Analysis & Commentary

20th May 2015 - The National Interest

Who Really Controls Iran’s Economy?

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The looming nuclear deal will soon unshackle Iran’s economy from the burden of Western sanctions. Who stands to benefit from this opening?

15th May 2015 - The Arab Weekly

‘Political Piracy’: Iran’s Ship Seizures Aimed at Blocking Nuclear Deal

Ali Alfoneh

The brief crisis over the Iranian seizure of the con­tainer ship Maersk Tigris in the Strait of Hormuz on April 28th appears to have ended peacefully with the vessel’s release on May 7th but the threat of further maritime incidents cannot be ruled out in or near the strate­gic waterway...

8th May 2015 - The Arab Weekly

Admiral Shamkhani, Rohani’s Iron Fist in an Iron Glove

Ali Alfoneh

President Hassan Rohani’s appointment of Rear Ad­miral Ali Shamkhani as secretary of Iran’s Su­preme National Security Council (SNSC) in September 2013 was initially seen as an attempt by Tehran to mend fences with the Is­lamic Republic’s Sunni Arab neigh­bours, Saudi Arabia in...

13th April 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Khamenei’s Choice to Head Powerful Charity Bolsters the IRGC

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appointed Parviz Fattah as the new head of the Imam Khomeini Relief Foundation (IKRF) last weekend.

4th April 2015 - Quoted by Michael B. Kelley - Business Insider

The US and Iran are Closer in Iraq Than People Realize — and Things are Getting Ugly

Tony Badran

The Obama administration is no longer hiding the fact that the US is serving as the air force for Iran-backed Shia militias fighting ISIS in Iraq.

2nd April 2015 - FOX News

Happening Now

Ali Alfoneh

FDD Senior Fellow Ali Alfoneh discusses the Iran nuclear negotiations.

18th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Iranian-Backed Militias Rampaged in Central Iraq After Freeing Town: HRW

Bill Roggio

A Human Rights Watch report says that the militias looted, burned thousands of buildings, and abducted at least 11 people during the Amerli offensive last summer.

17th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Shiite Pakistani Casualties of the Wars in Syria and Iraq

Ali Alfoneh

Seven Pakistani Shiites who were killed while fighting for Bashar al Asad's regime in Syria appear to have been recruited and trained inside Iran.

17th March 2015 - Quoted by Jeremy Bender, Michael B. Kelley - Business Insider

This Sentence Should Cause a Lot of Concern About Iran Taking Over Iraq

Tony Badran

A disturbing sign of Iran's growing influence in Iraq and beyond was highlighted on March 8 during a seminar titled "The Iranian Identity," Bloomberg View reports.

15th March 2015 - Quoted by Charles Hoskinson - The Washington Examiner

Is Iran Playing the U.S. in the Nuclear Talks

Ali Alfoneh

Hiding in the standoff between President Obama and Congress over how to deal with international negotiations aimed at limiting Iran's nuclear program is a very real concern: whether the United States is getting played by Tehran.

12th March 2015 - 770 WABC-AM - New York, New York

The John Batchelor Show

Ali Alfoneh

FDD Senior Fellow Ali Alfoneh discusses the potential successors to Ayatollah Khamenei.

12th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Shiite Afghan Casualties of the War in Syria

Ali Alfoneh

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps - Qods Force is backing the Fatemiyoun Brigade, a unit comprise of Shiite Afghans living in Iran. The leader of the Fatemiyoun Brigade have been pictured with Qods Force commander Qassem Soleimani.

11th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Iran is No Partner in the Fight Against the Islamic State

Ali Alfoneh

The threat of the Islamic State not only makes Iraq more dependent on Tehran and legitimizes Iran’s military presence in Iraq, it also provides the regime in Tehran with another bargaining chip in nuclear negotiations.

9th March 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Succession After Khamenei

Ali Alfoneh

Iranian TV aired footage Sunday of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei addressing a group of environmental officials at his residence in central Tehran

5th March 2015 - Quoted by Erica Wenig - The Daily Caller

Top Iranian General Is Taking The Lead Against ISIS, Spreading Iranian Influence Across Middle East

Ali Alfoneh

An Iranian general is gaining publicity as he spreads his country’s influence all the way from Lebanon to Afghanistan.

5th March 2015 - Quoted by James Rosen - Fox News

Quds Force Leader, Commanding Iraqi Forces Against ISIS, Alarms Washington

Ali Alfoneh

Twice designated a terrorist by the United States government, considered responsible for up to 20 percent of American casualties in the Iraq war, Major General Qasem Suleimani, the legendary Iranian spymaster and leader of the Quds Force – the elite special operations wing of the hardline...

4th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Iranian-Backed Shiite Militias Lead Iraq’s Fight to Retake Tikrit

Bill Roggio

Massive columns of Shiite militas, including some groups that are listed by the US as Foreign Terrorist Organizations, have been leading the fight in Tikrit. Qods Force commander Qassem Soleimani has been spotted at the front lines.

4th March 2015 - Fox News

Special Report with Bret Baier

Ali Alfoneh

FDD Senior Fellow Ali Alfoneh discusses Iran's influence in the fight against the Islamic State.

11th February 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Griffin - Fox News

Secret Iranian Unit Fueling Mideast Bloodshed With Illicit Arms Shipments

Ali Alfoneh

As conflicts and civil wars rage across the Middle East and North Africa, a shadowy covert cell operating under the Iranian government is fueling the bloodshed.

11th February 2015 - Fox News

Special Report with Bret Baier

Ali Alfoneh

FDD Senior Fellow Ali Alfoneh on Iranian weapons smuggling and how it is connected to the Quds Force.


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