Analysis & Commentary


4th August 2017 - Quoted by Iran Focus

Trump and Tillerson Disagree Over Iran Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

The debate on verifying Iran’s compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal rages on behind closed doors in the White House with Donald Trump reportedly eager to find the noncompliant with the deal but being held back by his administration.

4th August 2017 - RealClearDefense

Iran’s Top Export to Latin America: Radical Islam

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Michaela Frai

Ayatollah Mohsen Araki, who openly calls for the “annihilation of Zionism” and has promoted friendly relations with the Taliban, arrived in São Paulo, Brazil and discussed how Muslims can fight “radical terrorism”.

3rd August 2017 - Quoted by Catholic World News

Iranian Christian convert released from prison

Clifford D. May

Maryam Naghash Zargaran, an Iranian Muslim who converted to Christianity, has been released from a Tehran prison.

2nd August 2017 - Quoted by Joyce Karam - The National

Trump accuses Russia of ‘subversion and destabilisation’ as he signs sanctions bill

Mark Dubowitz

The new law forces the US president to get approval from Congress before making any significant changes to Russian sanctions

2nd August 2017 - Quoted by CBN News

Iran Denied Christian Prisoner Vital Medical Care

Clifford D. May

Iranian authorities released Maryam Naghash Zargaran, an Iranian Christian, from prison after she served a four year sentence for "security violations."

2nd August 2017 - Tablet Magazine

Lebanese PM Saad Hariri Joins With Hezbollah to Con Donald Trump

Tony Badran

Hariri’s visit with Trump was part of a coordinated, multifaceted information campaign to swindle the U.S. government into continuing its military support and extending political cover for the evolving pro-Iran order in Lebanon and Syria. Everyone—Hariri, Hezbollah, the Lebanese Armed...

2nd August 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran Ramps Up Purchases of Commercial Aircraft from U.S. and Europe

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Last June, a trio of Iranian airlines announced plans to purchase a total of 83 new planes from Airbus and Boeing. Iran Air Tours is ordering 45 planes from Airbus and Zagros Airlines is ordering 28 more. Qeshm Airlines, which is owned by Tehran’s Ministry of Oil, revealed it would...

31st July 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Making Sense of Iran’s Latest Satellite-Launch Vehicle Test

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Late last week, Iran formally inaugurated the Imam Khomeini Space Launch Center by conducting the second test of its “Simorgh” rocket, a satellite-launch vehicle (SLV). This was Iran’s first SLV test in 2017 and the second overall test of the “Simorgh,” which is Persian for...

28th July 2017 - Defense News

Defense News Webcast

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Defense News Executive Editor Jill Aitoro is join by a panel of foreign policy and defense experts at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies for analysis on the US Navy's recent encounter with an Iranian ship in the northern Persian Gulf. The US Navy's strategy in the Persian Gulf and how...

28th July 2017 - Syndicated

Buck Sexton with America Now

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD senior vice president Jonathan Schanzer talks about the recent violence surrounding the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and the Iranian missile launch on Buck Sexton with America Now.

28th July 2017 - Defense News

Defense News Webcast

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Defense News Executive Editor Jill Aitoro is join by a panel of foreign policy and defense experts at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies for analysis on the US Navy's recent encounter with an Iranian ship in the northern Persian Gulf. Guest include: Defense News Naval Warfare Report...

27th July 2017 - Quoted by Amir Vahdat and Adam Schreck - Associated Press

Iran claims launch of satellite-carrying rocket into space

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran successfully launched its most advanced satellite-carrying rocket into space, the country’s state media reported on Thursday, in what is likely the most significant step yet for the launch vehicle.

27th July 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Congress Moves to Reassert Itself in Iran Policy Oversight

Tyler Stapleton

This week, Congress moved to sanction Iran, North Korea, and Russia in an attempt to reestablish the utility of financial restraints as a means of challenging the malign behavior of hostile regimes.

26th July 2017 - Quoted by Agence France-Presse and Bloomberg

Iran and Russia vow to retaliate after US votes to impose new sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

The European Union also fired off an unexpected warning on Wednesday, saying the US move would prompt 'swift retaliation' which could punish energy firms and divide the West

26th July 2017 - Hoover Institute

“Pushing Back” Iran

Reuel Marc Gerecht

On both the left and the right, there is a consensus in Washington that the United States needs to “push back” against the Islamic Republic’s nefarious actions in the Levant, Iraq, and Yemen.

25th July 2017 - Quoted by Bob Unruh - WND

Stunner! Iran’s Basij Monitors Christians in West!

Saeed Ghasseminejad

It’s a surprise to no one that Iran’s radical Islamists monitor Christians and others inside their borders.

25th July 2017 - Quoted by Iran Focus

West Must Protect Christians Fleeing Iran, as Monitoring by IRGC and Basij Continues

Benjamin Weinthal

While we know that Iran monitors Christians and other religious group within the country, a worldwide Christian ministry warns that this observation continues even after members of the faith have moved to the West.

24th July 2017 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

U.S. Agency Promoting Trade With Iran Despite Trump Opposition

Saeed Ghasseminejad

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is promoting increased trade with Iran, despite clear opposition to this policy by the Trump White House, according to multiple sources who described the agency's behavior as rogue and part of a lingering effort by the former Obama administration to promote...

23rd July 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

State Department: Iran continues to host al Qaeda’s ‘core facilitation pipeline’

Thomas Joscelyn

Since July 2011, the US Treasury and State Departments have repeatedly stated that the Iranian regime allows al Qaeda to maintain a key facilitation network on its soil.

21st July 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The Trump administration kicks the Iran deal down the road.

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