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Stabbing Attacks Kill 3 in Israel
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF October 13, 2015 @ 7:07amClick here to read more
Israeli police say the death toll from a pair of separate stabbing and shooting attacks in Jerusalem has risen to three.
Authorities said one attack involved two people shooting and stabbing passengers on a bus in Jerusalem, killing two and wounding at least three others.
The Israeli Defense Forces said both attackers were "shot on site."
Islamic State is prime suspect in Turkey bombing, as protests erupt
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF October 12, 2015 @ 9:28amClick here to read more
Turkey's government said on Monday Islamic State was the prime suspect in suicide bombings that killed at least 97 people in Ankara, but opponents vented anger at President Tayyip Erdogan at funerals, universities and courthouses.
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Saturday's bombing, the worst of its kind on Turkish soil, was intended to influence the outcome of November polls Erdogan hopes will restore the AK party he founded to an overall parliamentary majority. There is no question of postponing the vote, officials have said.
Journalists and family of Jason Rezaian denounce guilty verdict
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF October 12, 2015 @ 8:24amClick here to read more
The family of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, convicted in an Iranian court over the weekend of charges that included espionage, decried his trial and the verdict, as did journalists around the world."Today's announcement by the Iranian government that a ruling has been issued regarding the case of my brother, Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, is unfortunately just another sad chapter in his 14-month illegal imprisonment and opaque trial process," Jason's brother, Ali Rezaian, said in a statement. "It follows an unconscionable pattern by Iranian authorities of silence, obfuscation, delay and a total lack of adherence to international law, as well as Iranian law. The Iranian government has never provided any proof of the trumped up espionage and other charges against Jason, so today's vague statement on a purported verdict, while certainly disappointing to our family, is not surprising."
Time for a Little Less Détente
By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow October 12, 2015 @ 7:58amClick here to read more
Under a baffling procedure that turned the treaty-review process on its head, a bipartisan majority in the Senate—and a large bipartisan majority in the House, for good measure—registered opposition to the president’s nuclear agreement with Iran. Yet in this up-is-down era, the agreement has somehow survived and been “approved.” Backed by a worried electorate—Americans oppose the deal by a two-to-one margin—policymakers who tried to derail this dangerous deal should now focus on bracing America and its closest allies for what comes next. It’s not going to be pretty.
Gowdy says new emails show Clinton confidant naming CIA source, pushing Libya interests
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF October 9, 2015 @ 9:50amClick here to read more
Longtime Hillary Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal allegedly sent her an email with the name of a CIA source, further casting doubt on her claim she never sent or received classified information on her private email address, according to the Republican chairman of the committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks.
Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., provided this and other details Thursday, as part of a batch of new Clinton emails he says will shed light on Blumenthal’s complex role as unofficial political adviser to then-Secretary of State Clinton.
“It is curious Secretary Clinton took so much of her advice from someone who had never been to Libya, professed no independent knowledge of the country and who the White House blocked her from hiring,” Gowdy said in a statement Thursday.