Analysis & Commentary

3rd March 2015 - Quoted by Julie Hirschfeld David, Michael D. Shear - The New York Times

Netanyahu Speech Raises Burden for Obama on Iran Nuclear Talks

Mark Dubowitz

President Obama’s task of selling a potential nuclear agreement with Iran to a skeptical Congress became far harder on Tuesday after an impassioned speech by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel to lawmakers already nervous about the deal.

3rd March 2015 - Quoted by Lora Moftah - International Business Times

Iran’s Government Tries To Capitalize On Netanyahu Speech Tensions For Domestic Political Boost

Ali Alfoneh

Iran has closely watched the controversy that erupted around Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Tuesday speech to Congress, with political factions in the country vying to capitalize on the tensions between Israel’s government and the administration of President Barack Obama....

3rd March 2015 - Quoted by Bryan Bender, Matt Viser - The Boston Globe

John Kerry’s Iran Diplomacy in Cross Hairs of Partisan Battle

Mark Dubowitz

When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asks a joint session of Congress Tuesday to take a tougher stance against Iran, perhaps no American official will have more on the line — personally and professionally — than Secretary of State John F. Kerry.

3rd March 2015 - Quoted by Menekse Tokyay - SES Türkiye

ISIL Smuggles Syrian Antiquities Through Turkey

Merve Tahiroglu

Along with illegal oil, human organ sales and kidnapping, smuggling the cultural heritage of Syria has become an important source of funding for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

2nd March 2015 - Cited by Mike Fegelman - National Post

Don’t Trust Tehran

In the path towards a comprehensive agreement over Iran’s nuclear program, the devil will certainly be in the details.

2nd March 2015 - Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Seoul Hopes to Build U.N. Headquarters, Peace Park Near North Korea’s DMZ

Claudia Rosett

An influential lawmaker here says President Park Geun-Hye’s government is putting its weight behind an initiative to bring a new U.N. regional headquarters to South Korea, along with an “international peace park” that could be built on land inside the highly sensitive Demilitarized...

2nd March 2015 - Quoted by Jacob Kamaras - JNS

Deal or No Deal? Iran Nuclear Talks Deadline Hovers Over AIPAC Conference

Ali Alfoneh

As 16,000 people gathered for the 2015 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference from March 1-3, much attention was transfixed three weeks ahead on the calendar.

27th February 2015 - Quoted by Maryann Cusimano Love - The Hill

Name Game

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

International leaders recently gathered in Washington for the Summit on Countering Violent Extremism. Some criticize President Obama for calling it "Violent Extremism;" they charge he is too concerned about relations with Muslim states or "too soft" to call out Islam.

27th February 2015 - Cited by Nadav Shragai - Israel Hayom

Iran: A Global Terrorist Superpower

Grant Rumley, James Woolsey, Ali Alfoneh, Jonathan Schanzer

In recent weeks, we have witnessed a proliferation of statements by senior Iranian officials expressing their intention to destroy Israel • The U.S. knows all this and, no, it is not demanding that Tehran put a stop to its terrorist activities.

27th February 2015 - Quoted by Michael Martina - Reuters

Draft Chinese Law Paves Way for Counter-Terror Operations Abroad

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

China is close to approving a law that will create a legal framework for sending troops abroad on counter-terrorism missions, as Beijing seeks to address the vulnerability of the country's growing global commercial and diplomatic interests.

27th February 2015 - Quoted by Josh Rogin - Bloomberg View

Can Obama’s Iran Deal Outlive His Presidency?

Mark Dubowitz

With the White House reportedly trying to negotiate a 10- or 15-year deal on Iran's nuclear program, Republican leaders in Congress are threatening to unravel the agreement much sooner -- during President Barack Obama’s final months or soon after he leaves office.

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

The US Caught Two Members of Iran’s Lebanese Proxy Running an Amusement Park in Nigeria

Jonathan Schanzer

The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Asset Control added two individuals to its specially designated nationals list on February 26: Fouzi Reda Darwish Fawaz and Mustapha Reda Darwish Fawaz, two Lebanese men living and working in west Africa.

26th February 2015 - Quoted by Melanie Schmitz - Bustle

Capturing Mohammed Emwazi, “Jihadi John”, May Not Be As Important As Taking On Top ISIS Leaders

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The man behind the mask has been revealed. On Thursday, the Washington Post identified the individual behind the brutal beheadings of several ISIS hostages as Kuwaiti-born London man, Mohammed Emwazi.

26th February 2015 - Cited by Doug Bandow - Forbes

Libya: Hold Policymakers Accountable For Another Washington War Gone Bad

Thomas Joscelyn

Will America ever again be at peace? A new war always seems to start before the last one ends. The U.S. is bombing targets in Syria and sending troops back into Iraq.

26th February 2015 - Quoted by Tom Kutsch - Al Jazeera America

Unmasking of ‘Jihadi John’ Sheds Little Light on His Radicalization

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The transformation of Mohammed Emwazi into an ISIL stalwart defies easy comprehension, analysts say.

26th February 2015 - Quoted by Jamila Trindle - Foreign Policy

Transfer Denied: The Hidden Costs of Washington’s War Against al-Shabab

Juan Zarate

As a child, Noor Dubow fled war in his homeland of Somalia. Growing up, he fought constantly against hunger while living in a refugee camp in neighboring Kenya. Today, he wears a tie to work, goes to school at night, and lives in a tightknit Somali community in America’s heartland.

25th February 2015 - Quoted by Samuel Smith - The Christian Post

ISIS Executes 3 Women, Arrests 13 Others for Refusing to Marry Fighters

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Islamic State terrorist group executed three women and arrested 13 other females in the group's Iraqi stronghold of Mosul on Sunday, after the women refused to get married to ISIS militants.

25th February 2015 - Quoted by Fox News

Iran Hangs Obama in Effigy Even as it Negotiates Nuclear Deal with US

Ali Alfoneh

Just weeks before Secretary of State John Kerry held new nuclear talks with Iran’s foreign minister in Geneva, Iranians were hanging Kerry's boss in effigy at a huge Tehran-sponsored rally marking the Islamic Revolution’s 36th anniversary, an event that critics say underscores the...

24th February 2015 - Quoted by Mike Giglio - BuzzFeed

Turkey’s “Cold War” With ISIS May Be Warming

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkey’s surprise military operation in Syria this weekend highlighted its precarious balancing act with the ISIS militants dug in along its border.

24th February 2015 - Cited by The Tower

Reports: ISIS Abducted More Than 70 Assyrian Christians in Syria

Benjamin Weinthal

Terrorists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have kidnapped at least 70 Assyrian Christians after raiding their villages according to the activist group A Demand For Action, the Associated Press (AP) reported today.


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