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15th December 2017 - The Miami Herald

Fugitive who ran internet scams in South Florida linked to terror group Hezbollah

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Once convicted of setting up phony companies to deposit stolen checks at local banks, Roda Taher fled South Florida for the Middle East to avoid prison time.

15th December 2017 - Quoted by Matthew Continetti - The Washington Free Beacon

Decision Time on Iran

Reuel Marc Gerecht, Tony Badran

Very soon, President Trump will have to decide whether America should remain a bystander to Iranian expansionism or take steps to confront this menace to international security and sponsor of global terrorism.

15th December 2017 - Quoted by Alexandra Ma - Business Insider

A New York woman accused of sending bitcoin to ISIS could spend 90 years in prison

Yaya J. Fanusie

A New York woman charged with sending money to the terrorist group ISIS in the form of bitcoin faces as much as 90 years in prison.

15th December 2017 - Quoted by Agence France Presse

Iran supplied ballistic missile to Yemen rebels: US

Behnam Ben Taleblu

US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley presented what she called "undeniable" evidence Thursday that a ballistic missile fired by Huthi rebels in Yemen at Saudi Arabia last month was Iranian-made, a charge Tehran immediately denied.

15th December 2017 - The Weekly Standard

Deceptive Deja Vu

Reuel Marc Gerecht, Mark Dubowitz

In France, all right-thinking people know instinctively what the pensée unique is—the socially acceptable view on any subject that ensures a Parisian won’t get axed from the better dinner parties and weekends in Normandy. The Democratic party, which remains a more coherent concatenation...

14th December 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

EU Parliament Calls On Tehran to End Ballistic Missile Program

Benjamin Weinthal

The European Parliament, representing 28 member states, on Wednesday urged Tehran not to engage in nuclear missile-related activity that violates Security Council Resolution 2231. The EU statement on Wednesday stressed “the security risk posed by Iran’s ballistic missile program and...

14th December 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Anthony Ruggiero

FDD's Anthony Ruggiero discusses the approaches of the White House and the State Department to dealing with North Korea on The John Batchelor Show.

14th December 2017 - Quoted by Mark Niquette - Bloomberg

As Bitcoin Soars, Advocates Seek to Head Off New Restrictions

Yaya J. Fanusie

Bitcoin enthusiasts struck it rich this year as the cryptocurrency surged. Now they’re preparing for battle in Washington to protect their industry’s ascent.

14th December 2017 - Quoted by Howard LaFranchi - The Christian Science Monitor

Jerusalem, etc.: How US global leadership has changed under Trump

John Hannah

The scene at the United Nations Security Council last week was reminiscent of the run-up to the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, when the international community balked at President George W. Bush’s “with us or against us” message to the world body concerning the coming war.

14th December 2017 - Quoted by Katelyn Caralle - The Washington Free Beacon

Cotton Presses Former Middle East Ambassadors on Reducing Iranian Influence in Syria

Eric S. Edelman

Republican Sen. Tom Cotton (Ark.) on Thursday asked four former U.S. ambassadors to Middle Eastern countries testifying before a congressional committee what they believe are the best steps that Washington can take to counter Iran's influence in Syria.

14th December 2017 - Quoted by Iran Focus

Tackling Iran Directly

Tony Badran

In October, the Trump administration announced its new policy to counter Iranian expansionism in the Middle East, focusing heavily on Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah.

14th December 2017 - Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

From Iran with Love

Richard Goldberg

Nikki Haley on Thursday presented what she described as undeniable evidence that Iran is supplying arms to militants in Yemen and charged that Tehran is fueling conflict in Lebanon, Iraq, and Syria—activities that she said fly in the face of United Nations resolutions.

14th December 2017 - Quoted by staff - The Tower

Experts: Treason Charge Against Argentinian Ex-President Vindicates Murdered Prosecutor

Mark Dubowitz, Toby Dershowitz

In an op-ed published in The New York Times on Monday, Mark Dubowitz and Toby Dershowitz, argued that the treason charge sought against Argentinian ex-President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and a number of her top aides, vindicates the late Alberto Nisman’s investigation into the 1994...

14th December 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Shabaab targets Somali police academy in suicide attack

Bill Roggio

The explosion, which took place as Somail police were parading, killed at least 18 people and wounding at least another 15. Shabaab claimed credit for the attack.

14th December 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Munich First in Germany to Pass Anti-BDS Law

Benjamin Weinthal

Munich passed a historic bill on Wednesday to ban boycotts of Israel, becoming the first city in Germany to outlaw public funds and space for the BDS campaign. The joint Christian Social Union and Social Democratic Party anti-BDS bill passed with a solid majority.

13th December 2017 - Quoted by CNN

Tillerson says US won’t set preconditions for North Korea talks

Anthony Ruggiero

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the US is ready to talk with North Korea without preconditions, in comments that appeared to signal a shift in State Department policy.

13th December 2017 - Quoted by Dave Clark - Agence France-Presse

US ‘ready for direct talks with North Korea’

Anthony Ruggiero

The United States is ready to talk to North Korea "without preconditions" but remains determined to force it to abandon its nuclear arsenal, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday.

13th December 2017 - Quoted by Ben Cohen - The Algemeiner

Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif Confirms Kirchner Government in Argentina Asked Interpol to Revoke ‘R

Toby Dershowitz

Argentina’s beleaguered former president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, received a further blow from an unexpected quarter on Wednesday, with the Iranian foreign minister’s confirmation that her government had asked Interpol, the global law enforcement agency, to close its file on the...

13th December 2017 - Quoted by Scott Johnson - PowerLine

Down Argentine Way

Mark Dubowitz, Toby Dershowitz

Alberto Nisman was about to present the findings of his investigation of the cover-up of Iranian responsibility for the 1994 bombing of the Buenos Aires Jewish community center when he died in January 2015 under mysterious circumstances.

13th December 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Iranian Budget Hints at British Ransom Payment

Saeed Ghasseminejad

This past weekend, British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson departed Tehran without securing the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the Iranian-British dual citizen being held hostage by Tehran. However, a single line in Iran’s newly released budget proposal for the coming fiscal year...


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