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6th December 2017 – Quoted by Joseph Colonna - Egypt Today

Yemen: As Saleh falls, Iran will push forward

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Amir Toumaj

When Ali Abdullah Saleh, the ousted former strongman president of Yemen, indicated on Saturday that he would realign his forces with the Saudi-led coalition, there was hope his shift would signify a turning point in the war. more...

6th November 2017 – Quoted by José da Cruz - The Council on Hemispheric Affairs

Brazil-Iran Strengthened in the Post-Cold War International Systems Kerry Announces

Amir Toumaj

he Monroe Doctrine was established in 1823 and it has been a persistent factor in guiding U.S. foreign policy toward Latin America ever since. However, in the 2013 speech to the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C., then-U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the era of the Monroe Doctrine was over. more...

25th October 2017 – Quoted by Iran News Update

US Congress Set To Vote On Four New Bills That Put Pressure On Tehran and Hizbollah

Amir Toumaj

A few weeks after US President Trump rolled out a new strategy to counter the "fanatical regime" of Iran, and announced his decision to decertify the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, on Wednesday, the US House of Representatives will vote on four bills aimed at ramping up the pressure on Tehran and its Lebanese ally, Hizbollah. more...

24th October 2017 – Quoted by Joyce Karam - The National

US Congress to vote on four bills ramping up pressure on Tehran and Hizbollah

Amir Toumaj

The US House of Representatives will vote on four bills on Wednesday aimed at ramping up the pressure on Tehran and its Lebanese ally, Hizbollah. more...

11th October 2017 – Quoted by Joyce Karam - The National

Trump likely to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as terror organisation

Amir Toumaj

US president Donald Trump is likely to designate Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organisation this week as he lays out what aides call his "overall Iran strategy". more...

16th September 2017 – Quoted by Kathy Gannon - The Associated Press

Iran recruits Afghan and Pakistani Shiites to fight in Syria

Amir Toumaj

Thousands of Shiite Muslims from Afghanistan and Pakistan are being recruited by Iran to fight with President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in Syria, lured by promises of housing, a monthly salary of up to $600 and the possibility of employment in Iran when they return, say counterterrorism officials and analysts. more...

8th August 2017 – Quoted by Kamila Aliyeva - Trend News Agency

North Korea, Iran to continue developing missile programs - expert

Amir Toumaj

North Korea and Iran will look for the ways to continue developing their missile programs in light of more sanctions aimed at preventing these regimes access to international suppliers, Amir Toumaj, research analyst at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies specializing in Iranian affairs, told Trend. more...

19th June 2017 – Quoted by Judah Ari Gross - The Times of Israel

In Iranian strike on IS, the missile is the message

Amir Toumaj

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRGC), a hard-line paramilitary force, said in a statement following the strike that “many terrorists” were killed in the attack. But the Guard was also unequivocal that its audience extended beyond the Islamic State. more...

8th June 2017 – Quoted by Michael R. Gordon - New York Times

U.S. Says It Shot Down Drone That Attacked Fighters in Syria

Amir Toumaj

An American warplane shot down a “pro-Syria regime” drone on Thursday after the drone attacked United States-backed fighters in southern Syria, the American military said. more...

17th October 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Khamenei-Controlled Company Stands to Reap Billions in Profits from New Oil Deals

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Amir Toumaj, Emanuele Ottolenghi, Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

A conglomerate controlled by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is poised to reap huge profits from new oil deals after the country’s petroleum market was opened up in the wake of last year’s nuclear deal, two researchers at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies wrote in a policy brief on Tuesday. more...

9th October 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Fmr. Treasury Official: Banks Wary of Dealing With Iran Due to Its Terror Support

Amir Toumaj, Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran’s continued illicit behavior is making European banks and companies wary of doing business with it, even after the end of nuclear-related sanctions, President Barack Obama’s former Treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence told The Weekly Standard on Thursday. more...

30th September 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Experts: Iran Maneuvering to Extract More Economic Concessions from West

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Amir Toumaj

Iran is seeking increased sanctions relief from the West by leveraging concerns that it will back out of last year’s nuclear deal, two experts from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) wrote in an analysis for U.S. News and World Report on Wednesday. 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...

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...

19th July 2016 – Quoted by Barbara Opall-Rome - Defense News

Iran Deploys Hezbollah-Trained Afghan Sniper Brigade in Syria

Amir Toumaj

An Israeli intelligence source confirmed Monday that a new unit of Afghan snipers trained by Lebanese-based Hezbollah and financed by Iran is now operating beyond its northern border on behalf of Syrian President Bashar Assad. more...

30th June 2016 – Quoted by Sune Engel Rasmussen, Zahra Nader - The Guardian

Iran covertly recruits Afghan Shias to fight in Syria

Amir Toumaj

Iran is covertly recruiting hundreds of Afghan Shias in Afghanistan to fight for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, drawing them out of their own conflict-ridden country and into another war in which Afghanistan plays no official part. more...

31st May 2016 – Quoted by Alex MacDonald - Middle East Eye

Fears grow for Fallujah residents caught in the crossfire

Amir Toumaj

Concerns that the end of a siege on the Iraqi city of Fallujah could see retribution attacks on Sunni residents or leave a humanitarian catastrophe are growing as Iraqi army and the allied Popular Mobilisation Units (PMUs) troops delve further into the Islamic State-controlled city. more...

5th May 2016 – Quoted by Mark Hay - VICE

Iran Is Offering Citizenship to Families of Migrants Who Died Fighting Iran’s Battles

Amir Toumaj

On Monday, the Islamic Republic News Agency—Iran's official press outlet—reported that the nation's parliament had passed a law allowing the state to grant citizenship to the children, parents, and wives of foreigners killed while fighting for Iran. more...

27th April 2016 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Major Iranian Missile Test to Coincide With U.S. Presidential Inauguration

Amir Toumaj

Iran is preparing to conduct a major ballistic missile test in February 2017, following the inauguration of the next U.S. president into the Oval Office, according to a timetable issued by the Islamic Republic. more...