Analysis & Commentary


18th August 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Boris Zilberman

FDD's Deputy Director of Congressional Relations Boris Zilberman discusses Russia using Iranian airbases in Iran.

17th August 2016 - The Long War Journal

An alleged ‘agent’ of Iran transferred from Guantanamo to the UAE

Thomas Joscelyn

On Aug. 15, the Pentagon announced the transfer of 15 Guantanamo detainees to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Twelve of the men are Yemenis and the remaining three are citizens of Afghanistan.

17th August 2016 - Fox News

Special Report with Bret Baier

Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellow Bill Roggio discusses the Iranian nuclear deal and its influence on Iranian backed militias in Iraq.

16th August 2016 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

‘A pretty big deal’: With Iran’s help, Russia’s air campaign in Syria is about to get much deadlier

Boris Zilberman

Russia has begun using an Iranian air base to launch airstrikes against rebel groups and militants inside Syria, the Russian defense ministry confirmed on Tuesday.

16th August 2016 - Quoted by Lucas Tomlinson - Fox News

US officials: Up to 100,000 Iran-backed fighters now in Iraq

Thomas Joscelyn

As many as 100,000 Iranian-backed Shiite militia are now fighting on the ground in Iraq, according to U.S. military officials -- raising concerns that should the Islamic State be defeated, it may only be replaced by another anti-American force that fuels further sectarian violence in the...

16th August 2016 - The Long War Journal

Russian Air Force stations bombers in Iranian air base to strike in Syria

Amir Toumaj, Behnam Ben Taleblu

Russian defense officials confirmed on Tuesday that its warplanes are staging from an air base in Iran’s western province of Hamedan to launch sorties against jihadist and rebel groups in Syria. The confirmation follows yesterday’s report by the Arab outlet Al Masdar.

16th August 2016 - Foreign Policy

Saudi Arabia Strikes Back

John Hannah

For those concerned about the fallout from President Barack Obama and his administration’s nuclear deal with Iran — the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA — the hits just keep on coming. The recent revelation that the United States handed over $400 million in cash to Iran on...

15th August 2016 - Fox Business

Lou Dobbs Tonight

John Hannah

FDD Senior Counselor John Hannah discusses the U.S.'s $400m cash payment to Iran.

10th August 2016 - Quoted by Rick Richman - Commentary Magazine

A Theory: Why Obama Gave Iran Cash

Jonathan Schanzer

34 shares A Why did the Obama administration make its $400 million payment to Iran on January 17 in untraceable foreign currency and then not only fail to disclose that the payment had been made in cash but withhold that information from Senator Tom Cotton in response to his repeated...

10th August 2016 - The Washington Times

What does America owe Iran?

Clifford D. May

An unmarked cargo plane filled with $400 million in cash lands in Tehran. Four American hostages held by Iran’s rulers are set free. These revelations have sparked two controversies.

9th August 2016 - Quoted by Josh Siegel - The Daily Signal

GOP Lawmaker Suggests Obama Administration Employees Should Face Jail Time for Iran Cash Deal

John Hannah

A leading Republican critic of the Obama administration’s policy toward Iran is alleging that the U.S. government violated federal law when it delivered $400 million in cash to Tehran on the same day the country freed four American prisoners. “I want to know what Obama administration...

9th August 2016 - Quoted by Joel Gehrke - Washington Examiner

Senators: Iran war budget increased by ‘exactly the same amount’ as ransom payment

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iranian officials increased their defense budget but "exactly the same amount" as the recently-negotiated U.S. settlement payment, according to a trio of GOP senators who want President Obama's team to explain a shipment of cash to the country that was widely viewed as a ransom for several...

8th August 2016 - CTV

CTV News

Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD senior fellow Emanuele Ottolenghi discusses the execution of Shahram Amiri.

8th August 2016 - Fox News

The O’Reilly Factor

Clifford D. May

FDD President Cliff May discusses the execution of Shahram Amiri.

8th August 2016 - Quoted by Stephen Loiaconi - WJLA

Clinton campaign dismisses ‘conspiracy theory’ that emails led to Iranian execution

Clifford D. May

Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign is hitting back against speculation that her emails had anything to do with the execution of an Iranian nuclear scientist who once defected to the United States.

6th August 2016 - Quoted by Raymond Tanter - Foreign Policy

How Not to Negotiate With Rogue Regimes

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The 114th Congress finds Republicans in command of the House and Senate for the first time in eight years. When it convenes, its agenda will inevitably include how to deal with Cuba and Iran — two sides of the same coin of a foreign policy of giving up too much too soon in the Obama...

5th August 2016 - Associated Press

Associated Press Radio

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses the Obama administration's $400m payment to Iran.

5th August 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

The Iran Money Transfer: Unanswered Questions

Amir Toumaj

The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday revealed details of a U.S. cash transfer to Iran on January 17 – the same day that five American hostages were released from Iranian prisons. The method and timing of the events – both occurring the day after last summer’s nuclear deal went into...

5th August 2016 - The Blaze

The Buck Sexton Show

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Reseaerch Jonathan Schanzer discusses Obama's $400m dollar payment to Iran.

4th August 2016 - Quoted by New York Post

How Iran spent its $400M ‘ransom’ windfall

Now that we know President Obama paid Iran $1.7 billion — $400 million in cold hard cash loaded on a secret flight — to ransom four American captives, comes an obvious question: What did Tehran do with all that money?

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