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27th June 2017 - Foreign Policy

It’s Time for the Trump Administration to Step Up in the Qatar Crisis

John Hannah

Late last week, the Gulf crisis took a new turn when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Bahrain at long last presented the regime in Qatar with a list of 13 demands that must be accepted before they are prepared to reestablish normal political and economic relations.

27th June 2017 - Quoted by David Ibsen - The Hill

The US must pressure Qatar to crack down on terrorism

David Andrew Weinberg

On June 5, 2017, seven countries – Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, the Maldives, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen – announced that they were severing diplomatic ties with Qatar because of the country’s support for terrorist and extremist groups in the region.

27th June 2017 - Quoted by Shoshana Bryen - Gatestone Institute

Looking the Wrong Way on Iran

Emanuele Ottolenghi

We have been looking in the wrong direction. While the West was hoping temporarily to check Iran's nuclear aspirations, Iran was making plans to advance on the ground and in the water -- and the plans are unfolding nicely. For Iran.

26th June 2017 - Quoted by Jay Weaver - Miami Herald

Paraguayan man linked to Hezbollah faces drug charges in Miami

Emanuele Ottolenghi

A Paraguayan man charged with conspiring to export loads of cocaine to the United States pleaded not guilty in Miami federal court on Monday.

25th June 2017 - Quoted by Nick Ashdown - The Medialine

Mass March against Injustices in Turkey

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey’s largest opposition party has embarked on a 280-mile march from Ankara to Istanbul to draw attention to what they call massive, ongoing injustices in Turkey.

25th June 2017 - Quoted by Michael Crowley - Politico

Trump allies push White House to consider regime change in Tehran

Mark Dubowitz

As the White House formulates its official policy on Iran, senior officials and key allies of President Donald Trump are calling for the new administration to take steps to topple Tehran’s militant clerical government.

25th June 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Israeli Party Chair Slams Berlin Mayor for Allowing Hezbollah Rally

Benjamin Weinthal

Al-Quds Day rally in Berlin called for Israel's destruction.

25th June 2017 - The National Interest

Why Turkey Chose Qatar

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

A few weeks after the Saudi-led diplomatic blitz targeting Qatar, there is no doubt that Ankara stands firmly with Doha. Under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey has developed a close albeit asymmetrical partnership with Qatar.

23rd June 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

Israel to UN: Hezbollah Using Environmental Group to Hide Its Presence in South Lebanon

Jonathan Schanzer

Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon on Thursday demanded that the UN Security Council take action against the Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah, which is operating in southern Lebanon in violation of Security Council resolutions 1559 and 1701, Ynet reported.

23rd June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: 2 US cases provide unique window into Iran’s global terror network

Thomas Joscelyn

On June 8, the Department of Justice (DOJ) made an announcement that deserves more attention. Two alleged Hizballah operatives had been arrested inside the United States after carrying out various missions on behalf of the Iranian-sponsored terrorist organization.

23rd June 2017 - Associated Press

Trump and Saudi King Rely on 30-Something Son, Son-In-Law

David Andrew Weinberg

Half a world apart, in a theocratic monarchy and a democracy, a king and a president are relying on their 30-something son and son-in-law to help consolidate power and push their policies.

23rd June 2017 - The Hill

These days, it’s the clash of the Arabian Gulf cash in Washington

Jonathan Schanzer

A nasty internecine conflict has erupted in the Arabian Gulf. Led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a gaggle of Arab states have singled out the tiny emirate of Qatar for backing a wide range of terrorist groups and fomenting regional unrest through its sponsorship of the...

23rd June 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Berlin Mayor Allows Hezbollah to March in ‘Zionists out of Israel’ Rally

Benjamin Weinthal

Posters with anti-Israel slogans and Israeli flags with crossed out Stars of David blanketed the streets of Berlin.

23rd June 2017 - Quoted by Valentina Pasquali - MondeyLaundering.com

FATF Renews Suspension of ‘Countermeasures’ Against Iran

Toby Dershowitz

The global anti-money laundering standard setting body opted Friday to renew its temporary suspension of recommended banking restrictions against Iran while removing Afghanistan and Laos from its list of countries that warrant enhanced monitoring.

23rd June 2017 - Quoted by Samuel Rubenfeld - The Wall Street Journal

FATF Continues Suspension of Some Iran Restrictions

Toby Dershowitz

The Financial Action Task Force, an international anti-money-laundering standards body, said Friday it would extend the suspension of some of its restrictions against Iran.

22nd June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban suicide bomber strikes bank in Helmand

Bill Roggio

The Taliban claimed credit for a suicide attack that targeted a bank in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital of Helmand, earlier today.

22nd June 2017 - Quoted by New Europe

A peak at Kim Jong Un’s personal piggy bank

Anthony Ruggiero

North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un owns a brand new, top-of-the-line Mercedes Benz limousine, despite international sanctions. He also owns a gleaming white yacht and equipment necessary to kit out a luxury ski resort, according to reports of recent purchases.

22nd June 2017 - Quoted by Tim Lister - CNN

Al-Nuri mosque: The irony of ISIS’ iconoclasm

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

When ISIS fighters seized the Iraqi city of Mosul in 2014, they tried to destroy the Great Mosque of al-Nuri's minaret, regarding it as idolatrous. But residents formed a human chain around it, preventing its destruction -- such was the gulf between the people of Mosul and their new rulers....

22nd June 2017 - NK News

U.S. tells China N. Korea is “top security” concern at high-level meeting

Anthony Ruggiero

The U.S. made clear to Beijing on Wednesday that it considers North Korea its top security threat during a security dialogue between the two countries held in Washington DC, while calling on China to do more to reign in the DPRK.

22nd June 2017 - Quoted by Sean Savage - JNS.org

Will Palestinian energy feud spark surge in violence against Israel?

Grant Rumley

The long-running feud between Hamas and Fatah has led to a deepening crisis in the Gaza Strip, as a cut in the electricity supplied to the coastal territory is stoking fears of a surge in violence, both between the Palestinian factions and against Israel.

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