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At Last, Change of Course, in Midst of Setback

This commentary first appeared in Iran Roundtable and was prepared to add some more insight to a short interview with BBC World Service Newsday Program.  Below is also the interview: The first death in action of an American soldier in … Continue reading

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Iran’s Rouhani: Lift sanctions immediately or no final nuke deal

USA Today Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, joined that nation’s president Thursday in saying any nuclear agreement must include the immediate lifting of economic sanctions choking the country. In his first public comments on the framework for a deal … Continue reading

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Congressional Hearing: Iran Nuclear Negotiations, Status of Talks and the Role of Congress

Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), the committee’s ranking member: “Iran needs to know that there will be consequences for failure – and that consequence will be additional sanctions,” “Up until now, Iran has not been motivated to make tough decisions. I … Continue reading

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Clifford May: The ideology of Islamic Republic of Iran does not differ from that of the ISIS

Without the threat of pain, Iran’s rulers won’t budge By Clifford D. May – – Tuesday, January 20, 2015 Experienced negotiators know this: The side most willing to walk away from the table generally wins. The side that seems desperate … Continue reading

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Hostage taking, Iranian style

Mullahs keep jailing Iranian-Americans to trade for Iranians in US custody By Barbara Slavin for Al-Monitor There are numerous theories about why Iran keeps jailing Iranian-Americans, including hard-line efforts to undercut the administration of President Hassan Rouhani. Another motive, however, has been clear … Continue reading

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Talking with Iran is like bargaining with the Devil

Having missed a July deadline for reaching an agreement with Iran over its nuclear program, the six world powers party to the talks — the United States, Russia, China, France, United Kingdom and Germany — have set Nov. 24 as … Continue reading

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American, Jordon Matson fights with Kurds against ISIS

The Situation Room|Added on October 27, 2014 CNN’s Ivan Watson profiles an American soldier fighting with a Kurdish militia against ISIS forces in Syria.

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Religious minorities under threat in the Middle East: Yazidi Leaders Seek Help Against ISIS

A delegation of top Yazidi religious and cultural leaders came to the US this week (October 24-31) seeking help for their community in Iraq, which has been devastated by ISIS extremists. ISIS considers the ancient religious minority to be pagan. … Continue reading

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In brief, the significance of Peshmarga forces heading to Kobane

Kurds have helped each other in the past, so why is this troop movement so significant? Briefly: -Kurdish peshmarga troops from Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of Iraq crossed Iraqi border without the authorization from the Iraqi central government or parliament. … Continue reading

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With Kobnane on the verge, US dual-track policy is imminent

This resourceful depiction by Foreign Policy online magazine is by far the best in its kind in exploring the political dynamics and landscape in Syria’s Kurdistan and the US involvement with the actors in the region. As the Islamic State terrorists … Continue reading

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Despite the charms, Iran’s IRGC still vow to ‘trample the US’

By: Sharif Behruz This past week marked the week-long “Holy Defense Week” on the regime of Islamic Republic of Iran’s calendar, commemorating the first bloody decade of the Islamic regime in Iran—notably the 8 year Iran-Iraq war and the war … Continue reading

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Airstrikes target IS militant advance on key Kurdish town

US-led coalition forces launched at least five airstrikes against Islamic State (IS) group militants advancing on the Syrian Kurdish town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane by the Kurds, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Wednesday. US-led forces carried … Continue reading

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Mustafa Hijri: “Iran’s military doctrine is aggressive, not defensive”

pdki.org In an article, published on PDKI’s official website Kurdistanmedia.org, Kurdish leader Mustafa Hijri raises questions on a classified Defense Department assessment on Iran’s military doctrine. The Pentagon report, delivered to Congress on July 7, has leaked to the press. … Continue reading

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Iran Roundtable: Mr. President, Human Rights and Nuclear Negotiations should go in tandem

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 6, 2014 Contact: info@iranroundtable.org Phone: (571) 327-0674Mr.  President, “Human Rights and Nuclear Negotiations should go in tandem” Iran Roundtable, (Washington, DC) – Recent nuclear negotiations between the West and the Islamic Republic of Iran has raised concerns … Continue reading

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Business as usual with Tehran as the interim deal unravels

Now with the interim deal in the horizon, the US appears to be the main proponent of engagement with the IRI regime.  Accordingly, and as the argument proceeds in Congress, there is little or no prospect of reining in the … Continue reading

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