Analysis & Commentary

10th December 2015 - The Arab Weekly

Are Washington And Tehran Pursuing The Same Goals In Syria?

“Yes, there is a strategy,” US Secretary of State John Kerry said in his December 5th address at the Brookings Institution. The US strategy, he explained, has three components: “Mobilising a coalition to defeat Daesh” — the Islamic State; to “work diplomati­cally” with Iran,...

10th December 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Iranian Woman Sentenced to Death by Stoning as Activists Decry “War against Women”

Benjamin Weinthal

The recent sentencing of an Iranian woman to lashings, 25-years of imprisonment, and death by stoning underscores the Islamic Republic’s “continued war against women,” according to a human rights activists quoted by Benjamin Weinthal in a report published Thursday in The Jerusalem...

10th December 2015 - FOX News

Iranian Woman To Be Stoned To Death As World Marks UN ‘Human Rights Day’

Benjamin Weinthal

As the world marks International Human Rights Day on Thursday, Iran is continuing its execution spree with the announcement that a woman has been sentenced to death by stoning.

10th December 2015 - The Jerusalem Post

Iran Sentences Woman To Death By Stoning

Benjamin Weinthal

A criminal court in Iran's northern province of Gilan sentenced a woman to be executed by stoning for alleged complicity in the murder of her husband Arash Babaieepour Tabrizinejad.

9th December 2015 - The Washington Times

Divided We Fall?

Clifford D. May

“Divide and conquer” describes an age-old military concept: If your enemies are fighting among themselves, they can’t effectively battle you.

8th December 2015 - FDD Research

Next Steps in the Implementation of the JCPOA

Olli Heinonen

On December 2, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released its long-awaited report on possible military dimensions (PMDs) of Iran’s nuclear program. The report asserts that Tehran not only undertook nuclear-weapons work until 2003, but in some areas, that work continued as late...

7th December 2015 - Quoted by Charles Hoskinson - The Washington Examiner

Lawmakers Fight To Keep Iran Sanctions

Iran is headed for a multibillion-dollar windfall after international sanctions are lifted over the next few months, and Republicans in Congress are still looking for a way to block that from happening.

7th December 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Iran Declares Assad Must Stay Amid Mounting Evidence That He Is Working with ISIS

Tony Badran, Reuel Marc Gerecht

An advisor to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that the removal of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad was a “red line” that Iran would not cross, Reuters reported on Sunday.

4th December 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Deciphering the IAEA Report on Iran’s PMD

Amir Toumaj

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) officials presented their report Wednesday to the agency’s Board of Governors on the possible military dimensions (PMD) of Iran’s nuclear program.

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.”

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