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19th August 2016 – Quoted by Matt Purple - Rare

So the Obama administration lied about that $400 million payment to Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The State Department conceded for the first time on Thursday that it delayed making a $400 million payment to Iran for several hours in January “to retain maximum leverage” and ensure that three American prisoners were released the same day. more...

19th August 2016 – Sinclair Broadcast Group

Do U.S. payments to Iran pose a risk?

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Since the beginning of his time in office, President Obama has insisted the United States does not pay ransom for hostages. Now that assertion is being questioned by many, pointing to a $400 million payment to Iran, delivered on the same day four U.S. hostages were released from an Iranian prison. more...

18th August 2016 – Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

State Department: $400 million cash payment to Iran was contingent on US prisoner release

Amir Toumaj

The State Department says that a $400 million cash payment to Iran was contingent on the release of American prisoners. more...

18th August 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

U.S. Official: 80,000 Iran-Backed Shi’ite Militia Members Fighting in Iraq

Amir Toumaj, Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Around 80,000 Iran-backed Shiite militia members are currently operating in Iraq, a U.S. military official told Fox News on Tuesday. more...

18th August 2016 – Quoted by Carol Morello - The Washington Post

Money paid to Iran was ‘leverage’ not ransom, State Department says

Mark Dubowitz

The State Department acknowledged Thursday that it delayed releasing a $400 million cash payment to Iran in January until it was assured that a plane carrying three released American prisoners had left Tehran. more...

16th August 2016 – Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

‘A pretty big deal’: With Iran’s help, Russia’s air campaign in Syria is about to get much deadlier

Boris Zilberman

Russia has begun using an Iranian air base to launch airstrikes against rebel groups and militants inside Syria, the Russian defense ministry confirmed on Tuesday. more...

10th August 2016 – Quoted by Rick Richman - Commentary Magazine

A Theory: Why Obama Gave Iran Cash

Jonathan Schanzer

34 shares A Why did the Obama administration make its $400 million payment to Iran on January 17 in untraceable foreign currency and then not only fail to disclose that the payment had been made in cash but withhold that information from Senator Tom Cotton in response to his repeated inquiries about it? more...

9th August 2016 – Quoted by Josh Siegel - The Daily Signal

GOP Lawmaker Suggests Obama Administration Employees Should Face Jail Time for Iran Cash Deal

John Hannah

A leading Republican critic of the Obama administration’s policy toward Iran is alleging that the U.S. government violated federal law when it delivered $400 million in cash to Tehran on the same day the country freed four American prisoners. “I want to know what Obama administration employees were involved with this and how long do they serve in prison,” said Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., a member of the House Intelligence Committee. “There is no doubt they violated federal law when they transferred U.S. taxpayer funds to a state sponsor of terrorism.” more...

9th August 2016 – Quoted by Joel Gehrke - Washington Examiner

Senators: Iran war budget increased by ‘exactly the same amount’ as ransom payment

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iranian officials increased their defense budget but "exactly the same amount" as the recently-negotiated U.S. settlement payment, according to a trio of GOP senators who want President Obama's team to explain a shipment of cash to the country that was widely viewed as a ransom for several American hostages. more...

8th August 2016 – Quoted by Stephen Loiaconi - WJLA

Clinton campaign dismisses ‘conspiracy theory’ that emails led to Iranian execution

Clifford D. May

Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign is hitting back against speculation that her emails had anything to do with the execution of an Iranian nuclear scientist who once defected to the United States. more...

4th August 2016 – Quoted by New York Post

How Iran spent its $400M ‘ransom’ windfall

Now that we know President Obama paid Iran $1.7 billion — $400 million in cold hard cash loaded on a secret flight — to ransom four American captives, comes an obvious question: What did Tehran do with all that money? more...

4th August 2016 – Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

The US did not pay a $400 million “ransom” to Iran. Here’s what actually happened.

Mark Dubowitz

On the morning of January 17, several wooden pallets arrived at Tehran’s Mehrabad airport. The unassuming pallets were stuffed with foreign cash — $400 million worth, to be exact. Their origin point? The United States. more...

4th August 2016 – Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

Iran Claimed Months Ago US Paid A Ransom, Nobody Listened

Jonathan Schanzer

The Obama administration has spent the last several days claiming that a $400 million cash payment to the Islamic Republic of Iran had nothing to do with the coinciding release of four American hostages, but Iranian officials stated quite the opposite seven months ago. more...

4th August 2016 – Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

Terror Finance Expert Says $400 Million To Iran Looks Like ‘A Ransom Payment’

Jonathan Schanzer

The White House has dismissed claims that it paid Iran a “ransom” in exchange for the release of four hostages in January, but one terror finance expert says the sketchy transfer has the hallmarks of a ransom. more...

3rd August 2016 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Obama’s Iran debacle looks worse and worse

Jonathan Schanzer

The Obama administration secretly organized an airlift of $400 million worth of cash to Iran that coincided with the January release of four Americans detained in Tehran, according to U.S. and European officials and congressional staff briefed on the operation afterward. more...

3rd August 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

US Sent $400 Million to Iran as Hostages Were Freed, Bolstering Fears That Money Was Ransom

Saeed Ghasseminejad

The United States sent a $400 million cash shipment to Iran at the same time that four Americans imprisoned in the Islamic Republic were released, The Wall Street Journal reported (Google link) Wednesday, raising concerns that the release of the funds constituted a form of ransom. more...

3rd August 2016 – Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

The US reportedly airlifted $400 million in cash to Iran amid a high-stakes prisoner swap

Amir Toumaj

Washington secretly airlifted $400 million to Tehran amid a prisoner swap in January in which seven Iranians detained in the US were exchanged for Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and three other Iranian-American prisoners, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. more...

31st July 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Iranian Oil Exports to Asia Soar, Giving Regime Influx of Cash

Iranian crude oil exports to four major Asian buyers increased by nearly 50 percent from this time last year, Reuters reported on Friday. more...

29th July 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Iran Ranked World’s Top Money Laundering Risk, Despite Relaxing of Financial Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz, Saeed Ghasseminejad, Toby Dershowitz

Iran was ranked as the world’s top global money laundering threat by the Basel Institute on Governance this week, marking the third straight year that the Islamic Republic held the position. more...

20th July 2016 – Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

Obama Administration Imposes Sanctions on Iran-Based Al-Qaeda Members After Denying Cooperation

Thomas Joscelyn, Jonathan Schanzer

The Obama administration has sanctioned three senior al-Qaeda members operating in Iran just weeks after dismissing reports of cooperation between the global terror organization and the Islamic Republic, deepening criticism from experts and lawmakers that the administration is seeking to downplay those connections in order to avoid complications with last summer's nuclear deal. more...


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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.

13th August 2015 - 1:56 PM

Role of Sanctions in the Iran Nuclear Agreement

The Heritage Foundation hosted an event on August 13  to analyze the state of sanctions following the nuclear agreement with Iran. 

The event, Assessing the Iran Nuclear Agreement: Placing Sanctions in Context, focuses on the remaining sanctions architecture of the U.S. and E.U., the possibility of 'snapback sanctions' if Iran violates the deal, and explores alternatives to the agreement moving forward.