Analysis & Commentary


7th November 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

‘McDonald’s Diplomacy’: The Nuclear Deal Has Emboldened Iranian Hardliners

Tony Badran

The Iran nuclear deal, the optimism went, could help open up the country to the West. It could soften the influence of hardliners in the country. And it could start to open Iran's doors to outside businesses, including from the US.

6th November 2015 - Quoted by Erin Banco - International Business Times

Blacklisted Iranian Airline Continues To Acquire Aircraft, Transport Weapons To Syria

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Senior U.S. officials told International Business Times they are investigating the purchase of a U.K.-manufactured aircraft by one of Iran’s airlines. Because the jet has an American-made engine, it is subject to U.S. export laws.

5th November 2015 - Quoted by Tzippe Barrow - CBN News

Iran President: Seizing US Embassy Began Our Independence

Benjamin Weinthal

When Iranian President Hassan Rouhani took office a little over two years ago, most Western nations were gaga over his smile and almost giddy over the fact that Iran now had a kinder, gentler, more liberal leader. But two years on, the reality on the ground shows that nothing changed, in...

5th November 2015 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Iranian Commanders Refuse Orders to Fight in Syria, Report Says

Iran's increasing military involvement in Syria to sustain President Bashar Assad’s regime is costing more and more casualties and top commanders of the elite Revolutionary Guards force have been charged with mutiny and treason for refusing orders to fight there, a pan-Arab daily newspaper...

5th November 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

U.S. Officials: Iranian Cyber-Attacks, Arrest of Americans May Be Linked

U.S. officials believe that the increasing number of hacking attacks carried out this past month by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) against American government personnel may be linked to the arrests of American-Iranian citizens by the regime, The Wall Street Journal...

5th November 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellows comment on the IRGC and the recent Turkish elections.

5th November 2015 - Quoted by Julian Pecquet - Al Monitor

Congress Wants to Make Iran, Palestinians Pay Terror Verdicts

Orde Kittrie

Congress is weighing several legislative actions to compensate US victims of Iranian and Palestinian terrorism amid bipartisan frustration with the Obama administration.

5th November 2015 - FOX Business

Lou Dobbs Tonight

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford D. May comments on Russia, Syria, and U.S. foreign policy.

5th November 2015 - Quoted by David Gerstman - The Tower

Iran’s Latest Crackdowns Validate Concerns Raised By Skeptics Of Nuclear Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran’s recent crackdowns on businessmen with ties to the United States, arrests of journalists, and continued rhetorical attacks on the United States have validated concerns raised by critics of the nuclear deal that it would increase the power of the regime’s hardliners.

5th November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Senior IRGC Officers Killed During Fighting in Syria

Bill Roggio

A brigadier general and a colonel from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) were killed while fighting jihadists and rebels in Syria over the past several weeks. Nine other IRGC members were also killed during that time.

4th November 2015 - Quoted by Erin Banco - International Business Times

Iranian Airline Violates Terms Of Nuclear Deal By Purchasing Planes To Use In Syrian War

Emanuele Ottolenghi

One of Iran’s commercial airlines last week bought a U.K.-manufactured jet with the aim of using it to deliver Iranian soldiers and weapons to Syria in support of the embattled regime of President Bashar Assad, International Business Times has learned.

3rd November 2015 - Internationale Politik

Panzer auf der Landebahn

Bei seiner Antrittsrede vor den iranischen Revolutionsgarden am 16. September 2013 schlug der neu gewählte Präsident Hassan Rohani den versammelten Kommandeuren einen Deal vor: Die Revolutionsgarden sollten sich nicht in die Politik einmischen; im Gegenzug würde seine Regierung ihr die...

2nd November 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

What To Do About Iran

Mark Dubowitz, Emanuele Ottolenghi

Last week the Wall Street Journal reported: U.S. lawmakers, angered by the recent arrest of an Iranian-American, demanded Friday that the White House take a tougher line against Tehran and impose fresh sanctions on its elite military unit, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

2nd November 2015 - The Cipher Brief

Impact of Sanctions Relief

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

Despite the fanfare over the recently reached Iran deal, Tehran remains a bad actor.

2nd November 2015 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: A Human Rights Record Worse Than Ahmadinejad’s

Benjamin Weinthal

President Rouhani has gone to great lengths to try to put a human face on the Islamic Republic’s regime. He has failed.

1st November 2015 - Forbes

Yet Another American Hostage In Tehran

Michael Ledeen

Siamak Namazi is in Evin Prison in Tehran, and on the face of it that’s very surprising.

1st November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Battles Iraqi Forces Near Samarra

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State and Iraqi Shiite militias have engaged in heavy fighting near the historic city of Samarra in central Iraq. Islamic State jihadists gained control of some areas west of Samarra after Iraqi forces withdrew, claimed a Shiite militia loyal to radical cleric Muqtada al Sadr....

30th October 2015 - The Long War Journal

Popular Mobilization Committee Militia Threatens to ‘Strike and Destroy’ the Saudi Government

Bill Roggio

An Iranian-supported Shiite militia that operates under the the Iraqi government-sanctioned Popular Mobilization Committee said that Saudi Arabia is “a legitimate and permissible target” and would it “strike and destroy” the country after the kingdom issued a death sentence for a...

30th October 2015 - Tablet Magazine

Obama Licenses Iran To Ship Missiles to Hezbollah

Tony Badran

The logical endgame of President Obama’s Iran policy and his “roundtable” approach to Syria has always been to offer American protection for Iranian missile shipments to Hezbollah.

30th October 2015 - FOX News

Happening Now

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses U.S. strategy in Syria and the arrest of Siamak Namazi.

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