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4th December 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Arab Activist Gives Chilling Testimony of Imprisonment and Torture by Iran

Saeed Ghasseminejad

The world’s interest in reaching a nuclear deal with Iran has compelled it to ignore the regime’s extensive human rights abuses, leaving its many “political prisoners, torture victims and persecuted ethnic minorities with little hope of any respite,” Rahim Hamid wrote in The...

4th December 2015 - Quoted by Lee Smith - Tablet Magazine

Special Treatment for Mideast Christians Is Un-American, and Dumb

Tony Badran

Jeb Bush says he’s not sorry that he thinks Middle East Christians warrant special attention and protection from America. He’s defending himself against President Barack Obama who says that the former governor of Florida is wrong to say Christians deserve preferential treatment since...

4th December 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

San Bernardino Shooter Pledged Allegiance To ISIS During Terror Attack

Thomas Joscelyn

The female shooter in the Wednesday terror attack in San Bernardino, Calif., posted an oath of allegiance on Facebook to ISIS and its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during the attack, CNN has reported.

4th December 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Iran Lied: Another Sign We’ve Been Had

Mark Dubowitz

The massacre in San Bernardino, Calif., this week overshadowed another major foreign policy story: The International Atomic Energy Agency’s report on Iran.

4th December 2015 - Quoted by Steven Lee Myers and Somini Sengupta - The New York Times

U.S. Presses for U.N. Resolution to Fight ISIS’ Financing

David Andrew Weinberg

The United States and Russia are negotiating a new resolution at the United Nations Security Council intended to strengthen international efforts to cut off revenues that the Islamic State raises to govern territory and spread its ideology.

3rd December 2015 - Quoted by Justin Salhani - Think Progress

Saudi Women Are About To Gain Important New Rights

David Andrew Weinberg

Women in Saudi Arabia still can’t drive, but if a local newspaper is to be believed, a big step forward for divorced and widowed is forthcoming.

3rd December 2015 - Quoted by Jeremy Bender - Business Insider

Report: Russia Is Building A Second Military Airbase In Syria

Boris Zilberman

Russia is planning on expanding an Assad regime air base in central Syria into a second base of operations for Moscow's air assets in the war-torn country, various sources report.

3rd December 2015 - Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

Iran’s Nuclear Program Just Became A Lot Harder To Hit

Boris Zilberman, Behnam Ben Taleblu

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s office announced Thursday Russia will begin sending S-300 missile defense systems to Iran.

2nd December 2015 - Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Iran To Hit ‘Jackpot’ With Sanctions Relief, GOP Lawmaker Claims

While a key Republican on foreign policy says Iran about to hit the “jackpot” of sanctions relief, a former top Obama administration counterterrorism official argues that Iran can be trusted to not use money for expanding its military proxy and terrorist-support operations in the Middle...

2nd December 2015 - Quoted by Julian Pecquet - Al Monitor

Is US Preparing To Crack Down On IRGC?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

A key panel of Congress is getting closer to slapping new sanctions on Iran's revolutionary guards despite warnings that doing so could undermine the nuclear deal with Tehran.

2nd December 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Expert at Congressional Hearing: Iran Undermining U.S. National Interests, Not Fighting ISIS

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is perpetuating the presence of ISIS in Syria and Iraq while undermining American national interests in the Middle East, Ali Alfoneh, a senior fellow and expert on Iran at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said Wednesday at a House...

2nd December 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran Serving As Russia’s ‘Ground Force’ In Syria

Iranian militants have begun acting as Russia’s de facto “ground force” in Syria, where they have begun waging “an ethnic cleansing campaign” in order to eradicate opposition to the embattled President Bashar al-Assad, according to leading members of Congress, defense officials,...

1st December 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Erdogan Has a Trump Card Against Putin That Would Transform the Syrian War

Boris Zilberman

Following the downing of a Russian warplane last week by Turkey, Russia has shown no signs of letting up on its military operations near the Turkish-Syrian border.

1st December 2015 - Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

US Aid To Ukraine Is Falling Apart As Russian Aid For Crimea Booms

Boris Zilberman

The U.S. provided a shipment of Bradley Fighting Vehicles, howitzer artillery and tanks to aid Ukraine in its ongoing fight against Russian-backed rebels, but there’s a few problems: the equipment is breaking, being mothballed, and a lot of it is not going to Ukraine, according to a recent...

30th November 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Putin’s Latest Message to Turkey Could ‘Spin Any Future Incident Beyond Control’

Boris Zilberman

Russia has reportedly equipped its warplanes flying in Syria with air-to-air missiles for self-defense for the first time, Reuters reported on Monday, citing Russian news agencies.

30th November 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Call Iran’s Bluff, Mr. President

Mark Dubowitz

Once upon a time, the Obama administration insisted that any enforcement scheme would require a complete accounting of Iran’s PMDs (possible military dimensions). The administration then suggested it would be a condition for lifting of sanctions, but that did not make it into the deal....

27th November 2015 - Quoted by Hugh Naylor - The Washington Post

Iranian Media Is Revealing That Scores Of The Country’s Fighters Are Dying In Syria

An increasing number of Iranian soldiers and militiamen appear to be dying in Syria’s civil war, and observers credit media from an unexpected country for revealing the trend.

25th November 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Russia is Already Exacting Its Revenge on Turkey for Downing a Russian Warplane

Boris Zilberman

Just over 24 hours after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane on after claiming the jet had violated Turkish airspace, Moscow is already exacting its revenge — albeit subtly.

25th November 2015 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - The Times of Israel

In Fight for Syrian Refugees, US Groups Recall Jews’ Flight From Europe

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

American Jewish organizations don’t see the Syrian refugees as a threat; they see them as a reminder.

25th November 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Russia on Downing of Jet by Turkey: ‘We Have Serious Doubts It Was an Accident’

Boris Zilberman

In a press call on Wednesday morning, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters that Turkey's decision to shoot down a Russian warplane on Tuesday seemed like a "planned provocation."

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