Analysis & Commentary


14th September 2016 - Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

Iran Calls For Eliminating Saudi Arabia’s National Religion

Jonathan Schanzer

Saudi Arabia’s brand of Islam, known as “Wahhabism,” is facing calls for global elimination by Iranian political leaders.

14th September 2016 - Quoted by Frank Camp - Independent Journal Review

Iran Reportedly Diverted $1.7 Billion from Nuclear Deal to Support Military, Terrorist Groups

Saeed Ghasseminejad

During a Congressional hearing Thursday, Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) asked the State Department's Christopher Backemeyer about the $1.7 billion cash payment to Iran, which was part of the nuclear deal struck with the Islamic nation in 2015.

13th September 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

$1.3 Billion of the Cash to Iran was Taxpayer Money

Annie Fixler

A rancorous partisan debate is raging in Washington over the transfer of $1.7 billion in cash to Iran. The settlement was the balance of a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) trust fund, where Iran deposited $400 million to purchase U.S. military goods before the 1979 revolution.

13th September 2016 - Fox News

Happening Now

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz comments on Iran threatening US spy planes.

13th September 2016 - Fox News

Special Report with Bret Baier

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses Obama administration admitting JCPOA could be worsening Iran's behavior.

13th September 2016 - Foreign Policy

Russia’s Middle East Offensive

John Hannah

Even before Russian bombers launched strikes into Syria from an Iranian air base last month, it was clear that one of President Barack Obama’s more dubious foreign policy legacies would be the resurrection of Moscow’s great power status in the Middle East.

12th September 2016 - Quoted by The World Tribune

Report: Obama secretly transferred as much as $33 billion in cash and gold to Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The $400 million cash payment U.S. President Barack Obama sent to Iran earlier this year is just a drop in the bucket, a new report says.

9th September 2016 - Fox Business

Risk and Reward

Mark Dubowitz

Following yesterday's hearing on the issue, FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz, explains how and why the U.S. may have given Iran up to $33 Billion.

9th September 2016 - The Long War Journal

Iraqi militia leader receives warm reception in Tehran

Amir Toumaj

Sheikh Akram al Kabi, the leader of the Harakat al Nujaba Iraqi militia, has completed a week-long, high-profile visit to Iran that began in late August. Kabi met with top Iranian government officials and clerics, briefing them about the militia’s activities in both Iraq and Syria.

9th September 2016 - The Long War Journal

Iraqi militia leader receives warm reception in Tehran

Amir Toumaj

Sheikh Akram al Kabi, the leader of the Harakat al Nujaba Iraqi militia, has completed a week-long, high-profile visit to Iran that began in late August. Kabi met with top Iranian government officials and clerics, briefing them about the militia’s activities in both Iraq and Syria.

9th September 2016 - Fox Business

Lou Dobbs Tonight

John Hannah

FDD senior counselor John Hannah analyzes U.S. cash payments to Iran.

9th September 2016 - Quoted by John Hayward - Breitbart

Congressional Democrats Say They Weren’t Told About Obama’s Cash Payments to Iran

Mark Dubowitz, Saeed Ghasseminejad

A horrified nation learned this week that President Obama handed over $1.7 billion in cash to the terror masters of Iran as part of his nuclear deal, using pallets stacked with currency to circumvent Congressional authority and gifting Iran with a huge amount of untraceable money to sponsor...

9th September 2016 - Quoted by John Hayward - Breitbart

Congressional Democrats Say They Weren’t Told About Obama’s Cash Payments to Iran

Mark Dubowitz

A horrified nation learned this week that President Obama handed over $1.7 billion in cash to the terror masters of Iran as part of his nuclear deal, using pallets stacked with currency to circumvent Congressional authority and gifting Iran with a huge amount of untraceable money to sponsor...

9th September 2016 - Quoted by Sean Durns - The Washington Times

Al Qaeda’s Iran connection

Thomas Joscelyn

As the 15th anniversary of the Sep. 11, 2001 al Qaeda terror attacks approaches, it’s worth remembering a country whose support of that terror group has been seldom detailed by U.S. news outlets: Iran.

9th September 2016 - Quoted by Barney Breen-Portnoy - The Algemeiner

Iran Expert Tells Congress: Obama Administration Might Have Given Tehran Over $30 Billion in Cash, G

Mark Dubowitz

While the Obama administration has admitted to transferring $1.7 billion in cash earlier this year to Tehran, even more cash might have been given by the US to the ayatollahs following the January 2014 implementation of the interim nuclear agreement reached by the Islamic Republic with six...

8th September 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD's senior Iran analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu discusses Iran's use of the S-300 missiles.

8th September 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Wall Street Journal: U.S. Sent Two More Planes with $1.3 Billion in Cash to Iran

Saeed Ghasseminejad

The U.S. sent Iran two previously unknown planeloads of cash, totaling $1.3 billion, in late January and early February, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday night, causing lawmakers to worry that the cash will be used to finance terrorism and destabilize the Middle East.

8th September 2016 - Quoted by Newsmax

Obama Administration May Have Sent Iran $33B in Cash, Gold Payments

Mark Dubowitz

Iran may have been sent an additional $33.6 billion in cash and gold payments by the Obama administration from 2014 and 2016, according to testimony provided before Congress from an expert on the nuclear agreement with Iran, The Washington Free Beacon reports.

8th September 2016 - Quoted by Fox News

Republicans demand answers on cash payment to Iran at tense hearing

Mark Dubowitz

House Republicans pressed Obama administration officials at a tense hearing Thursday to explain why a controversial $1.7 billion payment to Iran did not constitute “ransom” -- which they warned could find its way into the pockets of terrorists.

8th September 2016 - Quoted by Jenna LIfhits - The Weekly Standard

Democrats Say They Weren’t Told $1.7 Billion Iran Payment Would Be Made in Cash

Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Obama administration failed to inform a number of Democratic lawmakers that a $1.7 billion payment the U.S. sent to Iran earlier this year would be made wholly in cash, according to senators who spoke to The Weekly Standard Wednesday.

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