Analysis & Commentary


25th November 2017 - Quoted by Dave Clark - Agence France Presse

Turkey support key as US seeks to hold on in Syria

Aykan Erdemir

The Islamic State group may be on the run from its last bastion in Syria but the United States is gearing up for a longer stay in the country.

22nd November 2017 - Quoted by Pervaiz Ali Mahesar - IPP Review

Factoring Iran in the Delhi-Washington Nexus

The recent publication of a 19-page report in the Long War Journal — a publication backed by the Washington-based think tank, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies — that is critical of Iran and its alleged nuclear deals with global powers, has rung alarm bells in Tehran. Officials...

22nd November 2017 - FDD's Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance Policy Brief

Congress Supports Financial Transparency for Iranian Transactions

Annie Fixler , Tyler Stapleton

The House Financial Services Committee approved last week the Strengthening Oversight of Iran’s Access to Finance Act, which codifies in law a set of conditions that the U.S. Treasury must use to evaluate licenses for the sale of commercial aircraft to Iran.

22nd November 2017 - The Washington Times

The battle for the lands of the caliphate

Clifford D. May

Soon after taking office, President Trump ordered his national security advisers to provide “a complete strategic review of our policy toward the rogue regime in Iran.” Last month, based on that review, he announced a new strategy “to confront the Iranian regime’s hostile actions,”...

21st November 2017 - Quoted by Iran Focus

US Exposes Iranian Counterfeit Ring

Behnam Ben Taleblu

American officials have exposed a “large-scale” counterfeiting ring, orchestrated by the Iranian Regime, which was sophisticated enough to fool European regulators, on Monday, November 20.

21st November 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Podcast: Sifting through Osama bin Laden’s terrorist treasure trove

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The editors of FDD's Long War Journal were featured as guests on the debut episode of a new podcast from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) titled Foreign Podicy to discuss Osama bin Laden's files.

21st November 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US designates Qods Force counterfeit cash operation

Amir Toumaj

The US Treasury Department designated a counterfeit ring that has procured material and equipment to help finance the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' (IRGC) operations in Yemen. This announcement answers an important question about at least one of force's method of financing its...

20th November 2017 - Quoted by Ian Talley - The Wall Street Journal

U.S. Treasury Sanctions ‘Large-Scale’ Iran Counterfeiting Ring

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The Trump administration on Monday imposed sanctions on what the Treasury Department describes as a “large-scale” Iranian counterfeiting ring that it says is run by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

20th November 2017 - Quoted by the Middle East Monitor

Images released of Iran military chief Soleimani in Syria

Pictures have emerged of the Commander of the Quds Force affiliated with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, General Qasem Soleimani, in Abu Kamal, Syria.

20th November 2017 - Quoted by Sean Savage - Jewish News Service

Iran-Russia ties, US retreat paint a ‘problematic’ picture for Israel in Syria

Behnam Ben Taleblu

With one of the bloodiest civil wars in modern history winding down, world powers have been discussing the future of Syria.

20th November 2017 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - VOA News

US Targets Iranian Counterfeit Scheme in Yemen

Behnam Ben Taleblu

U.S. officials are spotlighting Iran’s efforts to spread its influence across the Middle East with what they describe as a “large-scale” counterfeiting operation, sophisticated enough to fool some European regulators.

18th November 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Understanding al Qaeda through the massive trove of Osama bin Laden’s files

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

On Nov. 17, The Foundation for Defense of Democracies and FDD's Long War Journal held an event to discuss the findings from the recently released documents from Osama bin Laden’s compound.

17th November 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Germany sanctions Iran’s Bank Sepah

Benjamin Weinthal

Germany’s Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) has announced that it has imposed a credit ban on Iran’s Bank Sepah for violating the country’s credit law.

16th November 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Repression of Foreign Journalists Intensifies

Tzvi Kahn

Iran’s targeting of foreign journalists has intensified. In recent weeks and months, the regime has conducted cyber attacks against Iranian journalists abroad, launched a criminal investigation of BBC Persian, and falsely charged a British-Iranian for conspiring against the regime by...

15th November 2017 - Quoted by Valentina Pasquali - Moneylaundering.com

Iranian Finances Targeted Again by US Legislation

Behnam Ben Taleblu

U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday advanced a pair of bills to increase visibility on certain Iranian assets and transactions, the latest of a series of congressional measures against the Islamic Republic after global sanctions against the country were lifted last year.

15th November 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

German Politicians Under Fire For Rolling Out Red Carpet For Iranian Business

Benjamin Weinthal

A German forum to promote business and banking in the Islamic Republic of Iran, featuring politicians and government bodies, slated to begin on Wednesday, faced sharp criticism from human rights experts and an NGO seeking to stop Iranian terrorism and its illicit nuclear activity.

15th November 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

German Forum that Promotes Business with Iran Under Fire by Human Rights Experts

Benjamin Weinthal

A German forum that seeks to promote business deals with Iran, featuring politicians and government bodies, has come under fire by human rights experts for turning a blind eye to the Islamic Republic’s illicit nuclear activities, sponsorship of terrorism, and oppression of the Iranian...

14th November 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD's Behnam Ben Taleblu joins The John Batchelor Show to discuss the potential role of Iran within the current climate of the Levant.

14th November 2017 - Quoted by Mosaic Magazine

Iran’s Missile-Cap Offer Is a Sham

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Following talk in Congress of imposing sanctions on Tehran for its ballistic-missile program, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) announced a decision to restrict the program to weapons with a range of no more than 2,000 kilometers. The move seemed like a preemptive...

13th November 2017 - Quoted by Mosaic Magazine

Has Donald Trump Lost Syria to Iran?

John Hannah

Three weeks ago, the White House released an official strategy for checking the Islamic Republic’s growing influence in the Middle East.

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