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25th December 2011 - Cited by Eric Schmitt, The New York Times

US Prepares for a Curtailed Relationship With Pakistan

The C.I.A. has conducted 64 missile attacks in Pakistan using drones this year, compared with 117 last year and 53 in 2009, according to The Long War Journal, a Web site that tracks the strikes.

22nd December 2011 - Cited by Lee Ferran, ABC News

New Terror Group Aims ‘To Fulfill Oath’ of Osama Bin Laden: Report

"With this message we send you the good tidings of the birth of the group 'Ansar al-Jihad in the Sinai Peninsula,' and we pledge unto Allah the Great and Almighty to do our best to fight the corrupt regime and its henchmen among the Jews, the Americans, and those around them

22nd December 2011 - Cited by David Brooks, The New York Times

The Sidney Awards, Part II

Speaking about medicine gone wrong, Ethan Gutmann had a chilling piece in The Weekly Standard called “The Xinjiang Procedure” about organ harvesting in China. Prisoners are executed by firing squads and then, as they are slowly dying, doctors are rushed in to harvest livers and kidneys....

22nd December 2011 - Cited by Oren Kessler, The Jerusalem Post

50 US Experts Implore Obama to Press Syria Harder

Tony Badran

Around 50 US-based experts on Middle East policy and strategy signed an open letter to President Barack Obama this week imploring him to demonstrate greater leadership on the Syria crisis.

21st December 2011 - Cited by UPI

Catch-22 for Sanctions on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

Mark Dubowitz, executive director of hawkish Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, told NPR that Europe has even tougher choices to make in the wake of Gazprom's decision to cut European gas through Ukraine in 2009.

21st December 2011 - Cited by The Times of India

US Puts Brakes on Drones, No Attack in 33 Days

Washington: Pakistan is experiencing the longest respite from punitive drone strikes by the United States. Washington has now gone 33 days without a Predator or Reaper airstrike against terrorist targets in Pakistan, according to statistics compiled by the Long War Journal.

21st December 2011 - Cited by Jonathan S. Tobin, Commentary

Do You Believe in the “New” Hamas?

Jonathan Schanzer

That’s the conceit behind an article in The National Interest titled “A new Hamas in the Making?” which cites no less an authority than Jane’s military publications that the Islamist group is making a “strategic” shift in strategy which aims at repositioning Gaza’s overlords as...

21st December 2011 - Quoted by Indira A.R. Lakshmanan and Asjylyn Loder, Bloomberg

US Joins EU Push to Embargo Iran Oil Over Nuclear Effort

Mark Dubowitz

“The ultimate goal is not to take every barrel of Iranian oil off the market, but to significantly decrease the revenue Iran receives for its oil sales,” said Mark Dubowitz, director of the Iran Energy Project at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington

21st December 2011 - Quoted by Chelsea J. Carter, CNN

Soldiers Just Back From Iraq Get New Orders: Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

"I don't think we are going to turn around guys who spent time in Iraq and put them on planes to Afghanistan ... without there being a clear indication that the Obama administration wants to continue the acceleration of the withdrawal

21st December 2011 - Cited by Union Leader Editorial

Taliban Talk: No Longer Our Enemy?

Clifford D. May

This new White House line might be designed to help in peace negotiations with the Taliban. We hope that is the case.

20th December 2011 - Cited by Josh Rogin, Foreign Policy

Experts to the Administration: Help Syria Now

"As was the case in Libya, the situation in Syria is one in which our interests and our values converge," wrote a bipartisan group of 55 foreign policy experts on Monday in an open letter to Obama.

20th December 2011 - Cited by NTDTV

Former Uighur Surgeon Discloses Live Organ Harvesting in China

Author and rights advocate Ethan Gutmann featured Enver Tohti and several other Uighurs in a report titled "The Xinjiang Procedure,” published in The Weekly Standard earlier this month.

20th December 2011 - Cited by Scott Johnson, Powerline

Fact Checking the AP Fact Checker

Clifford D. May

But I think the GOP candidates have it right, more or less, and Yost has it wrong. At least they are closer to the mark than Yost. See, for example, Cliff May’s NRO column “What’s Islam got to do with it?”

20th December 2011 - Cited by AP

Official: Pakistan Sees Lull in US Drone Strikes

There hasn't been a missile strike against militants since the Nov. 26 NATO raid at the Pakistani army border outpost that killed 24 soldiers. That's according to The Long War Journal, a website that tracks the strikes.

20th December 2011 - Cited by William McGurn, The Wall Street Journal

Happy Hanukkah, Marines!

Michael Ledeen

Then there's the Ledeen family. Among my most memorable evenings was a farewell for Marine Lt. Gabriel Ledeen, who was shipping off to pre-surge Iraq. That night we brought our three young daughters to his mom and dad's house

18th December 2011 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas, JTA

Administration Gets Some of the Leeway It Sought in New Iran Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a think tank that has closely consulted with Congress on shaping such sanctions, said the law’s effect would be to “increase the hassle factor” for companies seeking to purchase oil.

16th December 2011 - Cited by Laura Rozen, The Envoy

U.S. Transfers Last Detainee to Iraqi Custody

Bill Roggio

The United States has previously sought Daqduq's extradition in order to try him before a military commission, LongWarJournal's Bill Roggio reported last May.

15th December 2011 - Quoted by Dugald McConnell and Brian Todd, CNN

Prosecutors Accuse Lebanon Bank of Laundering Money for Hezbollah

Jonathan Schanzer

Jonathan Schanzer, an ex-Treasury Department terror finance analyst who is with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said, "Hezbollah can do a lot of damage, and the more money that rolls in, the more problematic that will be.

15th December 2011 - Cited by Colby Adams, ACAMS

Justice Department Seeks $483 Million in Forfeitures in Hezbollah Laundering Plot

Jonathan Schanzer

The allegations also point to the growing risks for U.S. banks engaging with Lebanese financial institutions, said Jonathan Schanzer, a former counterterrorism analyst with the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Intelligence and Analysis.

15th December 2011 - Cited by Ken Dilanian, Los Angeles Times

Pakistan Says It Returned Fire in Deadly NATO Border Attack

Bill Roggio

The U.S. has sought to repair relations with Pakistan. One possible byproduct of that effort is the absence of CIA drone strikes since mid-November, an unusually long pause, said Bill Roggio, who tracks the strikes for the website Long War Journal.

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