cited by The Tower

75 Senators Send Letter Urging Administration to Oppose Palestinian Court Bid

Jonathan Schanzer

In a letter sent to Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday, a bipartisan majority of 75 senators pressed the administration to oppose the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) attempts to join the International Criminal Court (ICC).

2nd February 2015 - Quoted by Catherine Herridge - Fox News

ISIS Leader Warns Unauthorized Tweets Don’t Speak for Caliphate

Thomas Joscelyn

Top Islamic State leaders may be trying to cut through the confusion and chatter coming out of their so-called caliphate, cracking down on social media accounts that claim to speak for the terrorist organization, Fox News has learned.

30th January 2015 - Quoted by Sophia Jones - The Huffington Post

Escaped Syrian Child Soldier: ‘Don’t Join ISIS’

Tony Badran

At age 14, Khaled held his first gun. Fifteen days later, one of the world's most feared extremist groups sent him into battle.

30th January 2015 - Quoted by Julia Ioffe - The New York Times Magazine

Spy vs. Nonspy in Putin’s Russia

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Earlier this week, F.B.I. agents in New York arrested a 39-year-old Russian man named Evgeny Buryakov, whom federal prosecutors accused of participating in a spy ring gathering economic intelligence on the United States.

30th January 2015 - Cited by Matthew Brodsky - The Huffington Post

The Great Game: Israeli, Hezbollah, and Iranian Edition

Tony Badran

It's tempting to ascribe the latest flare-up between Hezbollah and Israel as part of an ongoing "cycle of violence" that comes part and parcel with a region long on conflict and short on peace.

30th January 2015 - Quoted by Ivan Angelovski, Aida Ramusovic and Lawrence Marzouk - Balkan Insight

Serbia Quietly Grants Citizenship to Abbas Rival

Jonathan Schanzer, Grant Rumley

Palestinian strongman Mohammed Dahlan, a broker for Gulf investment in the Balkans, his family and five of his supporters become Serbian citizens as power struggle with President Mahmoud Abbas escalates.

30th January 2015 - Cited by Kevin Lilley - Army Times

Video: Iran-Backed Militia Brings M1 Tank to Fight IS

A video posted Tuesday to YouTube appears to show a militia group preparing for battle against the Islamic State with the help of an M1 Abrams tank, but how the fighters got the tank — and what good it will do them — remains unclear.

30th January 2015 - Quoted by Antje Schippmann - Bild

Darum ist Iran der heimliche Gewinner

Emanuele Ottolenghi, David Andrew Weinberg

Vor vier Jahren erschütterte der arabische Frühling die verkrusteten Machtstrukturen des Nahen Ostens. Hunderttausende Menschen strömten auf die Straßen von Tunis bis Damaskus und begehrten gegen die korrupten und autoritären Regime in ihren Ländern auf.

29th January 2015 - Quoted by Kambiz Foroohar, Ladane Nasseri - Bloomberg

Iranian President to Tax-Exempt Groups: Pay Up

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran’s economy has been limping badly. The U.S.-driven sanctions imposed because of Iran’s nuclear program have curtailed its oil exports and cut off its banks from global financial networks.


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