Analysis & Commentary

14th November 2016 - Quoted by Sean Savage -

Will Donald Trump fire the Iran nuclear deal?

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The election victory by Donald Trump, a billionaire businessman who has never held political office and is a neophyte on foreign policy, has left many observers wondering about the future direction of U.S. policy abroad.

14th November 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: What can be done about Europe’s listless pursuit of Hezbollah terrorists?

Benjamin Weinthal

After murdering five Israelis and their Bulgarian bus driver in 2012, two Hezbollah operatives who were put on trial in absentia on Thursday at a Sofia court remain secure in Lebanon. The lethargy surrounding the efforts to capture the two mirrors the glacial-like pace of the trial.

13th November 2016 - Newsweek

Hezbollah Has Effectively Won the Lebanese Presidency

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif arrived in Beirut on Tuesday to congratulate Michel Aoun on his recent election as Lebanon’s president, the highest-ranking foreign official to do so thus far. But few outside of Iran should be celebrating Lebanese democracy’s apparent success. The...

13th November 2016 - Quoted by The National Herald

Greece’s SYRIZA Defends Standing Alone Opposing Iranian Sanctions Extension

Mark Dubowitz

Greece’s Radical Left SYRIZA government, which broke with the United States and Europe to block sanctions on an Iranian bank accused of financing terrorism, said it was just following a ruling from the European Court of Justice.

11th November 2016 - Quoted by Elaine Grossman - The Globalist

Suspicious Iranian Dealings Could Imperil Nuclear Agreement

Mark Dubowitz

U.S. intelligence agencies and their international partners are seeing a flurry of inquiries by Iran about importing potentially sensitive technologies controlled by last year’s nuclear deal – but outside of channels specifically set up to vet these goods, according to officials and...

11th November 2016 - Quoted by Bradley Klapper - Associated Press

Iran deal endangered if Trump seeks to renegotiate its terms

Mark Dubowitz

Donald Trump isn't going to rip up the Iran nuclear deal on day one as president, but his vows to renegotiate the terms and increase enforcement could imperil an agreement that has put off the threat of Tehran developing atomic weapons. Emboldened Republican lawmakers are already considering...

10th November 2016 - NPR

The Diane Rehm Show

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses the implications of the Trump administration on U.S. foreign policy.

10th November 2016 - Quoted by Barney Breen-Portnoy - The Algemeiner

VP Biden: No Reason for Jewish Anxiety About Future Trump Administration Commitment to Israel

Jonathan Schanzer

American Jews have no reason to be concerned about the future of US-Israel ties after President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January, outgoing Vice President Joe Biden said on Wednesday at a World Jewish Congress (WJC) gala dinner in New York City.

10th November 2016 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iranian Military Leader Threatens President-Elect Trump

Behnam Ben Taleblu

A senior Iranian military official lashed out on Thursday over the election of Donald Trump, calling the next American president a “joke” and warning him against threatening Iranian interests in the region.

10th November 2016 - Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Could Trump trash the Iran deal? Yes, but it’s complicated

Mark Dubowitz

The reality is that Iran was brought to the bargaining table with the help of crippling sanctions imposed by the U.S, the U.N. Security Council and the European Union at the urging of the Obama administration and Congress. And Russia, China and the United States' allies in Europe have...

10th November 2016 - Quoted by Josh Rogin - The Washington Post

‘Never Trump’ GOP preparing to work with Trump to squeeze Iran

Mark Dubowitz

Republicans in Congress who vigorously opposed Donald Trump’s run for president are now preparing to work with the incoming Trump administration on a number of foreign policy and national security issues where their policies overlap. First on their agenda is drastically increasing...

9th November 2016 - Quoted by Carol Morello - The Washington Post

Iran nuclear deal could collapse under Trump

Mark Dubowitz

The future of the historic nuclear agreement with Iran is in the air with the prospect that a Donald Trump administration could take steps that would cause Iran to abandon its commitments, experts said Wednesday.

9th November 2016 - Quoted by Michael Crowley - Politico

Trump victory provokes crises in foreign policy

Mark Dubowitz

Donald Trump’s stunning election victory will provoke immediate tensions across several continents, and force Republican foreign policy elites to make quick decisions whether to work for a man most strongly opposed as unqualified, according to foreign policy experts and GOP insiders.

8th November 2016 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iraqi militia leader says Qassem Soleimani is in Iraq

Amir Toumaj

Major General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Qods Force, has returned to Iraq, according to Akram al Kabi, a cleric who is head of the Iranian-backed Harakat al Nujaba (HN).

2nd November 2016 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Military Leader: Iran Sending Elite Fighters Into U.S., Europe

Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, the country’s elite military force, is sending assets to infiltrate the United States and Europe at the direction of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, according to recent Farsi-language comments from an Iranian military leader.

1st November 2016 - Quoted by Laurence Norman, Nektaria Stamouli - The Wall Street Journal

Greece Defies EU, U.S. on Sanctions for Iran’s Bank Saderat

Mark Dubowitz

Greece has defied its European allies and Washington by blocking European Union sanctions on an Iranian bank the U.S. accuses of financing terrorism, officials familiar with the move say.

1st November 2016 - Quoted by Benny Avni - New York Post

How Iran’s pet terrorists won Lebanon

Tony Badran

‘You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows,” sang Bob Dylan. And this week, the winds of change in the Middle East kept blowing Iran’s way.

31st October 2016 - Quoted by Griff Witte, Carol Morello - The Washington Post

Kerry promises to work ‘to the last moment’ to end Syrian violence

Mark Dubowitz

U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry delivered an impassioned defense of diplomacy Monday, asserting that the nuclear deal he spearheaded with Iran had averted an almost-certain war and vowing to work “to the last moment” to achieve a lasting cease-fire in Syria.

28th October 2016 - The Long War Journal

Hezbollah Brigades hurries troops to Mosul fight

Bill Roggio

Hezbollah Brigades (also known as Kata’ib Hezbollah), an Iranian-backed Shiite militia in Iraq, is transporting forces, including troops and artillery, to participate in the operation to retake Mosul from the Islamic State. Hezbollah Brigades is a US-designated Foreign Terrorist...

28th October 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

In the Battle for Mosul and Iraq’s Future, U.S. Must Heed the Iranian Threat

Tyler Stapleton

With the battle for Mosul underway, and Iraqi, Kurdish, Turkish, American, and Shiite militia forces engaging the Islamic State in the towns surrounding Mosul, the fate of Iraq in a post-ISIS world will come into swift focus.

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