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8th November 2015 - Quoted by Richard Spencer - The Telegraph

Who Are the Jihadists Who May Have Brought Down the Russian Jet?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Bombing an airliner out of the sky would be a major step up in capabilities not only for Islamic State but particularly for the two men who have built the forces of jihad in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula into a major threat, according to analysts who monitor the groups.

8th November 2015 - Quoted by Brian Dowling - The Boston Herald

Pentagon Expected to Present Plan to Close Guantanamo

David B. Rivkin

The Pentagon is expected this week to unveil a plan to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center and move terrorists to U.S. soil, suggesting prisons such as the ­Supermax in Colorado that houses marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as a suitable site for detainees whom officials believe...

8th November 2015 - Quoted by Barin Kayaoglu - Al Monitor

Turkey’s Armenian Community Gets Back Children’s Camp

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey’s Armenian community finally won back Camp Armen last week. The Gedikpasa Armenian Protestant Church in Istanbul now owns the deed to the former orphanage and children’s camp, offering a ray of hope to Turkish Armenians and other non-Muslim minorities. The episode, however,...

7th November 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

‘McDonald’s Diplomacy’: The Nuclear Deal Has Emboldened Iranian Hardliners

Tony Badran

The Iran nuclear deal, the optimism went, could help open up the country to the West. It could soften the influence of hardliners in the country. And it could start to open Iran's doors to outside businesses, including from the US.

6th November 2015 - Quoted by Erin Banco - International Business Times

Blacklisted Iranian Airline Continues To Acquire Aircraft, Transport Weapons To Syria

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Senior U.S. officials told International Business Times they are investigating the purchase of a U.K.-manufactured aircraft by one of Iran’s airlines. Because the jet has an American-made engine, it is subject to U.S. export laws.

6th November 2015 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

West’s Relations With Turkey Likely Face Rocky Road Ahead

Aykan Erdemir

After pulling off a surprise electoral victory, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and members of his Justice and Development Party (AKP) are indicating they will pursue policies likely to complicate the West’s fight against the Islamic State terror group and roil Ankara’s relations with...

5th November 2015 - Quoted by Tzippe Barrow - CBN News

Iran President: Seizing US Embassy Began Our Independence

Benjamin Weinthal

When Iranian President Hassan Rouhani took office a little over two years ago, most Western nations were gaga over his smile and almost giddy over the fact that Iran now had a kinder, gentler, more liberal leader. But two years on, the reality on the ground shows that nothing changed, in...

5th November 2015 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Iranian Commanders Refuse Orders to Fight in Syria, Report Says

Iran's increasing military involvement in Syria to sustain President Bashar Assad’s regime is costing more and more casualties and top commanders of the elite Revolutionary Guards force have been charged with mutiny and treason for refusing orders to fight there, a pan-Arab daily newspaper...

5th November 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

U.S. Officials: Iranian Cyber-Attacks, Arrest of Americans May Be Linked

U.S. officials believe that the increasing number of hacking attacks carried out this past month by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) against American government personnel may be linked to the arrests of American-Iranian citizens by the regime, The Wall Street Journal...

5th November 2015 - Quoted by Pamela Engel - Business Insider

Russia’s Strategy in Syria May Have Just Gotten More Complicated

Boris Zilberman

ISIS terrorists claiming responsibility for taking down a Russian passenger plane over Egypt could complicate Moscow's involvement in the Middle East.

5th November 2015 - Quoted by Julian Pecquet - Al Monitor

Congress Wants to Make Iran, Palestinians Pay Terror Verdicts

Orde Kittrie

Congress is weighing several legislative actions to compensate US victims of Iranian and Palestinian terrorism amid bipartisan frustration with the Obama administration.

5th November 2015 - Quoted by David Gerstman - The Tower

Iran’s Latest Crackdowns Validate Concerns Raised By Skeptics Of Nuclear Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran’s recent crackdowns on businessmen with ties to the United States, arrests of journalists, and continued rhetorical attacks on the United States have validated concerns raised by critics of the nuclear deal that it would increase the power of the regime’s hardliners.

4th November 2015 - Quoted by Erin Banco - International Business Times

Iranian Airline Violates Terms Of Nuclear Deal By Purchasing Planes To Use In Syrian War

Emanuele Ottolenghi

One of Iran’s commercial airlines last week bought a U.K.-manufactured jet with the aim of using it to deliver Iranian soldiers and weapons to Syria in support of the embattled regime of President Bashar Assad, International Business Times has learned.

4th November 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Michelle Obama to Speak at Summit Sponsored by Radical Qatari Group

David Andrew Weinberg

First Lady Michelle Obama is in Qatar this week for a summit sponsored by a state-controlled foundation that is known for operating mosques that have welcomed extremist clerics, according to a range of sources.

2nd November 2015 - Quoted by AFP

Turkey Returns to Single-Party Rule After AKP Election Sweep

Aykan Erdemir

Turks woke Monday to a country once again under single-party rule, after the Justice and Development Party regained its parliamentary majority in a surprise election sweep that strengthens the hand of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

2nd November 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

‘Simply a Disaster’: The Results of Turkey’s Historic Election Were Surprising—and Ominous

Jonathan Schanzer, Aykan Erdemir

On Sunday, Turkish President Recep Erdogan and his party regained their parliamentary majority in a landslide win that outperformed every poll and surprised even the most seasoned analysts.

2nd November 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

What To Do About Iran

Mark Dubowitz, Emanuele Ottolenghi

Last week the Wall Street Journal reported: U.S. lawmakers, angered by the recent arrest of an Iranian-American, demanded Friday that the White House take a tougher line against Tehran and impose fresh sanctions on its elite military unit, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

2nd November 2015 - Quoted by Daniel Greenfield - Frontpage Mag

UN Top Official For Iraq Meets With Al Qaeda Funder

David Andrew Weinberg

What's the difference between the UN and an international terrorist organization? The terrorists usually know what they're doing.

2nd November 2015 - Quoted by VICE News

Al Qaeda Leader Calls for Jihadist Unity to Fight ‘Satanic Alliance’

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri released a new message late on Sunday that called for a united jihadist front against "the satanic alliance that attacks Islam."

2nd November 2015 - Quoted by Menekse Tokyay - Al Arabiya

How Turkey’s Ruling AKP Regained its Parliamentary Majority

Merve Tahiroglu

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has secured a parliamentary majority, according to general-election results announced on Sunday.

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