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12th December 2013 - Cited by Paul D. Shinkman, US News & World Report

Local Officials: Drone Strike Hits Wedding Party in Yemen, Killing 15

Bill Roggio

At least 15 people are dead and five more were injured after an apparent U.S. drone strike missed its target and struck a wedding convoy in Yemen, according...

12th December 2013 - Quoted by Eli Lake, The Daily Beast

Senate’s Iran Sanctions Deal Falls Apart

Mark Dubowitz

A deal in the Senate to impose additional sanctions on Iran has fallen apart, as Senate Democrats accede to requests from President Obama to delay...

12th December 2013 - Quoted by Spencer Ackerman, The Guardian

US Hits Firms for Iran Violations but Urges Congress Against More Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

The US announced Thursday that it was penalising more than a dozen companies and individuals for conducting prohibited business with Iran, barely...

12th December 2013 - Quoted by Adam Kredo, The Washington Free Beacon

Treasury Department Tightens Iran Sanctions

Jonathan Schanzer

The Treasury Department on Thursday tightened the economic screws on Iran by sanctioning a range of companies and individuals for their efforts to bolster...

12th December 2013 - Quoted by Shounaz Meky and Eman El-Shenawi, Al Arabiya

The GCC’s Future Military Command a ‘Political Signal,’ Say Experts

David Andrew Weinberg

Leaders from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) States on Wednesday approved the founding of a unified military command structure that could combat...

11th December 2013 - Quoted by Lee Smith, The Weekly Standard

Seymour Hersh and Assad’s Nun Spin a Story

Tony Badran

Over the weekend, Seymour Hersh published an article in the London Review of Books claiming that the Obama administration got it wrong regarding the...

10th December 2013 - Quoted by Mark Landler and Michael R. Gordon, The New York Times

Obama Administration Tries to Prevent New Sanctions on Iran During Talks

Mark Dubowitz

With Iran threatening that any new sanctions would scuttle its interim nuclear deal with the West, the Obama administration is fighting a fierce battle to convince...

10th December 2013 - Quoted by Laure Mandeville, Le Figaro - France

Face à l’Iran, les Républicains Saluent la Fermeté de la France

Mark Dubowitz

«Vive la France!» a tweeté le sénateur républicain John McCain ce week-end après la fermeté de Paris sur le dossier du nucléaire iranien. Les Français ont eu...

9th December 2013 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer, The Daily Beast

Syria’s Jihadists Linked to Organized Crime

Jonathan Schanzer

Syria’s insurgent militias are becoming ever more enmeshed with organized crime, blurring the line between insurgents and racketeers and undermining the rebels’...

9th December 2013 - Quoted by AFP

US Congress May Throw Wrench into Iran Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

US lawmakers are preparing a possible vote on new sanctions against Iran, a move President Barack Obama and his P5+1 partners fear could sabotage...

7th December 2013 - Quoted by Betsy Hiel, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Egypt Strikes a Perilous Repose

Five turbulent months after millions of Egyptians demanded the removal of their Islamist ruler, the world's most populous Arab nation is uneasily calm.

6th December 2013 - Quoted by Henry Rome, The Jerusalem Post

Insight: Sanctions Dilemmas

Emanuele Ottolenghi

In the aftermath of last month’s Geneva agreement, US President Barack Obama emphasized that Iran will experience a minuscule amount of sanctions relief...

5th December 2013 - Quoted by Tim Starks, CQ Roll Call

No Action on Iran Sanctions Likely Until 2014

Mark Dubowitz

Despite a strong congressional push to impose new sanctions on Iran should it renege on a tentative nuclear deal or fail to strike a final bargain, it is increasingly...

4th December 2013 - Quoted by David Kenner, Foreign Policy

Afghan Militants Join Syria’s Civil War, As If It Wasn’t Awful Enough

Ali Alfoneh

As Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gained the upper hand over an internal uprising in the past year, he received a major boost from his allies across the...

3rd December 2013 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer, VOA News

Syrian Rebels Face Pressure on Multiple Fronts

Jonathan Schanzer

Syrian rebels battling to oust President Bashar al-Assad are now facing determined government military offensives on three fronts in the north and west and...

3rd December 2013 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas, JTA

Delay in Launch of Nukes Deal Gives Iran an Edge, Some Say

Jonathan Schanzer, Mark Dubowitz

There’s the six-month interim deal on Iran’s nuclear program that trades some sanctions relief for a freeze on Iran’s nuclear program. And then there’s the...

2nd December 2013 - Cited by David Pryce-Jones, Standpoint

Their Own Worst Enemies

Jonathan Schanzer

The American administration and European foreign ministers are putting pressure on Israel and the Palestinians to sign up for the so-called two-state solution.

2nd December 2013 - Quoted by Joshua Shnayer, The American Spectator

Senate Poised to Pull Trigger on Iran Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

Before Thanksgiving it seemed that certain key players on both sides of the Senate aisle were skeptical of the latest deal with Iran, which pulls back economic...

30th November 2013 - Quoted by George Jonas, National Post

When a Peace Deals Means War

Clifford D. May

Some say a bad peace is better than a good war. I’m not sure. Perhaps it would be if it lasted, but a bad peace is usually just a prelude to a bad war.

29th November 2013 - Quoted by Maya Shwayder, The Jerusalem Post

Canadian Diplomats Skeptical of Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

His bags haven’t even arrived yet in Ottawa, but Israel’s new ambassador to Canada, Rafi Barak, has already gotten straight to work. On Wednesday evening, Barak...


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