Analysis & Commentary

29th December 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Congress Introduces Bipartisan Bills Targeting Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

Tyler Stapleton, Emanuele Ottolenghi

New bills are being introduced in Congress with bipartisan support that would target the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Iran’s powerful extraterritorial militia, preventing it from benefiting from the sanctions relief that was allowed as part of the nuclear deal with the Islamic...

28th December 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

As Iran Deal Goes into Effect, Congress Moves to Sanction IRGC

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Tyler Stapleton

The International Atomic Energy Agency closed its investigation last week into the possible military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program, thus paving the way for lifting U.S., United Nations, and European Union sanctions as stipulated in this summer’s Iran nuclear deal.

23rd December 2015 - Quoted by Arash Karami - Al Monitor

Is Iran Retreating From Syria?

Iranian military commanders have responded to reports in Western media that their country’s presence in Syria has decreased due to a mounting death toll in recent months.

22nd December 2015 - Quoted by Babak Dehghanpisheh - Reuters

Iranian Casualties Rise in Syria as Revolutionary Guards Ramp Up Role

The vehicle carrying Iranian Brigadier General Hossein Hamedani was passing through the outskirts of Aleppo on the afternoon of Oct. 8 when it was shot up by Islamic State fighters.

17th December 2015 - The Hill

Iranian Jets In Syrian Skies, What Could Go Wrong?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Contrary to news suggesting an Iranian military drawdown in Syria, there is strong evidence that Iran is upping the ante. Not only have Iranian officials vehemently denied they are withdrawing their forces from Syria's killing fields, but, more ominously, according to recent reports...

11th December 2015 - Business Insider

How Iran’s Mafia-Like Revolutionary Guard Rules The Country’s Black Market

Saeed Ghasseminejad

The revolutionary children of the Ayatollah Khomeini, the Pasdaran, were the poor, marginalized thugs of the Shah's era, people with a huge appetite for violence.

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.

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.

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.

13th November 2015 - The Arab Weekly

Witch-Hunt for ‘Spies’ in Tehran

A veritable witch-hunt has followed the July 14th nuclear agreement between the Islamic Re­public and US-led global powers in which lobbyists instru­mental in the success of President Hassan Rohani’s diplomacy are being arrested, some on espionage charges.

12th November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Iraqi Shiite Militia Leader Says He Would Overthrow Government If Ordered by Iran’s Supreme Leader

Bill Roggio

Akram al Kaabi, the leader of the Iranian-supported Harakat al Nujaba militia that is based in Iraq and is an integral part of the Popular Mobilization Forces, has said that he would and could depose the Iraqi government if ordered to do so by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader....

11th November 2015 - The Canadian Jewish News

How Canada Can Help Stem The Syrian Refugee Crisis

Sheryl Saperia

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing the complexities of implementing his laudable campaign pledge to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by the end of the year.

10th November 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

IRGC Intelligence: The Driving Force Behind Iran’s New Crackdown

Iranian hardliners launched a brazen political offensive in recent weeks, arresting two American citizens and at least five reformist journalists and dimming U.S. officials’ hopes that the nuclear deal would temper Tehran’s belligerent behavior.

9th November 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellow Bill Roggio discusses Russian strikes in Syria, IRGC deaths in Syria, and Afghanistan.

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 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Aykan Erdemir

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

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.

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.


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