Analysis & Commentary


4th January 2018 - The Atlantic

The Biggest Sanctions-Evasion Scheme in Recent History

Jonathan Schanzer

Yesterday, Turkish banker Mehmet Hakan Atilla was found guilty in a Manhattan courtroom for a range of financial crimes.

4th January 2018 - The Wall Street Journal

The Secular Republic of Iran

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Coverage of the recent tumult in the Islamic Republic of Iran has focused on how economic frustration is affecting the country’s politics.

4th January 2018 - The Weekly Standard

The Crack-up of Theocracy

Reuel Marc Gerecht

It is odd to hear Westerners, hopelessly permeated with Marxism, dissect the nationwide Iranian protests as primarily an economic eruption, the suggestion being that the demonstrators are not that dyspeptic about the nature of the Islamic Republic.

1st January 2018 - Quoted by Voice of America

LIVE BLOG: Iranians Take to the Streets in Massive Protests

Behnam Ben Taleblu

A university student attends a protest inside Tehran University while a smoke grenade is thrown by anti-riot Iranian police, in Tehran, Iran

28th December 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Top Iraqi-Shiite cleric endorses incorporation of PMF into the state

Amir Toumaj

Iraqi-Shiite Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani announced his support of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) and "requested that all weapons come under government's control."

22nd December 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

David Asher

FDD's David Asher discusses the derailment of Project Cassandra on The John Batchelor Show.

22nd December 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Tehran Upholds Death Sentence Against Iranian Academic

Tzvi Kahn

A group of United Nations human rights experts on Wednesday called on Iran to annul its death sentence against a leading Iranian academic, citing major failures of due process during his trial. The case of Ahmadreza Djalali, an Iranian national and a Swedish permanent resident, joins a long...

22nd December 2017 - The Hill

Get tough on Hezbollah, fix Obama’s mistake: Revive Project Cassandra

Emanuele Ottolenghi

One of the DEA's most successful strategies to combat the illicit drug trafficking of Hezbollah and its networks was Project Cassandra. A recent bombshell report revealed that the Obama Administration prevented these efforts from maturing in order to appease Iran into the Joint Comprehensive...

22nd December 2017 - Foreign Policy

Iran’s North Korean Playbook to Protect Its Nuclear Program

John Hannah

Anyone watching the systematic consolidation of North Korea’s nuclear weapons capability over the past decade can’t help but worry about the parallels with Iran.

21st December 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD's Behnam Ben Taleblu discusses the recent missile launched into Saudi Arabia by the Houthis on The John Batchelor Show.

20th December 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD's Behnam Ben Taleblu discusses Iran's Houthi proxy on The John Batchelor Show.

19th December 2017 - i24 News

The Rundown

Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD's Emanuele Ottolenghi discusses Iranian attempts to evade US sanctions on i24's The Rundown.

19th December 2017 - Quoted by Ben Evansky - Fox News

Haley: New UN resolution punishing Iran could be in the works

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Nikki Haley, United States Ambassador to the United Nations, said that based on a new report by the U.N. Secretary General, new pressure on Iran’s continued behavior could lead to a new resolution against the Tehran regime or the strengthening present ones.

19th December 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Podcast: Hezbollah’s Narco-Terror Nexus in Latin America

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Iranian-backed Hezbollah is leveraging its growing global network to launder huge amounts of money, traffic weapons, and engage in a long list of illicit activities that are increasingly overlapping with the work of Latin American narcos.

19th December 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Houthis fire another missile on Riyadh

Alexandra N. Gutowski

The Houthis claim the missile used was a Burkan-2H, which recent evidence suggests is Iranian-supplied.

18th December 2017 - Quoted by Jay Weaver - The Miami Herald

Fugitive who ran internet scams in South Florida linked to terror group Hezbollah

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Once convicted of setting up phony companies to deposit stolen checks at local banks, Roda Taher fled South Florida for the Middle East to avoid prison time.

18th December 2017 - New York Post

How Trump can repair the damage from Obama’s narcoterror fail

Jonathan Schanzer

The Obama White House systematically dismantled a top-secret government initiative called Project Cassandra, which was designed to target Hezbollah’s $1 billion in annual drug proceeds. The gripping story, by Politico’s Josh Meyer, lays bare the details of the Lebanese terrorist...

17th December 2017 - Fox News

Fox News

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's Jonathan Schanzer discusses the shift in U.S. focus from ISIS to Iran on Fox News.

17th December 2017 - Fox News

Iranian missiles going to rebels in Yemen pose a danger to our ally Saudi Arabia

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The debate about whether Iran is providing ballistic missiles to Houthi rebels in Yemen has been ended, thanks to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who has unveiled components of Iranian missiles recovered from target sites in Saudi Arabia fired on by the Houthis.

16th December 2017 - Quoted by Matthew Contenetti - National Review

Decision time on Iran

Tony Badran, Reuel Marc Gerecht

Very soon, President Trump will have to decide whether America should remain a bystander to Iranian expansionism or take steps to confront this menace to international security and sponsor of global terrorism.

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