Analysis & Commentary


23rd June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: 2 US cases provide unique window into Iran’s global terror network

Thomas Joscelyn

On June 8, the Department of Justice (DOJ) made an announcement that deserves more attention. Two alleged Hizballah operatives had been arrested inside the United States after carrying out various missions on behalf of the Iranian-sponsored terrorist organization.

22nd June 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD Senior Iran Analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu discusses Iran ballistic missile fire in Syria.

20th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US shoots down another Iranian UAV over Syria

Bill Roggio

arlier today, the US military shot down its second unmanned areal vehicle over Syria in the past two weeks. US Central Command (CENTCOM) said that the Iranian-made drone was shot down after it “displayed hostile intent and advanced on Coalition forces.”

20th June 2017 - The Wall Street Journal

Tehran’s Own Worst Enemy

Reuel Marc Gerecht

A theocratic regime has made Iranians less observant. The number of clerics in parliament has diminished greatly since the revolution. Reuel Marc Gerecht reviews “Democracy in Iran: Why It Failed and How It Might Succeed” by Misagh Parsa.

20th June 2017 - Quoted by Rowan Scarborough - The Washington Times

Iran gets North Korean expertise in building up, testing and hiding its ballistic missiles

Iran has increased production and testing of ballistic missiles since the 2015 nuclear deal with the U.S. while playing permanent host to scientists from North Korea, which has the know-how to build and launch atomic weapons, a leading Iranian opposition group said Tuesday.

20th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces an ‘important and blessed phenomenon,’ Khamenei says

Amir Toumaj

Iraqi Prime Minister Hayder al Abadi arrived in Tehran today to meet with senior Iranian government officials.

19th June 2017 - Quoted by Tim Hume - Vice News

A Flexing Contest In Syria May Trap The U.S. In An Endless Conflict

Bill Roggio

19th June 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Senate Bill Addresses Flaws in Iran Nuclear Deal

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Late last week, the U.S. Senate passed a bill containing new sanctions against Iran.

19th June 2017

Iran Launched A Salvo of Ballistic Missiles at ISIS

On Sunday, Iran launched a salvo of ballistic missiles against targets in and around the city of Deir Ez-Zor in Syria. The missiles, which were variously estimated to be between four and six in number, were reportedly launched against ISIS positions. Iran is a solid backer of the Syrian...

19th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iranian media reports missile strike in Syria

Behnam Ben Taleblu

On Sunday, Iranian outlets reported that their country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Aerospace Force (IRGC-AF) fired several missiles against “Takfiri terrorists” in the Syrian governorate of Deir ez-Zor.

19th June 2017 - Quoted by Judah Ari Gross - The Times of Israel

In Iranian strike on IS, the missile is the message

Amir Toumaj

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRGC), a hard-line paramilitary force, said in a statement following the strike that “many terrorists” were killed in the attack. But the Guard was also unequivocal that its audience extended beyond the Islamic State.

19th June 2017 - Quoted by Tim Hume - Vice News

A Flexing Contest In Syria May Trap The U.S. In An Endless Conflict

Bill Roggio

Russia’s defense ministry didn’t mince words Monday about its willingness to attack U.S. military jets in Syria.

16th June 2017 - The Hill

Boeing’s Iran deal: Jobs claim is murky at best

Toby Dershowitz, Tyler Stapleton

In December of 2016 Boeing announced that a new sale of 80 aircraft to Iran Air would “support nearly 100,000 U.S. jobs.” Those numbers seem murky at best.

14th June 2017 - FDD Memo

Drawing a “Broader Conclusion” on Iran’s Nuclear Program

Olli Heinonen

Under the terms of the nuclear deal with Iran, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), key restrictions would expire if the IAEA formally reaches a “broader conclusion” that Tehran’s nuclear program is entirely peaceful. Such a conclusion would result in the...

13th June 2017 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Congress can agree on Iran and Russia sanctions, at least

Mark Dubowitz

Senators have struck a deal to put a comprehensive Russia sanctions bill on the floor this week, according to those negotiating the legislation.

9th June 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

Iran’s High Rate of Executions Continues After Rouhani’s Re-Election

Tzvi Kahn

Iran has executed at least 20 people since the re-election of President Hassan Rouhani on May 19, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies reported Wednesday.

9th June 2017 - Quoted by Parisa Hafezi - Reuters

Analysis - Iran attacks expose security gaps, fuel regional tension

Behnam Ben Taleblu

When Islamic State called on members of Iran's Sunni Muslim minority in March to wage a religious war on their Shi'ite rulers, few people took the threat seriously. And yet within three months, militants have breached security at the very heart of the nation, killing at least 17 people.

9th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US military downs UAV, strikes militias in Syria

Bill Roggio

The US military shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that attacked coalition forces in the At Tanf area in southeastern Syria yesterday.

8th June 2017 - Quoted by Susan Crabtree - The Washington Free Beacon

Fmr Official: Obama Admin ‘Systematically Disbanded’ Units Investigating Iran’s Terrorism Financing

David Asher

The Obama administration "systematically disbanded" law enforcement investigative units across the federal government focused on disrupting Iranian, Syrian, and Venezuelan terrorism financing networks out of concern the work could cause friction with Iranian officials and scuttle the nuclear...

8th June 2017 - Quoted by Susan Crabtree - The Washington Free Beacon

Fmr Official: Obama Admin ‘Systematically Disbanded’ Units Investigating Iran’s Terrorism Financing

David Asher

The Obama administration "systematically disbanded" law enforcement investigative units across the federal government focused on disrupting Iranian, Syrian, and Venezuelan terrorism financing networks out of concern the work could cause friction with Iranian officials and scuttle the nuclear...

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