Category: Middle East

Tariq Ramadan Now Allowed to Enter the United States

By Douglas Farah(Counterterrorism Blog) The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report broke the story that the U.S. State Department has lifted Tariq Ramadan’s ban from entering the United States. Ramadan , an influential European leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, was long banned…

U.S. Extradition Request for Export Defendant Heard by French Court

by Clif Burns(ExportLawBlog): Amir Ardebili, who we posted on here and here, is not the only Iranian being chased by U.S. prosecutors for activities he committed entirely outside the United States and which were legal in the country where they took place. Majid…

Palestinians reject Israeli presence in future state

RAMALLAH, West Bank(AFP) — The Palestinians on Thursday rejected the idea of an Israeli presence on the eastern border of their future state, which was mooted by Israel’s hawkish prime minister. “The Palestinian leadership will not accept the presence of…

Intel Briefs

Brief intel pointers: – Croatian President Mesic warns Bosnian Serb Prime Minister on talks of secession – Saudi and Syrian ties strengthen during a summit focusing on Iran and Yemen

Iranian Nuke Research Continues, U.S. Intel Agencies to Assert

NTI: The U.S. intelligence community is preparing to reverse its conclusion that Iran in 2003 suspended research aimed specifically at producing a nuclear bomb, Newsweek reported Friday (see GSN, Jan. 15).

Al Qaeda’s Leadership in Yemen

Intelligence Online: Formed less than a year ago in Yemen (IOL 588), Al Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula (AQAP) was able to provide the spark that led Nidal Hassan to go on the rampage in Texas in November and then Nigeria’s Umar…

CIA catches Iranian trying to buy arms ‘for war against U.S.’

Haaretz:  An Iranian businessman was caught on tape by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency attempting to purchase weapons and military systems during a clandestine deal in Georgia. Amir Hussein Aldabili was allegedly sent by the Iranian government to entice arms…

German companies enable Iran’s nuclear program and infrastructure

GAN: Germany has been intensely involved in the international effort to thwart Iran’s nuclear weapons development program. Yet, while Chancellor Merkel has vocally stated her opposition to Iran’s acquisition of a nuclear weapon, Germany continues to be Iran’s largest trading…