Analysis & Commentary

26th March 2015 - Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Yemen crisis threatens Obama Iran nuclear talks, further clouds Middle East policy

Mark Dubowitz

The confusion and cross-purposes that have plagued President Obama’s troubled Middle East policy are only getting worse as the U.S. on Thursday voiced its support for a new Egypt-Saudi military campaign to roll back the Iran-allied rebels in Yemen.

26th March 2015 - Quoted by Sarah Westwood - Washington Examiner

Feds canceled Deloitte Palestinian contract on evidence of joint cover-up

Jonathan Schanzer

A $12.2 million contract to boost the Palestinian economy was scrapped more than a year before its scheduled completion after U.S. Agency for International Development officials covered up the poor performance of its contractor, Deloitte Consulting.

26th March 2015 - Quoted by Stephen Collinson - CNN

Obama’s anti-terror strategy suffers setback in Yemen

Oren Adaki

President Barack Obama has pointed to Yemen to boast that his new global anti-terror strategy was thriving. But with Iranian-backed rebels now overrunning the U.S. ally tasked with beating back local al Qaeda affiliates, the nation at the tip of Arabian Peninsula makes a better case study in...

26th March 2015 - Quoted by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

Saudi Arabia is Bombing Iran-backed Rebels in Yemen Who Just Plundered US Intelligence Files

Oren Adaki

Yemen's crisis is getting worse and then some. Saudi Arabia has started bombing rebel positions inside Yemen, and said the Sunni Kingdom will do "anything necessary" to deter the Iran-backed Shiite rebels who are taking over its neighbor.

25th March 2015 - Quoted by Linette Lopez - Business Insider

AEROTERROR: A regular flight from Caracas to Tehran carried more drugs and money than people

Toby Dershowitz

From 2007 to at least 2010, there was a flight from Caracas, Venezuela to Tehran, Iran that made a stop in Damascus, Syria.

24th March 2015 - Quoted by Rachel Oswald - CQ Roll Call

Terrorism Provision in Iran Bill Draws Fire

Mark Dubowitz

A provision in the Senate bill to give Congress a say in any Iran deal is drawing fire from the left for appearing to conflate the country’s nuclear work with its support for terrorism.

24th March 2015 - AJC

The Iran Talks: Top 5 Twitter Accounts to Follow

Mark Dubowitz

As the March 31 deadline for a framework agreement between Iran and the P5+1 nears, the twitterverse is abuzz with many offering their own analysis, musings, and breaking news. Here are the top 5 Twitter accounts you should be sure to follow to get the full picture of unfolding events.

23rd March 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - Washington Free Beacon

U.S. Boosts Military Presence in Gulf Waters as Iran Deal Inches Closer

Michael Ledeen

Some 3,000 U.S. military personnel as well as American “air, land, sea, and special operations components” have moved into the Persian Gulf region for a military exercise that coincides with the finalization of a nuclear agreement with Iran aimed at containing its nuclear arms program,...

22nd March 2015 - Quoted by Chris Coffey- Algemeiner

General Petraeus Says Iran is Part of the Problem in Middle East, Not the Solution

Clifford D. May

According to former CIA Director General David Petraeus, Iran is part of the problem in the Middle East, not the solution.

22nd March 2015 - Quoted by Awad Mustafa - Defense News

Saudi, UAE Influence Grows With Purchases

David Andrew Weinberg

The political influence of two of the world's biggest arms buyers is growing throughout major capitals in the world as their defense budgets continue to increase.

22nd March 2015 - Quoted by Katie Sanders - Politifact

Israeli ambassador tells U.S. audience Netanyahu didn’t change position on two-state solution

Jonathan Schanzer

Sunday shows fixed their spotlight on newly re-elected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose campaign-season remarks shutting down a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict inflamed tensions with the White House.

21st March 2015 - Quoted by Neil Munro - Daily Caller

Obama To Netanyahu: I May Allow UN Support For Arabs

Jonathan Schanzer

White House spokesman Josh Earnest suggested March 20 that the United States would not veto a future anti-Israel resolution by the United Nations Security Council.

20th March 2015 - Quoted by Louis Jacobson - Politifact

Glenn Beck Says Barack Obama Took Iran, Hamas off U.S. Terror List

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The confluence of elections in Israel and the possible culmination of international talks on Iran’s nuclear capabilities has vaulted United States policy on Iran to the top of the national agenda.

20th March 2015 - Mentioned by The Tower

Report: Iran-Backed Shiite Militias Went on Anti-Sunni Rampage After Freeing Key Iraqi Town

Bill Roggio

After freeing the city of the Iraqi town of Amerli, which had been under siege by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Iranian-backed Shiite militias rampaged through the area carrying out reprisal raids against Sunnis in the area.

20th March 2015 - Quoted by Elias Groll - Foreign Policy

Yemen on the Edge

Thomas Joscelyn

A barrage of suicide bombings struck two mosques in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa on Friday, killing at least 137 and wounding some 350 others attending the typically crowded Friday prayer sessions, according to media reports.

20th March 2015 - Quoted by VOA News

Yemeni IS Group Claims Sana’a Mosques Blasts

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Suicide bombers attacked two mosques in Yemen's capital, Sana'a, Friday, killing at least 137 people and wounding about 350.

20th March 2015 - Cited by Linette Lopez - Business Insider

Dead Argentine Prosecutor Was Zeroing in on a Terror Threat to the Entire Western Hemisphere

Tony Badran

As days go by, the death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman — who was found dead in his locked apartment two months ago — becomes murkier in his home country. But in the US it appears to be coming into focus.

20th March 2015 - Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Iranian Vulnerability

Reuel Marc Gerecht

The Obama White House is enlisting all its allies to make its case for the bad nuclear deal with Iran that, say administration allies, is better than no deal.

20th March 2015 - Mentioned by Mac Margolis - Bloomberg View

‘CSI: Buenos Aires’ Gets More Sinister

The Argentine economy is doubled over by debt. President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner's approval ratings are south of Patagonia, and the country's decade-long fight with bondholders has just gotten worse.

19th March 2015 - Quoted by Indira Lakshmanan - Bloomberg

More Iran Oil May Flow Within Months of Deal, Officials Say

Mark Dubowitz

World powers have offered to suspend U.S. and European restrictions on Iranian oil exports, but only if the Islamic Republic accepts strict limits on its nuclear program for at least a decade, according to American and European officials.


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