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27th June 2017 – Quoted by Shoshana Bryen - Gatestone Institute

Looking the Wrong Way on Iran

Emanuele Ottolenghi

We have been looking in the wrong direction. While the West was hoping temporarily to check Iran's nuclear aspirations, Iran was making plans to advance on the ground and in the water -- and the plans are unfolding nicely. For Iran. more...

25th June 2017 – Quoted by Michael Crowley - Politico

Trump allies push White House to consider regime change in Tehran

Mark Dubowitz

As the White House formulates its official policy on Iran, senior officials and key allies of President Donald Trump are calling for the new administration to take steps to topple Tehran’s militant clerical government. more...

23rd June 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: 2 US cases provide unique window into Iran’s global terror network

Thomas Joscelyn

On June 8, the Department of Justice (DOJ) made an announcement that deserves more attention. Two alleged Hizballah operatives had been arrested inside the United States after carrying out various missions on behalf of the Iranian-sponsored terrorist organization. more...

23rd June 2017 – Quoted by Valentina Pasquali -

FATF Renews Suspension of ‘Countermeasures’ Against Iran

Toby Dershowitz

The global anti-money laundering standard setting body opted Friday to renew its temporary suspension of recommended banking restrictions against Iran while removing Afghanistan and Laos from its list of countries that warrant enhanced monitoring. more...

23rd June 2017 – Quoted by Samuel Rubenfeld - The Wall Street Journal

FATF Continues Suspension of Some Iran Restrictions

Toby Dershowitz

The Financial Action Task Force, an international anti-money-laundering standards body, said Friday it would extend the suspension of some of its restrictions against Iran. more...

22nd June 2017 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD Senior Iran Analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu discusses Iran ballistic missile fire in Syria. more...

20th June 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US shoots down another Iranian UAV over Syria

Bill Roggio

arlier today, the US military shot down its second unmanned areal vehicle over Syria in the past two weeks. US Central Command (CENTCOM) said that the Iranian-made drone was shot down after it “displayed hostile intent and advanced on Coalition forces.” more...

20th June 2017 – The Wall Street Journal

Tehran’s Own Worst Enemy

Reuel Marc Gerecht

A theocratic regime has made Iranians less observant. The number of clerics in parliament has diminished greatly since the revolution. Reuel Marc Gerecht reviews “Democracy in Iran: Why It Failed and How It Might Succeed” by Misagh Parsa. more...

20th June 2017 – Quoted by Rowan Scarborough - The Washington Times

Iran gets North Korean expertise in building up, testing and hiding its ballistic missiles

Iran has increased production and testing of ballistic missiles since the 2015 nuclear deal with the U.S. while playing permanent host to scientists from North Korea, which has the know-how to build and launch atomic weapons, a leading Iranian opposition group said Tuesday. more...

20th June 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces an ‘important and blessed phenomenon,’ Khamenei says

Amir Toumaj

Iraqi Prime Minister Hayder al Abadi arrived in Tehran today to meet with senior Iranian government officials. more...

19th June 2017 – Quoted by Tim Hume - Vice News

A Flexing Contest In Syria May Trap The U.S. In An Endless Conflict

Bill Roggio


19th June 2017 –

Iran Launched A Salvo of Ballistic Missiles at ISIS

On Sunday, Iran launched a salvo of ballistic missiles against targets in and around the city of Deir Ez-Zor in Syria. The missiles, which were variously estimated to be between four and six in number, were reportedly launched against ISIS positions. Iran is a solid backer of the Syrian regime and has given President Bashar Assad extensive military and political support. more...

19th June 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Iranian media reports missile strike in Syria

Behnam Ben Taleblu

On Sunday, Iranian outlets reported that their country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Aerospace Force (IRGC-AF) fired several missiles against “Takfiri terrorists” in the Syrian governorate of Deir ez-Zor. more...

19th June 2017 – Quoted by Judah Ari Gross - The Times of Israel

In Iranian strike on IS, the missile is the message

Amir Toumaj

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRGC), a hard-line paramilitary force, said in a statement following the strike that “many terrorists” were killed in the attack. But the Guard was also unequivocal that its audience extended beyond the Islamic State. more...

16th June 2017 – The Hill

Boeing’s Iran deal: Jobs claim is murky at best

Toby Dershowitz, Tyler Stapleton

In December of 2016 Boeing announced that a new sale of 80 aircraft to Iran Air would “support nearly 100,000 U.S. jobs.” Those numbers seem murky at best. more...

15th June 2017 – Quoted by Rebecca Shabad - CBS News

Senate passes measure to expand sanctions on Iran and Russia

Mark Dubowitz

The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly passed legislation that would impose new U.S. sanctions that would target Iran's ballistic missile program, its support for terrorism and human rights violations, and yet it would still comply with the Iranian nuclear deal. more...

15th June 2017 – Quoted by Yochanan Visser - Western Journalism

Hezbollah Openly Provokes US Forces In Eastern Syria, US Army Brings In A New Deadly Weapon

Tony Badran

The covert war between Iranian proxies and American forces in Syria is further heating up after the U.S. military was forced to shoot down an Iranian-made Shahed 129 drone which threatened U.S. soldiers and their allies in eastern Syria last Thursday and Iranian proxies took over the area along the Syrian-Iraqi border last weekend. more...

15th June 2017 – Quoted by Ben Cohen - Algemeiner

Obama Administration Rejected Arab Pleas to Bomb Iran, Kerry Reveals

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Former US Secretary of State John Kerry revealed at a public forum in Norway this week that the Obama administration resisted Arab entreaties to “bomb” Iran and instead pursued negotiations to rein in Tehran’s nuclear program. more...

14th June 2017 – FDD Memo

Drawing a “Broader Conclusion” on Iran’s Nuclear Program

Olli Heinonen

Under the terms of the nuclear deal with Iran, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), key restrictions would expire if the IAEA formally reaches a “broader conclusion” that Tehran’s nuclear program is entirely peaceful. Such a conclusion would result in the lifting of the UN’s remaining non-nuclear sanctions, including the ban on ballistic missile testing and the conventional arms embargo. more...

13th June 2017 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - Washington Free Beacon

Iran-Backed Hezbollah Promises Terror Strikes on U.S. Soldiers

Tony Badran

The Iranian-backed terror organization Hezbollah is vowing to launch strikes on U.S. forces operating in war-torn Syria in yet another sign that Iran and its terror proxies are beginning to take unprecedented direct action against American military coalition forces, according to U.S. officials and regional experts tracking the situation. more...


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24th March 2017 - 10:00 AM

Keeping Iran in Check: How to Combat Iran’s Illicit Activities

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies hosted a breakfast conversation on Friday, March 24 from 10:00am to 11:00am, titled Keeping Iran in Check: How to Combat Iran’s Illicit Activities. The conversation featured the Founder and President of the Institute for Science and International Security David Albright; FDD’s CEO Mark Dubowitz; and Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress Brian Katulis.

12th February 2016 - 6:03 PM

Rising Tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia: Geopolitical and Energy Security Implications

The latest increase in tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia raises questions about the potential for further instability in the region and possible oil supply disruptions. These risks are most apparent in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, home both to more than half of the nation’s oil production and a Shia majority. The panel discussion will focus on how these developments are impacting U.S. national and energy security interests at a time when Iran sanctions are being lifted, allowing Tehran to export its petroleum, further adding to an oversupplied global oil market.