Analysis & Commentary

9th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Iraqi Shiite Militia Commander Threatens to Attack US

Bill Roggio

The leader of a powerful Iraqi Shiite militia that is operating against the Islamic State has threatened to attack the US after members of allied militia were killed in a blast in Anbar province over the weekend. Shiite militias have claimed that the US killed the militiamen in an airstrike,...

9th June 2015 - Quoted by Sangwoon Yoon - Bloomberg

Countries Don’t Report Iran Sanctions Violations, UN Report Says

Mark Dubowitz

United Nations monitors said governments reported no new incidents of Iran violating Security Council sanctions against its nuclear program, even though some have unfolded in plain sight.

9th June 2015 - Quoted The Tower

UN Report: Iranian Sanctions Violations Are Routinely Ignored by West

Mark Dubowitz

A United Nations panel found that Western nations have systematically ignored Iranian violations of international sanctions so as not to jeopardize the talks over Iran’s illicit nuclear program, Bloomberg News reported today. The sanctions were put in place because of the country’s...

8th June 2015 - WAVA 105.1

The Don Kroah Show

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford D. May discusses his recent article and the contest of naval supremacy.

8th June 2015 - Iran-e-Farda TV

Iran-e-Farda TV

Ali Alfoneh

FDD Senior Fellow Ali Alfoneh discusses the Islamic Republic of Iran's Syria policy.

5th June 2015 - The Huffington Post

The Saudi Military Is Mobilizing. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Jonathan Schanzer

The Saudis "will definitely be defeated," crows one Iranian general. Riyadh "will pay a heavy price" for its war against the Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen, a senior Hezbollah figure predicts.

5th June 2015 - Quoted by Jacob Siegel - The Daily Beast

The Myth of Iran’s Military Mastermind

Tony Badran

He’s been called the “single most powerful operative in the Middle East today” and nicknamed “Supermani,” but is Qasem Suleimani, the suddenly omnipresent commander of Iran's expeditionary Quds Force, suddenly coming down to earth?

5th June 2015 - Turkish Policy Quarterly

Turkey and Iran: The Best of Frenemies

Merve Tahiroglu, Behnam Ben Taleblu

Inheriting a legacy of imperial competition, the Turkey-Iran rivalry today manifests itself through the contest for leadership of the Arab Middle East, and Muslim hearts and minds more generally.

5th June 2015 - Forbes

Next Up: Nuclear Talks With North Korea?

Claudia Rosett

Beyond the sound and fury of the Iran nuclear talks lies a big follow-up question: What, if anything, does President Obama propose to do during his final stretch in office about the growing nuclear threat of North Korea?

4th June 2015 - Quoted by Sean Savage - The Christian Post

As Syria’s Assad Suffers Civil War Setbacks, What’s the Best Outcome for Israel?

Tony Badran

With the Syrian civil war well into its fifth year, President Bashar al-Assad's government has outlasted many observers' predictions of his demise.

4th June 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Sanctions Relief and the IRGC

Ali Alfoneh

OPEC “needs to open space” for the increased Iranian exports that could soon flow due to sanctions relief, Tehran’s oil minister said Wednesday at the cartel’s Vienna headquarters.

4th June 2015 - Quoted by Isaiah Narciso - The Gospel Herald

Christian Persecution in Iran: 18 Sent to Prison by Revolutionary Court for Practicing Faith

Benjamin Weinthal

Although Iran recognizes Christians as an official minority group, its revolutionary court sentenced 18 of them to harsh prison sentences last week.

4th June 2015 - Quoted by Jeremy Bender - Business Insider

Here’s Why Russia Selling S-300 Advanced Missile Systems to Iran is Such a Big Deal

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Patrick Megahan

Russia has publicly announced that it is willing to sell Iran one of the world's most advanced air defense systems. And that poses the potential of radically altering the balance of power in the Middle East.

4th June 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand, Michael B. Kelley - Business Insider

The Startlingly Simple Reason Obama Ignores Syria

Tony Badran

While the US embassy in Syria accuses Syrian President Bashar Assad of acting as an air force for the Islamic State, the Obama administration does not seem to be concerning itself with the Syrian regime.

4th June 2015 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Nasrallah Tries Once More to Mobilize Base to Support Assad

Tony Badran

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah gave yet another speech on Wednesday in an effort to motivate Shi’ite supporters in Lebanon to help keep Syrian President Bashar Assad in power.

3rd June 2015 - Quoted by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

The Key to Obama’s Iran Deal Might Not Actually Work

Mark Dubowitz

Despite US Secretary of State John Kerry's broken femur, the signing of a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran appears to be on track.

3rd June 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Iran Sentences 18 Christians to Prison as Human Rights Worsen under Rouhani

Benjamin Weinthal

An Iranian court sentenced 18 Christians to prison for practicing their faith, Ben Weinthal, a research fellow for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies reported Tuesday for Fox News.

3rd June 2015 - Quoted by Bill Gertz - The Washington Free Beacon

Pentagon: Iran Continuing Work on Nuclear Systems

Mark Dubowitz

Iran is continuing to develop missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons despite an interim agreement on its nuclear programs, according to a Pentagon report.

3rd June 2015 - The Hill

Making Sense of Iranian S-300s

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Patrick Megahan

Iran has a long history of disrupting maritime traffic in the Strait of Hormuz and Persian Gulf, but should a recently resurrected deal between Russia and Iran for the S-300 surface-to-air missile (SAM) bear fruit, Tehran could soon project the same hostility into the skies.

3rd June 2015 - The Washington Times

Troubled Waters

Clifford D. May

“Creating facts on the ground” means changing reality through actions rather than diplomacy. China’s rulers have gone further: Over the last 18 months they have been creating ground: over 2,000 new acres of islands more than 600 miles from China’s coast, many built atop rocks and...

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