Analysis & Commentary


18th March 2016 - Quoted by Teresa Welsh - US News and World Report

Why Lebanon Could Be the Next Middle East Hot Spot

Tony Badran

Saudi Arabia has made a gamble in its regional proxy war with longtime foe Iran by retreating from Lebanon, an arena where the two have long competed for influence.

18th March 2016 - Quoted by Shane Dixon Kavanaugh - Vocativ

Paris Attacks Suspect’s Arrest Could Reveal ISIS Secrets: Experts

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The capture of a key suspect in the Paris attacks in Belgium on Friday could soon lead authorities to a trove of undisclosed information about the Islamic State’s inner workings, counter-terrorism experts told Vocativ.

17th March 2016 - Quoted by Ethan Harfenist and Shane Dixon Kavanaugh - Vocativ

White House Spent 588 Days Deciding That ISIS Committed Genocide

David Andrew Weinberg

It took nearly two years but on Thursday Secretary of State John Kerry brought the heft of the White House onto ISIS’ relentless campaign to eradicate minorities in Syria and Iraq, officially labeling the crimes committed by the terror group to be acts of “genocide.”

17th March 2016 - Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

GOP senators push for new Iran sanctions after missile tests

A group of Republican senators are pushing new legislation that would require President Obama to impose a fresh slate of economic sanctions on Iran in response to the series of ballistic missile tests recently carried out by the Islamic Republic.

17th March 2016 - Quoted by Kyle Orton - The New Arab

What Kurdish federalism means for Syria

Tony Badran

The PKK has very deep and old connections with Russia and the Assad regime.

17th March 2016 - Quoted by Yvo Fitzherbert - The Spectator

What the people-smugglers of Istanbul make of the EU’s deal with Turkey

Aykan Erdemir

Shops in a rundown neighbourhood sell fake life jackets to refugees planning to brave the Aegean Sea.

17th March 2016 - Quoted by Sean Savage - JNS

With the Russian drawdown in Syria, Israel seeks reassurances

Emanuele Ottolenghi

On March 14, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a surprise announcement that he would withdraw the “main part” of Russian forces from Syria, shocking many of the countries concerned about the ongoing conflict in the country, including Israel. Putin’s move came as peace talks began...

16th March 2016 - Quoted by Fulya Özerkan, Damon Wake - Agence France Presse

Turkey stability fears as Kurdish conflict threatens to escalate

Aykan Erdemir

Sunday's suicide car bombing in Ankara has raised fears of an escalation in Turkey's long-running Kurdish conflict, as the country grapples with the Islamic State threat while relying on a security system weakened by a political crackdown, analysts say.

16th March 2016 - Quoted by Laurence Norman - The Wall Street Journal

Will the Juicy Details Return to UN Atomic Agency’s Iran Reports?

Olli Heinonen

One unexpected result of the Iran-nuclear deal: for all the promises of increased transparency, reports by the international watchdog are getting less detailed not more so.

16th March 2016 - Quoted by the Tower

How Hamas Uses Foreign Aid to Enrich Itself and Scam Gazans

Jonathan Schanzer, Grant Rumley

Hamas, the Iran-backed terror group that controls the Gaza Strip, is “exploiting the humanitarian crisis in the Strip to pad its own coffers,” Times of Israel Palestinian affairs correspondent Avi Issacharoff reported on Saturday.

16th March 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

U.S. Court Orders Iran to Pay Over $10 Billion to 9/11 Victims

Thomas Joscelyn

A U.S. District Court in New York ordered Iran last Wednesday to pay approximately $10.5 billion total to the families of 9/11 victims and to insurance companies who paid claims resulting from damages incurred during the attacks.

15th March 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Experts: Palestinian Official Presenting “Unprecedented” Challenge to Abbas over Corruption

Jonathan Schanzer, Grant Rumley

A Palestinian legislator from Nablus is presenting an “unprecedented” challenge to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and the PA’s rampant corruption, according to a report by Jonathan Schanzer and Grant Rumley published Monday in The Daily Beast. Schanzer and Rumley are...

14th March 2016 - Quoted by Sune Engel Rasmussen - Newsweek

How Babak Zanjani Went From Iran’s Top Sanctions Buster To Dead Billionaire Walking

Emanuele Ottolenghi

For the past two years, while he was languishing in Tehran’s Evin Prison, the world seemed to forget Iranian billionaire Babak Zanjani. But he returned to the headlines on March 6, when an Iranian court sentenced him to death.

14th March 2016 - Quoted by Louis Jacobson - Politifact

Donald Trump wrongly links Ohio campaign event protester to ISIS

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Despite evidence to the contrary, Donald Trump on Sunday morning repeated his charge that a man who rushed at him in Dayton, Ohio, had ISIS affiliations.

14th March 2016 - Quoted by Shane Dixon Kavanaugh - Vocativ

Did Jihadists In Syria Just Seize Another Cache Of US-Made Weapons?

Thomas Joscelyn

A trove of U.S.-supplied weapons and military equipment may have, once again, fallen into the hands of Islamist fighters following a clash between rival groups in northern Syria.

12th March 2016 - Quoted by Farhad Mirza - Middle East Eye

Turkish newspaper with policemen ‘playing editor’

Aykan Erdemir

Mustafa Edib has been working as a journalist for years and prides himself on fighting for the rights of the marginalised.

11th March 2016 - Quoted by Tom DiChristopher - CNBC

FBI wants to change iPhone’s iOS: Fmr CIA chief

The FBI's attempts to force Apple to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists is not just about accessing information about the attack, but changing the architecture of the device's mobile operating system, former CIA director James Woolsey said Friday.

11th March 2016 - Quoted by Rebecca Shimono Stoil - The Times of Israel

White House under pressure to respond to Iran’s missile tests

Mark Dubowitz

Despite pressure from Congress, the Obama administration continued to move slowly toward acknowledging that Iran had violated a UN Security Council resolution prohibiting ballistic missile tests, and gestured toward a moremoderate sanctions response – if any – to Tehran’s actions.

10th March 2016 - Quoted by Sean Savage - JNS

Does the Syrian civil war make Hezbollah less or more of a threat to Israel?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The seemingly endless five-year-old Syrian civil war has presented Israel with a number of complex threats, including the rise of the Islamic State terror group. Yet most Israeli leaders believe that the Iranian-funded Lebanese terrorist organization Hezbollah remains by far the Jewish...

10th March 2016 - Quoted by Katherine Gypson, Jeff Seldin, Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

Concerns Dampen Hopes of Major Break in IS Data Breach

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Nagging doubts are tempering expectations that a purported trove of data files stolen from Islamic State will help unmask the terror group's foreign fighter network and perhaps lead to a crippling blow against the self-declared caliphate.


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