Analysis & Commentary


8th December 2016 - Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

Congress to Crack Down on Business with Iran, Leading Republican Says

Mark Dubowitz

Lawmakers will crack down on business with Iran under the Trump administration, warning interested companies that they could wind up funding illicit Iranian activities and slapping sanctions on entities linked to Iran's military, according to a leading House Republican.

7th December 2016 - Quoted by Julian Pecquet - Al-Monitor

Iran hawks lay out their wish list for Trump era

Mark Dubowitz

Iran hawks on and off Capitol Hill laid out their clearest wish list to date for the next four years during a Dec. 7 briefing.

27th November 2016 - Quoted by Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor - Arab Times

Armies should be tools of defence, not oppression

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Armies fall into two loose categories. There are those whose prime objective is to defend their soil and people from foreign aggression and others that prioritize defence of the leadership and state institutions against civil uprisings. Some will willingly use lethal force against...

23rd November 2016 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces close in on Tal Afar

Bill Roggio, Amir Toumaj

More than a month has passed since Iraqi ground forces backed by Iraqi and Coalition air power launched operation “We Are Coming, Ninevah” to retake the province and its capital of Mosul from the Islamic State, which captured the area in June 2014.

16th November 2016 - Foreign Policy

President Trump and the Iran Nuclear Deal

Eric B. Lorber

As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office over the coming months, one of the thorniest foreign policy questions he will have to address is what to do about the Iran nuclear deal. During the campaign, then-candidate Trump repeatedly criticized the Joint Comprehensive Plan of...

15th November 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Orange Telecom Mulls Partnership with IRGC-Controlled Firm

Saeed Ghasseminejad

The French telecom company Orange is in negotiations to buy shares of the Mobile Telecommunication Company of Iran (MTCI or MCI), a firm jointly held by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and foundations controlled by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

14th November 2016 - Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Presiding over Chaos

Tony Badran

On October 31, the Lebanese parliament elected Michel Aoun president, ending a two-and-a-half-year stalemate during which the country had no head of state. The presidency is reserved for the country’s Maronite Christian sect, so Christians there are celebrating the election of the...

9th November 2016 - Quoted by Michael Crowley - Politico

Trump victory provokes crises in foreign policy

Mark Dubowitz

Donald Trump’s stunning election victory will provoke immediate tensions across several continents, and force Republican foreign policy elites to make quick decisions whether to work for a man most strongly opposed as unqualified, according to foreign policy experts and GOP insiders.

8th November 2016 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iraqi militia leader says Qassem Soleimani is in Iraq

Amir Toumaj

Major General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Qods Force, has returned to Iraq, according to Akram al Kabi, a cleric who is head of the Iranian-backed Harakat al Nujaba (HN).

2nd November 2016 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Military Leader: Iran Sending Elite Fighters Into U.S., Europe

Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, the country’s elite military force, is sending assets to infiltrate the United States and Europe at the direction of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, according to recent Farsi-language comments from an Iranian military leader.

2nd November 2016 - Quoted by Vivian Salama - Associated Press

US, Europe at odds over Revolutionary Guard-backed airline

Emanuele Ottolenghi

An Iranian airline, backed by the country's notorious Revolutionary Guard and used to ferry weapons and fighters to support Syria's government, has acquired rights to fly commercial routes in more than a dozen European and Asian countries in spite of U.S. terror-related sanctions.

31st October 2016 - FDD's Long War Journal

Why Iran supported Houthi attacks against the US Navy

Amir Toumaj

As activity in the Red Sea has heated up this month, debate rages on in Washington about Tehran’s role in attacks against U.S. forces there. The Pentagon confirmed this month that the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen were responsible for launching cruise missiles at the USS Mason on...

28th October 2016 - The Long War Journal

IRGC commander killed on eve of Aleppo battle

Amir Toumaj

The Jaysh al Fath and Fath Halab coalitions and their allies launched an anticipated major offensive today west of Aleppo in another bid to break the siege of rebel-held eastern Aleppo, according to Reuters.

24th October 2016 - The Long War Journal

IRGC to expand Basij special forces

Amir Toumaj

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) held a commemoration ceremony in Tehran on Friday for members of the Fatehin (“Conquerors”) Special Unit of the Basij paramilitary killed in combat in Syria.

10th October 2016 - The Long War Journal

Qassem Soleimani: Islamic State was created to fight Iran

Amir Toumaj

The top commander and clerical representative of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) external operations wing, the Qods Force, recently delivered speeches in Tehran and Damascus commemorating the first anniversary of the death of Brigadier General Hossein Hamedani, the most...

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...

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