Analysis & Commentary


18th October 2017 - Quoted by Valentina Pasquali -

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 - 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 - 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.

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 - 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 - Quoted by the National Security Desk - The Patriot Post

Trump Threads the Needle on Iran

Reuel Marc Gerecht

He's decertifying the deal but not exiting it, and there are good reasons for this nuanced approach.

16th October 2017 - Quoted by Luke Barnes - Think Progress

Here’s what you should know about the bombing in Somalia this weekend

At least 300 people, including 15 children, were killed by two truck bombs in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Saturday — the single worst attack in the country’s history and one that shows the continued strength of the extremist group al-Shabaab.

15th October 2017 - Quoted by Hussein Mohamed, Eric Schmitt and Mohamed Ibrahim - The New York Times

Mogadishu Truck Bombings Are Deadliest Attack in Decades

As the death toll grew Sunday, the Somali president, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, declared three days of national mourning. He donated blood for the victims and asked his fellow citizens to do the same.

15th October 2017 - Quoted by Thomas Ayres - National Defense University Press

The Use Of Explosives In Cities: A Grim But Lawful Reality Of War – Analysis

Orde Kittrie

Refugees flowing out of the Middle East pose a serious humanitarian crisis for Europe and the world at large. The indiscriminate use of violence by the so-called Islamic State (IS), the unlawful actions of the Syrian regime, and the conduct of some of the warring factions precipitated and...

15th October 2017 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - VOA News

Trump Administration Accused of Aiding Iranian Militias in Syria

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

U.S. President Donald Trump lambasted Iranian expansionism in the Middle East Friday when disavowing the international nuclear deal with Tehran, citing in particular Iran’s support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. But analysts charge his strategy to check Iran in the region remains...

15th October 2017 - Quoted by Ryan Pickrell - The Daily Caller

Here Is Why Walking Away From The Iran Deal Probably Won’t Impact US Dealings With North Korea

Anthony Ruggiero

One of the prevailing narratives in favor of preserving the Iran nuclear deal has a few noticeable flaws.

14th October 2017 - Quoted by the Press Trust of India

Starting to develop much better relationship with Pakistan: US President Trump

Bill Roggio

US President Donald Trump thanked Pakistani leaders for cooperating with the US on many fronts.


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