News and Analysis (9/30/09)

Although the announced Qom facility puts Iran no closer to producing a hypothetical nuclear weapon …

… The Obama administration has placed the burden of proof on Iran to demonstrate their ambition is to create nuclear energy rather than secret nuclear weapons:

Improved intelligence may serve to help Obama secure his primary objective to destroy Al-Qaeda without the need for a troop surge in Afghanistan:

Not all experts are quick to dismiss the comparison between Iran and Iraq circa 2002; Gary Sick believes that “Iran might intend to stop short of building a weapon while creating ‘breakout capability'”

Hamas will provide video evidence that Shalit is still alive in exchange for the release of 20 Palestinian women:

General Ray Odierno expects the military withdrawal to be complete  by September 2010:


Minaret of Freedom Institute Program Assistant

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