Analysis & Commentary


14th March 2017 - Quoted by Nancy A. Youssef, Hayes Brown - BuzzFeed News

Iran Is The Reason Why The Trump White House Cares So Much About Yemen

Thomas Joscelyn

In the first eight weeks in office, the Trump administration has launched dozens of missiles into Yemen, found itself embroiled in controversy over a botched raid into the country, and sought to provide heavier firepower to the Saudi Arabian-led forces fighting there. The real reason for...

10th March 2017 - Quoted by Patrick Goodenough - CNSnews.com

Analysts: Iran Has Been Put ‘On Notice’; Time to Show U.S. Means Business

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran’s provocations in the Persian Gulf and fresh ballistic missile tests indicate that the regime is testing the Trump administration and watching carefully to see whether and how it responds, policy analysts say.

9th March 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Missile Launch is Test for New Administration

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran reportedly fired two ballistic missiles this weekend, the first alleged ballistic missile test since the Trump administration put the Islamic Republic “on notice” a month ago. On Thursday morning, an Iranian official said the projectile was a Hormuz-2 anti-ship ballistic missile...

8th March 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Gauging the North Korea-Iran Relationship

Anthony Ruggiero

A new report alleges that North Korea is helping Iran continue development of a nuclear weapon in violation of the 2015 nuclear deal. If true, the allegations would mark a dangerous development in the two rogue states’ efforts to advance each other’s illicit nuclear weapons and ballistic...

8th March 2017 - Quoted by Rick Gladstone - The New York Times

Among Questions for Trump on Iran: What About American Prisoners?

Saeed Ghasseminejad

President Trump and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of Iran have made no secret of their mutual contempt, raising fears of possible armed confrontation and doubts about the nuclear agreement reached under Mr. Trump’s predecessor.

8th March 2017 - Fox News

Happening Now

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer on Yemen Strikes, Iranian aggression and the financial ties between North Korea and China.

8th March 2017 - Fox News

Iran arrests two Catholics in new wave of brutality against Christians

Benjamin Weinthal

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) arrested two Christians – a mother and her son – in late February as part of a brutal crackdown on Catholicism in the country’s West Azerbaijan Province.

7th March 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

Experts: U.S. Should Designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as a Terrorist Organization

Mark Dubowitz

The United States should officially designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization, two think tank experts wrote in Foreign Affairs on Monday.

6th March 2017 - Quoted by Lucas Tomlinson - Fox News

Iran launched 2 ballistic missiles, US officials say

Continuing a pattern of provocative actions, Iran this weekend test-fired a pair of ballistic missiles and sent fast-attack vessels close to a U.S. Navy ship in the Strait of Hormuz, U.S. officials confirmed to Fox News.

6th March 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

Who Will Protect Minorities in Iran?

Benjamin Weinthal

Much has been written in the Western press about the rising reformist movement in Iran since Hassan Rouhani took over as president from the country’s former firebrand-in-chief Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

6th March 2017 - Foreign Affairs

Labeling Iran’s Revolutionary Guard

Mark Dubowitz

Last month, the Donald Trump administration noted that it was contemplating whether to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization, a State Department listing that includes Hamas, Hezbollah, the Islamic State (also known as ISIS), and many...

3rd March 2017 - PJ Media

RELEASE THEM: Obama/Iran Nuke Deal Secrets Are NOT Classified, Just Kept From You

Michael Ledeen

The leaders of the Islamic Republic are frightened. They face an American national security team that knows a lot about them, and, unlike the Obama administration, strongly dislikes them.

3rd March 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Reuel Marc Gerecht

FDD senior fellow Reuel Marc Gerecht comments on Iran and it's relationship with the Trump administration.

3rd March 2017 - Quoted by Yonah Jeremy Bob - The Jerusalem Post

Former US Official: US and Israel Need to get Creative to Deal with Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The US and Israel may need to be creative in dealing with Israel’s neighbors and forming alliances to deal with Iran, former US Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Mary Beth Long told an Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) conference on Iran in Tel Aviv on...

3rd March 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Iranian Officials: Obama-era Prisoner Release was ‘Ransom’

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iranian intelligence agencies are fighting over credit for forcing the U.S. to pay ransom for five U.S. prisoners in January 2016.

2nd March 2017 - Quoted by Alex Lockie - Business Insider

US military test shows the A-10 ‘Warthog’ can obliterate the small boat swarms that Iran uses

Patrick Megahan

About 35 local boat captains simulated swarming attack maneuvers in fishing boats rigged with machine guns while fighter jets, attack helicopters, and the A-10 "Warthog" simulated attacks from above in the Choctawatchee Bay, Florida.

2nd March 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Anthony Ruggiero

FDD senior fellow Anthony Ruggiero discusses relationship between Iran and North Korea.

2nd March 2017 - Fox News

Special Report with Bret Baier

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD senior Iran analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu discusses Trump and renegotiating the Iran nuclear deal.

2nd March 2017 - FDD Research

Mohsen Qomi: A Revolutionary Diplomat on the Rise

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Mohsen Qomi, a 56-year-old cleric, is a Khamenei confidant and his aide for international relations. Qomi is well-known in Iran for his nearly 20-year tenure at the Assembly of Experts – the body that chooses the supreme leader – and his long-term leadership of the supreme leader’s...

28th February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

The future of counterterrorism: Addressing the evolving threat to domestic security

Thomas Joscelyn

Chairman King, Ranking Member Rice, and other members of the committee, thank you for inviting me to testify today. The terrorist threat has evolved greatly since the September 11, 2001 hijackings. The U.S. arguably faces a more diverse set of threats today than ever. In my written and oral...

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