Analysis & Commentary


20th October 2017 - Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

McMaster: Don’t Do Business with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps

Behnam Ben Taleblu

A top Trump White House official ripped Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a “terrorist enabler” on Thursday and warned businesses against engaging with the freshly designated organization.

20th October 2017 - Quoted by Heshmat Alavi - Forbes

Unpacking Trump’s Iran Policy Transition

We have surpassed a roller coaster month of intense developments over the Iran nuclear deal. Discussions in Washington, and talks between Europe and the United States catapulted us all into a simple conclusion: A major global policy change was in the making. U.S. President Donald J. Trump...

20th October 2017 - Fox News

Iran accused of trying to develop nuclear-tipped missiles

Benjamin Weinthal

German security officials accused Tehran of trying to develop nuclear-tipped missiles on the same day President Trump decertified the Iran nuclear deal.

20th October 2017 - FDD's Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance Policy Brief

Implications of the New IRGC Sanctions

Annie Fixler

The U.S. Treasury designated Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) under Executive Order 13224 for its support for terrorism last Friday, pursuant to Congressional legislation. While the immediate legal implications are limited, the designation of the IRGC in its entirely sends a...

19th October 2017 - Qutoed by Joel Gehrke - The Washington Examiner

State Department: ‘Not aware’ of Iranian coordination with Iraq

The State Department on Thursday cast doubt on reports that Iranian military forces have cooperated with Iraq in a brewing fight with a key U.S. partner in the country.

19th October 2017 - Quoted by Jonah Bennett - The Hill

CIA Director Confirms Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Commander Was In Kirkuk

Juan Zarate

CIA Director Mike Pompeo confirmed Thursday that a senior commander from the elite Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps was present in Kirkuk as it was taken over by Iraqi troops, further indicating that Iran may have had some involvement in the seizure.

19th October 2017 - Quoted by Rudaw

CIA head: Kirkuk, Middle East problems center on Iran

Iran is at the centre of many of the problems in the Middle East, including during the ongoing confrontations in Kirkuk, said the director of the CIA. Despite acknowledging Iran’s influence on Baghdad, a goal of the US is to see the survival of the current Iraqi government, according to...

19th October 2017 - Quoted by The Associate Press

CIA boss says IS can attack US even after losing Raqqa

Islamic State militants are capable of orchestrating and carrying out an attack against the United States, possibly downing an airplane, even after being evicted from their self-declared Syrian capital of Raqqa, the CIA director said Thursday.

19th October 2017 - Quoted by Yuri Gripas - CNBC

US spies can make it harder to do business with Iran. Here’s how, says CIA chief Mike Pompeo

The U.S. intelligence community and Treasury Department can make it harder for Iran to meddle in regional affairs by exposing Iranian businesses that have ties to the nation's elite security force, CIA Director Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster said on Thursday.

19th October 2017 - Quoted by Jenna Liftis - The Weekly Standard

Pompeo: Al-Qaeda-Iran Connection an “Open Secret”

CIA director Mike Pompeo described the connection between Iran and al-Qaeda as an “open secret” Thursday, a relationship that he and others criticized the Obama White House for downplaying.

19th October 2017 - Quoted by Eric Cunningham - The Washington Post

Security forces reportedly bar Iran’s popular ex-president from leaving his home

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iranian security forces prevented former president and opposition figure Mohammad Khatami from leaving his Tehran home late Wednesday, local media reported. It was the latest sign that regime hard-liners were seeking to crack down on the country’s reformists, activists said.

18th October 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

German Officials: Iran Working To Build Nuclear-Armed Missiles

Benjamin Weinthal

German security officials have accused the Iranian regime of pursuing its goal to build missiles armed with nuclear warheads, the Berlin daily Der Tagesspiegel reported.

17th October 2017 - Quoted by Ava Homa - Kurdistan 24

Senator James Inhofe criticizes Kirkuk attack as ‘counterproductive,’ warns against Iran influence

John Hannah

Senator James Inhofe on Tuesday expressed concerns about Iraq entering hostilities with the Kurdistan Region which has been “a stabilizing influence” in the Middle East.

17th October 2017 - Quoted by Ben Cohen - The Algemeiner

US ‘Helping Iran Conquer Kirkuk,’ Kurdish Military Official Tells Israeli News Outlet

John Hannah

A representative of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces told an Israeli media outlet on Tuesday that “all our friends have abandoned us” and blamed the US for “ultimately helping Iran conquer” the city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq.

16th October 2017 - Quoted by Laurie Mylroie - Kurdistan 24

Trump claims neutrality in Iraqi-Kurdish clash, but meets substantial criticism

John Hannah

US President Donald Trump held a press conference in the White House Rose Garden on Monday, following a lunch with Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell aimed at repairing the President’s tattered relations with Congressional Republicans.

16th October 2017 - Quoted by Peter Buxbaum - Global Trade Magazine

Trump’s Trade Conundrum With Iran

Reuel Marc Gerecht

From an international trade perspective, one issue looms largest in the face of President Donald Trump’s decertification of the Iran nuclear deal last week.

16th October 2017 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Trump’s risky Iran gambit miscalculated the European Union response

Mark Dubowitz

In the days leading up to President Trump’s decision to decertify the Iran deal, advocates of that approach insisted that the European Union could be pressured into going along with the search for a better deal.

16th October 2017 - CNN

OutFront

Mark Dubowitz

FDD's Mark Dubowitz discusses President Trump's decertification of the Iran deal and designation of the IRGC as a terrorist organization on CNN's Out Front with Erin Burnett.

16th October 2017 - WMAL

Mornings on the Mall

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's Jonathan Schanzer discusses the Iran deal on WMAL's Mornings on the Mall.

16th October 2017 - NPR

On Point with Tom Ashbrook

Mark Dubowitz

FDD's Mark Dubowitz discusses the Iran deal on NPR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook.

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