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9th September 2016 – Quoted by Sean Durns - The Washington Times

Al Qaeda’s Iran connection

Thomas Joscelyn

As the 15th anniversary of the Sep. 11, 2001 al Qaeda terror attacks approaches, it’s worth remembering a country whose support of that terror group has been seldom detailed by U.S. news outlets: Iran. more...

9th September 2016 – Quoted by Barney Breen-Portnoy - The Algemeiner

Iran Expert Tells Congress: Obama Administration Might Have Given Tehran Over $30 Billion in Cash, G

Mark Dubowitz

While the Obama administration has admitted to transferring $1.7 billion in cash earlier this year to Tehran, even more cash might have been given by the US to the ayatollahs following the January 2014 implementation of the interim nuclear agreement reached by the Islamic Republic with six world powers, an Iran expert revealed at a congressional hearing on Thursday. more...

8th September 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Wall Street Journal: U.S. Sent Two More Planes with $1.3 Billion in Cash to Iran

Saeed Ghasseminejad

The U.S. sent Iran two previously unknown planeloads of cash, totaling $1.3 billion, in late January and early February, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday night, causing lawmakers to worry that the cash will be used to finance terrorism and destabilize the Middle East. more...

8th September 2016 – Quoted by Newsmax

Obama Administration May Have Sent Iran $33B in Cash, Gold Payments

Mark Dubowitz

Iran may have been sent an additional $33.6 billion in cash and gold payments by the Obama administration from 2014 and 2016, according to testimony provided before Congress from an expert on the nuclear agreement with Iran, The Washington Free Beacon reports. more...

8th September 2016 – Quoted by Fox News

Republicans demand answers on cash payment to Iran at tense hearing

Mark Dubowitz

House Republicans pressed Obama administration officials at a tense hearing Thursday to explain why a controversial $1.7 billion payment to Iran did not constitute “ransom” -- which they warned could find its way into the pockets of terrorists. more...

8th September 2016 – Quoted by Jenna LIfhits - The Weekly Standard

Democrats Say They Weren’t Told $1.7 Billion Iran Payment Would Be Made in Cash

Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Obama administration failed to inform a number of Democratic lawmakers that a $1.7 billion payment the U.S. sent to Iran earlier this year would be made wholly in cash, according to senators who spoke to The Weekly Standard Wednesday. more...

8th September 2016 – Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

Experts: $1.7 Billion Cash Payment to Iran May Not Have Been the First

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration may have facilitated several cash payments to Iran even before its controversial $1.7 billion transfer to the country, potentially putting even more liquid money in the hands of nefarious actors backed by the Islamic Republic, according to testimony presented Thursday at a congressional hearing. more...

6th September 2016 – Quoted by Ed Blanche - UPI

Israel girds for Golan war with Iran, Hezbollah

Amid the carnage of Syria's civil war, well into its sixth year, Is­raeli military chiefs say that Iran and its prized proxy, Hezbollah, are surrepti­tiously seeking to establish a new front in an older conflict, the Iran-backed group's 30-year war against the Jewish state that until recently was waged almost exclusively from neighboring Lebanon. more...

2nd September 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

As Predicted by Nuclear Deal Critics, Iran Pours New Cash Into Military

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran will be boosting its military budget using the $1.7 billion it received in January from the U.S. Treasury Department, Foundation for Defense of Democracies associate fellow Saeed Ghasseminejad wrote in a policy brief Thursday, citing Iranian media reports. more...

1st September 2016 – Quoted by Michael Hernandez - Anadolu Agency

Iran plane deals threaten boost in support for Assad

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Leading aviation companies are pushing ahead with the planned sale of commercial aircraft to Iran despite fears they could be helping Tehran airlift weapons and troops to the Syrian government. more...

1st September 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Report: U.S. Gave Iran “Secret” Nuke Deal Exemptions After Tehran Failed to Meet Obligations

Mark Dubowitz

The United States and its negotiating partners secretly granted Iran exemptions from some of its responsibilities under last year’s nuclear deal, which Tehran would have otherwise failed to fulfill in time to receive nuclear-related sanctions relief on Implementation Day, according to a report (.pdf) published Thursday by the Institute for Science and International Security. more...

1st September 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Khamenei: Iran Must Boost Offensive Capabilities, Not Negotiate With U.S.

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei continued making incendiary remarks about the United States at a military exhibit this week, emphasizing that the Islamic Republic should boost its offensive capabilities and “avoid negotiating” with Washington, The Times of Israel reported on Thursday. more...

31st August 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Germany: No Normalization With Iran Until It Recognizes Israel

Benjamin Weinthal

Germany on Tuesday reiterated its refusal to normalize relations with Iran until the Islamic Republic recognizes Israel, Benjamin Weinthal reported in The Jerusalem Post. more...

31st August 2016 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran Satellite Launch Prompts Fear of Long Range Ballistic Missile Attack

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iranian officials announced on Tuesday that the country is preparing to launch three new satellites into space, renewing concerns from defense experts about Iran’s ongoing research into long-range ballistic missile technology that could help it fire a nuclear weapon at Western nations. more...

30th August 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

State Dept. Expresses “Concern” Over Iran’s Installation of Russian Missile System

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran’s installation of the Russian-built S-300 surface-to-air missile system outside the Fordow nuclear enrichment facility is “of concern” to the United States, a State Department spokesman told reporters on Monday. more...

30th August 2016 – Quote by The Wall Street Journal

Iran’s Telling SAMs

Mark Dubowitz

Iran seems bent on exposing the nuclear-deal illusions of President Obama even before he leaves office. The latest sign came Sunday, when Iran’s state-run media aired footage of the S-300 air-defense system maneuvering around Fordow. more...

30th August 2016 – Quoted The Tower

Expert: Zarif Leveraging Latin America Trip to Boost Iran’s Ballistic Missile Program

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Iranian foreign minister’s visit to Latin America last week signaled the Islamic Republic’s intent to rebuild its missile program in the Western Hemisphere, Emanuele Ottolenghi, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, wrote in an analysis on Monday. more...

30th August 2016 – Quoted by Saagar Enjeti - The Daily Caller

Russia’s Got A New Iron Curtain, This Time With Advanced Missile Tech

Jonathan Schanzer

Russia has created a new iron curtain by deploying its most advanced missile defense system across its border with NATO, in Crimea, and now Syria. more...

29th August 2016 – Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

Iran’s Most Contentious Nuclear Site Just Got Some Serious Russian Firepower

Jonathan Schanzer

Iran’s premier nuclear enrichment facility just got a massive upgrade in its defense capabilities after installing the Russian S-300 surface-to-air missile defense system Monday. more...

25th August 2016 – Quoted by Saleha Mohsin - Bloomberg

Lew Loose Ends From Inversions to Iran Await Next U.S. President

Mark Dubowitz

Jacob J. Lew looks set to close out his tenure as one of just two Treasury secretaries to serve during the Obama administration. Not since the days of Eisenhower has a two-term U.S. president had such stability at the helm of the Treasury Department. 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.