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Analysis & Commentary - Amir Toumaj

Amir Toumaj's Latest Mentions

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...

26th April 2016 – Quoted by Judah Ari Gross - The Times of Israel

Iran may have secretly tested ballistic missile tech with ‘space launch’

Amir Toumaj

Iran test-fired an advanced rocket system in the Dasht-e Kavir desert last week, according to Russian and American officials, in what some considered a cover for intercontinental ballistic missile research. more...

20th April 2016 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Report: Obama Seeks Meeting With Iranian President

Amir Toumaj

President Barack Obama has sent two letters to senior Iranian leaders in recent months requesting a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, according to Persian language reports recently translated by a Middle East research organization. more...

16th April 2016 – Quoted by Alex Rowell - NOW Lebanon

Iranian boots on the ground

Amir Toumaj

The first deployment of foreign regular army ground troops to the front lines of the five-year-long battle between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad came with rather less fanfare and controversy than might have been expected. more...

4th April 2016 – Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Iran deploys special forces to Syria

Amir Toumaj

Iran’s army deployed Special Forces from the 65th Nohed Brigade on an advisory mission, army official said on Monday. more...

3rd March 2016 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - Washington Free Beacon

Iran Accuses U.S. Of Breaching Nuke Deal

Amir Toumaj

Senior Iranian officials this week accused the Obama administration of failing to uphold its end of the nuclear agreement, saying that the Islamic Republic has not been given full access to international banking tools. more...

1st March 2016 – Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Iran’s reformists won a huge victory in the country’s elections, but there’s a big catch

Amir Toumaj, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran's reformists are cheering the results of the Islamic Republic's elections, held on Sunday in what was widely seen as a referendum on President Hassan Rouhani's more moderate policies that have ushered in an opening with the West. more...

29th February 2016 – Quoted by Adam Kredo- Washington Free Beacon

Iran Elects Hardline Officials Accused of Murder

Amir Toumaj, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Early election results from Iran indicate that the country elected on Friday another crop of hardline officials, including those who have expressed hatred for the United States and Israel and who stand accused of planning the murder of political opponents, according to information provided by organizations that observed the elections. more...

13th January 2016 – Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Iran Just Scored a Massive Propaganda Victory

Amir Toumaj

A video purporting to show a US Navy sailor apologizing to Iranian authorities for drifting into Iran's waters on Tuesday has circulated on social media after it was broadcast by state-sponsored television Wednesday. more...

7th January 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Somalia Severs Ties with Tehran as Tensions Mount Following Attack on Saudi Embassy

Amir Toumaj

Somalia ordered all Iranian diplomats to leave its borders within 72 hours, joining a growing number of countries who are severing relations with the Islamic Republic amid its escalation with Saudi Arabia, the Associated Press reported Thursday. more...