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18th October 2017 - Quoted by Valentina Pasquali - Moneylaundering.com

Congolese Bank Accused of Violating US Sanctions Against Hezbollah

Yaya J. Fanusie

A Congolese bank’s handling of funds allegedly tied to a U.S.-blacklisted Lebanese-militia in apparent violation of U.S. sanctions highlights the need for global banks to effectively scrutinize their business relationships in high-risk regions, say sources.

18th October 2017 - Fox Business Network

Cavuto: Coast to Coast

John Hannah

FDD's John Hannah discusses the latest with ISIS on Fox News' Cavuto: Coast to Coast.

18th October 2017 - Quoted by Agence France Presse

After Raqa, what’s next for the US military in Syria

John Hannah

The Islamic State group's defeat in Raqa, their de facto Syrian capital, raises a thorny question for the US forces that have been training and arming the victorious local fighters: What comes next?

18th October 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

German Officials: Iran Working To Build Nuclear-Armed Missiles

Benjamin Weinthal

German security officials have accused the Iranian regime of pursuing its goal to build missiles armed with nuclear warheads, the Berlin daily Der Tagesspiegel reported.

18th October 2017 - Quoted by Margaret Coker, Eric Schmitt and Rukmini Callimachi - The New York Times

With Loss of Its Caliphate, ISIS May Return to Guerrilla Roots

Bill Roggio

Its de facto capital is falling. Its territory has shriveled from the size of Portugal to a handful of outposts. Its surviving leaders are on the run.

18th October 2017 - The Washington Times

Trump’s third way

Clifford D. May

President Trump made a tough call last week. European diplomats and an “echo chamber” in the mainstream media were insisting he “recertify” the nuclear weapons deal his predecessor concluded with Iran’s rulers in 2015.

17th October 2017 - Quoted by Ava Homa - Kurdistan 24

Senator James Inhofe criticizes Kirkuk attack as ‘counterproductive,’ warns against Iran influence

John Hannah

Senator James Inhofe on Tuesday expressed concerns about Iraq entering hostilities with the Kurdistan Region which has been “a stabilizing influence” in the Middle East.

17th October 2017 - Quoted by Diario Extra

Terrorismo penetra C.R. con cigarros y dinero Empresario importa producto usado por crimen organizad

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Una tabacalera instalada dentro de una pequeña bodega en Guadalupe de Goicoechea, presuntamente fabrica y trae a Costa Rica cigarros marca Seneca provenientes de Canadá. Los encargados de logística en ese país utilizan una ruta de crimen organizado y terrorismo, la cual pasa por suelo...

17th October 2017 - Fox News

Happening Now

Mark Dubowitz

FDD's Mark Dubowitz discusses the Iraq-Kurd conflict on Fox News' Happening Now.

17th October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban suicide assault teams kill Paktia police chief

Bill Roggio

Taliban suicide teams hit the police headquarters and a training center in the provincial capital of Gardez City. Twenty-two policemen and 20 civilians were killed and scores more were wounded.

17th October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban overruns 2 districts in southern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Taliban forces have overrun two district centers in Kandahar and Farah provinces over the past two days. The jihadist group continues to gain ground in Afghanistan despite a change in US strategy that has reduced restrictions on local commanders to launch airstrikes against the group.

17th October 2017 - Quoted by Elizabeth Slim - United Press International

Report: North Korea hiding behind Hong Kong shell companies

Anthony Ruggiero

Hong Kong may be a hotbed of North Korea shell companies that allow the Kim Jong Un regime to access the global financial system, CNN reported Tuesday.

17th October 2017 - Quoted by Joshua Berlinger - CNN

Hiding in plain sight: Why Hong Kong is a preferred spot for North Korea’s money launderers

Anthony Ruggiero

Easey Commercial Building is an unassuming mid-rise office tower on Hennessy Road, an artery that runs through Hong Kong's busy Wan Chai district. The structure sits among scenery that's classic Hong Kong: bright lights, tall buildings, people rushing about.

17th October 2017 - Quoted by Hollie McKay - Fox News

Behind the dramatic rescue of American-Canadian couple from Haqqani captivity

Bill Roggio

Armed with information from U.S. intelligence, Pakistani soldiers staged a dramatic but successful rescue operation last week to free American Caitlan Coleman, 31, and her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle, 34, and their three young children after five years in Haqqani network captivity.

17th October 2017 - Quoted by Ben Cohen - The Algemeiner

US ‘Helping Iran Conquer Kirkuk,’ Kurdish Military Official Tells Israeli News Outlet

John Hannah

A representative of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces told an Israeli media outlet on Tuesday that “all our friends have abandoned us” and blamed the US for “ultimately helping Iran conquer” the city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq.

16th October 2017 - Qutoed by Tom DiChristopher - CNBC

Trump’s plan for the Iran nuclear deal comes with huge risks and puts the accord ‘on life support’

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The historic 2015 Iran nuclear deal is "on life support" and hanging on "by a thread" after the Trump administration plotted a new course for containing Tehran, analysts warn.

16th October 2017 - Quoted by Laurie Mylroie - Kurdistan 24

Trump claims neutrality in Iraqi-Kurdish clash, but meets substantial criticism

John Hannah

US President Donald Trump held a press conference in the White House Rose Garden on Monday, following a lunch with Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell aimed at repairing the President’s tattered relations with Congressional Republicans.

16th October 2017 - Quoted by Peter Buxbaum - Global Trade Magazine

Trump’s Trade Conundrum With Iran

Reuel Marc Gerecht

From an international trade perspective, one issue looms largest in the face of President Donald Trump’s decertification of the Iran nuclear deal last week.

16th October 2017 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Trump’s risky Iran gambit miscalculated the European Union response

Mark Dubowitz

In the days leading up to President Trump’s decision to decertify the Iran deal, advocates of that approach insisted that the European Union could be pressured into going along with the search for a better deal.

16th October 2017 - CNN

OutFront

Mark Dubowitz

FDD's Mark Dubowitz discusses President Trump's decertification of the Iran deal and designation of the IRGC as a terrorist organization on CNN's Out Front with Erin Burnett.

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