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Yet Another Thing Obama Did the Same Day he Paid Iran Hostage Ransom

Jeff Dunetz
Written by Jeff Dunetz

It seems that every day we learn about another Barack Obama capitulation to the terrorist-supporting Iranian regime. The latest news is that the same day $400 million dollars of foreign currency was sent to Iran in exchange Americans held hostage the Obama administration agreed to lift Iranian sanctions on two state-run banks famous for funding Iran’s ballistic missile program.

The U.N. sanctions on the two banks weren’t initially to be lifted until 2023, (at least according to the P5+1 deal. But per the Wall Street Journal, we know of the early removal of the sanctions by the U.N. Security Council, and why it came about.

The U.N. Security Council’s delisting of the two banks (Bank Sepah and Bank Sepah International), releasing or dropping charges against to 21 Iranian operatives sought for sanctions-busting or terrorism (including some who ran materials to Hezbollah and Assad), the $400 million (which was part of a $1.7 billion cash payment to Iran), and the release of the four American hostages were all part of the same secret deal between the U.S. and Iran finalized on Jan. 17, the day the Americans were freed and the first load of money arrived in Tehran.

According to senior U.S. officials, a senior State Department official, Brett McGurk, and a representative of the Iranian government signed three documents in Geneva on the morning of Jan. 17.

One document committed the U.S. to dropping criminal charges against 21 Iranian nationals, and Tehran to…

Read the rest of the story at Jeff Dunetz’s blog The Lid

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Jeff Dunetz

Jeff Dunetz

Jeff is a Journalist, Blogger and one of the rare Jewish conservatives in a sea of north east liberal Jews (Thanksgiving dinner is a real pip). Jeff was honored with the 2014 Not For Profit Blogger of the Year award by the National Blogger's Club, is editor/publisher of The Lid (, contributing reporter at and Political Columnist for the newspaper, The Jewish Star.

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