Analysis & Commentary

26th August 2015 - Quoted by Haaretz

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Set for Windfall After Infiltrating 230 Sanctions-free Firms

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard is set to receive a windfall in funds from the U.S. and U.K. after taking control of hundreds of Iranian businesses that do not appear on sanctions lists, according to The Times.

26th August 2015 - Quoted by Alexi Mostrous, Billy Kenber and Hugh Tomlinson - The Times of London

Iranian Militia to Grab British Cash

Iran’s hardline religious militia is about to receive a rush of funds from Britain and the West after taking control of hundreds of companies that do not appear on sanctions lists.

25th August 2015 - PolicyWatch - Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Maximal Exposure, Minimal Presence: Iran’s Military Engagement in Iraq

Ali Alfoneh

Although Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) and its commander, Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, remain involved in Iraq, the actual scope of their military engagement seems inversely proportional to the intense Iranian social media and press coverage of their operations...

21st August 2015 - The Arab Weekly

Iran’s Mounting Losses in Syria Point to Build-Up

Ali Alfoneh

Hardly a week passes without Iranian media coverage of funeral and memorial services held across the Islamic Re­public for Iranian, Iraqi, Afghan and Pakistani fighters killed in Syria.The rising casualty toll is a graph­ic indication of how, despite Tehran denials, Iran’s direct...

17th August 2015 - The Weekly Standard

Even Seemingly Harmless Investments in Iran Will Flow to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Proponents of the Iran nuclear agreement say assisting Iran out of its economic isolation could help prop up more moderate elements within the Islamic Republic. By any standard, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, or IRGC, fails the moderation test: it is Tehran’s ideological vanguard,...

17th August 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Russia’s Airline Aeroflot Carried Qassem Soleimani to Moscow and Back

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Fox News reported that on July 24, General Qassem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force (IRGC-QF), travelled to Moscow, met Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, and discussed possible future arms deals with Russian officials.

14th August 2015 - The Arab Weekly

Iran’s Succession Crisis Overshadows Nuclear Pact

Ali Alfoneh

The July 14th Vienna agreement between Iran and global powers may, at least for a time, contain the crisis over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear programme but an impending succession battle in Tehran is casting long shadows over the landmark deal that curbs Iran’s nuclear capabilities....

13th August 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

The IRGC’s Sanctions Relief Bonanza

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The European Union is slated to delist the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), its commanders, and dozens of its commercial entities within the next eight years, pursuant to the nuclear deal. Washington has downplayed this, noting that the agreement only grants relief for...

12th August 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

The IRGC’s Ambivalent Response to the Nuclear Deal

Ali Alfoneh

With all eyes fixed on the battle between President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress over the nuclear deal, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s struggle against Iranian critics of the deal gains less attention in the Western media. But this battle could also be consequential.

11th August 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

How Obama’s Deal Would Make the West Complicit in Funding Terrorism

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

Concern about bolstering Iran’s support for international terrorism is reason enough to nix the Iran deal. One report explains: “‘Khatam al Anbia,’ the construction division of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), is about to become the wealthy magnate for a whole new...

10th August 2015 - Quoted by Hana Levi Julian - The Jewish Press

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards to Become Brokers for Newly Available Firms

Mark Dubowitz

‘Khatam al Anbia,’ the construction division of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), is about to become the wealthy magnate for a whole new corporate world in Iran.

10th August 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

WaPo Editorial: Reporter’s Trial Should be Warning for Companies Seeking to Invest in Iran

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

Companies and nations considering making an “unseemly rush” to open commercial ties with Iran in the wake of last month’s nuclear deal should take note of the ordeal of detained Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian before commencing business with the Islamic Republic, an editorial in...

10th August 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Former Treasury Official: Iran Nuclear Deal Will Enrich Supreme Leader’s Personal Slush Fund

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

The nuclear deal with Iran will further enrich the country’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, by freeing the organization through which he built his personal fortune from international sanctions, Jonathan Schanzer, a former Treasury Department official who is now the vice-president...

9th August 2015 - Quoted by Ari Yahsar - Artuz Sheva

Nuclear Deal Makes IRGC ‘Key’ to Entering Iranian Market

Mark Dubowitz

Details of the Iranian nuclear deal show that sanctions relief will primarily benefit Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), which is involved in terrorist activity around the world.

9th August 2015 - Quoted by Babak Dehghanpisheh and Yeganeh Torbati - Reuters

Firms Linked to Revolutionary Guards to Win Sanctions Relief Under Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Dozens of companies tied to Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards, a military force commanding a powerful industrial empire with huge political influence, will win sanctions relief under a nuclear deal agreed with world powers.

7th August 2015 - Fox News

Happening Now

Ali Alfoneh

FDD Senior Fellow Ali Alfoneh discusses the IRGC and Iran deal.

3rd August 2015 - The Washington Institute

Shiite Combat Casualties Show the Depth of Iran’s Involvement in Syria

Ali Alfoneh

During a televised address on July 26, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad admitted for the first time that his regime is suffering from "a lack of human resources" in the ongoing civil war, implicitly acknowledging the casualties inflicted on the various Iranian-sponsored forces assisting his...

31st July 2015 - The Arab Weekly

After Iran Deal, EU to Lift Sanctions on Guards’ Business Empire

Ali Alfoneh

While persuading Iranian negotiators to accept the July 14th Vienna Agreement, and per­haps in an attempt to entice Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) not to oppose the controversial nuclear deal, the European Union has decided to lift sanctions imposed on key figures in the...

28th July 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

IRGC to Cash in On Nuke Deal

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is poised to reap a large windfall as a result of a recently inked nuclear accord with Western powers that will fully remove economic sanctions on the fighting force and allow it to continue pursuing rogue activities across the globe, according to...

28th July 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

U.S. to Lift Sanctions on Khamenei’s Financial Empire

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Obama administration is gearing up to lift economic sanctions on a nearly $100 billion network of organizations belonging to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, according to the parameters of the recent Iranian nuclear deal.


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