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National Security Analyst Ryan Mauro Available for Analysis    (New York, NY) November 14, 2016 | TruthPR | -- Donald Trump will work to pass legislation designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, said Walid Phares, a foreign policy advisor for the president-elect. Speaking to the Egyptian news outlet Youm7, Phares said the legislation, which was already approved by the House Judiciary Committee earlier this year and referred to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was held up due to the Obama administration's support of the group. Clarion Project spearheaded a campaign to educate legislators and move the bill forward over the past year.  The bill currently has bipartisan support. The bill included is an unprecedented opportunity to educate members of Congress about the Muslim Brotherhood's involvement in terrorism.  It reviews the Brotherhood's terrorist history and how it is banned by the governments of Egypt, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Syria. Egypt released videos showing the Brotherhood's involvement in terrorism and the Egyptian government's website warns about the Brotherhood lobby in the United States. The bill also outlines how the Brotherhood is linked to CAIR, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT). ### INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY: PROFESSOR RYAN MAURO, NATIONAL SECURITY ANALYST, CLARION PROJECT Professor Ryan Mauro National Security Analyst, Clarion Project Associate Producer, Faithkeepers Professor of Counter-Terrorism, Liberty University Professor Ryan Mauro is the National Security Analyst for the Clarion Project, a nonprofit organization that educates the public about the threat of Islamic extremism and provides a platform for voices of moderation and tolerance within the Muslim community. He is also a consultant to various government agencies, political campaigns and policy-makers and a professor of homeland security, counter-terrorism and political science. Mauro has made over 1,000 appearances on international radio and TV programs from both the left of the right, including frequent segments on FOX News Channel, Al-Hurra, CCTV, Voice of America, Wall Street Journal Live, etc. He's been widely published and quoted in outlets like the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, The Hill, Roll Call and the Daily Caller. He has served as a strategic analyst for the Wikistrat consultancy and as an intelligence analyst and director of the Asymmetric Warfare and Intelligence Center. Mauro has a Bachelor's Degree in Intelligence Studies, Master's in Political Science and a Graduate Certificate in Middle East Studies, all from American Military University. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Criminal Justice with a Homeland Security specialization. To interview Ryan Mauroemail: Jackie@TruthPR.com or Schedule here 
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NEC-SE has stated repeatedly that current U.S. foreign policy is neither beneficial to U.S. interests, nor to the future of global peace. On 18 JUN 2016 NEC-SE posted an article entitled, “The Fall-Out of the New Model of Power Relations for U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East“, with a detailed analysis of how the current policy was causing the U.S. to lose its footprint and also spread distrust amongst members of the global community. Part of the US’ policies have included backing and funding powers that are – at best – not particularly fond of the U.S. or its culture of freedom, and – at worst – have actually been the cause of direct attacks against U.S. citizens, personnel, and troops. One of the efforts that were attempting to gain muster along with support of the U.S. was the PMF (People’s Mobilization Forces/Units) umbrella network in Iraq. While on the surface, this appears to be an official Iraqi “state-sponsored” organization; it is actually a network of around 40 militias, most of which are Shia Muslim groups. Amongst these militias is Muqtada Al-Sadr’s Shia militia group, which was responsible for U.S. deaths during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and Al-Hashd Al-Sha’abi which is lead by Falleh Al-Fayad who’s deputy is Abu-Mahdi Al-Mohandes who was one of the top High Value Targets for the U.S. Forces in Iraq when Americans were shedding blood against his insurgent forces. Falleh Al-Fayad is also in control of the Ministry of Defense in Iraq and the National Security Adviser for the Iraqi Prime Minister. In other words, the PMF is a force outside the Iraqi regular armed services. Its goal at best seems unclear, and at worst is mainly for the advancement of Ali al-Sistani’s policies. Sistani is a “grand ayatollah” with the authority to make legal decisions, and originally from the majority Shiite nation of Iran. In fact, Sistani’s original fatwa (an Islamic religious command or edict) that led to the creation of the PMF structure called for the defense of primarily the city of Baghdad, not all of Iraq. The origins of the PMF structure have always been the advancement of the Shiite cause and not for the advancement of a secular Iraq that serves all. Finally, the majority of these militias are directly backed by Iran. Not long after the fatwa, an alternative narrative was immediately pushed in explaining the emergence of the PMF structure. The minutes of a 7 APR 2014 National Alliance (Shia Bloc) meeting have former PM Nouri al-Maliki stating: There is a real and clear security danger that threatens the country and I have told you more than a year ago that the situation is dangerous. Our army cannot be counted on since it is a combination of Sunnis and Shias and Kurds. Some Sunnis are unconvinced, while some Shias are there for the salary, and it is an army that has not waged such battles before and its armaments are basic compared to that of Islamic State… This narrative bolsters the fact that when Mosul was invaded by the Islamic State on 9 JUN 2014, both Sunni Muslim Kurds and Sunni Muslim Arabs were no where to be found in protecting the Assyrians and other Christians, whom the former had just disarmed and had for a long time claimed to have dominion over in the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG). However, the narrative also bolsters the fact that the retreat of both the Sunni Muslim Kurds to the KRG and the Shiite Muslim Arabs to Baghdad via their C-130s during the Islamic State’s invasion just two months later was one that had been pre-meditated based on the date of this statement. Given this lack of loyalty to country and unwillingness to fight despite the huge supply of U.S. weaponry and equipment that had been left to the Iraqi government after U.S. withdrawal, coupled with an incorporation of much of those deserters into the new PMF structure, one must wonder just why the U.S. would support such a structure. U.S. is still taking hard earned taxpayer monies and is funneling it to the Ministry of Defense in Iraq, which has no loyalties to the United States. Worst of all it is requiring the Assyrians and other Christians to register and serve under the command and control of these forces to receive any funding and training support in Iraq in-order to keep up the false narrative that Iraq is a unified nation. So at a time when the Assyrians and the root of Christianity is being eradicated in the Middle East the current administration is working hard to funnel our taxpayer monies into the hands of anti-American and anti-Israeli militias who have openly asked for the targeting of U.S. forces in Iraq and have protested American intervention in Iraq by burning the American flag. Worst of all the same administration is asking the Assyrian and other Christians in Iraq to join these forces to receive support and training from the United States. LTC (R) Sargis Sangari CEO, NEC-SE Request Guest Sargis Sangari https://nec-se.com unitedassyrianappeal.org
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