Analysis & Commentary

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.

30th October 2015 - Business Insider

Iran’s Military Budget is Going to Get a Huge Boost From the Nuclear Deal

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Post-nuclear deal Iran has shown the will to spend more on its military adventures in the Middle East and beyond, even though the price of oil has stayed low.

29th October 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

The IRGC Transforms into an Expeditionary Force

The deployment of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its proxy Shi’ite militias to Syria have saved the Assad regime.

27th October 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Amid Mounting Losses, Iranian Commander Admits Growing IRGC Presence In Syria

The deputy commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) admitted on state television that Iran has suffered growing losses as it has sent more “military advisers” to Syria, the Associated Press reported today. Agence France-Presse provided more details of the losses...

23rd October 2015 - Kayhan TV

The IRGC’s New Deployment Pattern in Syria

FDD senior fellow Ali Alfoneh discusses the deployment pattern of the IRGC in Syria.

23rd October 2015 - The Arab Weekly

In Iran, Soccer Becomes a Political Football as Guards Take Over

“Red or blue? Persepolis or Esteghlal? Abou­moslem or Tractor Sazi?” Few questions divide Iran more than those about loyalty to the country’s top football clubs.

23rd October 2015 - The Arab Weekly

The IRGC’s New Deployment Pattern

The October 7th death of Brigadier-General Hossein Hamedani, the most senior Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) commander killed in the Syrian war, underlines Iran’s growing military involvement in the conflict.

20th October 2015 - The Hill

Time to Designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as Terror Group

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Last week, news emerged that Russia's military deployment to Syria was offering cover to the Syrian regime and its allies in a campaign to recapture lost territories from rebel groups. But even that could not prevent a string of high-profile casualties among senior commanders of Iran's...

19th October 2015 - Quoted by Julian Pecquet - Al Monitor

Europe Seen as Wild Card as Iran Nuclear Deal Goes Into Effect

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Critics of the nuclear deal with Iran want the Obama administration to quickly set firm limits on sanctions relief to prevent the international coalition that brought Tehran to the table from unraveling.

16th October 2015 - Quoted by Carol Morello - The Washington Post

Why This Sunday is a Significant Day for the Iran Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

After many years of fitful negotiations, Iran is expected within days to start dismantling parts of its nuclear facilities and reducing its uranium stockpiles under international supervision.

14th October 2015 - The Long War Journal

Qods Force Commander Qassem Soleimani Rallies Iranian Officers, Hezbollah in Syria

Bill Roggio

Major General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps – Qods Force, has been seen addressing Iranian military officers and members of Lebanese Hezbollah in western Syria.

12th October 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn on Afghanistan and Syria.

9th October 2015 - Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Hussein Hamedani, Iranian General, Killed by Islamic State in Syria

A top Iranian military commander was killed by Islamic State fighters on the outskirts of the Syrian city of Aleppo on Thursday night, Iranian media reported.

9th October 2015 - Quoted by Saeed Kamali Dehghan - The Guardian

Senior Iranian Commander Killed in Syria

A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander has been killed in Syria in an incident that sheds light on Tehran’s growing, shadowy role in bolstering Bashar al-Assad’s regime.


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