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Fmr. CIA Middle East chief: Israel ‘concerned’ Biden wants to re-enter Iran nuclear deal & remove sanctions



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Fox News and Washington Times contributor Daniel Hoffman joined “The Sara Carter Show” podcast on Thursday, where he and host Sara Carter discussed the incoming Biden administration, Israel, and the future of combatting Iran’s nuclear program.

The Israelis “don’t trust us,” the retired CIA Senior Clandestine Services Officer said, “at least they didn’t like the JCPOA very much,” referring to the controversial 2015 Iran nuclear deal that the United States withdrew from under President Donald Trump.

Hoffman then pointed out that a sizable amount of Democrats at the time opposed the JCPOA, such as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who Hoffman said “spoke out eloquently against it.”

Hoffman agreed with the assessment that Israel was behind the recent assassination of Iran’s most senior nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who was killed in a targeted strike last week. Fakhrizadeh, who was charged by the Iranian regime to lead their nuclear armament program, was a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The IRGC is a designated terrorist organization of the United States and Fakhrizadeh has long been a target of Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency.

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Hoffman noted that with the election of Joe Biden, Israel, which had a close relationship with the Trump administration, “is concerned that President-elect Biden wants to get back in that deal and eliminate the sanctions if Iran resumes compliance.”

Hoffman said “that’s not good enough.”

He added”Israel is going to continue to mount these operations,” referring to the possible assassination of Fakhrizadeh by the Mossad.

“Iran themselves may decide, ‘You know, why should we go back into a deal when Israel is continuing to strike us? This deal isn’t giving us any kind of deterrence or any kind of defense against attacks on our nuclear program,” he said.

Therefore, according to Hoffman, “Israel, rightly so, […] is exercising command and control over their own national security.”

When it comes to the potentiality for a some kind of new-and-improved nuclear deal, he felt that “there’s no way that the Biden administration would gain enough bipartisan support to make the deal a treaty, a binding treaty.”

“And I think that if President-elect Biden is serious about building consensus between Democrats and Republicans,” Hoffman added, “this isn’t the last thing he should be doing,” then going on to say that another major issue regarding Iran, aside from its nuclear program, is its sponsorship of terrorist groups in other countries.

Hoffman concluded that the incoming Biden administration could do well regarding its Iran policy, saying that “the Biden administration, I think, would do well, first, to get those intelligence briefings, first to get their team in, and think very carefully about what sort of policy they want for Iran.”

“Iran hasn’t won a lot of wars,” he continued, “but they’ve won a lot of negotiations.”

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Mental health crisis spikes among Afghan women after Taliban regained control two years ago



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The women of Afghanistan are suffering a mental health crisis since the Taliban regained power two years ago. According to a joint report from three U.N. agencies released Tuesday, approximately 70% of women experience feelings of anxiety, isolation and depression.

The numbers continue to rise, as there has already been a significant jump between April and June of this year alone, with an increase from 57%  the preceding quarter.

The report, conducted by U.N. Women, the International Organization for Migration and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, interviewed women online, in-person and in group consultations as well as individual telesurveys.

592 Afghan women in 22 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces took part in the study. The Associated Press reports:

They have barred women from most areas of public life and work and banned girls from going to school beyond the sixth grade. They have prohibited Afghan women from working at local and non-governmental organizations. The ban was extended to employees of the United Nations in April.

Opportunities to study continued to shrink as community-based education by international organizations was banned and home-based schooling initiatives were regularly shut down by the de facto authorities — a term use by the U.N. for the Taliban government.

Afghanistan is the only country in the world with restrictions on female education and the rights of Afghan women and children are on the agenda of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

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