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2nd December 2014 - Quoted by İlhan Tanır - BBC Turkey

ABD’deki güvenli bölge tartışması ne anlama geliyor?

Tony Badran

Amerikan basınında hafta sonunda çıkan "Suriye'de uçuşa yasak bölge ve güvenli bölge kuruluyor" haberleri, gözleri bir kez daha Obama yönetimine çevirerek Suriye ve Esad yönetimi politikalarında önemli bir değişikliğe gidip, gitmeyecekleri tartışmasını alevlendirdi....

1st December 2014 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

AP Accused of Bias Against Israel

Jonathan Schanzer

The Associated Press is pushing back against charges leveled by one of its former Israel-based reporters that the global news agency is systematically biased against Israel and specifically makes editorial choices meant to portray the Jewish state in negative terms.

1st December 2014 - Cited by The Washington Examiner

Congress Should End Obama’s Dangerous Charade With Iran

On Dec. 10, 2013, Secretary of State John Kerry appeared before the House Foreign Affairs Committee to make the case for a tentative six-month agreement reached with Iran a few weeks earlier over the radical Islamic regime’s nuclear program.

1st December 2014 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - The Daily Beast

ISIS Wannabes Claim They Killed an American in Egypt

A militant Egyptian group that recently pledged allegiance to the so-called Islamic State claimed late Sunday it was behind the killing in August of a 58-year-old American oil worker, who died during a carjacking in Egypt’s Western Desert.

27th November 2014 - Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Islamic State Spreading Into Northern Africa, Alarming U.S.

Thomas Joscelyn

In its war to create a caliphate across Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State is opening a front in North Africa, where affiliated militants are wreaking havoc in eastern Libya and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula — presenting a complex challenge for Washington and its allies in the region.

26th November 2014 - Mentioned by Mitchell Prothero - McClatchyDC

How a French Truck Driver Became a Target of the U.S. Air War in Syria

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

To hear French officials tell it, David Drugeon is a 24-year-old former truck driver from the Brittany region of France who occasionally worked out with French soldiers before slipping off to Pakistan to join al Qaida. He is, at such a tender age, no former French intelligence officer with...

26th November 2014 - Quoted by Mark Landler - The New York Times

For Former Embassy Hostages, a Special Interest in Iran Talks

Mark Dubowitz

When the United States agreed on Monday to extend the nuclear negotiations with Iran for another seven months, it was met with immediate protest from Republicans and some Democrats in Congress, as well as from hard-liners in Iran’s Parliament.

26th November 2014 - Quoted by Luke Baker - Reuters

Israel’s lurch to the right dims two-state peace prospects

Grant Rumley

A cartoon in Israel's left-leaning Haaretz newspaper showed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu studying a poster made by his publicity team of Mahmoud Abbas, the mild-mannered, soft-featured Palestinian president.

25th November 2014 - Cited by Michael B. Kelley - Business Insider

The US Is On A Collision Course With An ‘Absolutely Indispensable’ Ally

Jonathan Schanzer, Merve Tahiroglu

The US and Turkey are headed for a showdown over Syria, as evidence mounts that Ankara is enabling groups that Washington is actively bombing.

25th November 2014 - Cited by Ruth Sherlock - The Telegraph

Jihadist Training Camps Expand Across Syria and Iraq

Jihadist organisations in Iraq and in Syria are operating at least 46 military training camps, designed to indoctrinate and train recruits, an investigation has found.

25th November 2014 - Cited by Indira A.R. Lakshmanan - Bloomberg

Iran’s Lower Profit From Sanctions Relief Won’t Mollify Congress

Mark Dubowitz

With world powers unable so far to win Iran’s agreement to curb its nuclear program, members of both parties in the new Republican-led U.S. Congress will push in January for more economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

24th November 2014 - Quoted by Rachel Oswald - CQ Roll Call

Reaction to Extension on Iran Talks Falls Along Partisan Lines

Mark Dubowitz

The news that negotiators had not reached an agreement with Iran on its nuclear program by the deadline Monday and were extending talks for an additional seven months drew a mixed reaction from lawmakers, with hard-liners urging quick imposition of tougher sanctions while others supported...

24th November 2014 - Quoted by Tim Starks - Roll Call

Intentionally or Not, Hagel News Distracts From Other Administration News

Mark Dubowitz

Over the weekend, news broke of a change in the administration’s policy on Afghanistan. On Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry announced an extension of Iranian nuclear talks. Yet it is the newly announced departure of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that has sucked up most of the news...

24th November 2014 - Quoted by Ali Weinberg - ABC News

Republicans Could Complicate Iran Extension

Mark Dubowitz

Secretary of State John Kerry said today that he was confident President Obama and he could convince a skeptical Congress that an additional seven months of nuclear negotiations with Iran could lead to a deal they could support, but that confidence may be challenged by Congress.

24th November 2014 - Cited by Howard LaFranchi - The Christian Science Monitor

Iran Nuclear Talks Extended, So Congress Might Turn Up the Heat

Mark Dubowitz

An extension of the Iran nuclear talks is better than a bad deal, but many in Congress will want to use the next few months to further ramp up pressure on Tehran.

24th November 2014 - Quoted by Michael R. Gordon, David E. Sanger - The New York Times

U.S. and Allies Extend Iran Nuclear Talks by 7 Months

Mark Dubowitz

A yearlong effort to reach an enduring accord with Iran to dismantle large parts of its nuclear infrastructure fell short on Monday, forcing the United States and its allies to declare a seven-month extension, but with no clear indication of how they plan to bridge fundamental differences....

24th November 2014 - Cited by Raymond Tanter - Foreign Policy

A Bad Deal With Iran in the Nuclear Talks Could Destabilize the Middle East

By extending nuclear talks with Iran for seven more months, the major powers avoided total collapse but also raised the stakes, "ensuring that failure, if that is what eventually happens, will be all the more cataclysmic," according to the Guardian. My take, however, is that a bad deal with...

24th November 2014 - Cited by Caroline Glick - The Jerusalem Post

Our World: Iran’s no China

Tony Badran

The Obama administration will never abandon its courtship of Iran. On the eve of the extended deadline in the US-led six-party talks with Iran regarding Teheran’s illicit nuclear weapons program, the one thing that is absolutely clear is that courting Iran is the centerpiece of US...

24th November 2014 - Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Nuke Talks Confront Deadline, Iran’s Enmity with West

Reuel Marc Gerecht

As world powers talk of extending Monday's deadline for a nuclear agreement with Iran, one thing is clear: The nation's authoritarian regime must decide if it wants to remain in conflict or engage with the West.

24th November 2014 - Quoted by Riyadh Mohammed - The Fiscal Times

Egypt, the Most Important Arab Nation, Is an ISIS Target

Oren Kessler

Egypt has historically been one of the most stable countries in the Middle East. Today, after the failed 2011 “Arab Spring” and shake-up of official power, Egypt’s economy is crippled. The tourism industry is dead. Many other vital sectors are in a bad shape, like electricity and gas....

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