Analysis & Commentary


19th May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

The Revolutionary Guard’s long shadow over Iran’s presidential election

Amir Toumaj

Iranians head to the polls today to choose between “bad and worse” in yet another unfair-and-unfree presidential election. The primary challenger, Ebrahim Raisi – who is considered a frontrunner to succeed Khamenei – has received the support of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps...

15th May 2017 - Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

Iran’s Radical Faction Consolidates Power In Bid To Retake The Presidency

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran’s ultra-conservative political faction is beginning to consolidate itself behind Ebrahim Raisi, a prodigy of the country’s supreme leader, in an attempt to retake the presidency in the upcoming election.

8th May 2017 - Quoted by Ed Blanche - The Arab Weekly

Iranian airlines under U.S. scrutiny for Syria arms flights

Emanuele Ottolenghi

U.S. officials are eyeing a crackdown on Ira­nian airlines that alleg­edly supply arms and equipment to Tehran's allies. The main focus of such a measure would be the air bridge between Iran and Syria that fun­nels weapons and military equip­ment to President Bashar al-Assad's military...

29th April 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces launch operation southwest of Mosul

Amir Toumaj

Backed by the Iraqi air force, the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) – an umbrella organization for Iraqi paramilitaries – launched an offensive this week southwest of Mosul in Nineveh Province to capture territory from the Islamic State. Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)...

27th April 2017 - Quoted by Philip Issa, Zeina Karam - Associated Press

Israeli strikes inside Syria pick up tempo in proxy war

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Syria’s military said Israel struck a military installation southwest of Damascus International Airport before dawn Thursday, setting off a series of explosions and raising tensions further between the two neighbors.

25th April 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD senior fellow Emanuele Ottolenghi discusses the Boeing-Aseman deal, and the implications of Hossein Alaei's connection to the IRGC.

24th April 2017 - RealClearDefense

CEO of Iranian Airline to Buy Boeing Jets Has Ties to IRGC

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Boeing announced last month it would sell 30 B737 Max aircraft to Aseman Airlines –Iran’s third-largest carrier – in a deal valued at around $3 billion.

23rd April 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Qods Force commander to advance Tehran’s influence as ambassador to Iraq

Amir Toumaj

An Iranian general from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) began his new position this week as Tehran’s ambassador to Iraq. The selection of Brigadier General Iraj Masjedi, the senior adviser to the commander of the IRGC extraterritorial branch the Qods Force, highlights...

21st April 2017 - Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Iran on Notice

Mark Dubowitz

Last week the Trump administration sent a letter to House speaker Paul Ryan to certify that the Islamic Republic of Iran is in compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, commonly referred to as the Iran nuclear deal. On the campaign trail, Donald Trump had called it the “worst...

12th April 2017 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Boeing Trying to Sell Planes to Leading Official of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps

U.S airline manufacturer Boeing is coming under renewed criticism following disclosures that its latest deal with Iran is being inked with a senior regime official and leading member of the country's Revolutionary Guard Corps, which has sponsored terrorism across the Middle East and is...

11th April 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

CEO of Iranian Airline to Buy Boeing Jets Has Ties to IRGC

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Boeing announced last week it would sell 30 B737 Max aircraft to Aseman Airlines – a government-owned carrier that is Iran’s third-largest – in a deal valued at around $3 billion. The deal appears to be permitted under the 2015 nuclear agreement, which lifted U.S. sanctions against the...

6th April 2017 - Quoted by Patrick Goodenough - Cnsnews.com

Expert: Not Designating Iran’s IRGC for Terrorism ‘Would Hold American Policy Hostage’

Mark Dubowitz

Designating Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) for terrorism would not violate the nuclear deal, and the U.S. should make clear that if the deal falls apart as a result, Iran will be to blame both for walking away and for sponsoring terror in the first place, U.S. lawmakers...

3rd April 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Gets a Raise

Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Iranian parliament passed two pieces of legislation this month with wide-reaching repercussions for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

3rd April 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

Iran Approves Massive Raise for Islamic Revolutionary Guards

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran’s parliament voted for a massive increase in funding for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the nation’s missile development program, Saeed Ghasseminejad, an associate fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), wrote in a policy brief Monday.

2nd April 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Qassem Soleimani reportedly spotted in Syria’s Hama province

Amir Toumaj

A photo surfaced on Friday claiming to show Major General Qassem Soleimani, chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) extraterritorial branch aka the Qods Force, in the northern countryside of Syria’s central province of Hama. Meanwhile, a senior Guard commander and two...

29th March 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Congress Ups Ante with New Iran Sanctions

Tzvi Kahn

House and Senate lawmakers on Thursday introduced legislation that would increase sanctions on Iran for its ballistic missile tests and other malign behavior.

28th March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

IRGC members killed in Syria’s Hama province

Amir Toumaj

At least two Iranians have been killed in combat in the central Syrian province of Hama, according to Iranian officials. The Assad regime and its allies are attempting to counter a major insurgent offensive, which was launched earlier this month in the northern part of the province.

24th March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Assad regime bolstered in Hama province by Iranian-controlled Iraqi militia

Amir Toumaj

The Tehran-controlled Iraqi militia Harakat al Nujaba announced today that it is joining pro-Syrian regime forces in the battle raging in Hama province. Earlier this week, jihadists, Islamists and Free Syrian Army-branded rebels launched an offensive in the northern Hama countryside. This...

23rd March 2017 - War on the Rocks

Spiritual Ardor and Military Might: The Story of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

Behnam Ben Taleblu

This past September in an audience hall in Tehran, a prominent vocalist named Sadegh Ahangaran took to a microphone to justify an Iranian military adventure. Ahangaran had earned the nickname “the nightingale of the Imam” for his melodies of martyrdom decades earlier during the Iran-Iraq...

23rd March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

IRGC-controlled Iraqi militia deploys to eastern Damascus battle

Amir Toumaj

The Tehran-controlled Iraqi militia Harakat al Nujaba has announced its participation in a battle raging east of Damascus, joining pro-regime forces in the Jobar and Abbasin districts. Earlier this week, jihadists, Islamists and rebels affiliated with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) launched a...

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