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18th August 2017 - Quoted by Deb RIechmann and Matthew Pennington - The Associated Press

Here’s Why It’s Hard to Pin Down the Actual Size of North Korea’s Nuclear Arsenal

Olli Heinonen

The U.S. intelligence agencies' assessments of the size of North Korea's nuclear arsenal have a wide gap between high and low estimates. Size matters and not knowing makes it harder for the United States to develop a policy for deterrence and defend itself and allies in the region.

18th August 2017 - Quoted by German Lopez - Vox

The radicalization of white Americans

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

We need to talk about homegrown extremism too.

18th August 2017 - Quoted by Mitch Prothero - BuzzFeed

Turkey Is Engaging In Hostage Diplomacy With The US, Officials Say

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey has arrested a number of US and German nationals and is using them as bargaining chips to force the return of suspected coup plotters, according to Western officials.

17th August 2017 - Quoted by Erin Cunningham - The Washington Post

Iranian opposition leader ends hunger strike after government agrees to relax house arrest

Behnam Ben Taleblu

An Iranian opposition leader living under house arrest has ended his hunger strike after authorities agreed to lift some restrictions and consider his demand for a public trial, a family member said Thursday. The decision marked a potentially rare concession from a government generally...

17th August 2017 - Quoted by The Peninsula

Qatar partners with US firm to combat terror financing

Chip Poncy, Juan Zarate

Qatar’s National Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing Committee (NAMLC) has engaged with the Financial Integrity Network (FIN), based in Washington DC, as its principal strategic adviser for enhancing Doha’s Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-terrorist Financing System...

17th August 2017 - Quoted by Aaron Howard - The Jewish Herald-Voice

The reign of Mahmoud Abbas

Grant Rumley

Surrounding himself with allies and sycophants in the last decade, Mahmoud Abbas has disconnected from the Palestinian people. Increasingly, the Palestinian people have become disconnected from him. Following Fatah’s Seventh Convention in December 2016, 65 percent of the Palestinian public...

17th August 2017 - Quoted by Dan Boylan - The Washington Times

Pentagon eyes bitcoin blockchain technology as cybersecurity shield

Samantha F. Ravich

Used by terrorists, drug dealers and money launderers, the shadowy online currency bitcoin may soon be drafted by the Pentagon as a way to shield U.S. military technology, communications and purchases.

17th August 2017 - Quoted by Ben Evansky - Fox News

UN Security Council considers resolution punishing ISIS for crimes against humanity

Bill Roggio

Thursday's ISIS-claimed terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain — which killed at least 13 people and left many injured — coincided with a new effort to bring the terrorist group to justice for crimes committed against humanity in Iraq.

17th August 2017 - Quoted by Alan Gomez - USA Today

Barcelona attack latest in disturbing terror vehicle trend

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

If vehicle terror attacks in Spain that killed 14 and injured at least 100 sounds familiar, that's because they follow a disturbing trend of terrorism that requires little organization, manpower or technological know-how.

17th August 2017 - Quoted by The Jerusalem Post

Iran’s Great Game

Mark Dubowitz

The real Iranian threat today is through proxies and influence in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.

16th August 2017 - Seth J. Frantzman - The Jerusalem Post

‘Iran Building Missile Factory In Syria’

Jonathan Schanzer

Report showing construction is ‘significant development’ that poses dilemma for Israel’s response.

16th August 2017 - Quoted by Nathan Reiff - Investopedia

U.S. Demands International Monitoring of Cryptocurrency Transactions

Yaya J. Fanusie

In the midst of heated political tensions in the United States and abroad, news that President Trump recently signed a foreign sanctions bill that stipulates governmental monitoring of cryptocurrency transactions may have passed under the radar. Read more: U.S. Demands International...

16th August 2017 - Quoted by Matthew R.J. Brodsky - The Weekly Standard

U.S. Policy in Lebanon Is Now Helping Hezbollah and Iran

Tony Badran

We have special forces helping the Lebanese military prepare to face ISIS. Unfortunately, Hezbollah is infiltrating the country's armed forces.

16th August 2017 - Quoted by Arab News

Iranian president threatens to restart nuclear program

Mark Dubowitz

The war of words between the US and Iran over the latter’s nuclear and missile development program continued on Tuesday.

16th August 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

Report: Iran Smuggling Weapons to Syria in Violation of UN Resolution

Iran is shipping arms to Russia via a smuggling route into Syria, which would violate the terms of United Nations Security Council resolution 2231, which implemented the 2015 nuclear deal, according to Western intelligence agencies.

16th August 2017 - Quoted by Daniel Horowitz - Conservative Review

Why are we funneling weapons to Hezbollah?

Tony Badran

What if I told you we were sending military hardware to ISIS? Would you march on Washington with an outpouring of righteous indignation?

16th August 2017 - Quoted by Thomas Watkins - Agence France Presse

Pentagon adjusts to life under unpredictable commander-in-chief

John Hannah

After days of fiery talk of possible military intervention in the North Korea nuclear stand-off, Pentagon officials late last week suddenly found themselves digesting a surprising piece of breaking news.

15th August 2017 - Quoted by Sophie McNeill - ABC (Australia)

West Bank freedom crackdown as new law jails Palestinian Authority critics

Grant Rumley

Affaf Jaqarna's husband Mamdouh never came home from work last Tuesday.

15th August 2017 - Quoted by Jonathan Kaiman and Barbara Demick - The Los Angeles Times

To make North Korean sanctions stick, the ‘gloves are off’ for U.S. in fight against Chinese smuggle

Anthony Ruggiero

A tough new sanctions resolution unanimously approved Aug. 5 by the U.N. Security Council bars North Korea from exporting $1 billion of its most profitable commodities, including coal.

15th August 2017 - Quoted by Joel Gehrke - The Washington Examiner

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani: We could restart ‘advanced’ nuke program ‘within hours’

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told President Trump not to impose sanctions on the regime, warning the Iranians could restart their nuclear program "within hours" in retaliation.


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