Analysis & Commentary


4th December 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Arab Activist Gives Chilling Testimony of Imprisonment and Torture by Iran

Saeed Ghasseminejad

The world’s interest in reaching a nuclear deal with Iran has compelled it to ignore the regime’s extensive human rights abuses, leaving its many “political prisoners, torture victims and persecuted ethnic minorities with little hope of any respite,” Rahim Hamid wrote in The...

4th December 2015 - FOX News

Happening Now

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discussed the recent IAEA report on Iran's nuke program.

4th December 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Iran Lied: Another Sign We’ve Been Had

Mark Dubowitz

The massacre in San Bernardino, Calif., this week overshadowed another major foreign policy story: The International Atomic Energy Agency’s report on Iran.

3rd December 2015 - Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

Iran’s Nuclear Program Just Became A Lot Harder To Hit

Boris Zilberman, Behnam Ben Taleblu, Patrick Megahan

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s office announced Thursday Russia will begin sending S-300 missile defense systems to Iran.

2nd December 2015 - Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Iran To Hit ‘Jackpot’ With Sanctions Relief, GOP Lawmaker Claims

While a key Republican on foreign policy says Iran about to hit the “jackpot” of sanctions relief, a former top Obama administration counterterrorism official argues that Iran can be trusted to not use money for expanding its military proxy and terrorist-support operations in the Middle...

2nd December 2015 - Quoted by Julian Pecquet - Al Monitor

Is US Preparing To Crack Down On IRGC?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

A key panel of Congress is getting closer to slapping new sanctions on Iran's revolutionary guards despite warnings that doing so could undermine the nuclear deal with Tehran.

2nd December 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Michael Ledeen

FDD Freedom Scholar Michael Ledeen discusses his recent article in Forbes.

2nd December 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Expert at Congressional Hearing: Iran Undermining U.S. National Interests, Not Fighting ISIS

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is perpetuating the presence of ISIS in Syria and Iraq while undermining American national interests in the Middle East, Ali Alfoneh, a senior fellow and expert on Iran at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said Wednesday at a House...

2nd December 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran Serving As Russia’s ‘Ground Force’ In Syria

Iranian militants have begun acting as Russia’s de facto “ground force” in Syria, where they have begun waging “an ethnic cleansing campaign” in order to eradicate opposition to the embattled President Bashar al-Assad, according to leading members of Congress, defense officials,...

30th November 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Call Iran’s Bluff, Mr. President

Mark Dubowitz

Once upon a time, the Obama administration insisted that any enforcement scheme would require a complete accounting of Iran’s PMDs (possible military dimensions). The administration then suggested it would be a condition for lifting of sanctions, but that did not make it into the deal....

30th November 2015 - Forbes

The Iran Deal’s Slow Death

Michael Ledeen

Back when the negotiations were still under way for The Deal between Iran and the P5+1, I accurately forecast the outcome would be a “No Deal Deal.”

27th November 2015 - Quoted by Hugh Naylor - The Washington Post

Iranian Media Is Revealing That Scores Of The Country’s Fighters Are Dying In Syria

An increasing number of Iranian soldiers and militiamen appear to be dying in Syria’s civil war, and observers credit media from an unexpected country for revealing the trend.

25th November 2015 - FDD Press

Strengthening the Verification and Implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

Olli Heinonen

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) puts Iran’s nuclear program under greater scrutiny than before and reduces the likelihood of an overt dash to the bomb for the next 10 years.

24th November 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Expert: New Legislation Would Empower U.S. to Fight Hezbollah’s Illicit Financing Activities

Tyler Stapleton

The Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015, which passed the Senate unanimously last week, would strengthen the United States’ ability to clamp down on the Iranian-backed terrorist group’s illicit financing activities if it’s signed into law, Tyler Stapleton, a deputy...

23rd November 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Congress Moves to Target Hezbollah with New Sanctions

Tyler Stapleton

Congress took action this week to target Hezbollah and its global network of illicit finance.

23rd November 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Iran Sentences WaPo Reporter Jason Rezaian to Unspecified Prison Term

Benjamin Weinthal

A spokesman for the Iranian judiciary has announced that Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post reporter who was arrested by Iranian authorities in July 2014, was sentenced to prison, Reuters reported Sunday. No details were given regarding the length of his prison term.

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

U.S. Grants Reprieve to Firm Aiding Iran in Evading U.S. Sanctions

Saeed Ghasseminejad

An Italian company penalized for aiding Iran in evading U.S. sanctions has been de-listed by the Obama administration, prompting criticism from experts who believe the United States is caving to the Islamic Republic’s demands before it upholds its end of the recent nuclear deal, according...

22nd November 2015 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: How Iran Exploits ISIS to Wage Terror

Benjamin Weinthal

The intense Western effort to decimate Islamic State after the terrorist entity executed attacks in Paris has largely relegated Iranian and Hezbollah jingoism in Syria and Iraq to a secondary status.

20th November 2015 - The Weekly Standard

The Long War Continues

Thomas Joscelyn

In many ways, the reaction to the horrific attacks in Paris has been familiar. There were the expressions of solidarity: flowers at French embassies; social media avatars changed from silly selfies to photos of the French flag snapping defiantly in the wind; buildings across the Western...

20th November 2015 - Quoted by Morgan Chalfant - The Washington Free Breacon

Iranian Fighter Jets Escort Russian Long-Range Bombers to Syria

Boris Zilberman

The Russian Defense Ministry on Friday released multiple videos showing Moscow’s continued air and sea operations against targets in Syria.

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