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25th February 2016 - Quoted by Michael Weiss - The Daily Beast

Does Obama Want to Carve Up Syria?

Tony Badran

A stray comment by John Kerry this week—laying out a last-ditch, now-don’t-hold-me-to-this prescription for ending a modern and globally transformative holocaust—acknowledges an unfolding reality.

24th February 2016 - Quoted by World Watch Monitor

Turkey backs down on closing Bursa’s only church

Aykan Erdemir

The local government of the northwestern Turkish city of Bursa ordered that its only church, which serves four congregations, be vacated by Friday (26 Feb.) before rescinding the order on Tuesday.

24th February 2016 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

The Saudis are ‘drawing lines in the sand’ — and showing they are serious about confronting Iran

Tony Badran

Saudi Arabia warned its citizens against traveling to Lebanon on Tuesday after one of its biggest allies, the United Arab Emirates, banned travel to Lebanon altogether.

24th February 2016 - Quoted by Adam Kredo- Washington Free Beacon

Obama Admin to Waive Counter-Terror Measures to Aid Iran

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Obama administration has announced that it will not enforce new counter-terrorism measures passed by an overwhelming bipartisan majority in Congress because they could harm Iranian business interests, according to new instructions issued by the Department of Homeland Security.

24th February 2016 - Quoted by Howard Altman - The Tampa Tribune

Obama’s Gitmo closure plan yields stinging criticism in Tampa Bay area

Thomas Joscelyn

President Barack Obama’s pledge Tuesday to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and transfer detainees to a facility in the United States drew sharp criticism from Tampa Bay area members of Congress and from a Tampa man who once ran the facility.

24th February 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Defense Experts: U.S. Must Block Iran’s Attempts to Upgrade its Cruise Missile Arsenal

Mark Dubowitz

The United States must take steps to neutralize the threat of Iran’s cruise missile program, researchers at the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs wrote in The Wall Street Journal Monday.

24th February 2016 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

GAO points to problems with the Iran nuclear deal

Mark Dubowitz

The Government Accountability Office put out a preliminary report on Tuesday on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran.

24th February 2016 - Quoted by Kathy Gilsinan - The Atlantic

Is Guantanamo a Terrorist Recruitment Tool?

Thomas Joscelyn

In his last year in office, President Obama has submitted to Congress a plan to achieve what he had promised to do in his first: Close the facility housing terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In the interim, Obama and a series of other officials, including former CIA Director David...

24th February 2016 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

IS Getting Bomb-making Materials with Ease, Report Says

Jonathan Schanzer

Almost two months after Iraqi forces liberated Ramadi from the Islamic State (IS) terror group, much of the city is in ruins. But the structures that still stand pose a deadly threat from an estimated tens of thousands of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), rigged to blow with the opening...

24th February 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Gay Iranian Poet Seeks Asylum in Israel

Benjamin Weinthal

A gay Iranian poet who was granted a visa to visit Israel in December has now applied for asylum in the Jewish state, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

23rd February 2016 - Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

Beyond Syria and Iraq: ISIS is losing ground around the world

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Libyan fighters are celebrating a major victory on Tuesday: They've driven ISIS out of parts of Benghazi, eastern Libya's largest city, building on advances in and around the city on Sunday.

23rd February 2016 - Quoted Michael Rubin - Commentary

Are Syria’s Kurds Really Pro-Assad?

Tony Badran

Among supporters of the Syrian opposition, there is increasing cynicism (if not occasional disdain) toward the People’s Protection Units, better known by their Kurdish acronym the YPG.

23rd February 2016 - Quoted by Eli Lake - Bloomberg

Where Islamic State Stumbles in Its War With Al-Qaeda

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Since al-Qaeda expelled it from its ranks a little more than two years ago, the Islamic State has been on a tear. It has taken Iraq's second-largest city, declared itself a caliphate, won over al Qaeda affiliates in Sinai and Nigeria, and conducted high-profile terror attacks in Europe and...

22nd February 2016 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

US Envoy’s Trip to Kobani Sparks Tension Between US and Turkey

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

A February 1 visit by a top U.S diplomat to Syria's border town of Kobani for meetings with Syrian Kurdish leaders is at the center of a widening rift between Ankara and Washington.

22nd February 2016 - The Wall Street Journal

The Great Trump Unknown

David Andrew Weinberg, Mark Dubowitz

“Hillary Clinton’s win in Nevada Saturday suggests that in the end Democrats aren’t going to indulge their inner socialist this year. They want to win. Republicans have a last chance to reconsider their Trump embrace, or dive head-first into who-knows-what,” says a Journal editorial....

20th February 2016 - Quoted by Javier E. David - CNBC

North Korea’s arsenal raises the stakes for US grid security: Experts

North Korea, the country whose nuclear ambitions have been the fulcrum of global security concerns for more than a decade, may be a threat in more ways than one.

19th February 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Doubts Arise Whether White House Will Block Iranian Purchases of Russian Fighter Planes

Mark Dubowitz

Although the State Department has said that a proposed arms deal between Russia and Iran would violate a United Nations Security Council ban on weapons transfers to Iran, doubts are emerging whether the Obama administration will actually block the deal, the Washington Free Beacon reported on...

19th February 2016 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

An Iran test for the administration

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Iran certainly learned from the experience in conducting ballistic missile tests: The United States will do nothing to enforce existing restrictions on Iran, so Tehran is free to push the envelope.

19th February 2016 - Quoted by Sarah Lynch - Vocativ

ISIS Thrives In Libya 5 Years After Revolution That Toppled Gaddafi

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

There was a time when the Libyan city of Benghazi was oozing with optimism. Daily parades swept through the city center. Libyan flags flew high. Car speakers blared revolutionary songs and locals jumped with delight at booming sounds of celebratory gunfire.

18th February 2016 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - Washington Free Beacon

Obama Admin Could Halt New Iran- Russia Weapons Deals

Mark Dubowitz

The United States has the authority to block new multi-billion dollar arms deals between Iran and Russia though the administration is not expected to exercise this authority, which was granted under United Nations Security Council resolutions pertaining to the recently implemented nuclear...


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