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16th January 2012 - Cited by UPI

Pakistan, Taliban Doubt Mehsud is Dead

The Long War Journal, an online forum tracking counter-terrorism operations, reported during the weekend that intercepted radio communications between Taliban fighters led intelligence authorities to suspect Mehsud was killed in an airstrike last Thursday in northwest Pakistan.

13th January 2012 - Quoted by BBC News

US Imposes Sanctions on Oil Firms Tading with Iran

Mark Dubowitz

"It's a good shot across the bow and signals the US is serious about vigorous sanctions enforcement," said Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

12th January 2012 - Quoted by Benjamin Weinthal, The Jerusalem Post

Can EU Oil Sanctions Create a Turning Point in Iran?

Mark Dubowitz, Reuel Marc Gerecht

The strategy of inflicting laser-like oil sanctions on Iran without disrupting global energy markets, and thereby reducing Iran's oil profits, was first developed by Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) and Reuel Marc Gerecht, a former CIA...

12th January 2012 - Quoted by Zach Silberman, Washington Jewish Week

FDD on Latest Sanctions Move: ‘A Shot Across the Bow to Beijing’

Mark Dubowitz

After my earlier post on the newly imposed sanctions on three companies doing business with Iran's energy sector, I spoke with Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington think tank that has pushed for stronger sanctions on Iran.

12th January 2012 - Quoted by Indira A.R. Lakshmanan and Gopal Ratnam, Bloomberg

China Gets Cheaper Iran Oil as U.S. Picks Up Tab for Hormuz Strait Patrols

Mark Dubowitz

Instead, China’s oil executives are expected to demand lower prices for Iranian crude, said Mark Dubowitz, director of the Iran Energy Project at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, an advocacy group in Washington.

12th January 2012 - Quoted by Judith Miller, The Daily

How Many Have to Die?

Clifford D. May

Clifford May, who heads the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, says the administration appears to have no coherent or consistent policy in the strategically vital Middle East.

12th January 2012 - Quoted by Ladane Nasseri and Nicole Gaouette, Bloomberg

Iran Says Scientist’s Murder Reveals Global Terror Campaign

Reuel Marc Gerecht

That alone is difficult, said Reuel Marc Gerecht, a former Central Intelligence Agency specialist on Iran who is now at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a Washington foreign- policy research organization.

12th January 2012 - Quoted by Andrew Quinn, Reuters

U.S. Slaps Sanctions on China State Energy Trader Over Iran

Mark Dubowitz

"It's a good shot across the bow and signals the U.S. is serious about vigorous sanctions enforcement. This could be the beginning of a cascade of more sanctions on Chinese companies if China doesn't curtail its Iranian trade

12th January 2012 - Quoted by Zach Silberman, Washington Jewish Week

State Department Sanctions Three Companies Under Iran Sanctions Act

Mark Dubowitz

After my post, I spoke with Mark Dubowitz, the executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, which is a Washington think tank that has pushed for stronger sanctions on Iran.

10th January 2012 - Quoted by Ian Katz and John Walcott

Al-Qaeda Members Gripe Over Cash Crunch as U.S. Targets Funding

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

“The financial dimension is critical,” said Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, a terrorism researcher at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington, in a telephone interview.

8th January 2012 - Quoted by Tara Bahrampour, The Washington Post

Syrian Americans Anxiously Monitor Uprising

“Sometimes I tape them, because it’s a part of our history,” said the 43-year-old mother of two, who took a leave from her job as an Arabic teacher to help the uprising that began in Syria last spring and has been met with a violent crackdown.

7th January 2012 - Cited by Eric Schmitt, The New York Times

Lull in Strikes by U.S. Drones Aids Militants in Pakistan

Over all, drone strikes in Pakistan dropped to 64 last year, compared with 117 strikes in 2010, according to The Long War Journal, a Web site that monitors the attacks.

7th January 2012 - Cited by Scott Johnson, Powerline

Hezbollah Comes to the US, Cont’d

Jonathan Schanzer

During my visit to Tulsa last month I noted a story in the local news involving the search of a used car dealership as the result of a lawsuit alleging that it received about $20.2 million from Hezbollah members or Hezbollah-controlled entities to purchase and ship used cars.

5th January 2012 - Cited by Andrew Sullivan, The Daily Beast

Today In Syria: “They Made [Dad] Watch My Mom Being Beaten”

Benjamin Weinthal

If you believe you've been threatened by Syrian informants and want to publicize your story, contact PBS here. Benjamin Weinthal exposes even more troubling Assad intimidation in Europe.

5th January 2012 - Cited by Benoit Faucon, The Wall Street Journal

New Sanctions Target Iran Oil Sales

Mark Dubowitz

In a report, Mark Dubowitz, executive director at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies -- which is pushing for more Iran sanctions -- said the narrowing of Iranian oil-crude buyers would cut Iran's oil revenue by 7.8% to 8.5% if only Europe stops buying Iranian crude

4th January 2012 - Quoted by Ian Talley, Tennille Tracy and Benoit Faucon, The Wall Street Journal

US Urges Iran Oil Importers To Cut Purchases ‘Significantly’

Mark Dubowitz

"There's sufficient flexibility written into the law that the administration can make an assessment on the commitment that these countries have to either reduce the purchases of Iranian oil or driving discounts for Iranian oil

4th January 2012 - Cited by The Los Angeles Times

EU Officials Agree in Principle on Iran Oil Embargo

Mark Dubowitz

The top five European importers of Iranian oil are Italy, Spain, Greece, the Netherlands and France, said Mark Dubowitz, an expert on energy sanctions at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

4th January 2012 - Quoted by Zach Silberman, Washington Jewish Week

2012: It Could be a Year of Middle East Uncertainty

Jonathan Schanzer

In addition, Jonathan Schanzer, vice president of research for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, agreed that the "Iranian nuclear crisis will be the number one security concern of 2012."

3rd January 2012 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Mass Murder in Syria, Inaction by Obama

Jonathan Schanzer

Critics of the administration concede that arming the opposition forces has its downside and may add to political strife and violence after Assad is gone. While acknowledging this concern, Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies tells me

31st December 2011 - Quoted by Frontline, PBS

The Canny General: Quds Force Commander Ghasem Soleimani

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Testifying to the same subcommittee on the same day, the neoconservative Marc Reuel Gerecht, a retired CIA agent who worked in the Middle East for years, made it clear who Keane had primarily in mind

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