Analysis & Commentary


17th August 2017 - Quoted by Erin Cunningham - The Washington Post

Iranian opposition leader ends hunger strike after government agrees to relax house arrest

Behnam Ben Taleblu

An Iranian opposition leader living under house arrest has ended his hunger strike after authorities agreed to lift some restrictions and consider his demand for a public trial, a family member said Thursday. The decision marked a potentially rare concession from a government generally...

16th August 2017 - Seth J. Frantzman - The Jerusalem Post

‘Iran Building Missile Factory In Syria’

Jonathan Schanzer

Report showing construction is ‘significant development’ that poses dilemma for Israel’s response.

16th August 2017 - WINA

The Schilling Show

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD Iran analyst talks about the latest developments in Iran on the Schlling Show.

16th August 2017 - Quoted by Matthew R.J. Brodsky - The Weekly Standard

U.S. Policy in Lebanon Is Now Helping Hezbollah and Iran

Tony Badran

We have special forces helping the Lebanese military prepare to face ISIS. Unfortunately, Hezbollah is infiltrating the country's armed forces.

16th August 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

Report: Iran Smuggling Weapons to Syria in Violation of UN Resolution

Iran is shipping arms to Russia via a smuggling route into Syria, which would violate the terms of United Nations Security Council resolution 2231, which implemented the 2015 nuclear deal, according to Western intelligence agencies.

16th August 2017 - The Washington Times

In search of a grand U.S. strategy

Clifford D. May

Anti-extremists should hang together while Trump’s advisers construct it

15th August 2017 - Tablet Magazine

The Pentagon Fills Hezbollah’s Shopping List

Tony Badran

Bradley fighting vehicles, M4 rifles among the American goods that will soon make their way to Lebanon, free of charge.

14th August 2017 - Quoted by Lorraine Caballero - Christian Daily

Hungary could save Iranian Christian actress facing deportation from Sweden

Clifford D. May

An Iranian Christian celebrity who is at the risk of deportation from Sweden to Iran could be saved from prison, abuse, and possibly death, by the Hungarian government, which has announced that it is ready to offer refugee status to her.

12th August 2017 - Quoted by James Poulos - The Orange County Register

Iran’s expansionist aims pose problems for U.S.

The challenge posed to the United States by Iran is so difficult and complex a problem that even the Trump administration is somewhat divided on how to proceed. While some officials are inclined to treat Tehran as if it is in compliance with the terms of the nuclear “deal” struck under...

11th August 2017 - Quoted by Associated France Presse

US religion monitor welcomes release of Iranian Christian

Clifford D. May

Maryam Naghash Zargaran, a Christian convert from Islam, was jailed ‘simply due to her Christian faith,’ says US government watchdog

11th August 2017 - Spreaker

The Alex Nitzberg Show

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Alex Nitzberg interviews Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi, Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

11th August 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD senior fellow Emanuele Ottlenghi discusses how Iran Air uses its planes to transport radical Islamic militants on The John Batchelor Show.

10th August 2017 - Quoted by VOA Persian

Top Iran-watchers comment on Rouhani’s track record and his relations with the West

Mark Dubowitz

With Hassan Rouhani starting his second term as Iran's president, VOA Persian remembers that three years ago, American observers Reuel Mark Gerecht and Ali Alfoneh wrote a political portrait of Hassan Rouhani titled "The Man and the Myth: The many faces of Hassan Rouhani" where they traced...

10th August 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

German Green Party Probes Iran’s Activity Against Israel And Dissidents

Benjamin Weinthal

The expansion of Iranian regime institutions in Germany has prompted the opening of an inquiry by the Green Party in the Bundestag on Friday to assess Tehran’s anti-Israel and espionage activities.

9th August 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Qods Force-linked Taliban commander leads insurgency in central Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

A Taliban commander who was targeted by the US military in an airstrike nearly a decade ago and who has links to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp – Qods Force remains a key player in the insurgency in central Afghanistan. The Taliban commander, known as Mullah Mustafa, was...

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...

8th August 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

IRGC-controlled militia accuses US of strike to hide Islamic State raid near Syrian border

Amir Toumaj

The Seyyed al Shuhada Brigades, an Iraqi-Shiite militia controlled by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), claimed yesterday that its forces came under fire from American artillery shells in the vicinity of Jamouna, Syria.

7th August 2017 - Alhurra

Alhurra Digital

Clifford D. May

Iran and North Korea are two sides of the same coin.

6th August 2017 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Trump Defends McMaster, Calls Him ‘Pro-Israel’ After Far-Right Attacks

Mark Dubowitz

In an unusual statement, President Donald Trump called his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, “very pro-Israel,” an apparent bid to end a barrage of attacks from the far right that has depicted McMaster as hostile to Israel.

5th August 2017 - Fox News

Journal Editorial Report

Mark Dubowitz

FDD CEO Mark Dubowitz joins the Journal Editorial Report to discuss the recently passed Russia, North Korea, and Iran sanctions bill.

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