Analysis & Commentary

9th October 2015 - Quoted by Louis Jacobsen - Politifact

Ben Carson says Mahmoud Abbas, Ali Khamenei, Vladimir Putin knew each other in 1968 Moscow

Ali Alfoneh

It sounds like the opening to a joke: A young Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Russian President Vladimir Putin walk into a Soviet-era Moscow university …

9th October 2015 - Interviewed by Stewart Bell - The National Post

Obama Failing to Check Russian Imperialism, Former CIA Head Says

James Woolsey

In the eyes of former CIA director James Woolsey, Russian President Vladimir Putin is like the farmer Abraham Lincoln once recalled, who said he wasn’t greedy for land, he only wanted what adjoined what he already owned.

9th October 2015 - Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Hussein Hamedani, Iranian General, Killed by Islamic State in Syria

A top Iranian military commander was killed by Islamic State fighters on the outskirts of the Syrian city of Aleppo on Thursday night, Iranian media reported.

9th October 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Kills Iranian General in Syria

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State killed a general from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) during fighting near the Syrian city of Aleppo. The general is the third senior Iranian military leader to have been killed while battling the Islamic State and other jihadist groups operating in Syria...

8th October 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Reuters: Iran and Russia Plotted Defense of Assad During Final Months Of Nuclear Talks

Benjamin Weinthal, Emanuele Ottolenghi

Russia and Iran decided in July to undertake joint military action to prop up Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, even while they sat on opposite sides of the table in nuclear negotiations, Reuters reported Tuesday.

8th October 2015 - Business Insider

Here’s How to Stop Iran’s Revolutionary Guard From Profiting Off of the Nuclear Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The slogan of Iran’s largest mobile telecommunication business, the Mobile Communication Company of Iran (MCI), is “Nobody is alone.” That sentiment is far from reassuring.

7th October 2015 - The Huffington Post

Can Obama Counter Hezbollah After The Nuclear Deal?

Jonathan Schanzer

Washington, for all of its assurances that it has blocked every path to a nuclear Iran, has done little to block the pathway to a devastating regional conflict.

7th October 2015 - The Washington Times

Argentine Murder Mystery

Clifford D. May

When heads of state gather, as they did for the United Nations General Assembly last week, you have a choice: Tune out or prepare to be bathed in blather, boilerplate and blatant lies. That said, the remarks of Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner deserve at least a few minutes...

6th October 2015 - Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Putin Is the New Sheriff in Town

Tony Badran

Today, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg confirmed that Russia has violated Turkish airspace for a second time. On Saturday, a Russian plane crossed into Turkish airspace near the Syrian border, and in response the Turks scrambled two F-16s. In a subsequent incident, Ankara said that a...

5th October 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Bahrain and Iran Expel Each Other’s Diplomats

David Andrew Weinberg

Bahrain announced the withdrawal of its ambassador from Iran on Thursday and ordered Tehran’s chargé d’affaires to leave, following the discovery of a 1.5-ton cache of explosives allegedly linked to Iran and Hezbollah.

5th October 2015 - The Hill

Europe Has Billions of Reasons to Let Iran Cheat

Benjamin Weinthal

Europe’s rapidly expanding economic relationship with the Islamic Republic of Iran prompted Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) to call for a unified trans-Atlantic approach to enforcement of the nuclear deal reached in July. Yet powerful European business interests mean a robust enforcement of...

3rd October 2015 - Quoted by The Week Staff

The Iran Deal: A Brief Guide

Mark Dubowitz

Having survived Republican opposition in Congress, President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran will soon go into effect. Here, a brief rundown of the deal and its effects:

2nd October 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Democrats Look for Cover on Lousy Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Nine Democrats trying frantically to dispel the impression that their party was sold a bill of goods on the Iran deal came out with legislation Thursday that they said would “strengthen U.S. policy toward Iran and to clarify aspects of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that is...

2nd October 2015 - The Arab Weekly

Rohani Deal With IRGC Could Torpedo Nuclear Agreement

Ali Alfoneh

Iranian President Hassan Ro­hani’s diplomacy and the land­mark nuclear bargain may have reduced the gaps between Teh­ran and the global powers, but the agreement is widening differ­ences between the political elites in the Islamic Republic, a develop­ment that could imperil the deal....

1st October 2015 - Quoted by Todd Ruger and Rachel Oswald - CQ Roll Call

Supreme Court, Congress Take on Iran Terrorism Judgments

Mark Dubowitz

The Supreme Court agreed Thursday to hear a dispute over $1.75 billion in terrorism-related judgments against Iran while lawmakers moved to keep congressionally-imposed sanctions on the country until it pays $43 billion of such court-ordered judgments.

1st October 2015 - Newsmax TV

Newsmax Prime

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman James Woolsey on Russia's airstrikes in Syria.

1st October 2015 - Sirius XM

Everything is Political

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford D. May discusses the war in Syria.

1st October 2015 - FOX Business

Lou Dobbs Tonight

John Hannah

Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ John Hannah on reports that Iranian troops are preparing to aid Russia with a ground operation in Syria.

30th September 2015 - The Hill

Don’t Let the Revolutionary Guards Join Iran’s Gold Rush

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is the regime's top exporter of terrorism and chief enforcer of repression at home. Regrettably, it is the IRGC that will benefit most from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear agreement that world powers signed with Tehran in...

30th September 2015 - FOX Business

Varney & Co.

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman James Woolsey discusses Iran's nuclear program and Russia's role in Syria.

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