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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...

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 – 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 – 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...

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...

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...

9th June 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US military downs UAV, strikes militias in Syria

Bill Roggio

The US military shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that attacked coalition forces in the At Tanf area in southeastern Syria yesterday. more...

8th June 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Iranian officials offer disjointed response to Islamic State terrorist attacks in Tehran

Amir Toumaj, Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran’s government has scrambled to explain Wednesday’s terrorist attacks in Tehran, the first major attacks by the Islamic State on Iranian soil, leading to contradictory messages. more...

7th June 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: The Islamic State’s first major terrorist attacks inside Iran

Thomas Joscelyn

A team of terrorists struck the Iranian Parliament and the tomb of Ayatollah Khomeini earlier today. more...

7th June 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Executions Continue After Rouhani’s Reelection

Tzvi Kahn

Iran has executed at least 20 people since President Hassan Rouhani’s reelection on May 19. This grim statistic offers continuity with his first term in office, which saw some 3,000 executions. It also suggests that Rouhani – notwithstanding his reputation as a moderate – remains unwilling or unable to reverse the regime’s most egregious domestic abuses. more...

6th June 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US warplanes again strike militias near Syrian-Jordanian border

Bill Roggio

The US military again launched airstrikes against forces loyal to the Syrian government after they entered the “deconfliction zone” near At Tanf in southeastern Syria. more...

3rd June 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Iran tests the US in southeastern Syria

Amir Toumaj

Major powers involved in the Syrian war are racing to maximize gains from the crumbling Islamic State in southern and eastern Syria. more...

2nd June 2017 – The Weekly Standard

‘Principled Realism’

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Donald Trump's recent sojourn in the Middle East leaves the United States where it was before the president departed: His administration remains committed to containing Iran while philosophically adopting a pre-9/11 approach to combating Sunni Islamic militancy. more...

30th May 2017 – Institute for Science and International Security

Is Iran Mass Producing Advanced Gas Centrifuge Components?

Olli Heinonen

The head of Iran’s nuclear program says Iran has the capability to initiate mass production of advanced centrifuges on short notice. The mass production of these centrifuges (or their components) would greatly expand Iran’s ability to sneak-out or breakout to nuclear weapons capability or surge the size of its centrifuge program if the deal fails or after key nuclear limitations end. more...

26th May 2017 – The Jerusalem Post

German FM Hosts Iranian Official Calling for Israel’s Destruction

Benjamin Weinthal

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel welcomed Monday an Iranian religious leader who called for the elimination of Israel at last year’s al-Quds rally in Berlin. more...

24th May 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Religious War against the Baha’i

Tzvi Kahn

May 14 marked the ninth anniversary of Iran’s imprisonment of seven Baha’i leaders for the crime of practicing their faith. This grim milestone reflects the Baha’i’s status, in the words of the United Nations, as the country’s “most severely persecuted religious minority.” In Tehran’s eyes, the Baha’i faith constitutes not a religion, but a Western-backed political movement that seeks to overthrow the regime and discredit Islam. more...

23rd May 2017 – The Washington Times

Iran’s latest unfree and unfair election

Clifford D. May

News must be new but it needn’t be surprising. The decidedly unsurprising news out of Iran last week: There was an election (of sorts) and the winner was Hassan Rouhani, the incumbent president. An apparently mild-mannered cleric with a beatific smile, he has presided over Iran for four years — a period of egregious human rights violations, the Iranian-backed slaughter in Syria, the taking of American and other hostages, and increasing support for terrorists abroad. Nevertheless, you’ll see him described in much of the media as a “moderate.” more...

19th May 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

New Iran Sanctions Expose Illicit Networks

Annie Fixler , Behnam Ben Taleblu

The U.S. Department of the Treasury designated seven persons and entities for ties to Iran’s ballistic missile program on Wednesday. The sanctions reveal new evidence pointing to Iran’s support for entities involved in Syria’s chemical weapons program, and continuing evidence of illicit procurement networks that aid Tehran’s ballistic missile development. more...

19th May 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

The Revolutionary Guard’s long shadow over Iran’s presidential election

Amir Toumaj

Iranians head to the polls today to choose between “bad and worse” in yet another unfair-and-unfree presidential election. The primary challenger, Ebrahim Raisi – who is considered a frontrunner to succeed Khamenei – has received the support of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps – the protector of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s Islamic revolution that has long cast a dark shadow over the country. 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.