Analysis & Commentary


24th May 2016 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran ‘Blackmailing’ U.S. for Greater Nuke Concessions

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration is taking steps to aid and please Iran far beyond U.S. commitments under last summer’s nuclear accord, according to experts, who warned Tuesday during testimony on Capitol Hill that the White House is becoming “dangerously close to becoming Iran’s trade...

23rd May 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss the military operation to oust ISIS from Fallujah and Gitmo detainees.

23rd May 2016 - The Long War Journal

Iraqi forces, militias launch operation to recapture Fallujah

Bill Roggio

Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), backed by tribal fighters and Iranian-backed militias, have officially begun the operation to dislodge the Islamic State from the city of Fallujah in Anbar province. Fallujah is the last major city held by the Islamic State in the province.

20th May 2016 - Quoted by Sean Savage - JNS

Gaza rebuilding falls by the wayside as Arab states leave Palestinians hanging

Jonathan Schanzer

When it comes to the security situation at Israel’s borders in recent years, no border has been more perilous for the Jewish state as its southern boundary with the Gaza Strip. Israel unilaterally withdrew from Gaza in 2005, and the Palestinian terror group Hamas seized control of the...

20th May 2016 - The Blaze

The Buck Sexton Show

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses radical jihadist groups and militias fighting in Syria on both sides of the ongoing civil war.

20th May 2016 - The Weekly Standard

How Iran Shapes Hezbollah

Tony Badran

Following the mysterious death of Hezbollah senior military commander Mustafa Badreddine in Syria last week, speculation continues to swirl over the identity of his possible successor. The prevailing theory holds that this role will fall to Ibrahim Aqil and/or Fuad Shukr, ranking members of...

19th May 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

IMF: Iran Must Stop Funding Terror, Money Laundering if It Wants to Join Global Economy

Mark Dubowitz

Iran’s failure to bring its money-laundering and terror finance laws into compliance with international standards has discouraged foreign banks from doing business with the country, according to a senior International Monetary Fund official.

19th May 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD senior fellow Emanuele Ottolenghi joins the show to discuss European business and Iran. Afterwards, FDD Deputy Director for Research Oren Kessler comments on EgyptAir and terrorism in Egypt.

19th May 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Iran Admits to Enhancing Uranium Enrichment Process, Raising Breakout Concerns

Mark Dubowitz, Reuel Marc Gerecht

Iran has been “enhancing” its nuclear program and bolstering its uranium enrichment capability, Iran’s atomic energy chief told a group of the country’s ambassadors and envoys in Tehran on Saturday.

18th May 2016 - Quoted by Lisa Daftari - The Foreign Desk

Iran using commercial airliner to fly fighters, weapons to Syria

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Iran is using a commercial airliner with ties to the country’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to ferry fighters and weapons to Syria.

18th May 2016 - Fox Business

Countdown to the Closing Bell

John Hannah

John Hannah of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies on Donald Trump’s meeting with Henry Kissinger, the Iran nuclear deal and the Senate passing a bill allowing 9/11 victims’ families to sue Saudi Arabia.

18th May 2016 - The Washington Times

A death in Damascus, a funeral in Beirut

Clifford D. May

Five years ago, during the hopefully named Arab Spring, Syrians staged peaceful protests against the ruling dynasty that had long oppressed them. President Bashar al Assad responded brutally: In May 2011, he sent tanks into the suburbs of Damascus, Deraa, Homs and other cities to crush his...

18th May 2016 - The Wall Street Journal

Left at the Mercy of the Mullahs

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Since the Central Intelligence Agency contractor Robert Levinson disappeared after a trip to the Iranian island of Kish in 2007, journalists, government officials and the curious have asked me: Of the various stories told about Mr. Levinson’s disappearance, which one makes the most sense?...

17th May 2016 - The Long War Journal

Sadr’s ‘Peace Brigades’ prepares for Mosul offensive

Bill Roggio

Muqtada al Sadr, the radical Shia cleric who battled US forces during the Iraqi occupation, is preparing his militia to participate in an offensive to retake the northern city of Mosul from the Islamic State.

16th May 2016 - PJ Media

Chamberlain, Washington-Style

Michael Ledeen

It’s not hard to see why the discussion of Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes’ exchanges with the New York Times Magazine’s David Samuels has received so much attention from the chattering class. A lot of it is all about them, after all, and we all love to talk about...

16th May 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Tehran Nuclear Chief: Iran “Enhancing” Its Nuclear Program, Uranium Enrichment Process

Reuel Marc Gerecht, Mark Dubowitz

Iran has been “enhancing” its nuclear program and bolstering its uranium enrichment capability, Iran’s atomic energy chief told a group of the country’s ambassadors and envoys in Tehran on Saturday.

13th May 2016 - Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Zarif Sends Moderate Condolences to Hezbollah

Tony Badran

Today Iranian foreign minister Mohamed Javad Zarif sent his condolences to Hezbollah general secretary Hassan Nasrallah on the day the party is burying Mustafa Badreddine.

13th May 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Former Treasury Official: Too Risky for Banks to Open Up to Iran, Despite Kerry’s Assurances

Mark Dubowitz

While the White House is encouraging foreign banks to do business with Iran, the Islamic Republic has continued to engage in the same illicit behavior that initially prompted its sanctioning, President Barack Obama’s former undersecretary of the treasury for terrorism and financial...

13th May 2016 - The Long War Journal

Storied Hezbollah commander killed in Syria

David Daoud

Hezbollah announced the death of Mustafa Badreddine, its notorious senior military commander, in Syria early Friday morning.

13th May 2016 - The Weekly Standard

Done Deal?

Reuel Marc Gerecht

All administrations are short-sighted. Even the brightest, most reflective people can develop acute tunnel vision when they join the paper-pushing, crisis-a-minute senior ranks of the National Security Council and the State Department.

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