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Julian Pecquet


Rise of Iran-backed militias jeopardizes US aid to Iraq

Wednesday, Sep. 14, 2016 | Julian Pecquet, Congressional Correspondent

US law prohibits military assistance unless Baghdad reins in PMU.

Middle East Lobbying: Lebanon

Tuesday, Sep. 13, 2016 | Julian Pecquet, Congressional Correspondent, Congress / Mideast

The United States is struggling to sideline Hezbollah without further splintering faction-ridden Lebanon.

Middle East Lobbying: Iraq

Monday, Sep. 12, 2016 | Julian Pecquet, Congressional Correspondent, Congress / Mideast

After a delayed response that enabled the Islamic State (IS) to rampage through much of the country, President Barack Obama’s administration has overcome its deep reluctance to get sucked back into the Middle East vortex.

Will 9/11 lawsuit vote sabotage US arms sales to Riyadh?

Friday, Sep. 9, 2016 | Julian Pecquet, Congressional Correspondent

The Obama administration has offered to sell Saudi Arabia a record $115 billion in weapons. Does the Sept. 9 vote to allow the families of terrorist victims to sue the kingdom mean an end to business as usual?

Middle East Lobbying: U.A.E.

Friday, Sep. 9, 2016 | Julian Pecquet, Congressional Correspondent, Congress / Mideast

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) continues to top the list of Middle East lobbying spenders as it seeks to consolidate its status as one of America’s closest strategic allies in the region.

Middle East Lobbying: Kurdistan Regional Government

Friday, Sep. 9, 2016 | Julian Pecquet, Congressional Correspondent, Congress / Mideast

Relations between Washington and Erbil have gotten so tight that the Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) security forces are now on Uncle Sam's payroll.

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