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Analysis & Commentary - Behnam Ben Taleblu

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12th July 2018 – Quoted by Michael Lipin - Voice of America

NATO Pledges More Trainers for Iraqis, Afghans Facing Iran-Backed Militias

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The NATO alliance has agreed to send more troops to Iraq and Afghanistan to help security forces of those nations to stand up to militias backed by Iran. more...

10th July 2018 – Quoted by Joel Gehrke - The Washington Examiner

Spy chiefs from Russia, Iran, and China huddle in Pakistan

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Four spy chiefs huddled in Pakistan to discuss the emergence of the Islamic State in Afghanistan, a Russian intelligence official said Tuesday. more...

10th July 2018 – Quoted by Joel Gehrke - The Washington Examiner

Mike Pompeo wants to ‘raise the cost’ for Iranian commander ‘personally’

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iranian general Qassem Soleimani is in Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s crosshairs, as the top U.S. diplomat tours the Middle East and Europe for a series of meetings. more...

9th July 2018 – Quoted by Tim Daiss - Oilprice

More Western Energy Companies Leave Iran

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran is still trying to get EU help as more western companies exit the country ahead of renewed sanctions imposed by the U.S. more...

3rd July 2018 – Quoted by Holly Ellyatt - CNBC

Iran’s president is in Europe to save the nuclear deal ... but he risks starting a ‘messy dispute’

Behnam Ben Taleblu

“The U.S. will increase non-nuclear pressure on Iran, the European banks and businesses will side with Washington while European politicians will try to create or carve cutouts to the international sanctions architecture, and all this makes for a very messy dispute for the U.S. and its allies,” Behnam Ben Taleblu, a research fellow at Washington-based think tank, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Asia” Tuesday. more...

27th June 2018 – Quoted by Natasha Turak - CNBC

Iran protests set to continue amid collapsing currency, increasing pressure on regime

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Protests began in Iran’s capital on Sunday, sparked by shop owners — or bazaaris — shutting their doors to voice their anger at the plummeting Iranian rial. more...

21st June 2018 – Quoted by Iran News Update

Iran agreed to no military solution to Yemen because they want no solution at all

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The US special envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, recently declared that there could be no military solution to the conflict there, advocating for diplomacy instead. more...

14th June 2018 – Quoted by Michael Lipin - Voice of America

Israeli Diplomat: US-North Korea Agreement Puts Pressure on Iran

Behnam Ben Taleblu

A senior Israeli diplomat has welcomed Tuesday’s U.S.-North Korean agreement to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, saying it puts more pressure on Israeli foe Iran to drop its own nuclear ambitions. more...

30th May 2018 – Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

Trump Admin Slaps Iran With Sanctions Over Human Rights Abuses, Censorship

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The Trump administration hit Iran with sanctions over human rights abuses and censorship Wednesday, the latest in a series of fresh economic penalties that will compound those related to the U.S. withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. more...

24th May 2018 – Quoted by Tom DiChristopher - CNBC

Iran’s supreme leader just made 5 tough demands for Europe to save the nuclear deal

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has issued five demands to Europe that would be difficult for the continent's leaders to meet as they seek to salvage the 2015 nuclear accord. more...

24th May 2018 – Quoted by Tom DiChristopher - CNBC

Trump and Europe are entering a ‘game of chicken’ over Iran nuclear deal sanctions

Behnam Ben Taleblu

European leaders are assembling a playbook to preserve the Iran nuclear deal that puts the Continent on course for direct conflict with the United States. more...

23rd May 2018 – Quoted by Sean Savage - Jewish News Syndicate

Following Pompeo speech, Iran has much to gain from normalizing ties with America

Behnam Ben Taleblu

In his first major policy address since taking over as U.S. secretary of state, Mike Pompeo issued a stern warning to Iran that it is about to face “the strongest sanctions in history.” more...

22nd May 2018 – Quoted by Ben Evansky - Fox News

Morocco’s foreign minister warns Iran is seeking foothold in North Africa

Behnam Ben Taleblu

During Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s first major policy speech on Iran Monday, he warned Tehran that the U.S. would work closely with regional allies to deter its meddling. more...

22nd May 2018 – Quoted by Ian Talley - The Wall Street Journal

U.S. Sanctions Iran for Supplying Missiles to Yemen’s Houthis

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The Trump administration on Tuesday took aim at five Iranian officials it said are responsible for providing Yemeni rebels with long-range missiles being used to target Saudi Arabia. more...

22nd May 2018 – Quoted by Stephen Loiaconi - Circa

Pompeo’s Iran demands: A ‘bold’ vision or an ‘unrealistic’ wish list?

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday he is confident the U.S. and its allies can formulate a collective diplomatic approach to curtailing Iran’s nuclear weapons program and its other violations of international laws and norms, despite the backlash President Donald Trump has faced from fellow signatories to the Iran nuclear agreement he unilaterally withdrew from earlier this month. more...

22nd May 2018 – Quoted by Haley Britzky - Axios

U.S. sanctions Iranians who aided Houthi rebels

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The Treasury Department announced on Tuesday sanctions against five Iranian individuals who have played a part in providing the Houthis in Yemen with "ballistic missile-related technical expertise...on behalf of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force." more...

22nd May 2018 – Quoted by William Gallo - Voice of America

Pompeo Vows ‘Unprecedented’ US Sanctions Against Iran

Behnam Ben Taleblu

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has unveiled a far-reaching list of demands for any new nuclear deal with Iran, and threatened economy-crushing sanctions if Tehran does not change its behavior. more...

22nd May 2018 – Quoted by Erik Rosales - CBN

Pompeo Vows To Bring ‘Strongest Sanctions In History’ on Iran

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Some are calling it the strongest speech ever by a secretary of state. more...

19th May 2018 – Quoted by Ben Evansky - Fox News

Protests continue for third day in southern Iran city as Pompeo tweets support for demonstrators

Behnam Ben Taleblu

As protests continued for a third day in the southern Iranian city of Kazerun, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted his support for the protesters in that country. more...

17th May 2018 – Quoted by Sam Fleming, Philip Stafford, and Jim Brundsen - Financial Times

US and EU head for showdown over shutting Iran off from finance

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The US and EU are heading for a showdown over how to handle one of the linchpins of the global financial system following Donald Trump’s decision to re-impose sanctions on Iran. more...