Analysis & Commentary

24th September 2015 - The Arab Weekly

Tehran’s Deployment Pattern in Iraq

Ali Alfoneh

“The United States in­tends to preserve Daesh in order to make Muslims dependent on America,” Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani declared using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State (ISIS) in his September 1st report on regional developments to Iran’s powerful Assembly of...

24th September 2015 - Business Insider

Iran’s President and Its Supreme Leader are Already in a High-Stakes Faceoff Over the Nuclear Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

In coming days, the Majles, Iran’s parliament, will decide how to vote on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA.

23rd September 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran on Israel: ‘We Are Going to Destroy Them’

Saeed Ghasseminejad

The commander of Iran’s army said on Tuesday that the Islamic Republic would destroy Israel at all costs despite the recent nuclear deal aimed at reining in the country’s rogue behavior, according to comments by these officials.

22nd September 2015 - Quoted by Makiko Kitamura Kambiz Foroohar - Bloomberg

Money Follows Diplomacy Into Iran as European Interest Heats Up

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Diplomacy came first, now it’s money’s turn. Two months after Iran and six world powers signed a landmark nuclear agreement, foreign companies are seeking to secure a foothold in an economy bigger than Thailand’s and oil reserves rivaling those of Canada.

21st September 2015 - Quoted by Deb Riechmann - Associated Press

Done Deal For Iran Nuke Pact, But Debate Still in Congress

Mark Dubowitz

It's a done deal, yet opponents of the Iran nuclear agreement won't go quietly.

21st September 2015 - The Jerusalem Post

Still Hope for Regime Change in Iran

Benjamin Weinthal

To better understand tha Islamic Republic of Iran, don’t turn straight away to the front page of the newspaper. Rather flip to the labor union and business sections and press. Growing worker unrest, particularly among trade unions, suggests that regime change in Iran cannot be summarily...

18th September 2015 - Cited by Andrew McCarthy - National Review Online

Why GOP Congressional Leaders Support the Iran Deal in Fact — Follow the Money

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Benjamin Weinthal

Why on earth would Republicans do that?” That is a question I’ve been asked at least a dozen times since illustrating that the GOP has played a cynical game in connection with President Obama’s Iran deal.

18th September 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Russia to Help Iran Improve its Centrifuge Technology

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi, confirmed on Wednesday that Russia had “announced their preparedness to cooperate and improve Iran’s centrifuges to produce stable isotopes.”

18th September 2015 - The Long War Journal

Senior Al Qaeda Leaders Reportedly Released From Custody in Iran

Thomas Joscelyn

In recent days, pro-al Qaeda jihadists claimed to confirm a recent news report saying that several senior al Qaeda leaders have been released from Iranian custody. Sky News reported earlier this week that five veteran jihadists were released in exchange for an Iranian diplomat who had been...

18th September 2015 - The Weekly Standard

Isolation at the U.N.

Claudia Rosett

In defending the Iran nuclear deal to Congress, President Obama and his staff argued repeatedly that rejection would leave America in dire isolation at the United Nations. Obama can now relax.

18th September 2015 - The Weekly Standard

Our Iranian Interlocutor

Ali Alfoneh, Reuel Marc Gerecht

Antisemitism has never been an easy subject for America’s foreign-policy establishment. Read through State Department telegrams and Central Intelligence Agency operational and intelligence cables on the Middle East and you will seldom find it discussed, even though Jew-hatred—not just...

17th September 2015 - Quoted by Alana Goodman - The Washington Free Beacon

Kasich: If Iran Helps Hezbollah, We Can ‘Slap the Sanctions Back On’

Mark Dubowitz

Presidential candidate Gov. John Kasich said on Wednesday that he would take a wait-and-see approach to the Iran nuclear deal, arguing that if Tehran is found to be aiding Hezbollah and Hamas then the United States could “slap the sanctions back on.”

17th September 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Iran Still Operating U.S.-Sanctioned Airline in Support of Assad, IRGC

Benjamin Weinthal, Emanuele Ottolenghi

An Iranian airline is still operating in Europe, which it uses as a base to provide arms, fighters, and logistical support to the Syrian regime despite American sanctions against it. Benjamin Weinthal and Emanuele Ottolenghi, fellows at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, reported...

17th September 2015 - Quoted by Stephen Loiaconi - Sinclair Broadcasting Group

Deadline for Congress Passes, but Iran Deal Debate Far From Over

Clifford D. May

Democrats succeeded in keeping President Barack Obama's nuclear agreement with Iran alive Thursday with filibusters on two key votes.

16th September 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

What’s Next on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Post reports: Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked a second Republican attempt to pass a resolution disapproving of the Iran nuclear deal.

16th September 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Khamenei-Run Foundation Will Receive Windfall From Nuclear Deal

A foundation run by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stands to be a major beneficiary of lifted sanctions as part of the nuclear deal with Iran, Reuters reported Tuesday.

16th September 2015 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - Haaretz

Will U.S. and Israel Make Up This New Jewish Year?

Jonathan Schanzer

Now that enactment of the Iran nuclear deal appears to be a sure thing, the profound and often personal disagreement between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over Iran is not about to go away.

15th September 2015 - FOX News

Happening Now

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn discusses the latest Al Qaeda news and its relationship with Iran.

15th September 2015 - Radio Denmark 1

Verden Ifoelge Gram: Iran Efter Atomaftalen

Ali Alfoneh

FDD Senior Fellow Ali Alfoneh discusses Iran after the nuclear deal.

15th September 2015 - Quoted by Orrin Hatch - The Washington Times

Why the Iran Deal Makes War More Likely

Mark Dubowitz

The Iranian regime is one of our most dangerous foes. It has declared the United States to be the Great Satan. It has repeatedly proclaimed its intent to wipe Israel off the map. It has perpetrated violence against American servicemen and civilians alike.

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