Analysis & Commentary


8th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iranian officials offer disjointed response to Islamic State terrorist attacks in Tehran

Amir Toumaj, Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran’s government has scrambled to explain Wednesday’s terrorist attacks in Tehran, the first major attacks by the Islamic State on Iranian soil, leading to contradictory messages.

8th June 2017 - Syndicated

Buck Sexton with America Now

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD Senior Vice President Jonathan Schanzer discusses the terror attack in Iran.

8th June 2017 - WSJ Opinion

Foreign Edition with Mary Kissel

Mark Dubowitz

FDD's CEO Mark Dubowitz on terror in Iran and Qatar's double-dealing.

8th June 2017 - Quoted by Anna Ahronheim, Michael Wilner - The Jerusalem Post

What makes US-Israel Defense Ties so ‘Rock Solid’?

Jonathan Schanzer

Three years into his tenure as chief of staff of the Israeli military, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot has a "rock solid" relationship with his American counterpart, General Joseph Dunford, sources around the general say.

8th June 2017 - The National Interest

Qatar vs. Saudi Arabia: How Iran and the Brotherhood Tore the Gulf Apart

David Andrew Weinberg

The Gulf monarchies face the most serious crisis in their history. It is largely being covered as a diplomatic spat, since several Arab nations terminated their relations with Qatar on Monday to protest its support for radical Islamists. But the crisis has an economic component as well....

8th June 2017 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iranian Drone Shadows U.S. Forces In Syria Day Before Attack

Tony Badran

Iran released video footage showing a drone shadowing U.S. military forces operating in Syria just a day before an unmanned aerial vehicle launched a strike on American forces in the war-torn country, a move that has raised concerns among U.S. officials about the Islamic Republic's...

7th June 2017 - Quoted by Time Hume - Vice News

Why ISIS Just Attacked Its “Mortal Enemy” Iran For The First Time

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for deadly gun and bomb attacks in the heart of Iran’s capital Wednesday that killed at least 12 and injured 42 more. The attacks represent ISIS’ first strike on Iranian soil, providing a significant morale boost for the Islamists and...

7th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: The Islamic State’s first major terrorist attacks inside Iran

Thomas Joscelyn

A team of terrorists struck the Iranian Parliament and the tomb of Ayatollah Khomeini earlier today.

7th June 2017 - NewsTalk AM 1130

Justice and Drew

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the recent terror attacks in London, Manchester and Iran.

7th June 2017 - Quoted by Ben Cohen - The Algemeiner

ISIS Attacks in Tehran Directed at ‘Symbols of Power,’ Iranian Expert Says

Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Islamic State terrorist attacks in the Iranian capital of Tehran on Wednesday were intended “to target the symbolic centers of power” in the Shiite Islamic Republic, an Iranian expert on the Middle East told The Algemeiner.

7th June 2017 - Quoted by Jordan Schachtel - Conservative Review

Chants of ‘death To America’ heard in Iranian parliament

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iranian officials appear to be blaming the United States for a terrorist attack Wednesday in Tehran that was already claimed by the Islamic State terrorist organization.

7th June 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Executions Continue After Rouhani’s Reelection

Tzvi Kahn

Iran has executed at least 20 people since President Hassan Rouhani’s reelection on May 19. This grim statistic offers continuity with his first term in office, which saw some 3,000 executions. It also suggests that Rouhani – notwithstanding his reputation as a moderate – remains...

7th June 2017 - Quoted by Susan Crabtree - The Washington Free Beacon

Obama Admin Did Not Publicly Disclose Iran Cyber-Attack During ‘Side-Deal’ Nuclear Negotiations

Mark Dubowitz

State Department officials determined that Iran hacked their emails and social media accounts during a particularly sensitive week for the nuclear deal in the fall of 2015, according to multiple sources familiar with the details of the cyber attack.

6th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US warplanes again strike militias near Syrian-Jordanian border

Bill Roggio

The US military again launched airstrikes against forces loyal to the Syrian government after they entered the “deconfliction zone” near At Tanf in southeastern Syria.

3rd June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iran tests the US in southeastern Syria

Amir Toumaj

Major powers involved in the Syrian war are racing to maximize gains from the crumbling Islamic State in southern and eastern Syria.

2nd June 2017 - Reuters

Tested on all fronts, Iran’s Rouhani may struggle on reforms

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Growing strains with the United States and political infighting at home threaten Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's plans to expand social freedoms, create jobs and draw in foreign investment, officials and analysts say.

2nd June 2017 - The Weekly Standard

‘Principled Realism’

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Donald Trump's recent sojourn in the Middle East leaves the United States where it was before the president departed: His administration remains committed to containing Iran while philosophically adopting a pre-9/11 approach to combating Sunni Islamic militancy.

1st June 2017 - Quoted by Kambiz Foroohar - Bloomberg Quint

Rouhani Vows to Shed Iran Sanctions as Trump Piles on More

Mark Dubowitz

A day after winning re-election last month, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani reaffirmed a campaign pledge: that he’ll find a way to free his country from sanctions that hobble its economy.

30th May 2017 - Institute for Science and International Security

Is Iran Mass Producing Advanced Gas Centrifuge Components?

Olli Heinonen

The head of Iran’s nuclear program says Iran has the capability to initiate mass production of advanced centrifuges on short notice. The mass production of these centrifuges (or their components) would greatly expand Iran’s ability to sneak-out or breakout to nuclear weapons capability...

27th May 2017 - i24 News

Strictly Security with Barbara Opall-Rome

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD senior Iran analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu discusses Rouhani's victory in the Iranian elections.

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