Analysis & Commentary

5th May 2016 - Quoted by Mark Hay - VICE

Iran Is Offering Citizenship to Families of Migrants Who Died Fighting Iran’s Battles

Amir Toumaj

On Monday, the Islamic Republic News Agency—Iran's official press outlet—reported that the nation's parliament had passed a law allowing the state to grant citizenship to the children, parents, and wives of foreigners killed while fighting for Iran.

2nd May 2016 - The National Interest

Iran: Former IRGC Commander Reveals Its Meddling in Elections

Amir Toumaj

Mansour Haghighatpour, an Iranian parliamentarian and former Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander, told a reformist-leaning newspaper last month that the IRGC had tried to leverage its political and financial influence to prevent his reelection in parliamentary elections two...

16th April 2016 - Quoted by Alex Rowell - NOW Lebanon

Iranian boots on the ground

Amir Toumaj

The first deployment of foreign regular army ground troops to the front lines of the five-year-long battle between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad came with rather less fanfare and controversy than might have been expected.

5th April 2016 - Quoted by Deb Riechmann - Associated Press

US Says Iran Forces Pulling Back in Syria; Others Say No

Tony Badran

The Obama administration is making the case that Iran is drawing down its elite fighting force from Syria in an effort to allay fears that Tehran is using its powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Syria to strengthen its influence across the Middle East. Yet the Iranian government...

28th March 2016 - Quoted by Tolga Tanis - Hurriyet Daily News

Zarrab connections

Let’s not talk about the unknown. Did Reza Zarrab, a Turkish businessman of Iranian origin, go to the U.S. knowing he would be arrested?

25th March 2016 - The Long War Journal

Iran deploys Army Special Forces to Syria and Iraq

Amir Toumaj

A senior commander in Iran’s Army told reporters Wednesday that Special Forces would be deployed as “advisors” to Syria and Iraq.

11th March 2016 - The National Interest

America Risks Another Flawed Deal with Iran

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran’s ongoing ballistic missile drills continue to present a problem without an effective solution. Specifically, last month, three former U.S. government officials called in the National Interest for a plan linking “pressure and diplomacy” to address Iran’s missile program.

9th March 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

IRGC’s Latest Ballistic Missile Test Underscores Need for Sanctions

Amir Toumaj

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) held a series of ballistic missiles drills over the last few days, launching next-generation short-, medium-, and long-range missiles from silos and missile bases built underground and in mountains.

4th March 2016 - The Weekly Standard

Iran’s Make-Believe Moderates

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Barack Obama and his tireless secretary of state sold the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in part as a means to reinforce Iranian “reformers," "moderates," and "pragmatists." They were always quick to add that the atomic accord stood on its own technical merits. Yet the non-nuclear...

1st March 2016 - National Post

The real roadblock to better relations is Tehran

Sheryl Saperia

The Islamic Republic of Iran must take delight in commentators in the West who advance the regime’s public relations agenda free of charge.

26th February 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Principlists to Dominate Elections

Amir Toumaj

Analyses in U.S. media suggest today’s Iranian parliamentary election is a decisive battle between hard-liners and moderates. The discourse among Iran’s leaders, however, tells a different story.

24th February 2016 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

GAO points to problems with the Iran nuclear deal

Mark Dubowitz

The Government Accountability Office put out a preliminary report on Tuesday on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran.

17th February 2016 - Quoted by Kimberly Dozier - The Daily Beast

‘Patriot Fund’ Promises to Keep Cash Out of Iran’s Hands

Jonathan Schanzer

More and more western companies are doing business with Iran, thanks to a nuclear deal with the West. But Iran is still one of the world’s biggest backers of terrorism. And that sets up a dilemma for some investors: How to buy stocks without inadvertently supporting a state sponsor of...

13th February 2016 - The Long War Journal

The IRGC’s involvement in the battle for Aleppo

Amir Toumaj, Max Peck

On Feb. 11, the US, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar agreed in Munich to a ceasefire in Syria. But the Russian Foreign Minister announced that his country would not stop its bombing against “terrorists.”

10th February 2016 - Quoted by Nahal Toosi - Politico

Obama official: Iranian law won’t dictate new visa rules

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Obama administration will not rely solely on the laws of Iran, Iraq, Syria or Sudan in determining who is a dual national and thus ineligible to travel to the U.S. without a visa, a senior U.S. official told POLITICO on Wednesday.

3rd February 2016 - The Wall Street Journal Europe

Flying in the Face of U.S. Sanctions

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Mahan Air is an Iranian passenger airline that also happens to be a favorite with the country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The IRGC uses Mahan planes to ferry weapons and personnel to aid the Syrian regime. That’s according to the U.S. government, which has repeatedly committed...

23rd January 2016 - Quoted by Mehdi Jedinia - Voice of America

Analysts: Iran’s Sanctions Windfall Unlikely to Affect Syrian War

U.S. officials are likely correct in their assessment that more of Iran’s sanctions relief money will go toward domestic concerns than to the war in Syria or funding global terrorism, analysts say.

22nd January 2016 - Quoted by Farnaz Fassihi - The Wall Street Journal

The Two Faces of Iran’s Dual Government

Last Sunday morning, a day after the implementation of the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, President Hassan Rouhani issued a statement of hope for the future. “We have extended our hands to the world in a sign of friendship,” said Mr. Rouhani, in order “to begin a new...

19th January 2016 - The Hill

Congress should keep foreign investors from working with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Last weekend, the Obama administration and the European Union lifted sanctions against Tehran, less than a year after Iran and six world powers reached a nuclear deal. In preparation, the Islamic Republic has for months waged a charm to bring foreign investors to the Tehran Stock Exchange...

17th January 2016 - FOX News

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John Hannah

FDD senior counselor John Hannah discusses the Iran deal and challenges posed by the IRGC.


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