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25th April 2016 - Quoted by Tom Hausman - The Diamondback

Panelists discuss anti-Semitism and its rise among Western countries

Benjamin Weinthal

While panelists agreed Monday that Jewish activism on college campuses is growing, they noted there is a trend that shows countries across the world have a rise in anti-Semitism.

25th April 2016 - Quoted by C. Eugene Emery Jr., Linda Qiu, Katie Sanders - Politifact

Fact-checking the April 24 edition of Meet the Press

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, D-Fla., said Sunday that the White House will decide by June whether to release sealed pages of a congressional report that explore links between Saudi Arabia and the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

22nd April 2016 - Quoted by Sean Savage - JNS

As Israel asserts Golan control, the move is a civil war’s one point of agreement

Jonathan Schanzer

With Syria’s civil war raging on in its sixth year, neighboring Israel has largely managed to keep a comfortable distance from the bloody conflict, in no small part thanks to the Jewish state’s strong presence in the strategic Golan Heights—a territory that has belonged to Israel for...

22nd April 2016 - Quoted by Lucas Tomlinson - Fox News

US to buy 32 tons of nuclear material from Iran, State Department announces

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration will purchase 32 tons of nuclear material from Iran, the State Dept. confirmed to Fox News Friday, in a move likely to anger critics still reeling after Iran received billions in sanctions relief following the implementation of the nuclear deal in January.

22nd April 2016 - Quoted by Fred Lucas - The Blaze

Here’s How the Obama Administration Is Paying Millions Directly to Iran to Preserve the Nuke Deal

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration is paying $8.6 million directly to the government of Iran to buy 32 tons of heavy water, a top component to develop nuclear weapons — a transaction seen as a means of preserving the controversial nuclear agreement.

22nd April 2016 - Quoted by Shane Harris - The Daily Beast

Parents Sue Assad for Son’s Beheading by ISIS

Thomas Joscelyn

There may be some justice after all for Steven Sotloff, the journalist whose gruesome killing at the hands of an ISIS executioner was seen around the world in a propaganda video in 2014.

21st April 2016 - Quoted by Colleen McCain Nelson, Margherita Stancati - The Wall Street Journal

Obama Seeks to Repair Rocky Relationships in Gulf

David Andrew Weinberg

President Barack Obama was holding talks Thursday with leaders from the six-nation bloc of Persian Gulf countries in an effort to repair relations and bridge differences over issues ranging from Iran to the fight against terror.

20th April 2016 - Quoted by Pete Williams - NBC News

Victims of Terror Can Seize Iranian Money, Supreme Court Rules

Mark Dubowitz

Victims of terrorist attacks that were backed by Iran, and members of their families, can collect nearly $2 billion in Iranian money held by a bank in New York, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

20th April 2016 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Backlash grows over Obama’s Iran concession

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration’s hint that it was considering allowing Iran to access directly or indirectly U.S. dollars drew furious, negative reaction from both sides of the aisle. On Monday, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) denounced the effort and called for the administration to reaffirm...

20th April 2016 - Quoted by Ariane de Vogue - CNN

Supreme Court rules in favor of terror victims

Mark Dubowitz

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in favor of victims of terrorism and their families in a 6-2 split, clearing the way for them to collect nearly $2 billion from the central bank of Iran.

20th April 2016 - Quoted by Nicole Gaouette - CNN

Obama in Saudi Arabia: Does the U.S. still need the Kingdom?

David Andrew Weinberg

President Barack Obama landed in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday as the U.S. alliance with the Mideast powerhouse, long lubricated by barrels of oil, is being questioned on both sides like never before.

20th April 2016 - Quoted by Edwin Mora - Breitbart

Islamic State Committing ‘Cultural Genocide’ by Selling Priceless Antiques to Westerners

Yaya J. Fanusie

Expert witnesses, while testifying before a House panel about the unprecedented level of looting and destruction of priceless antiques by jihadist groups across the Middle East, identified collectors from Europe and the United States as top buyers of ancient artifacts illegally sold by the...

20th April 2016 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Report: Obama Seeks Meeting With Iranian President

Amir Toumaj

President Barack Obama has sent two letters to senior Iranian leaders in recent months requesting a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, according to Persian language reports recently translated by a Middle East research organization.

20th April 2016 - Quoted by Tracy Wilkinson, Michael A. Memoli - Los Angeles Times

Obama goes to Saudi Arabia to rebuild a relationship strained by Iran, Islamic State and 9/11

David Andrew Weinberg

President Obama begins a delicate mission Wednesday both to reinforce his strategic aims in the Middle East and to ease tension with an aggrieved longtime ally, Saudi Arabia.

19th April 2016 - Quoted by Shane Dixon Kavanaugh - Vocativ

Afghanistan’s Endless War And Its Staggering Toll On Civilians

Bill Roggio

The Taliban’s deadly assault in Kabul on Tuesday, which the Afghan Interior Ministry said killed 64 people and injured more than 300 others, was aimed at an elite security force paid to protect government officials, the militant group claimed. But the majority of those struck by the car...

19th April 2016 - Quoted by Jim Randle - Voice of America

IS Terror Group Raises Millions from Plundered Relics

Yaya J. Fanusie

The Islamic State (IS) may have raised as much as $100 million by digging up and selling priceless antiquities from territory it controls, according to experts consulted by a U.S. congressional panel.

19th April 2016 - Quoted by Matt Piotrowski - The Fuse

Oil Sits At Center Of Next President’s Foreign Policy Challenges

Clifford D. May, Mark Dubowitz, Aykan Erdemir

With international events happening at a quick pace and relationships with allies and enemies in flux, the next president will have a long list of foreign policy challenges, with major oil-producing countries as top concerns. Speakers at this week’s Foundation for Defense of Democracies...

19th April 2016 - Quoted by Matt Purple - National Interest

Forget ISIS: Al Qaeda Is Back

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In Islamic State, the world has encountered the most brutal jihad syndicate it’s ever faced. But brutality has its limits.

19th April 2016 - Quoted by Carlo Munoz, Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Taliban suicide attack in Kabul renews debate on Afghanistan troop cuts

Bill Roggio

A devastating Taliban suicide attack that killed at least 28 people and wounded more than 300 others Tuesday in the heart of Kabul has sent concerns soaring that Afghanistan’s struggling security forces will be overmatched in the summer fighting season, which many believe will be among the...

19th April 2016 - Quoted by Teresa Welsh - U.S. News & World Report

Why Lebanon Could Be the Next Middle East Hot Spot

Tony Badran

Saudi Arabia has made a gamble in its regional proxy war with longtime foe Iran by retreating from Lebanon, an arena where the two have long competed for influence.

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