Analysis & Commentary

9th March 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Qods Force chief: Israel’s destruction the blood debt of Hezbollah commander’s death

Amir Toumaj

Maj Gen Qassem Soleimani, the chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Qods Force, addressed last month a commemoration held in Iran for slain Lebanese Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh (AKA Hajj Radwan).

21st February 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Parsing the Iran portions of the 2018 Worldwide Threat Assessment

Behnam Ben Taleblu

On select measures of the Iran threat, the 2018 document is remarkably consistent with themes from past assessments. Yet, in this latest assessment, additional attention is paid to the country’s evolving cyber aptitudes and to its turbulent domestic politics.

12th February 2018 - New York Post

It’s time for Trump to attack Iran’s Revolutionary Guard

Richard Goldberg

When Iran flew an unmanned aerial vehicle into Israel this weekend, the mullahs were testing President Trump, not just Israel.

10th February 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iran sends drone into Israeli airspace one day before 1979 revolution anniversary

Amir Toumaj

In the early hours of Feb. 10, a day before the 39th anniversary of the Islamic revolution in Iran, an Iranian Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) entered Israeli airspace from Syria.

6th February 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

The Case for Designating Iran’s State Media

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Richard Goldberg

During the recent protests in Iran, dissidents both inside and outside the country asked the U.S. government to enforce sanctions against Tehran’s state-run media enterprise, the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB).

25th January 2018 - FDD Research Memo

Iranian Ballistic Missile Tests Since the Nuclear Deal – 2.0

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Since the conclusion of the JCPOA, Iran has launched as many as 23 ballistic missiles. This number is based on aggregated open-source reporting, since neither the U.S. government nor the UN have issued an official statement on the total number of post-deal missile launches. Although the...

25th January 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: US Treasury Department reveals new details about the Taliban’s network

Thomas Joscelyn

The US Treasury Department designated six Taliban-Haqqani figures as terrorists today. Treasury's identifying information locates five of the six -- including three senior Taliban finance officials and the deputy leader of the group's military commission -- inside Pakistan. At least two of...

25th January 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iranian-backed Iraqi militias form coalition ahead of parliamentary elections

Amir Toumaj, Romany Shaker

Ahead of Iraq’s May parliamentary elections, Iranian-backed militias this month announced a coalition called al-Fatah al Mubin (Manifest Victory). It is led by Hadi al Ameri, the chief of the Badr Organization and current parliamentarian with close ties to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary...

18th January 2018 - RealClear Defense

The Murder of a Terrorism Prosecutor: What Alberto Nisman Continues to Teach Us

Toby Dershowitz

On January 18, 2015, Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found bludgeoned and shot to death in his normally well-protected Buenos Aires apartment. His assassination was likely one more attempted cover-up in a long list of cover-ups associated with Argentina’s deadliest terrorist...

18th January 2018 - Quoted by John Hudson - BuzzFeed

How Rex Tillerson Thinks He Can Avoid Mission Creep in Syria

Mark Dubowitz

The US's top diplomat has called for an indefinite US troop presence in Syria to stanch Iranian expansion. But in an interview he said that doesn't mean the US will fight Tehran – unless Iran shoots first.

18th January 2018 - Quoted by Mark Swanson - Newsmax

Report: House Conservatives to Intro Bill That Toughens Iran Deal Read Full Article Here House Cons

Richard Goldberg

House conservatives and staunch Iran hawks are expected to introduce a bill Thursday that would put ironclad restrictions on the country's nuclear or ballistic missile programs, Axios reports.

18th January 2018 - Quoted by Jonathan Swan - Axios

Exclusive: the House Republican plan to toughen the Iran deal

Richard Goldberg

I've got my hands on a copy of the bill that House Republicans will drop Thursday to amend the Iran deal. Conservative Iran hawks tell me they are going to rally around this bill — spearheaded by Reps. Peter Roskam, Liz Cheney and others — because they don't like what they're hearing...

17th January 2018 - Quoted by Jake Godin - Newsy

What We Can Learn From Listening To Iran’s Protest Slogans

Behnam Ben Taleblu

In just a few weeks, protests have swept across Iran. Some in the streets chant death to the country's president and, perhaps more surprisingly, to its supreme leader. The words are important. Listen, and they reveal what the protests are about and what the people want. So we scoured dozens...

12th January 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

U.S. Designates Iranian Chief Justice

Annie Fixler , Behnam Ben Taleblu

The U.S. Treasury Department designated Ayatollah Sadegh Amoli Larijani today under non-nuclear authorities for his role in the human rights violations in Iran. As Iran’s chief justice and head of the judicial branch since August 2009, Larijani has for nearly a decade overseen the Islamic...

11th January 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

Germany Permits Iranian Regime Mass Murderer to Flee the Country

Benjamin Weinthal

Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi – considered a successor to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei – fled Germany on Thursday for Iran amid criminal complaints filed against him for crimes against humanity, after the cleric received medical treatment for a brain tumor.

11th January 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

At Least Five Iranian Protesters Die in Regime Prisons

Tzvi Kahn

At least five Iranians arrested during the ongoing protests have reportedly died in the regime’s notorious prisons.

11th January 2018 - Quoted by Eli Lake - Bloomberg

Trump’s Policy Should Focus on Iran’s People, Not Its Centrifuges

Richard Goldberg

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, like others in Western Europe, is worried once again that President Donald Trump will blow up the Iran nuclear deal.

10th January 2018 - The Washington Times

Europe’s Silence

Clifford D. May

It’s tempting to say that Europe’s leaders lack the courage of their convictions. But that would imply that they have convictions. The evidence suggests those days are gone.

9th January 2018 - Politico

On Iran, Trump Should Be Like Reagan

Richard Goldberg

In just three days, President Donald Trump must once again decide what to do about the much-debated Iran nuclear deal.

8th January 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

German Politician Files Criminal Complaint Against Iranian Ayatollah for Mass Murder

Benjamin Weinthal

Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, considered to be a successor to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, faces protests and possible criminal prosecutions in Germany for his widespread executions of Iranians, which took place while he was the country’s justice minister.

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