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20th October 2015 - The Hill

Time to Designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as Terror Group

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Last week, news emerged that Russia's military deployment to Syria was offering cover to the Syrian regime and its allies in a campaign to recapture lost territories from rebel groups. But even that could not prevent a string of high-profile casualties among senior commanders of Iran's...

19th October 2015 - Quoted by Julian Pecquet - Al Monitor

Europe Seen as Wild Card as Iran Nuclear Deal Goes Into Effect

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Critics of the nuclear deal with Iran want the Obama administration to quickly set firm limits on sanctions relief to prevent the international coalition that brought Tehran to the table from unraveling.

16th October 2015 - Quoted by Carol Morello - The Washington Post

Why This Sunday is a Significant Day for the Iran Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

After many years of fitful negotiations, Iran is expected within days to start dismantling parts of its nuclear facilities and reducing its uranium stockpiles under international supervision.

14th October 2015 - The Long War Journal

Qods Force Commander Qassem Soleimani Rallies Iranian Officers, Hezbollah in Syria

Bill Roggio

Major General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps – Qods Force, has been seen addressing Iranian military officers and members of Lebanese Hezbollah in western Syria.

12th October 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn on Afghanistan and Syria.

9th October 2015 - Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Hussein Hamedani, Iranian General, Killed by Islamic State in Syria

A top Iranian military commander was killed by Islamic State fighters on the outskirts of the Syrian city of Aleppo on Thursday night, Iranian media reported.

9th October 2015 - Quoted by Saeed Kamali Dehghan - The Guardian

Senior Iranian Commander Killed in Syria

A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander has been killed in Syria in an incident that sheds light on Tehran’s growing, shadowy role in bolstering Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

9th October 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Kills Iranian General in Syria

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State killed a general from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) during fighting near the Syrian city of Aleppo. The general is the third senior Iranian military leader to have been killed while battling the Islamic State and other jihadist groups operating in Syria...

8th October 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Reuters: Iran and Russia Plotted Defense of Assad During Final Months Of Nuclear Talks

Benjamin Weinthal, Emanuele Ottolenghi

Russia and Iran decided in July to undertake joint military action to prop up Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, even while they sat on opposite sides of the table in nuclear negotiations, Reuters reported Tuesday.

8th October 2015 - Business Insider

Here’s How to Stop Iran’s Revolutionary Guard From Profiting Off of the Nuclear Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The slogan of Iran’s largest mobile telecommunication business, the Mobile Communication Company of Iran (MCI), is “Nobody is alone.” That sentiment is far from reassuring.

4th October 2015 - Quoted by Steven Emerson - The Algemeiner

Iranian President Tries to Bribe Revolutionary Guard Corps to Back Nuclear Deal

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is seeking to bribe the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to cease its efforts to undermine the nuclear deal with global powers, reports Ali Alfonen – a senior fellow with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

2nd October 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Democrats Look for Cover on Lousy Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Nine Democrats trying frantically to dispel the impression that their party was sold a bill of goods on the Iran deal came out with legislation Thursday that they said would “strengthen U.S. policy toward Iran and to clarify aspects of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that is...

2nd October 2015 - The Arab Weekly

Rohani Deal With IRGC Could Torpedo Nuclear Agreement

Iranian President Hassan Ro­hani’s diplomacy and the land­mark nuclear bargain may have reduced the gaps between Teh­ran and the global powers, but the agreement is widening differ­ences between the political elites in the Islamic Republic, a develop­ment that could imperil the deal....

30th September 2015 - The Hill

Don’t Let the Revolutionary Guards Join Iran’s Gold Rush

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is the regime's top exporter of terrorism and chief enforcer of repression at home. Regrettably, it is the IRGC that will benefit most from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear agreement that world powers signed with Tehran in...

24th September 2015 - The Arab Weekly

Tehran’s Deployment Pattern in Iraq

“The United States in­tends to preserve Daesh in order to make Muslims dependent on America,” Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani declared using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State (ISIS) in his September 1st report on regional developments to Iran’s powerful Assembly of...

23rd September 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran on Israel: ‘We Are Going to Destroy Them’

Saeed Ghasseminejad

The commander of Iran’s army said on Tuesday that the Islamic Republic would destroy Israel at all costs despite the recent nuclear deal aimed at reining in the country’s rogue behavior, according to comments by these officials.

18th September 2015 - The Weekly Standard

Our Iranian Interlocutor

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Antisemitism has never been an easy subject for America’s foreign-policy establishment. Read through State Department telegrams and Central Intelligence Agency operational and intelligence cables on the Middle East and you will seldom find it discussed, even though Jew-hatred—not just...

16th September 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

What’s Next on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Post reports: Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked a second Republican attempt to pass a resolution disapproving of the Iran nuclear deal.

16th September 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Khamenei-Run Foundation Will Receive Windfall From Nuclear Deal

A foundation run by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stands to be a major beneficiary of lifted sanctions as part of the nuclear deal with Iran, Reuters reported Tuesday.

4th September 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Nuclear Deal is a Boon to the IRGC

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The nuclear agreement signed by Iran and world powers in July will benefit Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in three primary ways.

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