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23rd March 2017 – War on the Rocks

Spiritual Ardor and Military Might: The Story of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

Behnam Ben Taleblu

This past September in an audience hall in Tehran, a prominent vocalist named Sadegh Ahangaran took to a microphone to justify an Iranian military adventure. Ahangaran had earned the nickname “the nightingale of the Imam” for his melodies of martyrdom decades earlier during the Iran-Iraq War, his defiant voice often the last thing Iranian combatants heard before death. more...

23rd March 2017 – Foreign Policy

In Venezuela’s Toxic Brew, Failed Narco-State Meets Iran-Backed Terrorism

John Hannah, Emanuele Ottolenghi

As if the political and economic chaos wracking Venezuela wasn’t worrying enough, a couple of recent stories underscore the potential national security threat brewing there. more...

22nd March 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

U.S. Sanctions Bahrainis Linked to Iran-Backed Group

Tzvi Kahn, David Andrew Weinberg

The State Department on Friday designated two Bahrainis with ties to Iran as Specially Designated Global Terrorists, thereby denying them access to the U.S. financial system, freezing their U.S. assets, and prohibiting American citizens from conducting transactions with them. more...

22nd March 2017 – The Wall Street Journal

The Delusion of the Iran Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

President Donald Trump promised to rigorously and radically enforce the Iran nuclear agreement, which he called “the worst deal ever negotiated.” It sounds tough, but it’s an approach that plays into the hands of the Iranian mullahs. more...

21st March 2017 – Foreign Policy

Rouhani, the Deceiver

John Hannah, Saeed Ghasseminejad

In two months’ time — on May 19, to be exact — Iran will hold presidential elections. As things currently stand, odds are that the incumbent, Hassan Rouhani, will win a second term. more...

21st March 2017 – The Jerusalem Post

Iran Accused of Planning Attack on Head of French-Israel Business Group

Benjamin Weinthal

Iran's Quds Force plotted with the aid of a paid Pakistani man to surveil --and possibly assassinate--the head of the French-Israeli chamber of commerce, according to revelations from a Monday court proceeding in Berlin and German media reports. more...

19th March 2017 – The Cipher Brief

After Nuclear Deal, Iran Looks to Profit in Syria

Tony Badran, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iran’s powerful, ideological military force, is one of the country’s most influential institutions, with major stakes in key sectors of the economy and supervision of Tehran’s vast network of militias and terrorist proxies in conflicts throughout the Middle East. more...

17th March 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Israel’s airstrikes in Palmyra likely targeted Hezbollah weapons shipments


David Daoud

Rocket alert sirens sounded in north eastern Israel Thursday night, shortly past midnight. News reports Friday morning revealed that the Israel Air Force had carried out strikes against several targets in the city of Palmyra, the deepest such raid into Syrian territory since the beginning of the Syrian civil war. The rockets that fell in Israel appear to have been Syrian anti-air missiles – likely Russian-made SA-5s – fired at the returning Israeli jets. The target of the strikes looks to have been a weapons shipment to Hezbollah at Palmyra’s T-4 military base. The incident is the most serious clash between Syria and Israel since the Syrian civil war broke out six years ago. more...

14th March 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran Announces New Charges Against Iranian-American

Tzvi Kahn

Tehran announced new charges against an Iranian-American and his Iranian wife on Sunday, accusing them of promoting “corruption on Earth” and founding a “cult.” The move represents a direct challenge to the Trump administration, which has pledged to secure the release of Iranian-Americans incarcerated in the regime’s notorious prisons. more...

12th March 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

IRGC-controlled Iraqi militia forms ‘Golan Liberation Brigade’

Amir Toumaj

The Iranian-controlled Iraqi militia Harakat al Nujaba this week announced the formation of its “Golan Liberation Brigade.” While it is not uncommon for entities to name themselves after areas they aim to “liberate,” the militia’s spokesman has said that the unit could assist the Syrian regime in taking the Golan Heights, a region in the Levant that has been controlled by Israel since the 1967 Six-Day War. more...

9th March 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Missile Launch is Test for New Administration

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran reportedly fired two ballistic missiles this weekend, the first alleged ballistic missile test since the Trump administration put the Islamic Republic “on notice” a month ago. On Thursday morning, an Iranian official said the projectile was a Hormuz-2 anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM). A return to ballistic missile testing, whether covert or overt, signals Tehran intends to test the Trump administration’s limits, just as it did with its predecessor. more...

8th March 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Gauging the North Korea-Iran Relationship

Anthony Ruggiero

A new report alleges that North Korea is helping Iran continue development of a nuclear weapon in violation of the 2015 nuclear deal. If true, the allegations would mark a dangerous development in the two rogue states’ efforts to advance each other’s illicit nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles programs, and would represent a significant violation of the deal. more...

8th March 2017 – Fox News

Iran arrests two Catholics in new wave of brutality against Christians

Benjamin Weinthal

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) arrested two Christians – a mother and her son – in late February as part of a brutal crackdown on Catholicism in the country’s West Azerbaijan Province. more...

6th March 2017 – Foreign Affairs

Labeling Iran’s Revolutionary Guard

Mark Dubowitz

Last month, the Donald Trump administration noted that it was contemplating whether to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization, a State Department listing that includes Hamas, Hezbollah, the Islamic State (also known as ISIS), and many other groups. more...

3rd March 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Zawahiri’s deputy sought to ‘unify’ Syrian rebels

Thomas Joscelyn

On Feb. 26, jihadist social media sites reported that Abu al Khayr al Masri, one of al Qaeda’s top leaders, had been killed in a US drone strike in Idlib, Syria. more...

3rd March 2017 – PJ Media

RELEASE THEM: Obama/Iran Nuke Deal Secrets Are NOT Classified, Just Kept From You

Michael Ledeen

The leaders of the Islamic Republic are frightened. They face an American national security team that knows a lot about them, and, unlike the Obama administration, strongly dislikes them. more...

3rd March 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Iranian Officials: Obama-era Prisoner Release was ‘Ransom’

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iranian intelligence agencies are fighting over credit for forcing the U.S. to pay ransom for five U.S. prisoners in January 2016. more...

2nd March 2017 – FDD Research

Mohsen Qomi: A Revolutionary Diplomat on the Rise

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Mohsen Qomi, a 56-year-old cleric, is a Khamenei confidant and his aide for international relations. Qomi is well-known in Iran for his nearly 20-year tenure at the Assembly of Experts – the body that chooses the supreme leader – and his long-term leadership of the supreme leader’s representative office for universities. more...

27th February 2017 – The Weekly Standard

The Face-Off

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Donald Trump has promised a foreign policy of muscular retrenchment, in which a better-resourced U.S. military intimidates our enemies without serving as a global cop. More than any president since Richard Nixon, our new commander in chief sees virtue in brutal authoritarians, especially if they are fighting radical Islam. more...

24th February 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Iraq monument underscores Iranian commander’s role in Qods Force

Amir Toumaj

A monument dedicated to an Iranian general has been erected in Iraq for the first time in the country’s history. The landmark commemorates Hamid Taghavi (also known as “Abu Maryam”), a commander in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) extraterritorial branch the Qods Force, with Taghavi’s legacy highlighting the reach of Tehran’s influence in Iraq. 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 will host 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 will feature 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.