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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.

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...

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 - The Tower

Expert: To Prevent Next Israel-Hezbollah War, World Must Enforce Resolution 1701

In an op-ed published in The Wall Street Journal on Monday, Daniel Schwammenthal, the director of the AJC Transatlantic Institute, has warned that failure to confront Iranian-backed terrorist organization Hezbollah over its violation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701 will make a...

13th December 2017 - Quoted by Jonah Bennett - The Daily Caller

Radical Christian Group ‘Sons Of Jesus’ Claims Egypt Mosque Attack, Experts Skeptical

Bill Roggio

A radical Christian terror group calling itself the Sons of Jesus has claimed responsibility for the Egyptian mosque bombing in late November, but the claim has inspired skepticism among terror analysts, who believe the attribution — and the group itself — may be a rare example of an...

13th December 2017 - Quoted by Dion Nissenbaum - The Wall Street Journal

As ISIS Recedes, U.S. Steps Up Focus on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

As the U.S. military campaign against Islamic State winds down in the Middle East, the Trump administration is turning its focus to what it sees as a bigger threat: Iran.

12th December 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

Shiite Iraqi Militia Members Hosted by Hezbollah at Lebanon’s Border with Israel

Tony Badran

In a demonstration of its complete control over Lebanon, Hezbollah hosted members of an Iraqi Shiite militia along the border with Israel.

12th December 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

UK’s Foreign Secretary Unable to Secure Release of Dual National, Iran Seeks Ransom Payment

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Returning from a trip to the Middle East including a stop in Iran, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said that it was “too early to be confident” that a British-Iranian dual citizen would be released by Iran before Christmas, even as evidence emerged that Iran is seeking what is...

12th December 2017 - Quoted by Angie Drobnic Holan - PolitiFact

2017 Lie of the Year: Russian election interference is a ‘made-up story’

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

A mountain of evidence points to a single fact: Russia meddled in the U.S. presidential election of 2016. In both classified and public reports, U.S. intelligence agencies have said Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered actions to interfere with the election.


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