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19th August 2015 - Quoted by Daniel Byman and Jennifer R. Williams - Foreign Policy

Al Qaeda Is Losing the Battle for Jihadi Hearts and Minds

Thomas Joscelyn

Terrorists usually try to stay in the news, but Ayman al-Zawahiri has seemed an exception. Al Qaeda’s leader has gone almost a year between public statements before breaking his silence last Thursday. The archterrorist’s remarks, however, were as underwhelming as they were overdue.

19th August 2015 - Quoted by Joel Wing - Musings on Iraq

How Is The War Against The Islamic State Going? 10 Expert Opinions

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In August 2014 the United States joined the war against the Islamic State (IS). The massacre and enslavement of the Yazidi population in the Sinjar district of Iraq’s Ninewa province prompted Washington to cobble together an international coalition and start air strikes on IS positions in...

18th August 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

A Better Iran Deal is Possible

Mark Dubowitz

Former senator Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), experts such as Robert Satloff and now sanctions guru Mark Dubowitz make the case that a better Iran deal is doable, but only if Congress votes down President Obama’s deal. After reviewing the deal’s numerous and...

18th August 2015 - Quoted by Alex Anderson and Josh Siegel - The Daily Signal

The Future of Nuclear Sanctions Against Iran, Explained in 90 Seconds

Mark Dubowitz, Emanuele Ottolenghi

Under a deal requiring Iran to curb its nuclear program, the United States and the broader international community will lift sanctions on Tehran imposed over several decades. The Obama administration has said the deal will give Iran relief from nuclear-related sanctions, and not impact other...

18th August 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran Threatened ‘Harm’ to Top Nuke Inspector to Prevent Disclosure of Secret Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Iranian leaders prevented a top International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) official from disclosing to U.S. officials the nature of secret side deals with the Islamic Republic by threatening harm to him, according to regional reports.

18th August 2015 - Quoted by Joe Davidson - The Washington Post

Manipulation of Feds’ Personal Data is a Major Danger in OPM Cyber Heist

Pasi Eronen

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) data breach shows us how espionage is done in the digital world.

17th August 2015 - Quoted by Christopher Snyder - FOX News

Iran and Russia Use Nuclear Deal to Boost Military Ties

John Hannah

Monday’s meeting between Russian and Iranian foreign ministers is fueling new speculation both countries are forging closer ties after July’s nuclear agreement. Fox News National Security Analyst KT McFarland spoke to foreign policy experts John Hannah and Anna Borshchevskaya about...

17th August 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Former Iranian Political Prisoner: Increased Engagement with Tehran Leads to Worse Repression

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Benjamin Weinthal

Iranian dissidents fear that the nuclear agreement between the P5+1 powers and Tehran will free the regime to treat them more harshly, Saeed Ghasseminejad, a former Iranian political prisoner who is currently an associate fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, wrote in an op-ed...

17th August 2015 - Quoted by David J. Lynch - Bloomberg

Iran’s Shopping List Disputed in U.S. Debate Over Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

The U.S. debate over the Iran nuclear accord is turning in part on conflicting assessments of the Islamic Republic’s likely shopping list. While President Barack Obama contends Iran will fund urgent domestic needs with most of the money it obtains once frozen assets are released, his...

17th August 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Human Rights Activist: Nuke Deal Harms Iranian Dissidents, Ignores Tehran’s “Policy of Death”

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Despite proclamations that the nuclear deal with the P5+1 powers represents “a turning point for Iran,” Hamid Yazdan Panah, a lawyer and human rights activist, wrote that “the facts on the ground” show an increased rate of executions in the Islamic Republic, in a commentary published...

17th August 2015 - Quoted by Deb Riechmann - Associated Press

Iran Nuclear Deal Could Survive Even If Congress Disapproves

Mark Dubowitz

The September vote on the Iran nuclear deal is billed as a titanic standoff between President Barack Obama and Congress. Yet even if lawmakers reject the agreement, it's not game over for the White House.

16th August 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Iranian Dissidents: Nuke Deal Will Enrich “Tyrants and Theocrats,” Fund Human Rights Abuses

Benjamin Weinthal

A group of 53 Iranian dissidents wrote a letter, published Friday by The Daily Beast, outlining their opposition to the nuclear deal with Iran and arguing that the agreement’s failure to hold Tehran accountable for its human rights abuses, both domestic and international, will only empower...

16th August 2015 - Quoted by Jeremy Bender and Brett Logiurato - Business Insider

The World is Already Weakening One of the Key ‘Checks’ on the Iran Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Despite the fact that the US Congress has yet to sign off on the Iranian nuclear deal, Europe appears ready to forge ahead. Multiple European countries are already laying the groundwork for massive business opportunities in Iran.

14th August 2015 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

New Audio Message Suggests Closer al Qaida-Taliban Alliance

Thomas Joscelyn

Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri appears to have pledged the group’s loyalty to the new leader of the Afghan Taliban, a move that could strengthen both terror organizations as they fend off challenges from Islamic State.

14th August 2015 - Quoted by Max Boot - Commentary

Fareed Zakaria’s Unconvincing Case in Favor of the Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Dear Dr. Zakaria, You have just published an open letter to Sen. Chuck Schumer explaining why you found his statement of opposition to the Iran deal “unconvincing.”

14th August 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Report: Cyberattacks on Israel from Iran, Hamas Have Increased in Past Year

Cyber-attacks perpetrated by Iran, Hamas, and Hezbollah against Israeli government and military bodies have gotten more sophisticated in the past year, an IDF major stated in an interview Thursday with David Shamah, the technology reporter for The Times of Israel. The major insisted on...

14th August 2015 - Quoted by Scott Canon - The Kansas City Star

Ammo Made in Independence Ends Up with ‘Islamic State’ Fighters

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

When a fighter with the self-described Islamic State pulls the trigger in a gun battle with an American ally, there’s a chance he’ll unleash a bullet manufactured in suburban Kansas City for U.S. troops. Experts say battlefield victories virtually assured that the jihadists would restock...

13th August 2015 - Quoted by Jordan Schachtel - Breitbart

Al-Qaeda Chief Pledges Allegiance to New Afghan Taliban ‘Mullah’

Thomas Joscelyn

In a sign that there could be dangerous times ahead for Afghanistan and the entire surrounding region, al-Qaeda chief Ayman al Zawahiri pledged allegiance to the newly-appointed Taliban “emir,” Mullah Akhtar Mohammed Mansour, in an audio tape released Thursday by the jihadist group.

13th August 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Hillary Clinton Blames Syria Policy for Rise of Islamic State

Jonathan Schanzer

From the Republican opposition research firm America Rising, we get this portion of Hillary Clinton’s interview on Univision: You know, ISIS is a phenomenon and ISIS came out of the terrible turmoil in Syria.

13th August 2015 - Associated Press

US Officials Say They Can Tell If Iran Is Cheating On Deal

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Despite a track record of misjudgments about weapons of mass destruction, U.S. intelligence officials say they are confident they can verify Iran's compliance with the recently completed nuclear deal.

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