Analysis & Commentary

16th June 2017 - The Hill

Boeing’s Iran deal: Jobs claim is murky at best

Toby Dershowitz, Tyler Stapleton

In December of 2016 Boeing announced that a new sale of 80 aircraft to Iran Air would “support nearly 100,000 U.S. jobs.” Those numbers seem murky at best.

14th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Qassem Soleimani allegedly spotted in Syria near the Iraqi border

Amir Toumaj

A Lebanese Hezbollah media arm released a photo of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Qods Force chief Qassem Soleimani today “by the Syrian border with Iraq.”

13th June 2017 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Congress can agree on Iran and Russia sanctions, at least

Mark Dubowitz

Senators have struck a deal to put a comprehensive Russia sanctions bill on the floor this week, according to those negotiating the legislation.

8th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iranian officials offer disjointed response to Islamic State terrorist attacks in Tehran

Amir Toumaj, Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran’s government has scrambled to explain Wednesday’s terrorist attacks in Tehran, the first major attacks by the Islamic State on Iranian soil, leading to contradictory messages.

7th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Afghan Fatemiyoun Division operative killed near US base in southeastern Syria

Amir Toumaj

Iranian media announced the death of an Afghan militiaman in the vicinity of Tanf military base in southeastern Syria on Monday, where coalition forces are training Syrian insurgents fighting the Islamic State.

7th June 2017 - Quoted by Ben Cohen - The Algemeiner

ISIS Attacks in Tehran Directed at ‘Symbols of Power,’ Iranian Expert Says

Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Islamic State terrorist attacks in the Iranian capital of Tehran on Wednesday were intended “to target the symbolic centers of power” in the Shiite Islamic Republic, an Iranian expert on the Middle East told The Algemeiner.

7th June 2017 - Quoted by Jordan Schachtel - Conservative Review

Chants of ‘death To America’ heard in Iranian parliament

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iranian officials appear to be blaming the United States for a terrorist attack Wednesday in Tehran that was already claimed by the Islamic State terrorist organization.

3rd June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iran tests the US in southeastern Syria

Amir Toumaj

Major powers involved in the Syrian war are racing to maximize gains from the crumbling Islamic State in southern and eastern Syria.

2nd June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Qassem Soleimani spotted near the Syrian border with Iraqi militias

Amir Toumaj

Major General Qassem Soleimani, the chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ extraterritorial operations branch the Qods Force, has been photographed with Iranian-backed Iraqi militias of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) in the northwestern countryside of Iraq near the Syrian...

19th May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

The Revolutionary Guard’s long shadow over Iran’s presidential election

Amir Toumaj

Iranians head to the polls today to choose between “bad and worse” in yet another unfair-and-unfree presidential election. The primary challenger, Ebrahim Raisi – who is considered a frontrunner to succeed Khamenei – has received the support of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps...

15th May 2017 - Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

Iran’s Radical Faction Consolidates Power In Bid To Retake The Presidency

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran’s ultra-conservative political faction is beginning to consolidate itself behind Ebrahim Raisi, a prodigy of the country’s supreme leader, in an attempt to retake the presidency in the upcoming election.

8th May 2017 - Quoted by Ed Blanche - The Arab Weekly

Iranian airlines under U.S. scrutiny for Syria arms flights

Emanuele Ottolenghi

U.S. officials are eyeing a crackdown on Ira­nian airlines that alleg­edly supply arms and equipment to Tehran's allies. The main focus of such a measure would be the air bridge between Iran and Syria that fun­nels weapons and military equip­ment to President Bashar al-Assad's military...

29th April 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces launch operation southwest of Mosul

Amir Toumaj

Backed by the Iraqi air force, the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) – an umbrella organization for Iraqi paramilitaries – launched an offensive this week southwest of Mosul in Nineveh Province to capture territory from the Islamic State. Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)...

27th April 2017 - Quoted by Philip Issa, Zeina Karam - Associated Press

Israeli strikes inside Syria pick up tempo in proxy war

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Syria’s military said Israel struck a military installation southwest of Damascus International Airport before dawn Thursday, setting off a series of explosions and raising tensions further between the two neighbors.

25th April 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD senior fellow Emanuele Ottolenghi discusses the Boeing-Aseman deal, and the implications of Hossein Alaei's connection to the IRGC.

24th April 2017 - RealClearDefense

CEO of Iranian Airline to Buy Boeing Jets Has Ties to IRGC

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Boeing announced last month it would sell 30 B737 Max aircraft to Aseman Airlines –Iran’s third-largest carrier – in a deal valued at around $3 billion.

23rd April 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Qods Force commander to advance Tehran’s influence as ambassador to Iraq

Amir Toumaj

An Iranian general from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) began his new position this week as Tehran’s ambassador to Iraq. The selection of Brigadier General Iraj Masjedi, the senior adviser to the commander of the IRGC extraterritorial branch the Qods Force, highlights...

21st April 2017 - Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Iran on Notice

Mark Dubowitz

Last week the Trump administration sent a letter to House speaker Paul Ryan to certify that the Islamic Republic of Iran is in compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, commonly referred to as the Iran nuclear deal. On the campaign trail, Donald Trump had called it the “worst...

12th April 2017 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Boeing Trying to Sell Planes to Leading Official of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps

U.S airline manufacturer Boeing is coming under renewed criticism following disclosures that its latest deal with Iran is being inked with a senior regime official and leading member of the country's Revolutionary Guard Corps, which has sponsored terrorism across the Middle East and is...

11th April 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

CEO of Iranian Airline to Buy Boeing Jets Has Ties to IRGC

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Boeing announced last week it would sell 30 B737 Max aircraft to Aseman Airlines – a government-owned carrier that is Iran’s third-largest – in a deal valued at around $3 billion. The deal appears to be permitted under the 2015 nuclear agreement, which lifted U.S. sanctions against the...


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