Analysis & Commentary


5th October 2016 - FDD Press Release

FDD Study: Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Benefits Most from Iran Deal

The influence and reach of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Iran’s economy and military is so extensive that it stands to be the largest beneficiary of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, negating the notion that the Iran nuclear deal might temper Tehran’s hardline...

4th October 2016 - FDD Press

How the Nuclear Deal Enriches Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad, Annie Fixler , Amir Toumaj

During the first week of September, Iranian speedboats twice harassed U.S. Navy ships in international waters near the Strait of Hormuz. Those boats belonged to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

1st October 2016 - The Long War Journal

IRGC Special Forces officer’s death highlights involvement in Syria

Amir Toumaj

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has confirmed the death of a senior Iranian Special Forces officer in Syria.

1st October 2016 - The Long War Journal

Emir of the Islamic State in Iran reportedly killed

Amir Toumaj

Iran’s security forces have reportedly killed the designated emir of the Islamic State in Iran, according to an Iranian media outlet’s report citing unnamed sources published on Sept. 27.

27th September 2016 - Foreign Policy

The U.S. Is Helping Iran Fund Chaos in the Middle East

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

Would the White House knowingly transfer tens of billions of dollars to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and Hezbollah in Lebanon to finance the slaughter of Syrians or the next war against Israel? In theory, the Iran nuclear deal wasn’t supposed to fuel Iran’s imperialism and its...

19th September 2016 - Quoted by Ruthie Blum - The Aglemeiner

Iranian Commander: Islamic Republic’s Military Might Brought World Powers to Nuclear Negotiating Tab

Mark Dubowitz

The head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps declared that it was his country’s military might that brought world powers to the negotiating table over the nuclear issue, the country’s semi-official state news agency Fars reported on Monday.

17th September 2016 - Quoted by Andrew McCarthy - National Review

Obama’s Cash-for-Jihad Program

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Let’s give Iran, a certified state sponsor of terrorism, billions in cash. What could go wrong?

9th September 2016 - The Long War Journal

Iraqi militia leader receives warm reception in Tehran

Amir Toumaj

Sheikh Akram al Kabi, the leader of the Harakat al Nujaba Iraqi militia, has completed a week-long, high-profile visit to Iran that began in late August. Kabi met with top Iranian government officials and clerics, briefing them about the militia’s activities in both Iraq and Syria.

9th September 2016 - The Long War Journal

Iraqi militia leader receives warm reception in Tehran

Amir Toumaj

Sheikh Akram al Kabi, the leader of the Harakat al Nujaba Iraqi militia, has completed a week-long, high-profile visit to Iran that began in late August. Kabi met with top Iranian government officials and clerics, briefing them about the militia’s activities in both Iraq and Syria.

24th August 2016 - The Long War Journal

IRGC commander discusses Afghan militia, ‘Shia liberation army,’ and Syria

Amir Toumaj

A retired Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander who was deployed to Syria gave a lengthy interview to a hardline media outlet last week about IRGC operations in the country.

22nd August 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

WSJ: Khamenei, Revolutionary Guards Are Main Beneficiaries of Nuclear Deal

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Emanuele Ottolenghi

A year after the nuclear deal with Iran was reached, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps have emerged as its biggest beneficiaries, Jay Solomon, the chief foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, wrote in an essay on Saturday.

21st August 2016 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: IRGC implicated in arming Yemeni Houthis with missiles

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Amir Toumaj

Since July, state-affiliated media in Iran has publicized the Yemeni Houthi movement’s use of a variant of the Zelzal-3, an Iranian rocket. Iranian media and the Houthis (officially known as Ansar Allah), however, insist that this variant has been produced “indigenously” in Yemen....

16th August 2016 - The Long War Journal

Russian Air Force stations bombers in Iranian air base to strike in Syria

Amir Toumaj, Behnam Ben Taleblu

Russian defense officials confirmed on Tuesday that its warplanes are staging from an air base in Iran’s western province of Hamedan to launch sorties against jihadist and rebel groups in Syria. The confirmation follows yesterday’s report by the Arab outlet Al Masdar.

9th August 2016 - Quoted by Joel Gehrke - Washington Examiner

Senators: Iran war budget increased by ‘exactly the same amount’ as ransom payment

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iranian officials increased their defense budget but "exactly the same amount" as the recently-negotiated U.S. settlement payment, according to a trio of GOP senators who want President Obama's team to explain a shipment of cash to the country that was widely viewed as a ransom for several...

5th August 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

The Iran Money Transfer: Unanswered Questions

Amir Toumaj

The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday revealed details of a U.S. cash transfer to Iran on January 17 – the same day that five American hostages were released from Iranian prisons. The method and timing of the events – both occurring the day after last summer’s nuclear deal went into...

3rd August 2016 - The Long War Journal

Iranian military involvement in the battle for Aleppo

Amir Toumaj

The jihadist-led Jaish al Fatah launched a major offensive in southwestern Aleppo on July 31 to break the siege of the rebel-held part of the city. The offensive comes after the last supply route north of Aleppo was severed on July 28 by pro-regime forces encompassing the Syrian Arab Army,...

3rd August 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Iraq Opens its Gates to Iran’s Trojan Horse

Tyler Stapleton, Amir Toumaj

The Al-Arabiya satellite station published an Iraqi government document last week revealing that Baghdad had established an “independent military formation” in Iraq’s security forces, beyond Defense Ministry control.

25th July 2016 - The Hill Times

Should Canada reopen its embassy in Iran?

Sheryl Saperia

The embassy must be tasked with the immensely difficult job of protecting Canadian citizens and Canadian security interests in the region, not with lining the pockets of those with little regard for these imperatives.

18th July 2016 - FDD Press

Flying Above the Radar

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Annie Fixler , Yaya J. Fanusie

With the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in January 2016, most international sanctions against Iran have been lifted. These include long-standing U.S. sanctions against Iran’s aviation sector. The United States has removed all but four Iranian civilian...

18th July 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Reuters: Iranian Hardliners “Gaining Authority” One Year After Nuclear Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iranian hardliners close to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei are “gaining authority” in the wake of last year’s nuclear deal, Reuters reported on Monday.

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