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24th February 2015 - Quoted by Mike Giglio - BuzzFeed

Turkey’s “Cold War” With ISIS May Be Warming

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkey’s surprise military operation in Syria this weekend highlighted its precarious balancing act with the ISIS militants dug in along its border.

24th February 2015 - Cited by The Tower

Reports: ISIS Abducted More Than 70 Assyrian Christians in Syria

Benjamin Weinthal

Terrorists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have kidnapped at least 70 Assyrian Christians after raiding their villages according to the activist group A Demand For Action, the Associated Press (AP) reported today.

24th February 2015 - Quoted by David Taylor - The Times of London

Palestinian Authorities Fined After Conviction on Terror Charge

Jonathan Schanzer

The Palestine Liberation Organisation and the Palestinian Authority were last night ordered to pay more than $218 million after a landmark US court ruling found them guilty of providing material support for terrorists.

24th February 2015 - Quoted by Jack Moore - Newsweek

Israeli Settlement Tenders Reach 10-Year High

Grant Rumley

A 10-year record number of tenders were issued by the Israeli government for the construction of settlements in the occupied Palestinians territories last year, a new report by an Israeli settlement watchdog has revealed.

24th February 2015 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

Islamic State Having Significant but Limited Impact in Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

Despite Islamic State grabbing headlines over the past week with executions, bombings and even an attack on the residence of the Iranian ambassador, U.S. officials caution the group's foothold in Libya remains tenuous.

24th February 2015 - Cited by Susan Crabtree - The Washington Examiner

Janus-Faced Ally Meets Obama

David Andrew Weinberg

As President Obama sits down with the emir of Qatar Tuesday, he will confront a diplomatic relationship that is becoming more tangled even as the two countries move closer to an alliance against the Islamic State.

24th February 2015 - Quoted by Jonathan Saul, Parisa Hafezi, Louis Charbonneau - Reuters

Exclusive: Iran Smuggles in $1 Billion of Bank Notes to Skirt Sanctions - Sources

Jonathan Schanzer

At least $1 billion in cash has been smuggled into Iran as it seeks to avoid Western sanctions, a bigger figure than previously reported, Iranian officials and Western intelligence and diplomatic sources say.

24th February 2015 - Quoted by Alan Katz, Silla Brush - Bloomberg

Gazprom Seeks U.S. Stamp of Approval as Sanctions Warnings Rise

Mark Dubowitz

OAO Gazprom, the world’s biggest natural gas exporter, is seeking a new two-year U.S. Energy Department authorization to move as much $2 billion in natural gas among the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

24th February 2015 - Cited by Middle East Eye

Qatar Emir to Meet Obama Amid Accusations of Religious Incitement

David Andrew Weinberg

Qatar's ruler said 'hopelessness' has fuelled terrorism but critics say Doha has spread intolerance and supported militant groups

23rd February 2015 - Quoted by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

A US Federal Court Just Ordered the Palestinian Authority to Pay $218 Million in Damages

Grant Rumley

A US jury on Monday ordered the Palestine Liberation Organization and Palestinian Authority to pay more than $218 million for providing material support to terrorists, a victory for Americans suing over attacks in the Jerusalem area more than a decade ago, according to Reuters.

23rd February 2015 - Cited by Matthew Brodsky - The Huffington Post

The Palestine 194 Plan for Legitimacy and Justice

Jonathan Schanzer

With the peace process in a deep-freeze, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas is attempting to achieve through lawfare at the International Criminal Court (ICC) what he could not through negotiations.

23rd February 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Giving Iran Everything It Wants

Clifford D. May, Mark Dubowitz

Perhaps Congress should have invited King Abdullah of Jordan or Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to speak about an impending deal that would look like this: Iran gets to keep its entire nuclear infrastructure and, in 15 years, gets to build a bomb.

23rd February 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Leader of Anti-Proliferation Org Changes Tune on Preventing Iran Nukes

Mark Dubowitz

The leader of a prominent anti-proliferation organization that has spent millions touting the Obama administration’s diplomacy with Iran is under fire for seeking to rationalize a rumored administration collapse on a key condition of the nuclear negotiations after long advocating the...

23rd February 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Hillary’s Cowardice in Face of Looming Iran Debacle

Mark Dubowitz

Dennis Ross suggests to heal the rift with Israel the administration should take two steps.

23rd February 2015 - Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

ISIS is Losing

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

If you want to understand what's happening in the Middle East today, you need to appreciate one fundamental fact: ISIS is losing its war for the Middle East.

23rd February 2015 - Quoted by Rachel Delia Benaim - Washington Jewish Week

PA and PLO Found Liable to Compensate American Victims of Terror; Future of PA Left Shaky

Grant Rumley

A U.S. federal court in New York jury found the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), and the Palestinian Authority (PA) liable in a civil lawsuit over terrorist attacks perpetrated in Israel during the second intifada over a decade ago.

22nd February 2015 - Quoted by Sharona Schwartz - The Blaze

Obama Won’t Meet Netanyahu, but He’s Meeting With the Head of This Jihadist-Supporting Country

David Andrew Weinberg

President Barack Obama on Tuesday will meet with the leader of Qatar, a country long accused of supporting terrorism.

22nd February 2015 - Quoted by James Warren - New York Daily News

Our Failure to Communicate: ISIS’ Message Resonates Online; America’s Does Not

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Imagine a shiny SUV that tended to explode. Or erectile dysfunction pills that gave your toes gangrene.

21st February 2015 - Quoted by Ricki Gurwitz - CTV News

Al Qaeda vs. ISIS: A Battle for Jihadist Supremacy in Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

News that ISIS is forming bases in Libya has Western countries on edge, but it's also not welcome news to another group that operates in that country: al Qaeda.

21st February 2015 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Could ISIS’ Foray into North Africa Draw Another Western Intervention in Libya?

Jonathan Schanzer

The expansion of the Libyan conflict from an intra-state conflict to one involving other states has increasingly gathered momentum since late 2014, Prof. Yehudit Ronen of the political science department at Bar-Ilan University told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday.


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