Analysis & Commentary


6th March 2017 - Foreign Affairs

Labeling Iran’s Revolutionary Guard

Mark Dubowitz

Last month, the Donald Trump administration noted that it was contemplating whether to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization, a State Department listing that includes Hamas, Hezbollah, the Islamic State (also known as ISIS), and many...

3rd March 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Iranian Officials: Obama-era Prisoner Release was ‘Ransom’

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iranian intelligence agencies are fighting over credit for forcing the U.S. to pay ransom for five U.S. prisoners in January 2016.

2nd March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iranian sniper embedded in Iraqi militia killed near Mosul

Amir Toumaj

A casket carrying the body of an Iranian sniper killed in combat in Iraq on February 25 was received in Tehran three days ago. An Islamic State mortar killed Ali-Asqar Karimi near Mosul, according to a colleague. A military campaign by Iraqi forces to dislodge Islamic State is underway in...

24th February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iraq monument underscores Iranian commander’s role in Qods Force

Amir Toumaj

A monument dedicated to an Iranian general has been erected in Iraq for the first time in the country’s history. The landmark commemorates Hamid Taghavi (also known as “Abu Maryam”), a commander in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) extraterritorial branch the Qods Force,...

9th February 2017 - WINA 98.9FM

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Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer comments on "terror" labels for the IRGC and Muslim Brotherhood.

8th February 2017 - Quoted by Felicia Schwartz, Jay Solomon - The Wall Street Journal

U.S. Weighs Terror Label on Iran Revolutionary Guard, Muslim Brotherhood

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Trump administration is considering executive actions that would designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and the Muslim Brotherhood, an influential movement across the Middle East, as terrorist organizations, people familiar with the discussions said.

8th February 2017 - Quoted by Raymond Tanter, Edward Stafford - The Algemeiner

Washington Finally Serious About Designating Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps as Terrorists

On Friday, the US Treasury Department announced sanctions on a host of Iranian companies and individuals. It is a welcome development, which hopefully sends a signal to Tehran to rein in its global terror support, ballistic missile testing and oppression of its people.

7th February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

IRGC adviser killed near Tal Afar in Iraq

Amir Toumaj

A member of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) who was embedded with Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) was killed on Saturday by an Islamic State booby trap near the Tal Afar airport, which is to the west of Mosul, according to Iranian media. The PMF, the umbrella...

24th January 2017 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Sanctioned Iranian Airlines Ferrying Illicit Weapons to Tehran

Boris Zilberman

Two airlines sanctioned by the United States for enabling Iran’s global terrorist operations appear to have played a central role in moving illicit missile components from Ukraine to the Islamic Republic, according to information obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

23rd December 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Treasury Sanctions Airline Ferrying Fighters for Assad

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The U.S. Treasury announced new Syria sanctions on Friday, including on Cham Wings, Syria’s second-largest carrier. Privately owned by businessman Issam Shammout, Cham Wings has been blacklisted by the Department of Commerce since 2011.

20th December 2016 - Quoted by Lee Smith - Tablet Magazine

Trump’s Iran Deal Trap: ‘Renegotiation’ vs. ‘Enforcement’

Mark Dubowitz

Forget China and underwater drones, forget Russian hacks and leaks, because it’s all a sideshow: America’s big-ticket foreign-policy issue is still the Iran deal.

17th December 2016 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iraq’s PMF is IRGC’s “next step,” senior Qods Force commander says

Bill Roggio, Amir Toumaj

The establishment of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) is an extension of Iran’s plan to export the revolution, which keeps war against Sunni extremists from reaching the country’s borders, argued Brigadier General Iraj Masjedi, senior adviser to the commander of the Islamic...

15th December 2016 - Quoted by The Associated Press

Revolutionary Guard Faces New Foe in Iran’s Opening Economy

Iran's Revolutionary Guard faces a new enemy: the gradual opening of the country's economy after the nuclear deal with world powers. Though better known for its hard-line fervor as an elite force created to defend Iran's cleric-led system, the Guard holds vast business interests both public...

14th December 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Experts: New Militia Commander will Perpetuate Repression in Iran

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameini’s appointment of a top general as the new head of Basij, a militia that also acts as a vigilante force against domestic dissidents, is the latest “sign that the Islamic Republic has no intention of easing its grip on internal dissent,” two...

13th December 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Pick for Basij Chief is Versed in Repression

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Amir Toumaj

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei issued a decree last Wednesday appointing Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Qolam-Hossein Qeibparvar as commander of the country’s Basij paramilitary force.

13th December 2016 - Quoted by Middle East Online

Iran in Provocative Mood as Trump Presidency Looms

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran appears to be bent on provoking the United States during the countdown to Donald Trump taking office as president of the United States on January 20.

12th December 2016 - Newsweek

Iran’s Hostages-for-Cash Scheme Continues - How Should the West Respond?

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Annie Fixler

Iran is currently holding Iranian-British charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe hostage to pressure London to pay back hundreds of million pounds it allegedly owes the Islamic Republic.

12th December 2016 - Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

Rubio, Experts Rip Obama Administration for Trivializing Iranian Influence in Syria

Tony Badran

The Obama administration is downplaying Iran's role in atrocities committed by the Syrian regime in order to avoid endangering last summer's landmark nuclear deal, a top lawmaker and experts tell The Weekly Standard.

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.

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