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25th April 2018 – Quoted by Francesco Fontemaggi - AFP

Can Macron’s pitch to Trump save the Iran deal?

Behnam Ben Taleblu

European countries and the United States are talking about a new Iran deal to assuage President Donald Trump's loathing for the existing nuclear pact. more...

1st January 2018 – Quoted by Voice of America

LIVE BLOG: Iranians Take to the Streets in Massive Protests

Behnam Ben Taleblu

A university student attends a protest inside Tehran University while a smoke grenade is thrown by anti-riot Iranian police, in Tehran, Iran more...

19th December 2017 – Quoted by Ben Evansky - Fox News

Haley: New UN resolution punishing Iran could be in the works

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Nikki Haley, United States Ambassador to the United Nations, said that based on a new report by the U.N. Secretary General, new pressure on Iran’s continued behavior could lead to a new resolution against the Tehran regime or the strengthening present ones. more...

15th December 2017 – Quoted by Stephen Loiaconi - Sinclair Broadcast Group

Experts doubt Haley’s evidence of Iran violations will spur action

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The Trump administration offered evidence Thursday that it says proves Iran is providing weapons to Houthi rebels in Yemen in violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions, but experts are skeptical that the presentation will result in a stiffer international response to Tehran’s alleged arms proliferation. more...

8th December 2017 – Quoted by Laurie Mylroie - Kurdistan 24

Germany and France tougher on Iran-backed militias than US

Tony Badran

Although US President Donald Trump has announced a tough new policy against Iran, both Germany and France—the two most important countries in the European Union—have taken a significantly harder line than the US against Iranian-backed militias in Iraq. more...

3rd December 2017 – Quoted by Ed Blanche - The Arab Weekly

Iran’s growing power could be explosive

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, David Adesnik

Beirut- Iran is poised to consolidate its growing power in the Middle East as it tries to com­plete a strategic land bridge from the Arabian Gulf to the Mediterranean despite advances in Syria by the United States and its allies. more...

3rd December 2017 – Quoted by Joyce Karam - The National

US senior official estimates 80% of Assad fighting force is Iranian sourced

Jonathan Schanzer

Senior members of the Trump administration upped the ante against Iran over the weekend, revealing a warning sent to Revolutionary Guard commander Qassem Soleimani and promising a regional strategy to roll back Tehran’s proxies across the Middle East. more...

1st December 2017 – Quoted by Artin Afkhami - Just Security

Iran Policy Implications of Replacing Tillerson with Pompeo and Cotton to CIA

The White House has created a plan to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with current CIA Director Mike Pompeo, and then nominate Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) to replace Pompeo at CIA, according to the New York Times. more...

28th November 2017 – Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Fresh concern over possible Iran-North Korea nuclear links

A series of recent high-level meetings between Iranian and North Korean officials has prompted fresh concern in U.S. national security circles about the depth of military and ballistic missile technology cooperation between the two American adversaries, according to a Washington think tank. more...

24th November 2017 – Quoted by George N. Tzogopoulos - BESA Center

DEBATE: Decertification of the Iran Deal – What Happens Next?

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies is pleased to launch a new series of online debates on key strategic issues with the participation of leading scholars from all over the world. more...

20th November 2017 – Quoted by the Middle East Monitor

Images released of Iran military chief Soleimani in Syria

Pictures have emerged of the Commander of the Quds Force affiliated with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, General Qasem Soleimani, in Abu Kamal, Syria. more...

20th November 2017 – Quoted by Sean Savage - Jewish News Service

Iran-Russia ties, US retreat paint a ‘problematic’ picture for Israel in Syria

Behnam Ben Taleblu

With one of the bloodiest civil wars in modern history winding down, world powers have been discussing the future of Syria. more...

15th November 2017 – Quoted by Valentina Pasquali -

Iranian Finances Targeted Again by US Legislation

Behnam Ben Taleblu

U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday advanced a pair of bills to increase visibility on certain Iranian assets and transactions, the latest of a series of congressional measures against the Islamic Republic after global sanctions against the country were lifted last year. more...

15th November 2017 – Quoted by The Tower

German Forum that Promotes Business with Iran Under Fire by Human Rights Experts

Benjamin Weinthal

A German forum that seeks to promote business deals with Iran, featuring politicians and government bodies, has come under fire by human rights experts for turning a blind eye to the Islamic Republic’s illicit nuclear activities, sponsorship of terrorism, and oppression of the Iranian people. more...

15th November 2017 – Quoted by Seth J. Frantzman - The Jerusalem Post

Is The US Supporting Iranian-Backed Militias In Iraq?

Jonathan Schanzer

Crossed alliances have brought forth new tensions in the US fight against ISIS - and the effort to quell Iranian influence from spreading across the region. more...

14th November 2017 – Quoted by Mosaic Magazine

Iran’s Missile-Cap Offer Is a Sham

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Following talk in Congress of imposing sanctions on Tehran for its ballistic-missile program, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) announced a decision to restrict the program to weapons with a range of no more than 2,000 kilometers. The move seemed like a preemptive concession, but, Richard Goldberg and Behnam Ben Taleblu explain, it is merely a ruse. more...

13th November 2017 – Quoted by Mosaic Magazine

Has Donald Trump Lost Syria to Iran?

John Hannah

Three weeks ago, the White House released an official strategy for checking the Islamic Republic’s growing influence in the Middle East. more...

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

U.S. Admits Possible Role in Arming Iranian-Backed Militants in Iraq

Bill Roggio

U.S. officials acknowledged Iranian-backed forces in Iraq could be using American-made arms, an admission that comes amid growing concern on Capitol Hill the U.S. government is quietly working with militia fighters in Iraq who are directly tied to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), according to multiple sources familiar with the situation. more...

13th November 2017 – Quoted by Daily Sabah

Anti-Daesh envoy McGurk key in US arming of Iranian-backed militia, officials say

Bill Roggio

U.S. officials have agreed that Iranian-backed militias could be using American-made arms and that Brett McGurk, the anti-Daesh envoy appointed during by former U.S. President Barack Obama, had a key role in enabling policies that helped arm the militants, the conservative Washington Free Beacon said in a piece on Monday, citing American officials. more...

13th November 2017 – Quoted by Carol Morello - The Washington Post

IAEA confirms Iran is meeting its commitments under nuclear agreement

Mark Dubowitz

Iran is adhering to the restrictions imposed on its nuclear program under a 2015 agreement, the United Nations agency charged with monitoring the country’s facilities has said in its first report since President Trump refused to certify the Islamic republic’s compliance. more...

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