Analysis & Commentary

19th October 2016 - Quoted by Matthew Continetti - The Weekly Standard

Obama Admin Leaves Congress in Dark About Quiet Changes to Iran Sanctions Guidelines

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler , Eric B. Lorber

The Obama administration won't provide Congress with a range of details about a recent announcement that cleared the way for doing business with Iran, including Iranian firms controlled by sanctioned military and terrorist groups, according to congressional sources and experts who spoke to...

19th October 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Iran Air Force Conducting War Drills with American Planes

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran is in the midst of a three-day air war drill using American planes, the Washington Free Beacon reported Tuesday.

19th October 2016 - PJ Media

We’re Losing the War and We’re Paying for It

Michael Ledeen

When the No Deal Deal was made with Iran, I said it was easy to understand: the Iranians would promise to be good, and we would pay for it. In the event, I was only half right. We are indeed paying for it, but the Iranians haven’t even pretended to be good.

19th October 2016 - Quoted by Alex Lockie - Business Insider

US General thinks Iran is behind the missile attacks on US Navy near Yemen

Jonathan Schanzer

US Army Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of US forces in the Middle East, said on Wednesday that he believes Iran was behind missile strikes on US Navy ships fired from Houthi-controlled areas in Yemen. "I do think that Iran is playing a role in some of this. They have a relationship with the...

19th October 2016 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran Seeking ‘Many Billions of Dollars’ in Ransom to Free U.S. Hostages

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran is seeking “many billions of dollars” in payments from the United States in exchange for the release of several U.S. hostages still being detained in Iran, according to reports by Iran’s state-controlled press that are reigniting debate over the Obama administration’s decision...

18th October 2016 - Quoted by Saagar Enjeti - The Daily Caller

Iran Taunts US With Video Of American Hostage, Sentences Him To 10 Years

Jonathan Schanzer

Iran released a new video Monday taunting the U.S. after the nuclear deal and featuring detained U.S. citizen Siamak Namazi. The video features a dramatic film score, footage of U.S. sailors on their knees when detained in January, Namazi’s U.S. passport, and footage of him in detention....

18th October 2016 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran Launches War Drills Amid Accusations U.S. Breaking Nuke Deal

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran on Monday launched a series of war drills that included the use of American-made planes amid accusations by top officials that the United States is violating last summer’s comprehensive nuclear agreement, according to regional experts and Persian-language media reports.

17th October 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Khamenei-Controlled Company Stands to Reap Billions in Profits from New Oil Deals

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Amir Toumaj, Emanuele Ottolenghi, Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

A conglomerate controlled by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is poised to reap huge profits from new oil deals after the country’s petroleum market was opened up in the wake of last year’s nuclear deal, two researchers at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies wrote in a...

16th October 2016 - The Long War Journal

The siege of Mosul begins

Bill Roggio, Amir Toumaj

Iraqi forces, backed by Kurdish, Sunni, and Shiite militias as well as US airpower, have launched their long-awaited offensive to retake Mosul, the last major city in Iraq under the Islamic State’s control.

15th October 2016 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Reading Tehran’s security establishment on the strike in Sanaa

Behnam Ben Taleblu

A Saudi-led military coalition against Yemen’s Ansar-Allah (also known as the Houthis) recently bombed a funeral hall in Sanaa.

14th October 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Exporting Iran’s Revolution to Space

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Tyler Stapleton

Iran is seeking cooperation with NASA, the head of Tehran’s space agency said last week. “We are interested in having cooperation,” he said, adding, “When you are in orbit, there is no country and race.”

14th October 2016 - The Long War Journal

Tehran deploys warships to Red Sea as tension escalates in Yemen

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Patrick Megahan

Iran’s conventional Navy, known by its Persian acronym NEDAJA, reportedly deployed two vessels to international waters surrounding Yemen yesterday.

14th October 2016 - Quoted by Bill Coffin - Compliance Week

Is the Iranian airline industry still filled with bandits?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

This summer, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies released a compelling report on the Iranian aviation industry, entitled “Flying Above the Radar,” which goes into the decades-long sanctions against Iran, and the extent to which Iran went to dodge those sanctions.

13th October 2016 - The Long War Journal

US strikes three radar sites in Houthi-controlled part of Yemen

Thomas Joscelyn

The US has launched missiles against three radar sites in the Houthi-controlled part of Yemen. The strikes came in response to two attacks on the USS Mason, which operates in international waters off the Red Sea coast of Yemen.

12th October 2016 - Quoted by JP Carroll - The Daily Caller

Miami Banks Held Hezbollah Money For Colombian Drug Lords

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Authorities arrested two men and named a third associated with Hezbollah wanted for cleaning up Colombian cocaine money in Miami banks.

11th October 2016 - Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

Top Nuclear Expert: Administration Maintaining ‘Policy of Secrecy’ on Iran

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The Obama administration has cemented secret exemptions to last summer's nuclear deal that allow Iran to keep a still-unknown amount of uranium above what the deal's caps allow. That's according to top nuclear experts and sources who spoke to The Weekly Standard after lawmakers called for...

11th October 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Supreme Leader’s Conglomerate Poised to Reap Oil Windfall

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Amir Toumaj

As Iran opens its petroleum sector to the world following last summer’s nuclear deal, business interests under the direct control of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei are making sure they are the prime beneficiaries.

11th October 2016 -

Iranian-Backed Houthis Fire a Shot at the U.S. Navy

Patrick Megahan

While the United States was fixated on the second presidential debate on Sunday night, one of its ships was under fire in the Middle East. Details remain few, but reports suggest that the Houthis, a Yemeni militant group backed by Iran, fired two anti-ship missiles at the USS Mason as it...

10th October 2016 - Quoted by New York Post

Obama breaks another promise to ‘save’ the Iran deal

The Obama administration keeps on breaking its promises on the Iran deal — its promises to the American people, that is.

10th October 2016 - Quoted by Frank Camp - Daily Wire

Iran-Backed Houthi Rebels Fire Missiles at U.S. Navy Ship

Saeed Ghasseminejad

After the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), colloquially known as the Iranian nuclear deal, was completed, the relationship between the United States and Iran has quickly decayed.

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