Analysis & Commentary


16th October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard threatens the US over terrorism designation

Amir Toumaj

Before President Donald Trump levied a terrorism designation against Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the IRGC and the Islamic Republic threatened the US over the move. One senior Iranian official initially called it a "declaration of war" and then he tampered it down.

16th October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

CJTF-OIR: Kirkuk a ‘misunderstanding’ attributed to ‘limited visibility conditions’

Bill Roggio

CJTF-OIR made the statement despite the fact that it was abundantly obvious that the Iraqi government sought to seize Kirkuk from the Kurdish Peshmerga, and had signaled its intentions days before.

16th October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iraqi forces recapture contentious Kirkuk in overnight offensive

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

The Iraqi government quickly capitalized on its victory against the Islamic State in the adjacent city of Hawija and turned its energy on the secessionist Kurds in Kirkuk. The rapid offensive exposes deep fault lines in the anti-Islamic State coalition and within Kurdish politics.

16th October 2017 - Quoted by the National Security Desk - The Patriot Post

Trump Threads the Needle on Iran

Reuel Marc Gerecht

He's decertifying the deal but not exiting it, and there are good reasons for this nuanced approach.

15th October 2017 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - VOA News

Trump Administration Accused of Aiding Iranian Militias in Syria

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

U.S. President Donald Trump lambasted Iranian expansionism in the Middle East Friday when disavowing the international nuclear deal with Tehran, citing in particular Iran’s support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. But analysts charge his strategy to check Iran in the region remains...

14th October 2017 - CTV News Channel

CTV News

Tzvi Kahn

FDD's Tzvi Kahn discusses President Trump's decertification of the Iran nuclear deal on CTV News Channel.

14th October 2017 - Fox News

Journal Editorial Report

Mark Dubowitz

FDD's Mark Dubowitz discusses President Trump's new strategy with Iran on Fox News' Journal Editorial Report.

14th October 2017 - Fox News

America’s News HQ

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD's Behnam Ben Taleblu discusses decertification of the Iran deal on Fox News' America's News HQ.

13th October 2017 - Quoted by Brett Stephens - The New York Times

Donald Trump Takes a Hostage

Mark Dubowitz

Negotiators warn never to take a hostage you can’t shoot. By announcing Friday that the administration would not certify that the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran was in the national interest, Donald Trump has taken a hostage.

13th October 2017 - Quoted by Erin Cunningham - The Washington Post

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard is facing more pressure from the Trump administration

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Once a ragtag force protecting Iran's nascent Islamic regime, the Revolutionary Guard Corps is now the nation's most powerful security institution — and has come under fire from the Trump administration.

13th October 2017 - The Washington Examiner

Trump throws a Hail Mary pass against Iran

Reuel Marc Gerecht

President Trump has finally decertified his predecessor's nuclear agreement with Iran. Twice before, in April and July, Trump certified, per the requirement in the 2015 Iran Nuclear Review Agreement Act, that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action remained in the interest of the United...

13th October 2017 - Fox Business

Lou Dobbs Tonight

John Hannah

FDD's John Hannah discusses President Trump's designation of the IRGC as a terrorist organization on Fox Business' Lou Dobbs Tonight.

13th October 2017 - Quoted by Jordan Schachtel - The Conservative Review

Trump sanctions Iran’s IRGC, the lifeline of the regime

Mark Dubowitz

Sanctions can have as big an impact in curbing Iran as the Iran Deal had in rejuvenating the regime.

13th October 2017 - Fox Business Network

Countdown to the Closing Bell

Mark Dubowitz

FDD's Mark Dubowitz discusses President Trump's decertification of the Iran deal on Fox Business Network's Countdown to the Closing Bell.

13th October 2017 - Fox News

Happening Now

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's Jonathan Schanzer discusses the Iran deal on Fox News.

13th October 2017 - CNN

The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer

Mark Dubowitz

FDD's Mark Dubowitz discusses Trump's decertification of the JCPOA.

13th October 2017 - NPR - KCRW

To The Point

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's Jonathan Schanzer discusses the Iran deal on NPR's To The Point.

13th October 2017 - Quoted by Robert Farley - The National Interest

What a War between Iran and America Would Actually Look Like

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration appears ready to decertify Iranian compliance with the the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), despite a lack of evidence of Iranian violations. For critics of the JCPOA, this represents a move in the right direction; the goal of U.S. policy should be the end...

12th October 2017 - Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

Lawyers Pressure Boeing to Reveal Details of Its Deal with Iran Air

Toby Dershowitz

Lawyers want Boeing to reveal the secret details of its multibillion dollar deal with Iran Air to an Illinois federal court, a disclosure that hinges on the approval of the Trump administration.

12th October 2017 - NHK TV

NHK World

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD's Behnam Ben Taleblu discusses the Iran deal on NHK World.

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