Analysis & Commentary


3rd August 2015 - Quoted by Walter Pincus - The Washington Post

The Limitations of Sanctions on Iran

Juan Zarate

The parts of the Iran nuclear agreement that would lift sanctions are among its most complicated and controversial elements, partly because there is disagreement about what effect the sanctions have had on Tehran’s nuclear program.

3rd August 2015 - Quoted by Grant Gross - CIO

Counterterrorism Expert Says It’s Time To Give Companies Offensive Cybercapabilities

Juan Zarate

The U.S. government should deputize private companies to strike back against cyberattackers as a way to discourage widespread threats against the nation’s businesses, a former government official says.

1st August 2015 - Quoted by Pamela Engel - Business Insider

ISIS Just Received a ‘Gift’- and Now ‘There’s A Lot of Opportunity for High Drama’

Thomas Joscelyn

Taliban leader Mullah Omar was officially declared dead this week, and the militant group is showing signs of major strain as a result.

1st August 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

ISIS is Exploiting a Crucial Weakness in Turkey that Lets Them Walk ‘Free’

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkey's airstrikes on ISIS targets in northern Syria and Kurdish PKK camps in northern Iraq have coincided with a nationwide crackdown on suspected militants and extremists operating within its own borders.

31st July 2015 - Quoted by George F. Will - The New York Post

The Arrogance - and Futility - of the Iran Nuclear Deal

Reuel Marc Gerecht

It came two days after the announcement of the nuclear agreement with Iran, yet little mention was made on July 16 of the 70th anniversary of the first nuclear explosion, near Alamogordo, New Mexico.

31st July 2015 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

Erdogan Signals Possible Snap Election

Merve Tahiroglu

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has signaled the possibility of an early parliamentary election. His comments come as talks about forming a coalition government drag on in Ankara.

31st July 2015 - Quoted by Howard LaFranchi - The Christian Science Monitor

Iran Nuclear Agreement: Is a ‘Better Deal’ Possible – and At What Cost?

Mark Dubowitz

The television ads are airing across the country, from Washington to Honolulu: The Iran nuclear deal is a “bad deal,” the ad says, before concluding, “We want a better deal.” As Congress debates the complex international agreement limiting Iran’s nuclear program in anticipation of...

30th July 2015 - Quoted by David M. Weinberg - The Jerusalem Post

Know Comment: American-Iranian Fairy Tales

Here is an updated scorecard of the misrepresentations advanced by the Obama administration in defense of its concordat with Iran. The list grows every day.

30th July 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Turkey is ‘Playing a Dangerous Game’ — and What Comes Next Could Make It Worse

Jonathan Schanzer

Last week, Turkey went from being effectively neutral in the conflict brewing on its southern border to opening a war on two fronts against ISIS in northern Syria and the Kurdish PKK in northern Iraq. And what happens next will determine just how messy Ankara’s Syria policy has become....

30th July 2015 - Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

Map: ISIS Has Lost 9.4 Percent of Its Territory This Year

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

SIS has lost almost 10 percent of its territory so far in 2015, yet another indication that the group, for all the terror it has sown in Syria and Iraq, is losing the war. Defense analysis group IHS Jane's 360 detailed the territorial loss in a report, which includes this map below...

30th July 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Expert: Iran Will Exploit Growing Commercial Ties With West To Increase Repression

Benjamin Weinthal

Western corporations rushing to take advantage of the removal of economic sanctions on Iran in the wake of the nuclear deal may find themselves implicated in the regime’s repression, Benjamin Weinthal, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, warned Wednesday in an...

30th July 2015 - Quoted by United State Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Corker Rejects Obama Administration’s False Choice on Iran Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

During the second in a series of hearings to examine the Iran nuclear deal, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, rejected the Obama administration’s false choice between supporting the nuclear deal or supporting war, which was part of the...

30th July 2015 - Quoted by George Will - National Review Online

With the Iran Deal, Obama’s Contempt for Congress Is on Full Display

Reuel Marc Gerecht

It came two days after the announcement of the nuclear agreement with Iran, yet little mention was made on July 16 of the 70th anniversary of the first nuclear explosion, near Alamogordo, New Mexico. The anniversary underscored that the agreement attempts to thwart proliferation of...

29th July 2015 - Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Reports of Mullah’s Death Rock Afghan Peace Push

Bill Roggio

Uncertainty swirled Wednesday around new reports that long-secretive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has been dead for perhaps as long as two years, as U.S. officials declined to confirm an Afghan government claim and analysts debated how the death might impact Afghan-Taliban peace talks...

29th July 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Congress: Nuke Deal Loopholes Bolster Illicit Iranian-N. Korean Alliance

Iran’s nuclear relationship with North Korea is likely to grow due to a recent nuclear accord, according to experts and members of Congress, who warned in a hearing that loopholes in the deal would facilitate illicit trade between the rogue countries.

29th July 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Congressional Testimony: Anti-Boycott Laws Needed to Protect US, Allies from Economic Attack

Mark Dubowitz

The ultimate goal of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and its leaders is to delegitimize the state of Israel, legislators, legal experts and business leaders agreed in a congressional hearing Tuesday. The hearing was held by the Subcommittee on National Security of the...

29th July 2015 - Quoted by Morgan Chalfant - The Washington Free Beacon

Afghan Officials Say Taliban Leader Mullah Mohammad Omar is Dead, Taliban Denies Report

Thomas Joscelyn

Afghan officials and an individual close to the Taliban claim that the group’s spiritual leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, for whom the United States had issued a $10 million bounty, is dead.

29th July 2015 - Quoted by Shane Harris, Nancy A. Youssef, and Sami Yousafzai - The Daily Beast

Rumors of Mullah Omar’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated Before

Thomas Joscelyn

Rumors surfaced Wednesday morning that Mullah Omar, the notorious one-eyed leader of the Taliban, had died. The BBC first reported news of Omar’s death, citing “top sources within the Afghan administration and intelligence agency.”

29th July 2015 - Quoted by Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, Adi Cohen - Vocativ

Saudi Royalty Flaunts Lavish French Holiday In Rare Photos

David Andrew Weinberg

Swanky villas, fleets of gleaming new Mercedes and an entire beach annexed from the public are apparently not enough for some among of the 1,000-strong entourage accompanying Saudi King Salman during his three-week sojourn at the French Riviera. They’ve turned to Instagram to flaunt their...

28th July 2015 - Quoted by Ari Yashar - Artuz Sheva

US to Lift Sanctions on Khamenei’s $100 Billion Empire

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Analysts have revealed that the US is preparing to lift sanctions on Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's secret network of organizations worth over $95 billion as part of the Iran nuclear deal.


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