Analysis & Commentary


25th August 2016 - Quoted by Saleha Mohsin - Mark Dubowitz

Lew Loose Ends From Inversions to Iran Await Next U.S. President

Mark Dubowitz

Jacob J. Lew looks set to close out his tenure as one of just two Treasury secretaries to serve during the Obama administration. Not since the days of Eisenhower has a two-term U.S. president had such stability at the helm of the Treasury Department.

24th August 2016 - The Long War Journal

IRGC commander discusses Afghan militia, ‘Shia liberation army,’ and Syria

Amir Toumaj

A retired Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander who was deployed to Syria gave a lengthy interview to a hardline media outlet last week about IRGC operations in the country.

24th August 2016 - PJ Media

The War Intensifies

Michael Ledeen

Everyone’s talking about “ransom,” but it’s virtually impossible to find anyone who’s trying to figure out how to win the world war we’re facing.

23rd August 2016 - Quoted by Roland Elliott Brown - IranWire

Who Holds the Key to Sanctions Relief?

Jonathan Schanzer

When Iran signed a nuclear agreement last year with the US, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif hailed the deal as “a triumph of diplomacy.”

23rd August 2016 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran Expanding Terror Network in Latin America

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran is solidifying its foothold in Latin America, sparking concerns among U.S. officials that the Islamic Republic will enlist these regional allies in its push to launch terror attacks on U.S. soil, according to conversations with congressional sources.

23rd August 2016 - Forbes

Boeing Should Think Twice Before Iran Sale

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) reached last year between Iran and six world powers lifted sanctions against Iran’s aviation sector, allowing aircraft manufacturers like Boeing and Airbus to sell aircraft to Iran. But the fact that those prohibitions have been lifted does...

22nd August 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

WSJ: Khamenei, Revolutionary Guards Are Main Beneficiaries of Nuclear Deal

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Emanuele Ottolenghi

A year after the nuclear deal with Iran was reached, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps have emerged as its biggest beneficiaries, Jay Solomon, the chief foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, wrote in an essay on Saturday.

22nd August 2016 - The Long War Journal

Shifting sands in air base drama between Tehran and Moscow

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iranian media has reported that Russian use of the Hamedan air base (also known as the Nojeh air base) in Western Iran has been halted. According to Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi, “the presence of Russia in Iran was temporary.”

21st August 2016 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: IRGC implicated in arming Yemeni Houthis with missiles

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Amir Toumaj

Since July, state-affiliated media in Iran has publicized the Yemeni Houthi movement’s use of a variant of the Zelzal-3, an Iranian rocket. Iranian media and the Houthis (officially known as Ansar Allah), however, insist that this variant has been produced “indigenously” in Yemen....

20th August 2016 - Quoted by Carol Morello - The Washington Post

State Department comes under fire with new questions about Iran payment

Mark Dubowitz

Critics of the Obama administration’s dealings with Iran on Friday accused the White House and the State Department of lying about a $400 million cash payment to Iran in January in what officials now acknowledge was conditioned on freedom for American prisoners.

19th August 2016 - Quoted by Jonah Bennett - The Daily Caller

State Dept Calls $400 Million Payment To Iran ‘Leverage’

Mark Dubowitz

The Department of State admitted Thursday it held onto $400 million in cash destined for Iran as “leverage” until Iran released American prisoners.

19th August 2016 - Fox News

America’s Newsroom

Fox News' KT McFarland references FDD's work on Iran.

19th August 2016 - Quoted by Matt Purple - Rare

So the Obama administration lied about that $400 million payment to Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The State Department conceded for the first time on Thursday that it delayed making a $400 million payment to Iran for several hours in January “to retain maximum leverage” and ensure that three American prisoners were released the same day.

19th August 2016 - Sinclair Broadcast Group

Do U.S. payments to Iran pose a risk?

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Since the beginning of his time in office, President Obama has insisted the United States does not pay ransom for hostages. Now that assertion is being questioned by many, pointing to a $400 million payment to Iran, delivered on the same day four U.S. hostages were released from an Iranian...

19th August 2016 - Fox News

Happening Now

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses the Obama administration's $400m payment to Iran.

18th August 2016 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

State Department: $400 million cash payment to Iran was contingent on US prisoner release

Amir Toumaj

The State Department says that a $400 million cash payment to Iran was contingent on the release of American prisoners.

18th August 2016 - Wall Street Journal Video

Opinion Journal

Tony Badran

FDD senior fellow Tony Badran discusses his recent report on Hezbollah, and why the next Isreali-Hezbollah confrontation may provoke regional conflict.

18th August 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

U.S. Official: 80,000 Iran-Backed Shi’ite Militia Members Fighting in Iraq

Amir Toumaj, Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Around 80,000 Iran-backed Shiite militia members are currently operating in Iraq, a U.S. military official told Fox News on Tuesday.

18th August 2016 - Quoted by Carol Morello - The Washington Post

Money paid to Iran was ‘leverage’ not ransom, State Department says

Mark Dubowitz

The State Department acknowledged Thursday that it delayed releasing a $400 million cash payment to Iran in January until it was assured that a plane carrying three released American prisoners had left Tehran.

18th August 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Boris Zilberman

FDD's Deputy Director of Congressional Relations Boris Zilberman discusses Russia using Iranian airbases in Iran.

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