According to Brian Hook, special representative for Iran, the designation came as “the next step” in the Trump administration’s maximum pressure campaign to strengthen the economic and political sanctions on Iran. The move, which comes after a series of other decisions aligning the Trump administration closely with Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, effectively bans any person or group to provide material support to IRGC and makes those who have any ongoing dealings with the group vulnerable to U.S. travel bans or criminal penalties. Some concerned, some jubilant The Pentagon and U.S. intelligence agencies reportedly had raised concerns about the impact of the new designation. A number of influential individuals and groups, on the other hand, were notably jubilant about the decision, which indicates that the decision has strong support both in and outside of the United States. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Trump “for answering another of [his] … [Read more...] about Attempting to remake the Middle East, one decision at a time
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Arecont Vision Costar Grows International Sales Organization The Total Video Solution from Arecont Vision Costar Arecont Vision Costar - A Costar Technologies, Inc. Company New sales resources added by AV Costar provide enhanced support to international customers and partners Costar Technologies, Inc. (OTCMKTS:CTSI)We are truly excited to promote and add these skilled and experienced team members and sales partners to both enhance our presence and deliver improved sales support”— Sanjit Bardhan, VP Sales - International, AV CostarLOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, October 31, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Arecont Vision Costar, the leader in network-based video surveillance solutions, announces the promotion of a key staff member and the addition of skilled new sales resources to improve customer and partner support across several international growth regions. The company, a business unit of Costar Technologies, Inc. (OTC Markets Group: CTSI), is increasing its presence … [Read more...] about Arecont Vision Costar Targets Sales Growth in Europe, the Middle East, and India
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Middle East Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByDeclan Walsh July 19, 2018 CAIRO — Locked in a bitter political feud, the leaders of Egypt and Turkey can’t agree on much these days. But when confronted with the plight of a stricken magician this week, they set aside their differences in a scramble to save his life. On Sunday an Egyptian cobra bit the Turkish illusionist Aref Ghafouri, who bills himself as the “world’s most extreme magician,” as he prepared for a show in the resort city of Antalya, Turkey. Mr. Ghafouri, 28, who became famous after appearing on a Turkish version of “America’s Got Talent,” likes dangerous animals. His Instagram page shows him cuddling a lion cub, hugging a crocodile and kissing a cobra. After the Egyptian cobra, which was part of Mr. Ghafouri’s act, sank its fangs into his … [Read more...] about A Cobra Strikes. A Magician Is Stricken. Middle Eastern Foes Unite.
ISTANBUL — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet with his Western counterparts at a NATO summit Wednesday in Brussels. The summit comes amid questions over Turkey's commitment to the military alliance, given the country's growing ties with Moscow. Under Erdogan, Turkish-Russian relations have deepened politically and economically. Both countries, along with Iran, are closely cooperating in efforts to end the Syrian war. Adding to NATO’s unease is Ankara’s decision to purchase Russian S-400 missile systems, which the alliance has warned could compromise its own. Ankara maintains it remains committed to its strategic alliance with the West, arguing its relationship with Tehran and Moscow is based on trade and the need to work together to resolve the Syrian conflict. “Turkey was always using this balance of power diplomacy,” international relations professor Huseyin Bagci, of Ankara’s Middle East Technical University, said. … [Read more...] about Erdogan to Attend NATO Summit Amid Growing Loyalty Questions
ISTANBUL — Turkey is warning Damascus not to take action against the opposition-held region of Idlib in response to Syria's efforts against rebels in Daraa, where the Syrian government is attempting to control the last remaining opposition-controlled enclaves. A senior adviser to Turkey's president, speaking to VOA on condition of anonymity, declared Ankara would not stand by if Damascus moved on Idlib. "Idlib is a red line for us. As you know, we have our forces deployed there," said the adviser. Turkish forces have set up 12 military observation posts across Idlib province, which borders Turkey, as part of an agreement with Tehran and Moscow reached under the Astana peace negotiations. 'De-escalation" area Idlib, like Daraa, is designated under the Astana process as a "de-escalation zone," where government forces and rebels observe a cease-fire. However, Damascus forces, supported by Russian airpower, have steadily overrun the rebel-controlled zones. "Yes, there are … [Read more...] about Turkey Warns Syria About Action Against Idlib