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19th June 2014 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

DHS Adviser’s Anti-American Tweets Celebrated by ISIS Terrorists

Oren Adaki

Affiliates of the Iraqi terror group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as ISIS, are praising and potentially recruiting extremists based on controversial tweets...

19th June 2014 - Mentioned by Michael K. Lavers - The Washington Blade

Iran A ‘Paradox’ For LGBTs

Arsham Parsi, a participant of and FDD and FPI co-sponsored event, Dashed Hopes: Iran's Human Rights Record Under Rouhani, is interviewed by the Washington Blade.

19th June 2014 - Quoted by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

Obama’s Iraq Announcement Wasn’t Exactly Earth-Shattering

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Today, president Barack Obama announced that the U.S. would be sending 300 military advisors to Iraq, to help Baghdad respond to the rapid advance of a Sunni Jihadist group in the country's north.

18th June 2014 - Quoted by Michael Bastasch - The Daily Caller

Obama Could Use Iraq Crisis To Ease Oil Sanctions On Iran, Warns Security Expert

John Hannah

The Obama administration should not be tempted to use the Iraq crisis to ease economic sanctions on Iran, warns a former national security adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney.

18th June 2014 - Cited by Geoffrey York - The Globe and Mail

Radical Islamists’ Ideology Marks Soccer As Enemy

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

While the drama of the World Cup is enthralling a global television audience of billions, it is also attracting a deadly enemy: soccer-hating extremists whose bombs and guns are killing scores of World Cup fans.

18th June 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Three boys, Iran and American Retreat

Jonathan Schanzer

Last Thursday three Israeli teens — Naftali Fraenkel and Gilad Shaar, both 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 19 — were kidnapped while hitchhiking home from school.

18th June 2014 - Cited by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

Israeli And Palestinian Leaders Don’t Seem To Want A War Over The Kidnapped Teens — For Now

Jonathan Schanzer

Israel, Hamas, and the Palestinian government have been treading carefully in the six days since the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers from a highway junction in the West Bank.

18th June 2014 - Quoted by James Novogrod & Robert Windrem - NBC News

Besieged Iraqi Refinery at Baiji ‘Could Fall’ To ISIS: U.S. Officials

Bill Roggio

Hours after Sunni militants attacked Iraq’s largest oil refinery Wednesday, U.S. officials told NBC News that the facility “could fall under ISIS control.”

18th June 2014 - Cited by Rod Nordland - The New York Times

Extremists Said To Take Control Of Iraq’s Biggest Oil Refinery

Bill Roggio, Patrick Megahan

Iraq’s biggest oil refinery fell to Islamic extremists Wednesday morning, after army helicopter gunships failed to beat back an attack...

17th June 2014 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

Observers: Iran Changing Dynamics of Iraqi Conflict

Jonathan Schanzer

Last week, Sunni militants led by fighters for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant steamrolled through parts of northern Iraq, seizing Mosul, Tikrit and other cities.

17th June 2014 - Quoted by Brett Logiurato - Business Insider

Here’s How US-Iran Cooperation In Iraq Affects Nuclear Negotiations

Jonathan Schanzer

The escalating crisis in Iraq comes amid the search a solution for another huge geopolitical dilemma — a nuclear deal among world powers and Iran.

17th June 2014 - Cited by CBS News

Iraq Oil Refinery Shuts As Crisis Deepens

Bill Roggio, Patrick Megahan

Sunni Muslim insurgents forced the shutdown Tuesday of Iraq's largest oil refinery, demonstrating yet again their ability to embarrass the country's Shiite-led government...

17th June 2014 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

Observers: Iran Changing Dynamics Of Iraqi Conflict

Jonathan Schanzer

Last week, Sunni militants led by fighters for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant steamrolled through parts of northern Iraq, seizing Mosul, Tikrit and other cities.

17th June 2014 - Quoted by Terry Atlas - Bloomberg News

Obama Courting Iran for Help in Iraq Risks Backlash

Mark Dubowitz

President Barack Obama’s outreach to Iran to help thwart Sunni militants in Iraq may upset regional allies and risk a domestic political backlash.

17th June 2014 - Quoted by Rick Gladstone & Thomas Erdbrink - The New York Times

US And Iran Signal Joint Effort In Iraq Crisis; US May Send Special Forces

Mark Dubowitz

The United States and Iran signaled on Monday increased willingness to work together to arrest the expanding Sunni insurgency in Iraq, and US officials said the White House also is considering sending a small number of special forces troops to Iraq to help the government slow the insurgency....

17th June 2014 - Quoted by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

Israeli Military Source: Hamas Definitely Kidnapped Those Three Israeli Teens In The West Bank

Jonathan Schanzer

16th June 2014 - Quoted by Michael R. Gordan & David E. Sanger - The New York Times

U.S. Is Exploring Talks With Iran On Crisis In Iraq

Mark Dubowitz

A senior American diplomat met with his Iranian counterpart in Vienna on Monday to explore whether the United States and Iran could work together...

16th June 2014 - The ABC

Iraq crisis: 279 Islamic militants killed in 24 hours

Bill Roggio, Patrick Megahan

Thousands of people responded to a call by Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric to take up arms and defend the country against the insurgency.

16th June 2014 - Buzzfeed Politics

Lindsey Graham An Outlier On The Right On Iraq Crisis

Mark Dubowitz

Garbled messages from the right as everyone figures out their position on working with Iran.

16th June 2014 - Quoted by Geoffrey York - The Globe and Mail

Al-Shabab gunmen kill at least 48 in Kenya coastal attack

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The deadliest terrorist attack in Kenya since the Westgate shopping mall siege has killed at least 48 people in a coastal town, exposing the country’s vulnerability to targeted assaults that inflict heavy damage on its tourism industry.

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