Analysis & Commentary


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.

29th May 2016 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Iran has supported the Taliban’s insurgency since late 2001

Thomas Joscelyn

On May 21, an American drone strike ended Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour’s reign as the Taliban’s leader. As The Wall Street Journal first reported, US intelligence officials tracked Mansour to Iran, where he was visiting his family, and then targeted his car as he crossed back over the...

29th May 2016 - The Washington Post

Iran’s Holocaust denial is part of a malevolent strategy

Reuel Marc Gerecht

The Islamic Republic of Iran held another Holocaust cartoon festival this month, inviting the usual despicable cast of characters. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif assured the New Yorker that although the event would proceed, Iran would ensure that the “people who have preached racial...

27th May 2016 - The Long War Journal

Iranian-backed Iraqi militias signal readiness to enter Fallujah

Bill Roggio, Amir Toumaj

Abu Mahdi al Muhandis, the leader of Iranian-backed Iraqi militia Kata’ib Hezbollah (Hezbollah Brigades) and also the umbrella Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), said that the second phase of the Fallujah operation will be launched “within a few hours.”

27th May 2016 - Quoted by Michael Kugelman - Foreign Policy

What Was Mullah Mansour Doing in Iran?

Thomas Joscelyn

On May 21, after a drone strike obliterated a car and its two occupants in Pakistan’s Balochistan province, local officials discovered a Pakistani passport, miraculously intact, amid the smoldering wreckage and two bodies charred beyond recognition.

26th May 2016 - CSIF Policy Brief

How Iran Taints the Dollar

Eric B. Lorber

For the past two months, a debate has raged between the Obama administration and Congress over whether last summer’s nuclear deal provides Tehran access to dollars outside of the U.S. financial system. In a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday, Chairman Ed Royce was...

26th May 2016 - Quoted by Michael Wilner - The Jerusalem Post

Iran has limited, indirect access to US dollars, Treasury official says

Mark Dubowitz

The United States has no jurisdiction over foreign banks engaging with Iran in US dollars, but will continue to bar the country from directly accessing the American financial system, a senior Treasury Department official said on Wednesday.

26th May 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Experts at Senate Hearing: White House Must Increase Pressure on Iran to Stop its Malign Behavior

Mark Dubowitz

Sanctions and national security experts urged the United States to reject Iran’s demands for further economic concessions and ramp up pressure on Tehran in response to its regional aggression during a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Tuesday.

26th May 2016 - Real Clear World

Obama Administration Helps Iran Get Its Money Back

Emanuele Ottolenghi

On March 19, the FBI arrested Turkish-Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab upon his arrival in Miami for evading sanctions against Iran, money laundering, and bank fraud.

26th May 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

No Iranians Sanctioned for Human Rights Abuses Since Nuke Deal, Senior U.S. Official Admits

Benjamin Weinthal

The United States has not sanctioned any Iranians for human rights abuses since last year’s nuclear deal with Iran was signed, a senior Obama administration official told the House Foreign Affairs Committee Wednesday.

25th May 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

A Hardliner’s Hardliner Wins Assembly of Experts Chair

Amir Toumaj

The Assembly of Experts, the body charged with choosing Iran’s supreme leader, selected one of the Islamic Republic’s most hardline, anti-Western clerics as chairman on Tuesday. Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, 89, has a reputation for blistering denunciations of America, of Iranian reformists,...

25th May 2016 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Do the opposite of what the Obama administration wants on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration has been wrong again and again on Iran. It has overestimated Iran’s desire to be a normal country in the “international community” and underestimated its determination to continue on its course of domestic repression, regional aggression and defiance of...

25th May 2016 - Quoted by Pamela Dockins - Voice of America

US Lawmakers Ask: Is White House Catering to Iran?

Mark Dubowitz

Nearly a year after world powers announced the historic Iran nuclear deal, and four months after the agreement was implemented, U.S. lawmakers remain deeply skeptical of the deal and its broader implications.

25th May 2016 - Quoted by Gareth Smyth - The Guardian

‘A kind of death’: life on the US Treasury blacklist

Tony Badran, Matthew Levitt

Put aside any image of a global terrorist in an Afghan cave or an armed camp in Pakistan’s tribal areas.

25th May 2016 - Quoted by Nicole Gaouette - CNN

Lawmakers press Obama officials on Iran nuclear deal

Mark Dubowitz

The Iran nuclear deal is being fully implemented, according to Obama administration officials who told skeptical lawmakers Wednesday that they'll continue to sanction Tehran for its missile tests, support for terrorism and human rights violations.

25th May 2016 - The Washington Times

National security policies of the next commander-in-chief

Clifford D. May

“National security” is a highfalutin phrase for a problem that can be stated quite simply: We have enemies. What do we do about them? Since this is a matter of life and death, it’s worth asking: What national security policies can we expect the next commander-in-chief to implement?...

25th May 2016 - The National Interest

Iran and Hezbollah Avoid Blaming Israel for Terrorist Commander’s Death

David Daoud, Amir Toumaj

Mustafa Badreddine, the head of Hezbollah’s military operations in Syria, was recently killed in an explosion near Damascus International Airport.

24th May 2016 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran ‘Blackmailing’ U.S. for Greater Nuke Concessions

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration is taking steps to aid and please Iran far beyond U.S. commitments under last summer’s nuclear accord, according to experts, who warned Tuesday during testimony on Capitol Hill that the White House is becoming “dangerously close to becoming Iran’s trade...

23rd May 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss the military operation to oust ISIS from Fallujah and Gitmo detainees.

23rd May 2016 - The Long War Journal

Iraqi forces, militias launch operation to recapture Fallujah

Bill Roggio

Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), backed by tribal fighters and Iranian-backed militias, have officially begun the operation to dislodge the Islamic State from the city of Fallujah in Anbar province. Fallujah is the last major city held by the Islamic State in the province.

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