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16th June 2016 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

US Efforts Doing Little to Dent Islamic State’s Global Reach

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Despite losing critical ground in Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State terror group has no intention of slowly fading away, and instead it has been shifting its focus to ensure it remains the world's top terror organization, according to a top U.S. intelligence official.

16th June 2016 - Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

Obama Poised To Leave Office With The Taliban More Powerful Than He Found It Read more: http://dail

Bill Roggio

With the U.S. set to cut its forces in Afghanistan by nearly half by the end of the year, and an expectation for a violent Taliban fighting season ahead, President Obama is set to leave office with the Taliban the most powerful it has been since 2001.

16th June 2016 - Quoted by Vijeta Uniyal - Legal Insurrection

Leading German bank shuts down anti-Israel BDS account

Benjamin Weinthal

What should be first of its kind, a leading German bank has shut down an account connected to the anti-Israel boycott campaign — also know by the acronym of BDS. Commerzbank, Germany’s second largest bank, closed the account of anti-Israel and pro-BDS website “Der Semit”.

16th June 2016 - Quoted by Barney Breen-Portnoy - The Algemeiner

Iranian Economy on the Rise Since Signing of Nuclear Deal, Say Authors of New Analysis

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

Due to sanctions relief granted to Iran by the nuclear agreement reached last year between six world powers and the Islamic Republic, the Iranian economy is expected to grow by 3.7% in the coming fiscal year and between 4%-4.5% annually over the next five years, an analysis published on...

15th June 2016 - Quoted by Daniel Dale - Toronto Star

Orlando shooter’s rumoured back story complicates the story of who he was

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Terrorist. Murderer. Homophobe.

15th June 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Iranian News Agency Threatened Lebanese Banks Hours Before Beirut Bombing

Tony Badran

A semi-official Iranian news agency issued a report threatening Lebanon’s banking sector if it complied with a U.S. sanctions law targeting Hezbollah just hours before a bomb exploded outside a Beirut bank on Sunday, NOW Media news reported on Monday.

15th June 2016 - Quoted by Foreign Affairs

How Well Off Is Israel?

The lead package of the July/August 2016 issue of Foreign Affairs, now available on ForeignAffairs.com, deals with Israel's domestic and foreign challenges.

15th June 2016 - Quoted by Saagar Enjeti - The Daily Caller

Boeing-Iran Deal Would Be Biggest US-Iran Commercial Relationship Since 1979

Mark Dubowitz

Iranian Airlines has reportedly signed a deal with U.S. aviation company Boeing to modernize their outdated fleet. If reached, the deal would be the largest commercial relationship between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran since 1979.

15th June 2016 - Quoted by Louis Jacobson - Politifact

Donald Trump suggests Barack Obama supported ISIS, but that’s a conspiracy theory

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In a series of comments designed to cast doubt on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump has charged that the Obama administration has actively supported the Islamic extremist group that became ISIS.

15th June 2016 - Quoted by Jessie Fox, Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Boeing-Iran deal in jeopardy as concerns persist about Tehran’s terror links

Mark Dubowitz, Chip Poncy

Two former U.S. Treasury officials cast doubt Wednesday on the prospects of a highly touted deal between Iran and the American aerospace giant Boeing, claiming concerns about Iranian money laundering and terrorism financing activities are likely to scuttle the agreement.

15th June 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Sanctions Relief Set to Boost Iran’s Economy by 4% Annually Over Next 5 Years

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

Despite complaints from Iranian officials, sanctions relief provided to the Islamic Republic is projected to boost its economy by 3.7 percent in the coming fiscal year and by estimates of more than 4 percent annually over the next five years, according to a study (.pdf) published Wednesday...

15th June 2016 - Quoted by Jonathan S. Tobin - Commentary Magazine

Not So Fast, Boeing and Iran

Mark Dubowitz

It’s likely that there’s some celebrating going on at the Boeing Company’s Chicago headquarters due to the news that Iran has reached a deal with the company for the purchase of new passenger airplanes.

15th June 2016 - Quoted by Mark Hay - Vice News

What ISIS Is Saying About the Orlando Shooter

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Within hours of the horrific massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando on Sunday, media outlets associated with the Islamic State moved to claim "lone wolf" Omar Mateen as one of their own. Initial reports detailing the terrorist's searches for jihadist content leading up to the attack,...

15th June 2016 - Quoted by Steven Mufson - The Washington Post

Boeing nears landmark deal to sell airliners to Iran

Mark Dubowitz

Iran is set to unveil terms of a multibillion-dollar deal to purchase about 100 commercial passenger planes from Boeing in what would be the biggest sale of U.S. goods to Iran since the easing of economic sanctions last October, a person familiar with the deal said.

14th June 2016 - Quoted by Henry Johnson - Foreign Policy

A French Terrorist Killed Two People, Then Bragged About it on Facebook Live

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

After killing a French police commander and his partner in their suburban home outside Paris, 25-year-old Larossi Abballa used a decidedly modern way of publicizing the murders: He logged into Facebook and used its new live streaming service to broadcast his thoughts on the terror attack he...

14th June 2016 - Quoted by Pamela Engel - Business Insider

New developments on the Orlando shooter have put ISIS in a potentially awkward position

Thomas Joscelyn

Multiple news outlets reported on Monday that the gunman who carried out the Orlando terrorist attack frequented the LGBTQ nightclub where he killed at least 49 people.

14th June 2016 - Quoted by Brian Naylor - NPR

Radical Islam Or Radical Islamism? It Depends Whom You Ask

Mark Dubowitz

The Orlando shooter, Omar Mateen, claimed allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State during a phone call to 911 early Sunday. And that's reignited a debate over how to label the ideology that apparently inspired the attack.

14th June 2016 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

Carnage in Orlando Could Prove Hollow Victory for Islamic State

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Hours after images of bloodied Orlando, Florida nightclub patrons flashed across screens around the world, so-called Islamic State “fanboys” (sympathizers) seemed energized, claiming and then trumpeting the terror group’s success on social media.

14th June 2016 - Quoted by Burak Bekdil - Gatestone Institute

Backstage at Turkey’s Shotgun Wedding with Israel

Jonathan Schanzer

There is every indication that Turkey and Israel are not far away from normalizing their troubled diplomatic relations. According to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, for instance, the former allies are "one or two meetings" away from normalization.

14th June 2016 - Quoted by Donna Abu-Nasr - Bloomberg

In War and Now Finance, Losses Mount for Iranian Ally Hezbollah

Jonathan Schanzer

Iran may be emerging from the grip of western sanctions, but one of the most formidable militant groups it funds is paying the price.

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