Analysis & Commentary


21st August 2016 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: IRGC implicated in arming Yemeni Houthis with missiles

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Amir Toumaj

Since July, state-affiliated media in Iran has publicized the Yemeni Houthi movement’s use of a variant of the Zelzal-3, an Iranian rocket. Iranian media and the Houthis (officially known as Ansar Allah), however, insist that this variant has been produced “indigenously” in Yemen....

20th August 2016 - Quoted by Carol Morello - The Washington Post

State Department comes under fire with new questions about Iran payment

Mark Dubowitz

Critics of the Obama administration’s dealings with Iran on Friday accused the White House and the State Department of lying about a $400 million cash payment to Iran in January in what officials now acknowledge was conditioned on freedom for American prisoners.

19th August 2016 - Quoted by Jonah Bennett - The Daily Caller

State Dept Calls $400 Million Payment To Iran ‘Leverage’

Mark Dubowitz

The Department of State admitted Thursday it held onto $400 million in cash destined for Iran as “leverage” until Iran released American prisoners.

19th August 2016 - Fox News

America’s Newsroom

Fox News' KT McFarland references FDD's work on Iran.

19th August 2016 - Quoted by Matt Purple - Rare

So the Obama administration lied about that $400 million payment to Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The State Department conceded for the first time on Thursday that it delayed making a $400 million payment to Iran for several hours in January “to retain maximum leverage” and ensure that three American prisoners were released the same day.

19th August 2016 - Sinclair Broadcast Group

Do U.S. payments to Iran pose a risk?

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Since the beginning of his time in office, President Obama has insisted the United States does not pay ransom for hostages. Now that assertion is being questioned by many, pointing to a $400 million payment to Iran, delivered on the same day four U.S. hostages were released from an Iranian...

19th August 2016 - Fox News

Happening Now

Jonathan Schanzer

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

18th August 2016 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

State Department: $400 million cash payment to Iran was contingent on US prisoner release

Amir Toumaj

The State Department says that a $400 million cash payment to Iran was contingent on the release of American prisoners.

18th August 2016 - Wall Street Journal Video

Opinion Journal

Tony Badran

FDD senior fellow Tony Badran discusses his recent report on Hezbollah, and why the next Isreali-Hezbollah confrontation may provoke regional conflict.

18th August 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

U.S. Official: 80,000 Iran-Backed Shi’ite Militia Members Fighting in Iraq

Amir Toumaj, Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Around 80,000 Iran-backed Shiite militia members are currently operating in Iraq, a U.S. military official told Fox News on Tuesday.

18th August 2016 - Quoted by Carol Morello - The Washington Post

Money paid to Iran was ‘leverage’ not ransom, State Department says

Mark Dubowitz

The State Department acknowledged Thursday that it delayed releasing a $400 million cash payment to Iran in January until it was assured that a plane carrying three released American prisoners had left Tehran.

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...

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