Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Daniel Greenfield's article: Obama Caused Orlando

Daniel Greenfield's article: Obama Caused Orlando

Link to Sultan Knish


Posted: 27 Jun 2016 03:42 PM PDT
The media has desperately tried to blame anything and everything for the Orlando Muslim massacre. The bloodshed by a Muslim terrorist has been attributed to guns, homophobia, family problems and mental illness. But Omar Mateen told his Facebook friends and a 911 operator exactly why he was doing it. Omar killed 49 people as part of the Islamic State’s war against America.

The motive is there in black and white. This was one of a number of ISIS attacks. The roots of the
Orlando attack lie in Iraq forcing us to dig down into Obama’s disastrous mishandling of ISIS. Without understanding what went wrong in Iraq, we cannot understand what happened in Orlando.

Under Bush, Al Qaeda in Iraq had been on the run. Under Obama, it began overrunning the region.

In 2009, Obama vowed a “responsible” end to the Iraq War. He claimed that the “starting point for our policies must always be the safety of the American people”. But the safety of the American people was the first casualty of his foreign policy. In 2011, he hung up his own “Mission Accomplished” sign and boasted that “The long war in Iraq will come to an end by the end of this year.” It did not and would not.

Obama claimed that his withdrawal from Iraq and his invasion of Libya were both examples of successful policies. Both countries are now ISIS playgrounds. The “sovereign, stable and self-reliant” Iraq he told the country we were leaving behind was a myth. The new Libya was an equally imaginary and unreal place. ISIS gained power and influence as a result of that chaos. And it used that influence to kill Americans.

Today the battle for Fallujah is raging. When ISIS first took the city, Obama breezily dismissed them as a JayVee team. He specifically insisted that ISIS posed no serious threat to America. “There is a distinction between the capacity and reach of a bin Laden and a network that is actively planning major terrorist plots against the homeland versus jihadists who are engaged in various local power struggles and disputes, often sectarian.”

“Fallujah is a profoundly conservative Sunni city… And how we think about terrorism has to be defined and specific enough that it doesn’t lead us to think that any horrible actions that take place around the world that are motivated in part by an extremist Islamic ideology are a direct threat to us,” he said.

It is now blatantly and indisputably obvious that ISIS is a direct threat to us. Orlando is yet another reminder of how deeply wrong Obama was about ISIS. Instead of taking action, Obama chose to ignore the expansion of ISIS until it had become a major threat. As a result of its victories, Al Qaeda in Iraq went from an Al Qaeda affiliate to declaring the Islamic State while commanding the allegiance of Muslims around the world. Omar Mateen was one of those Muslims.

If Obama had not dismissed ISIS early on, it would never have gained the level of support that it did. And the Orlando massacre might never have happened.

But Obama was not the only proudly neglectful parent of ISIS. The two key elements in the rise of ISIS were the withdrawal from Iraq and the Arab Spring. The withdrawal gave ISIS freedom of action in Iraq allowing it and its Shiite frenemies in Baghdad to roll back the stability of the Surge. The Arab Spring however destabilized the region so badly that ISIS was able to expand into countries like Syria and Libya. The migration of Jihadists into the region swelled its ranks enormously and turned it from a local problem into a global one.

And the Arab Spring was a project of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Obama created space for ISIS in Iraq, but Hillary Clinton opened the door for the rise of ISIS in Libya and Syria. Together they helped make ISIS into a regional and then a global player.

Hillary Clinton tried to blame the “internet” for the Orlando attack. But Al Gore’s magical internet did not shoot 49 people in Orlando. For that matter it did not “radicalize” Omar Mateen.

Omar, like many other Muslims, was impressed by the ISIS victories that Hillary’s Islamic regime change project had made possible. He viewed these triumphs not as the result of a disastrous State Department and White House policy, but as proof of the religious authority of ISIS. Omar wanted to join the fight.

Muslim terrorism existed before ISIS. It will exist after ISIS. But there is no doubt that the Islamic State’s claim to having revived the Caliphate and its impressive string of victories against the Iraqi military convinced many Muslims that they were religiously obligated to follow its orders.

And these orders were quite explicit.

ISIS had called for attacks in America during Ramadan. “Hurt the Crusaders day and night without sleeping, and terrorize them so that the neighbor fears his neighbor,” ISIS had told Muslims in the US,

Omar answered the call in Orlando.

Attempting to blame fellow Americans for the actions of ISIS, as Obama has done by emphasizing gun control, only plays into the hands of the Muslim terror group behind the attack. The NRA did not carry out this attack. ISIS did. And ISIS benefited from Obama and Hillary’s foreign policy which allowed it to expand its reach and its popularity until its network of Muslim supporters could strike anywhere.

Obama and Hillary do not want to discuss the role that they played in creating the global conditions that led to the Orlando attack. It’s more convenient for them to blame it on Republicans by emphasizing gun control or homophobia, but discussing an ISIS attack without mentioning ISIS is like talking about WW2 without mentioning Nazi Germany. It’s intellectually dishonest and strategically senseless.

The Orlando massacre was not a local event, but a global one. It must be viewed within the context of a series of ISIS attacks in Europe and America. And ISIS became a global threat on Obama’s watch.

During these pivotal years, Hillary Clinton was the highest ranking foreign policy figure in the country. It is absurd for her to argue that she bears no responsibility for the rise of ISIS. And Hillary Clinton has even defended Obama over his “JayVee” dismissal of ISIS as a direct threat to America.

The Orlando massacre is yet another example of the consequences of Obama and Hillary’s foreign policy. It is not the first such consequence and it will not, by any means, be the last.

SHOCK: Syrian men in their twenties are being dumped into Fredericton High School with young Canadian girls

The Rebel



Syrian migrant men in their twenties — some with full beards — are being dumped into classrooms at Fredericton High School, next to Canadian schoolgirls as young as 14.

And the results are what you’d expect.

Sexual harassment. Bullying. Picking on the Jewish kids. Threatening and swearing at teachers. Talking about terrorist weapons, like rocket propelled grenades.

Demanding that men and women be separated, sharia style. Refusing to speak English.

It goes on and on.

I know this, because we received a confidential tip from a parent, who couldn’t get anyone in New Brunswick to help. The media, the police, the politicians — everybody is petrified of being called “racist” for even mentioning the disaster that has come from putting unassimilated Muslim migrant men right into our schools.

Everyone’s afraid to talk about what was happening at Fredericton High — except us. So we filed an access to information request to the school. And they sent us over 2,700 documents covering every aspect of the fiasco.

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Watch my video here, to see what we found.

Blessings,

Faith Goldy

P.S. There are 2,700 pages of documents written by panicked teachers and administrators, desperate for help. It’s too much for just one video. So I’m going to do a whole series, all week. Click here to see them all.

P.P.S. We’re the only Canadian media who dares to cover this story. Unlike the CBC, we don’t get any money from the government — we’re 100% viewer-supported. If you want to keep our independent journalism alive, please click here to contribute $10, $25 or even $100. Thank you!


The Rebel · Mississauga, ON, Canada
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June 28, 2016

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June 28, 2016

Counter Extremism Project

DW: Nonprofit Group Rolls Out Online Tool To Combat IS Propaganda
“A nonprofit group in the US says it has created a technology that can detect images generated by terrorists and remove them from social media platforms. DW spoke to Mark Wallace, CEO of the Counter Extremism Project.”
New York Post: ISIS’s Thirst For Blood Only Matched By Its Hunger For Publicity
“‘As shocking and horrific as ISIS’s carnival atmosphere executions of gay men continue to be, the public’s willingness to participate demonstrate that ISIS’s actions are built on a well-established foundation,’ reports the Counter-Extremism Project. ‘ISIS has cynically exploited these prejudices in order to ingratiate itself among the people it has conquered as well as to further its hateful agenda and impose its extreme and violent interpretations of Islamic law in the wider Middle East and beyond.’”
The Wall Street Journal: ISIS And The Culture Of Narcissism
“How do we process seeing the perpetrator of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history preening in an NYPD T-shirt, or smiling up at the camera, shirtless? Which is the true image of Mateen, the image-obsessed gym rat or dead-eyed killer? The answer is both, and together they solve a puzzle that perplexes terror experts: Why is ISIS so successful at recruiting Westerners? The terror group has moved away from the old recruiting tactics of groups such as al Qaeda, which sought to connect with deeply observant Muslims. Instead, ISIS is looking for a new type of recruit, one who spends as much time in the multiplex as in the mosque.”
Daily Caller: Despite Afghan Claims Of Victory, ISIS Surging
“Islamic State fighters in Afghanistan killed dozens of Afghan soldiers and civilians Sunday, despite multiple claims from Kabul that the terrorist group was utterly defeated. A U.S. military report estimates between 1000 and 3000 fighters throughout Afghanistan who have fought the Taliban for the opium rich territory. The Taliban relies heavily on opium production to fund its terrorist operations and has clashed with ISIS for control of Nangarhar province. In some cases ISIS has been able to poach Taliban commanders both by paying high salaries and taking advantages of fractures in the Taliban movement. After the Taliban announced the death of their unifying leader, Mullah Omar, in July 2015 the terrorist group has been in a prolonged leadership crisis. The Taliban’s short-time divisive leader, Mullah Akhtar Mansour, was killed in a U.S. drone strike May 23.”
Washington Free Beacon: ISIS ‘Kill Lists’ Increasingly Target U.S. Civilians
“Pro-ISIS hacking groups have started including American civilians along with military, government, and law enforcement personnel on “kill lists,” consistent with the terror group’s effort to expand attacks to random targets and instill fear in the public, according to a new report. The SITE Intelligence Group, an organization that monitors jihadist propaganda, examined eight lists recently circulated online by pro-ISIS hacking groups, including some that name random civilian targets.”
Associated Press: Bombings Claimed By Is Killed 43 In Southern Yemen
“An Islamic State affiliate carried out a series of attacks in Yemen's southern port city of Mukalla on Monday, killing at least 43 people and wounding several others, officials said. The attacks came as the government and Shiite Houthi rebels planned to suspend talks on ending Yemen's larger conflict after failing to reach a breakthrough in two months of negotiations held in Kuwait. The officials said two suicide bombers and other militants carried out at least seven simultaneous attacks in Mukalla targeting intelligence offices, army barracks and checkpoints. In one of the attacks, a bomb was concealed in a box of food brought to soldiers at a checkpoint to break their dawn-to-dusk Ramadan fast. In another, a group of militants stormed a police station, officials said.”
Newsweek: Israel Moves To Revoke Citizenship Of ISIS Operatives
“Israel is attempting to strip two Arab-Israeli operatives of the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) of their citizenships and permanent residency through legal means in a bid to prevent them posing a security threat to the country’s citizens. Interior Minister Aryeh Deri filed a request with the Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit on Sunday to approve the move to remove the citizenship of 24-year-old Luqman Atun of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Tsur Baher and the permanent residency of fellow East Jerusalemite, 26-year-old Khalil Adel Khalil. Luqman traveled to Turkey in October 2014 in hope of joining the group but he did not have the financial resources to reach the Syrian frontier that leads to the group’s self-proclaimed caliphate in the country, The Times of Israel reported.”
BBC: Egyptair Crash: Flight Data Recorder Repaired – Investigators
“The damaged flight data recorder from the EgyptAir plane that crashed last month has been successfully repaired in France, Egyptian investigators say. They say that work on the Airbus A320's cockpit voice recorder will begin ‘within hours’. It paves the way for experts to analyse data that could help explain what caused the crash. Flight MS804 from Paris to Cairo plunged into the Mediterranean Sea on 19 May, killing all 66 people on board. In a statement, Egypt's investigation commission said that the flight data recorder had been ‘successfully repaired... by the French accident investigation agency laboratory’. The voice and flight data recorders, known as black boxes, arrived in Paris from Cairo on Monday so that salt deposits could be removed.”
Time: Iraq Liberates Fallujah From ISIS. Now The Hard Part Begins
“When the Iraqi government declared victory on Sunday after routing Islamic State gunmen from the key city of Fallujah, it cleared a major hurdle on the way to a much larger and more complicated fight for the ISIS-held city of Mosul in northern Iraq. The victory in Fallujah deprives ISIS of an important territorial asset, a city 40 miles west of Baghdad from which jihadists directed a lethal campaign of car bombings in the capital. Now all eyes turn north, toward Mosul, the largest city still under ISIS control and the most significant strategic prize in the land campaign against the terror group. The recapture of Fallujah provides hints—some promising, some foreboding—about how the fight for Mosul might proceed.”
Bloomberg: Boko Haram Fighters Prey On Niger After Fleeing Bases In Nigeria
“Driven from its stronghold in northeastern Nigeria, the Islamist militant group Boko Haram is targeting the world’s least developed country: Niger. The Nigeria-based militants stepped up attacks in southeastern Niger this month, raiding villages for food and cattle and attacking the town of Bosso, near Lake Chad, to steal weapons. A looting spree in villages near the lake on June 21 was the latest in a string of raids that have left more than 40 people dead. ‘Boko Haram is on the defensive and trying to replenish their reserves,’ Vincent Foucher, a political analyst at the Brussels-based International Crisis Group, said by phone from Senegal. The organization is facing ‘a regional response that’s become much more coherent.’ Fishing and farming in the fertile Lake Chad region have almost ground to a halt, causing hunger among the 280,000 people who have sought refuge in the area.”
Daily Beast: They Survived ISIS, Then Disappeared
“The way Rasool Abdullah remembers it, he was in a hall with dozens of other men in an abandoned house outside Fallujah. He was thirsty, as he had barely any water to drink for the past two days. The heat from the summer sun made the cramped quarters unlivable. His hands were tied tightly with zip ties, and from the rooms off the hallway, where he says people were being tortured, all he could hear was screaming.”
The National Interest: Get Ready To Fight ISIS's "Virtual Caliphate"
“2016 continues to see young Muslims inspired by radicalism commit terrorist attacks across the globe. In Orlando, forty-nine were killed and fifty-three more injured at the hands of Omar Mateen, a single gunman who pledged allegiance to ISIS. In the Philippines, at least eighteen soldiers were killed and fifty-two injured in clashes with Abu Sayyaf militants. In Indonesia, eight were killed and twenty-four injured in several explosions directed by ISIS. The events, though unique in scale, felt eerily familiar for the United States and the rest of the world. They are a continuation of ISIS’s rhetoric falling on receptive ears, with social media often being the tool used in the recruitment process aimed at reaching even the lowest-end user, as seen by Orlando’s lone-wolf attack.”

United States

Sputnik: US-Led Coalition Carries Out 30 Airstrikes Against Deash In Syria, Iraq
“The US-led coalition against the Daesh conducted 30 airstrikes against the terror group’s positions in Syria and Iraq on Sunday, US Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a press release. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 23 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery and bomber, attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against Daesh targets. The coalition conducted all the seven airstrikes in Syria near the city of Manbij, where it destroyed two Daesh tunnels. In Iraq, 23 airstrikes hit Daesh positions near eight cities, including Baghdadi, Ramadi, and Mosul, destroying two Daesh tunnels, a bunker, multiple vehicles, four oil tankers, a boat, a fighting position, three excavators, as well as a mortar system, CENTCOM noted.”
The Washington Post: Revamped U.S. Training Program, With New Goals, Has Trained Fewer Than 100 Syrians So Far
“U.S. military officials are considering ways to ramp up training of Syrian fighters against the Islamic State as the Pentagon moves cautiously forward with a revamped program to create an effective local ground force. Several U.S. officials, speaking to reporters on the condition of anonymity to discuss ongoing military efforts, described the steps the Pentagon has taken since late last year, when the Obama administration abandoned an earlier Syria training plan. After repeated setbacks to that program, which aimed to create an army of Syrian fighters from scratch, officials settled on a different approach, one that would train only small numbers of leaders or other key personnel from local units who could act as a liaison with U.S. and allied forces attacking the Islamic State from the air.”
Fox News: US Officials: 'Dirty' Mideast Intel Partly To Blame For CIA Weapons Landing In The Wrong Hands
“Weapons supplied by the CIA for Syrian rebel training ‘routinely end up in the wrong hands,’ partly because of corruption among those rebels but also due to corrupt Jordanian intelligence teams, multiple U.S. officials close to the CIA program told Fox News on Monday. The officials said Jordanian intelligence services aim to use the Islamic State terror group to push back on growing Iranian influence in the region. ‘Every Middle Eastern intelligence service is dirty,’ one official told Fox News. While neither official reached by Fox News could confirm that U.S.-supplied arms have wound up on the black market, one said that a ‘majority’ of U.S.-supplied weapons was sold or gifted to other rebel groups fighting the Assad regime, including Islamist groups with questionable human rights records.”
Reuters: U.S. Investigates Reports Hostages Killed In Afghanistan Air Strike
“At least six prisoners of the Taliban as well as a Taliban commander died following a U.S. air strike in Afghanistan at the weekend, according to conflicting reports which U.S. officials said they were investigating. A Defense Department official in Washington confirmed an air strike was launched against the Taliban on Saturday. The official said on Monday reports that civilians had been killed in the attack were being investigated. Details of the incident, near the northern city of Kunduz on Saturday, remain unclear. It follows a decision by President Barack Obama to authorize greater use of U.S. combat power against the Taliban.”

Syria

Newsweek: ISIS Claims Responsibility For Suicide Bomb On Jordan's Border
“The Islamic State militant group (ISIS) claimed responsibility Monday for the suicide bomb attack on a Jordanian military post last week that left seven members of the country’s security services dead. The device detonated outside a Syrian refugee camp in Rukban on the Syrian border in northeast Jordan, a predominantly desert area. The location is a few miles from where the borders of Jordan, Iraq and Syria converge. No group initially claimed responsibility for the attack but on Monday ISIS posted a video purporting to show the suicide blast in a Facebook post on its semi-official Amaq news agency, the same channel that claimed the Paris, Brussels and Orlando attacks.”
Reuters: Plight Of Stranded Syrian Refugees Worsens As Jordan Blocks Aid - Aid Workers
“Thousands of Syrian refugees stranded on Jordan's northeastern border with Syria are running out of food after a militant suicide attack prompted the army to shut the area, international relief workers and refugees said on Monday. Jordan, a staunch U.S. ally, declared the area a closed military zone after a suicide bomber, believed to be an Islamic State militant, drove a vehicle last Tuesday from the Syrian side and rammed it into a military base close to Rukban camp, killing seven border guards. Aid workers said convoys of food which normally go to the camp were being held up for a sixth day in Ruwaished, the closest town to Rukban camp, which is far from any inhabitable place. Only water trucks were being allowed through.”

Iraq

Daily Caller: Iraq Prepares To Free Mosul From ISIS After Fallujah Victory
“Iraq is preparing to recapture Mosul after its Sunday victory over Islamic State in Fallujah. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi was ecstatic Sunday as he traveled to Fallujah to officially declare complete victory over ISIS. The seizure of Fallujah represents the second major city retaken by the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) since the taking of Ramadi in December. In response to the victory, al-Abadi encouraged the Iraqi people to celebrate. ‘I call on all Iraqis, wherever they are, to get out and celebrate,’ al-Abadi told state television with an Iraqi flag over his shoulders. Al-Abadi is not resting on his laurels though, as he also noted ‘we will raise the Iraqi flag in Mosul soon.’ Mosul is Iraq’s second largest city, and acts as the ISIS de facto capital in Iraq. ISF and its allies, backed by U.S. air strikes, have been preparing a siege of the city for months. U.S. forces have been actively training ISF for what they believe will be a very tough fight.”

Turkey

The New York Times: Seeking To Improve Ties With Russia, Turkey Apologizes For Downing Warplane
“Turkey continued its diplomatic fence mending on Monday, apologizing for downing a Russian jet near its border with Syria last year. In a letter to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on Monday, the same day Turkey announced a rapprochement with Israel, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed regret about the November episode, in which Turkish forces shot down a Russian warplane that Turkey said had violated its airspace. The downing infuriated Russia and paralyzed relations between the two countries: The Kremlin ordered sanctions on Turkish food imports, stopped visa-free travel for Turks and barred Turkish tour operators from offering Russian tourists vacation packages. Mr. Erdogan has become isolated diplomatically after adopting an increasingly authoritarian stand, a combative position with Europe regarding the international migrant crisis, and a newly muscular foreign policy, including a failed strategy in Syria. The outreach on Monday can be viewed as an effort to repair some of that damage.”
Associated Press: Turkey: Pope's Genocide Remarks Won't Help Peace Efforts
“Turkey says Pope Francis's recognition of the Ottoman-era killings of Armenians as genocide during his visit to Armenia won't help efforts to establish peace and stability in the Caucasus region. A Turkish Foreign Ministry statement said Monday that the pope had again ‘disappointed’ the Turkish people with remarks and accused him of ‘bias’ and ‘religion-based discrimination’ against Turkey. Francis has said the 1915 slaughter by Ottoman Turks of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians constituted planned ‘genocide’ during his three-day visit. Turkey rejects the term genocide, saying the death toll cited by historians is inflated and that people died on both sides of the conflict. When Francis first used it last year, Turkey recalled its ambassador for 10 months and accused the pope of spreading lies.”

Egypt

Associated Press: Egypt Detains, Deports Prominent Female TV Host
“Egyptian authorities on Monday detained and deported a famous TV host whose program had been critical of the government's policies, including its crackdown on freedom of speech, her lawyer and officials said. Liliane Daoud was taken from her house to an undisclosed location, Zyad el-Elaimy said. Daoud hosted a talk show on ONTV, a private network that has adopted a less critical editorial line since Ahmed Abou Hashima, a pro-government businessman, purchased it last month. El-Elaimy said Daoud's arrest, by men who claimed to be from the Passport Department, came hours after the network ended her contract, and that authorities intend to deport her.”

Middle East

Times Of Israel: Hamas Won’t Negotiate Over Israelis Held In Gaza — Official
“Hamas official said on Monday that the Islamist terror group will not negotiate the release of Israeli soldiers and civilians until the its preconditions are met, casting doubt on the efficacy of a promise by Ankara to work toward freeing them at Israel’s behest.  As part of the rapprochement deal announced on Monday between Israel and Turkey, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Ankara has promised to help return two soldiers whose bodies are believed to be held by Hamas, and two Israelis thought to be in the captivity of the terrorist group.”
The Economist: Israel And Turkey Restore Relations
“Israel and Turkey, two non-Arab regional powers in the Middle East, have long been considered natural allies; and for decades worked together to counter the influence of their shared enemies in Syria and Iran. The relationship began to deteriorate under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who as prime minister, pursued a policy of engaging with the Arab world, often at the expense of Turkey’s other allies. Ties were frayed in early 2009, following Israel’s armed incursion into Gaza, and were cut off in May 2010, when Israeli naval commandos intercepted a flotilla of boats that was attempting to sail to Gaza, resulting in the deaths of ten Turkish activists.”
Reuters: Eight Suicide Bombers Target Lebanese Christian Village
“Eight suicide bombers attacked a Lebanese Christian village on Monday, killing five people and wounding dozens more, in the latest violent spillover of the five-year-old Syrian war into Lebanon. Security sources said they believed Islamic State was responsible for the bombings in the village of Qaa on Lebanon's border with Syria, but there was no immediate claim of responsibility. Lebanese security services have been on heightened alert for militant attacks in recent weeks. Islamic State had urged its followers to launch attacks on ‘non-believers’ during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which began in early June.”

Libya

Sputnik: Daesh Terrorists In Libya Use Civilians As Human Shields – Military
“The Daesh jihadist group militants in Libya's port city of Sirte are using civilians as human shields and their houses as bases, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Ghasri, spokesman for Libyan forces loyal to government in Tripoli, said. ‘They’ve made civilians into a human shield, keeping them from leaving the city and using their houses as bases,’ Ghasri was quoted as saying by The Times on Monday. According to the spokesman, thousands of civilians were trapped in the Sirte areas seized by the Daesh. ‘[Daesh militants] are also using residential roofs as sniper positions, preventing us from moving forward,’ Ghasri added.”

Nigeria

Reuters: Nigerian Army Says It Freed Over 5,000 People Held By Boko Haram
“Nigeria's army on Sunday said it had freed more than 5,000 people held by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram during an operation over the weekend in the northeast of the country. Nigeria's army has over the last year, sometimes aided by troops from neighboring countries, recaptured most of the territory that was lost to the group, which has waged a seven-year insurgency aimed at creating an Islamic state in the remote northeast. The army said troops, supported by members of a grassroots security force, conducted raids in 15 villages on Sunday, during which they ‘killed six Boko Haram terrorists and wounded several others’.”

United Kingdom

BBC: Birmingham Man 'Kept Explosives At His Home'
“A 28-year-old man has been charged with preparing for acts of terrorism. Zahid Hussain, of Naseby Road in Alum Rock, Birmingham, is accused of keeping explosives at his home, West Midlands Police said. Mr Hussain was arrested in June last year and has been detained under the Mental Health Act since then, the force added. He is due to appear at Birmingham Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.”

Germany

Deutsche Welle: German Lawsuit Accuses Turkey Of 'War Crimes' In Military Operations Against Kurds
“A group of German lawmakers and rights activists on Monday filed a civil lawsuit against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for alleged ‘war crimes’ committed in ongoing military operations in the Kurdish populated southeast of the country. Lawyers Britta Eder and Petra Dervishaj filed the more than 200-page document with Federal prosecutors in Berlin as ‘an ethical obligation to bring charges here in Germany against Turkey for war crimes.’ The complaint also mentions former prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu and other top officials from the government, military and police. The accusations echo those of Turkey's Kurdish opposition and human rights groups, which have documented widespread abuses during months of counter-terror operations in southeast Turkey.”
The New York Times: As Migrants Face Abuse, Fear That ‘Brexit’ Has Given License to Xenophobia
“Less than a week after a referendum on British membership in the European Union, which galvanized fears about untrammeled immigration into the country, human rights advocates and leading politicians expressed alarm that the vote had given license to xenophobia, unleashing hatred among an economic underclass. Although the police in at least two major cities said they had not recorded an increase in hate crimes after the vote, there were concerns that anti-immigrant sentiment was now rippling through British society and infecting daily life. During the referendum, the ‘Leave’ campaign effectively stoked fears of an immigrant influx to garner support, and the baiting of refugees was further fanned by concerns about terrorism, the influential euroskeptic tabloid press and by the far-right, which attributed Britain’s economic problems to immigration.”

France

Associated Press: France Opens Manslaughter Inquiry Into EgyptAir Crash
“French authorities opened a manslaughter inquiry Monday into the May crash of an EgyptAir plane that killed 66 people, saying there is no evidence so far to link it to terrorism. Prosecutor's office spokesman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre said the inquiry was launched as an accident investigation, not a terrorism investigation. She said French authorities are ‘not at all’ favoring the theory that the plane was downed deliberately, though the status of the inquiry could eventually change if evidence emerges to that effect. Investigators decided to start the probe before waiting to analyze the plane's flight data and voice recorders, based on evidence gathered so far, she said, without elaborating. EgyptAir Flight 804, an Airbus A320 en route from Paris to Cairo, slammed into the Mediterranean on May 19. The reason for the crash remains unclear. The pilots made no distress call and no group has claimed to have brought down the aircraft.”

Europe

BBC: Snowden: Russian Data Collection Plans 'Dangerous'
“US whistleblower Edward Snowden has criticised new anti-terrorism legislation approved by Russia's parliament. He wrote on Twitter that the ‘Big Brother law’ was an ‘unworkable, unjustifiable violation of rights that should never be signed’. Among the new rules are tough punishments for failing to report crime, or inciting terrorism online. It must still be signed into law by Russian president Vladimir Putin. Mr Snowden, a former contractor for the CIA, fled to Russia in 2013 after leaking details of extensive internet and phone surveillance by the US National Security Agency. Commenting on the law, he wrote: ‘Mass surveillance doesn't work. This bill will take money and liberty from every Russian without improving safety.’”

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Financing of Terror

Elwatan News: Turkey: $1.5 Billion Annually – The Terrorists' Revenues From Drugs
The "Terror Funded by Drug-trafficking" report, issued by the Turkish Interior Ministry, indicates that proceeds of terrorist organizations from cannabis farming amount to 500 million Turkish Lira (about $170 million), while their profits from drug trafficking reach up to $1.5 billion a year. The report claims that terrorist organizations have turned to drug trafficking to increase their sources of funding. Now, the proceeds from production, transportation, distribution and sale of drugs have become the primary source of funding.  The report noted that terrorist attacks, wars and political instability have contributed to a favorable environment for the expansion of drug trafficking.

Muslim Brotherhood

Alarabiya: Complaint To Interpol Calling For The Arrest Of Fugitive Muslim Brotherhood (Leader) Youssef Nada
fter insulting Egypt, describing it as "corral", an Egyptian lawyer named Tariq Mahmoud filed a complaint to the Office of the Attorney General in Alexandria and the Interpol. The complaint is directed against Muslim Brotherhood fugitive Youssef Nada, a member of the international organization and the group's former international relations coordinator. Attorney Mahmoud said that Nada had, during a recent TV interview, insulted the Egyptian people and the Egyptian state, describing it as a "corral." Lawyer Mahmoud claimed this insult undermines the reputation of Egypt and weakens its status among the international community. He thus called on the Interpol to arrest Nada quickly for his involvement in the financing of the Brotherhood and its terrorist operations which seek to destabilize Egypt. Mahmoud noted that Nada has already been convicted in absentia of several provisions, including inciting to violence and serving as one of the main financiers of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Al Nusra Front

Russia Today: 100 Anti-Aircraft Missiles (Delivered) To Al Nusra Front During The Truce!
Roughly 100 anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles as well as an unspecified number of tanks have been obtained by Syria's Al Nusra Front group over the past three months, i.e. in the midst of the cessation of hostilities agreement, which went into effect on February 27th. This information, which was divulged by a diplomat who has been monitoring the hearings of the international working group overseeing the cessation of hostilities agreement in Syria, was later confirmed by Russian sources. The diplomatic source disclosed that Alexander Zorin, Russia's representative at the meeting, had provided the international community with clear information about how the terrorist organization had obtained modern tanks, anti-tank missiles and 100 anti-aircraft missiles. He claimed that the Front will not use these new weapons until it gets the signal from what he called "a big country on the northern border of Syria," an obvious reference to Turkey.

Iranian Revolutionary Guard

Radar: Why Do The Syrians Join The Iranian Revolutionary Guard?
There are numerous reasons for young Syrians to join the ranks of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. Among them is that many of those young people are facing prolonged service in the Syrian regime's army. Another reason relates to enticements including a salary, food, vacations, and so on. For instance, Abu Ahmed, had served in the ranks of the Syrian regime's forces since 2010. He was not discharged despite completing his service, which included deployment in Sayyidah Zaynab district, then in Jdeidet Artouz and Daria in the rural areas of Damascus. In 2013, he went AWOL and hid in the Masyaf mountains of central Syria for a year, until an amnesty decree was issued in 2014. Abu Ahmed decided at the time to join the Revolutionary Guard, which gave him an unqualified exemption from serving in the ranks of the regime's army and a salary of 45,000 Syrian pounds ($205) per month.

Houthi

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A recent Yemeni government report exposed the Houthi militias' crimes of looting public coffers. It claimed that the Houthis continue taking 25 billion riyals ($100 million) per month from the Central Bank in Sana'a under the guise of "supporting the war effort." A report presented by the Yemeni Minister of Finance Munser Al-Quaiti and Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Dr. Mohammed Al-Maitami, in the middle of the current month in Riyadh, pointed to the Central Bank's failure to supply its branches in the various provinces of the republic with the necessary liquidity.

 

Eye on Iran: Iranians Are Angry about Big Bonuses Paid to Bureaucrats








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BBC: "How much can you earn working for the Iranian state? That question is trending online in Iran, after the payslips of several employees were leaked online and published by several media outlets. They showed not just inflated salaries, but what appear to be bonuses, interest-free loans and significant overtime payments. In one instance, a bank manager at a state bank was shown to have received £50,000 in one month. By contrast, other public servants - including those who identified themselves as teachers, nurses and journalists - have published monthly payslips showing some of them are paid much more modest salaries of £300 a month or less. Media outlets backing conservative political factions have used the issue to criticise the moderate-leaning government of President Rouhani. But the government has said the practice of paying these salaries and bonuses goes back to the previous administration of former hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. But what started as a conservative issue has now become a much broader protest on the Iranian internet, with the public blaming both conservatives and reformists for it. Conversations are taking place on the popular mobile chat app Telegram which, unlike Facebook and Twitter, is not blocked in the country." http://t.uani.com/290i0mP

NYT: "Kurdish rebels and Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps have engaged in armed clashes along the mountainous Iranian border with Iraq in recent days, raising tensions in the region, Iranian state television reported. On social media, there are videos that purport to show the shelling of positions held by the rebels, the Kurdish Democratic Party of Iran. While both groups claim to have killed over a dozen of their opponents, there are no reliable figures as yet, Iran's state news agency, IRNA, reported. The Kurdish Democratic Party of Iran has been striving for decades for independence in the Kurdish areas of western Iran. While many of Iran's approximately six million Kurds feel strong connections to the nation, they speak a separate language and are mostly Sunni Muslims in a Shiite country. The Kurdish regions, like all Iranian border regions, are poor compared with Iran's larger cities. The rebels have clashed periodically with the Iranian armed forces, at times ambushing military patrols. Some of their leaders were assassinated in Europe in the 1980s and '90s. A German court concluded in 1992 that Iran was involved in at least one of those assassinations." http://t.uani.com/290abSM

AFP: "Dog lovers in central Iran are in uproar after authorities began confiscating their pets in an apparent crackdown on the 'vulgar Western culture' of canine ownership, Iranian media reported Saturday. One unnamed dog owner in Shahin Shahr in Isfahan province told Iran's Shahrvand newspaper that officials had shown up suddenly at his house last week. 'We were shown a piece of paper indicating they were from the municipal veterinary office. They came in and took away our dogs under the pretext of vaccination,' he said. The owner was told he could recover the dog after its vaccination, but when he went to the vet's office they had no record of his case. Instead, the newspaper said the confiscations were the result of a crackdown launched by local prosecutor Mohsen Boosaidi. 'Keeping and caring for dogs is haram (forbidden) according to religious leaders,' Boosaidi told the Fars news agency on June 19. 'If we find out that anyone is keeping and caring for dogs and so is promoting vulgar Western culture, we will deal with them firmly.'" http://t.uani.com/293iNHU

Sanctions Relief

Reuters: "The U.S. government has extended through August 30 a reprieve to ZTE Corp on tough export restrictions imposed on the Chinese smartphone maker in March for allegedly breaking sanctions against Iran, the Commerce Department said on Monday. The renewed Commerce Department license allows ZTE to continue exporting equipment containing U.S. technology. The agency said in March that its first reprieve could be extended if the company cooperated with the government. Experts had said U.S. export restrictions were some of the toughest ever applied and would have caused disruption across ZTE's sprawling global supply chain. The restrictions would have banned U.S. companies from exporting to ZTE any technology, software or equipment such as chips and processors made in the United States. The decision would also have prevented software makers from selling typical office applications like Microsoft Windows - or even providing updates. But soon after imposing the restrictions in March, the agency offered the company a three-month relief from the restrictions, which was set to expire June 30. The Commerce Department announced the extension in a notice posted Monday. In an emailed statement, ZTE Chairman Zhao Xianming said the extension shows that the company is improving its compliance and cooperating with the government's investigation. The reprieve will allow ZTE to maintain its 'relationships with hundreds of American companies and our continued investment in the U.S,' he said." http://t.uani.com/290dWrl

Foreign Affairs

Press TV (Iran): "President of French National Assembly Claude Bartolone will pay an official visit to Iran to discuss ways of bolstering bilateral cooperation, months after the implementation of the nuclear agreement between Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries started. Bartolone will lead a delegation into Tehran on July 15 at the invitation of Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani. During his four-day stay, the top French parliamentarian will hold talks with Larijani and other senior Iranian officials. The visit will come in less than a month after Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif traveled to Paris and held meetings with French authorities, including President Francois Hollande, his counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault, the president of National Assembly and Senate President Gerard Larcher." http://t.uani.com/291libk

Terrorism

Daily Star (Lebanon): "Hezbollah's Secretary-General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah Tuesday met with Iran's new deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs during his first official visit to Lebanon. Hezbollah's press office released a statement saying Nasrallah discussed the latest regional developments with Jaberi Ansari, who was appointed just over a week ago. He was accompanied by Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon, Mohammad Fathali. One day earlier, Ansari met with Prime Minister Tammam Salam, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil. His predecessor Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has been appointed as an adviser to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif." http://t.uani.com/290POkm

WT: "Hezbollah's terrorism finance operations are thriving across Latin America months after the Drug Enforcement Administration linked the Iran-backed Lebanese militant group to drug cartels in the region, U.S. lawmakers were told this week. Former DEA operations chief Michael Braun said Hezbollah is 'moving [multiple] tons of cocaine' from South America to Europe and has developed 'the most sophisticated money laundering scheme or schemes that we have ever witnessed.' The agency announced in February that it had arrested several Hezbollah operatives accused of working with a major Colombian drug cartel to traffic drugs to Europe and launder money through Lebanon. Those arrests come against a backdrop of rising fears in Washington about smuggling connections between Middle East terrorist groups and the Western Hemisphere. Hezbollah has 'metastasized into a hydra with international connections that the likes of [the Islamic State] and groups like al Qaeda could only hope to have,' Mr. Braun told the House Financial Services Committee." http://t.uani.com/2918FwF

Domestic Politics

AP: "The Iranian president on Tuesday called for 'transparency' in the upcoming trial of 48 suspects who stormed Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran in January, an attack that prompted the kingdom to cut ties with Tehran and left relations between the regional powers badly frayed. Hassan Rouhani said the Iranian people are looking to see how the country's judiciary will handle the case of those who ransacked the missions, reiterating earlier remarks that the attack went against Iranian laws. The trial of the 48 suspects in the case is due next week. Transparent proceedings would show that Iran cares for 'securing embassies and will increase international trust in our country,' Rouhani said." http://t.uani.com/2912nyh

AFP: "Eleven Kurdish rebels and three of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards were killed in clashes near the Iraqi border, the Fars news agency reported Tuesday. 'A group of 11 counter-revolutionaries linked to the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI), who were attempting to infiltrate the country were immediately detected... and were eliminated after 10 days of pursuit in the Sarvabad region,' said General Mohammad Hossein Rajabi, commander of the Revolutionary Guards in Kurdistan province. He added that three members of the Revolutionary Guards were also killed. It followed reports Sunday that five rebels had been killed in the region. It was not clear if these were included in the 11 reported dead Tuesday. The commander the Revolutionary Guards' ground forces, General Mohammad Pakpour, threatened Sunday to launch cross-border attacks against rebel bases in northern Iraq." http://t.uani.com/293hDMs

RFE/RL: "Simmering anger in Iran's hard-line media over official salaries has forced President Hassan Rohani's administration onto the defensive with a likely reelection bid for the relative moderate on the horizon. The purported pay slips from earlier this year of executives from government-owned insurance agencies and banks were recently leaked online, and appear to show inflated salaries, bonuses, and other benefits that could prove politically divisive in a country where roughly 30 percent of the population lives below the poverty line. Instances cited by conservative media suggest an insurance executive received about $30,000 in monthly compensation and a bank manager was paid more than $65,000 for a month's work, as much as 200 times what modestly paid government employees make and more than 100 times the official average household salary. The original source of the leaks remains unclear. The scandal has already prompted the resignation of Iran's state insurance regulator, Mohammad Ebrahim Amin, and a reported jail term for an unnamed government executive who was said to have refused to explain and document his income to the head of the General Inspectorate Organization, Nasser Seraj. Some Iranians have taken to social media to criticize the officials' salaries and post their own pay slips to highlight the disproportion." http://t.uani.com/290SWwO

Daily Beast: "After decades of financial and technological strangulation, the Iranian air force-at one time among the most advanced in the world-finally has an opportunity to modernize and potentially become a serious aerial opponent for the United States and other rivals. The gradual lifting of international sanctions on Iran that began in January-a reward for Tehran agreeing to scrap its nuclear program-means the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force could, in theory, buy new jet fighters to replace its existing, mostly antiquated planes. Don't hold your breath. Sure, sanctions are ending. But Iran's own bewildering internal politics could prevent the Iranian air force from re-arming any time soon-or ever." http://t.uani.com/29bDjnW

Opinion & Analysis

UANI Advisory Board Member Olli Heinonen in FDD: "This January, Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) embarked on the difficult road towards Transition Day - October 18, 2023, or earlier if the IAEA can reach a Broader Conclusion that all of Iran's nuclear materials and facilities are for peaceful purposes and it is not engaged in any undeclared nuclear activities. There are several incentives for Iran to try to reach Transition Day long before the eight-year mark. Depending on Iran's level of cooperation and the IAEA's findings, a Broader Conclusion could technically be achieved in less than four years. At that point, Iran will be a nuclear-threshold state, with all the regional and international security implications that entails. Tehran will be able to produce enriched uranium for a nuclear weapon quickly, and at a time when elements of the JCPOA monitoring regime are being rolled back. To achieve a Broader Conclusion, the IAEA needs to be assured that all nuclear material in Iran is under Agency safeguards and that there are no indications of undeclared nuclear material and activities in the country. Since 2003, the IAEA has gained inroads into Iran's past and current nuclear program. During the Agency's investigations between 2003 and 2005 - a period during which Iran also provisionally implemented the Additional Protocol - the IAEA mapped the historical production of nuclear materials at installations owned or controlled by the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran. It then raised additional questions in its Iran Work Plan in 2007, but Iran halted this cooperation the following year. Even more problematic, Iran terminated its provisional implementation of the Additional Protocol in 2005, meaning that between that year and the interim agreement in November 2013, the IAEA was not able to closely monitor its uranium mining, centrifuge research and development, and nuclear equipment manufacturing activities. Gaps in the Agency's knowledge therefore remain. The most challenging element of efforts to reach a Broader Conclusion will be addressing the Possible Military Dimension (PMD) of Iran's nuclear program. In 2015, the IAEA and Iran concluded a Road Map  to address the PMD issue. However, in its December 2015 report, the Agency was unable to determine the full picture of Tehran's efforts and left a number of questions unanswered. Although its Board of Governors has declared  the PMD as an agenda item closed, the IAEA should pursue answers to outstanding questions. It needs to provide assurances, with high confidence, that Iran has indeed terminated all weapons-related activities. The Agency must have direct access to all weaponization-relevant people and sites - including military sites - in order to verify the correctness and completeness of Iran's declarations. This includes access to the Parchin military facility (and all relevant personnel), where the IAEA has found man-made uranium particles that could indicate undeclared nuclear material and activities in the country. Without this access, the Agency will not able to issue a credible Broader Conclusion." http://t.uani.com/291kgfI

Economist: "On the face of it, last July's nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers (known as the Joint Comprehensive Programme of Action) looks to be in good shape. Last weekend Iran announced that Boeing, an American aircraft maker, is to sell 20 airliners to its national carrier for around $25 billion. That followed a deal in January to buy 118 planes worth $27 billion from Boeing's European rival, Airbus. Nothing could better symbolise the transformation of Iran's relations with the outside world than the re-equipping of its state airline with Western aircraft. However, both deals depend on the US Treasury issuing export licences (Airbus planes have many American-made parts, including engines). The approvals will probably be granted. But the uncertainty feeds a growing Iranian perception that America is using its remaining sanctions to stop Iran from getting its reward for meeting its nuclear obligations. On that front, the news is mostly good. A month ago, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) issued its second report on Iran's compliance with the deal. The impression it gave was of Iran acquiescing in all the verification and monitoring procedures required. It also appeared to be meeting its commitments in terms of freezing work on its heavy-water reactor at Arak, maintaining its stock of heavy water at permitted levels and continuing to abide by agreed levels and quantities of uranium enrichment. Mark Fitzpatrick, a proliferation expert at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, says the IAEA found 'little to complain about'. Yet some worry that the IAEA is giving Iran too easy a time. David Albright of the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security laments a lack of technical detail in the agency's reporting, and a consequent loss of the promised full transparency. Mr Fitzpatrick reckons that the absence of specifics reflects a new co-operative relationship between Iran the IAEA, and that member governments are getting more information than is being put into the public domain. Mr Albright is less confident. He thinks that the IAEA has given in to Iranian pressure for secrecy and that the White House has not pushed back. His fear is that by cutting Iran too much slack, for example over the cap on low-enriched uranium, the calculations on the time it would take from 'breaking out' of the deal to producing a nuclear weapon (the deal aims for at least a year) could be affected. Mr Albright is particularly worried about reports that Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation has been shopping on the sly for carbon fibre, a material it would need if it were planning to build advanced uranium centrifuges. He says: 'They could be stockpiling for a surge in enrichment when the [nuclear deal] starts to expire in 10 to 15 years; or they could be planning for a breakout capacity at a clandestine facility if the deal collapses.' Mr Fitzpatrick agrees America must ensure that the IAEA provides rapid notification of any backsliding." http://t.uani.com/298hgBt

Diane Katz in The Daily Signal: "To complete the sale, Boeing still must obtain an export license from the U.S. Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Asset Control. Should a U.S. bank or investment firm wish to finance the purchase, it, too, would have to obtain a license from the Office of Foreign Asset Control. (Officials of the U.S. Export-Import Bank have said the bank charter prohibits financing for Iran, but they aren't the most credible bunch.) This 'licensing' procedure seems downright silly considering that Iran has been designated for years by the U.S. Department of State as 'the leading state sponsor of terrorism globally.' As noted in the 2015 edition of the Country Reports on Terrorism, 'Iran continues to provide support to Hizballah, Palestinian terrorist groups in Gaza, and various groups in Iraq and throughout the Middle East.' ... To their credit, Reps. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, and Peter Roskam, R-Ill., aren't quite as trusting of Iran as the Obama administration. In a June 16 letter to Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg, the lawmakers said they 'strongly oppose the potential sale of militarily-fungible products to terrorism's central supplier,' and sought assurances that the company would repossess or remotely disable aircraft if Iran violated the nuclear deal. Meanwhile, Roskam has introduced the No Dollars for Ayatollahs Act, which would impose an excise tax of 100 percent on any transaction that involves Iran conducting a financial transaction in U.S. currency. According to Roskam, 'It's tragic to watch such an iconic American company make such a terribly short-sighted decision. If Boeing goes through with this deal, the company will forever be associated with Iran's chief export: radical Islamic terrorism.' In addition, Rep. Charles Boustany, R-La., has introduced the Preventing Investment in Terrorist Regimes Act, which would deny U.S. tax credit to Boeing for the foreign taxes it would pay on the income derived from the Iranian deal. Both measures are co-sponsored by all six subcommittee chairs of the House Ways and Means Committee. But whether either measure would prove effective in halting the sale, using the tax code to steer the actions of a multinational corporation is a lousy way to set policy. Besides, Boeing generated more than $96 billion in revenue last year, and its market cap exceeds $86 billion. It also paid a lot of money to lobby in favor of the nuclear deal, including hiring Thomas Pickering, a former ambassador to Israel and the United Nations, to testify before Congress, write letters to high-level officials, and submit op-eds in support of lifting the sanctions. All of which is perfectly acceptable-except that he systematically failed to disclose his relationship with Boeing. Boeing executives say the proposed sale is necessary to remain competitive against Airbus, the European aviation manufacturer that has struck a $27 billion deal with Iran for 118 planes. But that's the same lame argument Boeing made in lobbying for reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank-from which Boeing was the top beneficiary of export subsidies. The fact is, projected demand for commercial planes is forecast to rise for years to come, and both manufacturers are carrying huge backlogs that will take years to fulfill. Rather than tweak the tax code, Congress should, at the very least, explicitly prohibit financing from the Export-Import Bank for the sale of Boeing planes (or any other product) to Iran. Additional actions are needed as well. The administration has already increased the risk of yet more death and destruction by the terrorist state. Lawmakers should ensure that Boeing and other U.S. companies don't become tools of Tehran." http://t.uani.com/28XQA0A
       

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