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13th February 2018 - Quoted by Hollie McKay - Fox News

Hundreds of young Turkish children jailed alongside their moms as part of a post-coup crackdown

Merve Tahiroglu

It was a snowy January morning in Istanbul last year when Ayse, a 32-year-old primary school teacher and mother of two, kissed the kids goodbye at school and headed home.

13th February 2018 - Quoted by JP O'Malley - The Times of Israel

La stagnation tragique de Mahmoud Abbas

Grant Rumley

Le meurtre de deux policiers israéliens par un tireur palestinien au mont du Temple de Jérusalem, en juillet dernier a conduit à une escalade de la violence qui a contraint Israël à installer des détecteurs de métaux aux entrées d’al-Aqsa. En signe de représailles, le président...

13th February 2018 - Quoted by The Tower

Iran Displays Nuclear-Capable Ballistic Missile at Parade Celebrating Revolution

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran displayed a nuclear-capable ballistic missile during parades celebrating the country’s 1979 revolution over the weekend, reinforcing concerns that it is in violation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution implementing the nuclear deal, the Washington Free Beacon reported...

13th February 2018 - Quoted by Asa Fitch - The Wall Street Journal

Iran Under Scrutiny as Deaths of Activists in Prison Rise

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The death of an imprisoned Canadian-Iranian environmental activist in Tehran has led to growing criticism over Iran’s treatment of detainees, including concerns about torture in confinement, during a recent crackdown on antiregime dissent.

13th February 2018 - Quoted by Leigh Boobyer - Express UK

Iran WAR threat: Iran shows off new nuclear-capable ballistic missile at revolution parade

Behnam Ben Taleblu

In a move which experts view as posturing amid dissidents’ efforts to stir protest, Iranian leaders flaunted the ballistic missile capabilities, which includes a nuclear-capable medium-range missile.

13th February 2018 - Quoted by Laurie Mylroie - K24

Erdogan fanning anti-American, anti-Kurdish sentiment

Aykan Erdemir

Recent polls reveal that some 80 percent of Turks support their country’s assault on the Kurdish canton of Afrin, Gonul Tol, founding director of the Center for Turkish Studies at the Middle East Institute, explained to a Washington DC audience.

13th February 2018 - Quoted by Leo Byrne and Hamish Macdonald - NK News

U.S. targets Latvian bank for dealing with sanctioned North Korean entities

Anthony Ruggiero

The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced on Tuesday that it is proposing the designation of a Latvian bank which dealt with North Korea as primary laundering concern.

13th February 2018 - Quoted by The Israel Project

Expert: In Wake of Drone Incursion into Israel, U.S. Must Target Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran displayed a nuclear-capable ballistic missile during parades celebrating the country's 1979 revolution over the weekend, reinforcing concerns that it is in violation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution implementing the nuclear deal, the Washington Free Beacon reported...

12th February 2018 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran Unveils New Homemade Nuclear-Capable Ballistic Missiles Amid Massive War Celebrations

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran unveiled a series of new homemade nuclear-capable ballistic missiles during military parades held over the weekend, a move that experts view as a bid to bolster the hardline ruling regime as dissidents continue efforts to stir protest.

12th February 2018 - Quoted by The Tower

Experts: Drone Incursion Shows that Israeli-Iranian Status Quo is Unsustainable

Jonathan Schanzer, Tony Badran

The incursion on an Iranian drone into Israeli airspace and the subsequent Israeli response on Saturday show that Israel considers Iran’s efforts “to consolidate their strategic position” in Syria and Lebanon to threaten the Jewish state, are “unsustainable,” two experts on the...

10th February 2018 - Quoted by Carlos Roa - The National Interest

A New Era of Terror Money?

Bitcoin, along with other cryptocurrencies, has attracted considerable scrutiny in the past few months due to a consider run up in prices. While the press devotes a great deal of attention towards the crypto nouveau riche or the usual proclamations that the entire phenomenon is a bubble...

10th February 2018 - Quoted by Dan Lamothe - The Washington Post

Bombing of Chinese separatists in Afghanistan is a sign of how Trump’s war there has changed

Thomas Joscelyn

The expansion of the U.S. bombing campaign in Afghanistan to target a little-known Chinese terrorist group is an example of how the 16-year-old war has changed under President Trump, according to U.S. military officers and outside analysts.

9th February 2018 - Quoted by Gardiner Harris - The New York Times

In Charm Offensive, Qatar Pushes for a Comeback in Washington

Richard Goldberg

With a mix of lobbying, potential investment and pledged support for the United States military, Qatar’s charm offensive with the Trump administration appears to have paid off.

9th February 2018 - Quoted by Express Newsline

Airstrikes kill at least 55 civilians outside Syrian capital

David Adesnik

The Assad-administration used chlorine gas bombs against civilians in the regions that are now being held by rebels such as Suraqeb in the northwestern provinces of Douma and Idlib near Damascus in Eastern Ghouta.

9th February 2018 - Quoted by Paul Strand - CBN News

How Being Pro-Israel Landed This Family in a 7-Year War with the IRS

Jonathan Schanzer

There's talk of how the Obama administration weaponized many federal agencies. The Marcuses of Penn Valley, Pennsylvania, know it's true because they had to fight some of those weapons in a years-long struggle with the Obama-era Internal Revenue Service.

8th February 2018 - Quoted by AFP

Macron and Trump’s ‘red lines’ in Syria being tested

David Adesnik

Barack Obama famously had one, while Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron clearly set out their own. But their "red lines" over the use of chemical weapons in the Syria conflict are now being tested.

8th February 2018 - Quoted by Seth Frantzman - The Hill

America’s Catch-22 diplomacy, when friends are also adversaries

The United States has “calculations against Turkey and Iran and maybe Russia,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told members of his political party on Feb. 6.

7th February 2018 - Quoted by Dwayne Harmon - Newburgh Gazette

Japan, US confirm pressure on North Korea

Anthony Ruggiero

Pence stressed Wednesday that "all options are on the table" and pledged that Washington would continue to deploy some of its "most advanced military assets to Japan and the wider region" to protect against the threat posed by North Korea.

7th February 2018 - Quoted by Ben Evanksy - Fox News

UN warned to stop giving Hezbollah free rein in Lebanon—or face consequences

Tony Badran

A new warning on Iran’s destabilizing behavior in Lebanon was sent to the United Nations Secretary General and Security Council. The letter, which has been seen by Fox News, warned of the consequences of leaving Hezbollah’s actions unchecked by the U.N.

7th February 2018 - Quoted by Aaron Bandler - Jewish Journal

Report: State Department Succeeds In Killing BDS Bill

Orde Kittrie

The State Department was successful in its effort to kill a bill in the Irish parliament that would have criminalized trade with Israelis, according to a report from the Washington Free Beacon.

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