Analysis & Commentary

2nd April 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: An Iranian SAM in the Arabian Peninsula

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Last week, the Saudi Arabian embassy in Washington D.C. released a nine-page primer on Iran’s continued support to Yemen’s Houthi rebels. Buried within the same document was photographic evidence of Saudi Arabia’s latest charge against Iran: the provision of the Sayyad-2C...

28th March 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

A peek inside Houthi Rebel’s recent missile strikes in Saudi Arabia

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Pro-Houthi media outlets like Yemen News Agency (SABA) reported that at least three types of projectiles were fired into the Kingdom. They include the Burkan-2H, the Qaher-2M, and the Badr-1. Both the Burkan and the Qaher have been used multiple times in the Yemeni theater, while the Badr...

9th November 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

U.S. Backs Saudi Claim about Iranian Missile Support to Yemeni Rebels

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Alexandra N. Gutowski

Regional tensions escalated as Saudi Arabia blamed Iran for an attempted missile strike on its capital by Yemeni rebels. On November 4, Saudi defenses intercepted a ballistic missile fired by Yemen’s Shiite Houthi rebels (also known as Ansar Allah) at a Riyadh airport.

5th July 2017 - Quoted by Fred Lucas - The Daily Signal

4 Response Strategies for Trump After North Korea’s New Missile Test

President Donald Trump may have no good options in responding to North Korea’s successful missile launch July 4, experts say, but a military strike is likely the worst while more intense sanctions and pressure on China probably are the most feasible.

9th May 2017 - Fox Business

Cavuto: Coast to Coast

John Hannah

FDD senior counselor John Hannah comments on the escalating tensions after Iran fired a missile in the Strait of Hormuz.

17th April 2017 - BBC

Up All Night

FDD senior fellow Anthony Ruggiero discusses China, North Korea and the recent missile tests.

31st January 2017 - Monocle 24

The Monocle Daily

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD senior Iran analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu comments on Iran's recent missile test.

10th October 2016 - Quoted by New York Post

Obama breaks another promise to ‘save’ the Iran deal

The Obama administration keeps on breaking its promises on the Iran deal — its promises to the American people, that is.

30th August 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

State Dept. Expresses “Concern” Over Iran’s Installation of Russian Missile System

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran’s installation of the Russian-built S-300 surface-to-air missile system outside the Fordow nuclear enrichment facility is “of concern” to the United States, a State Department spokesman told reporters on Monday.

29th August 2016 - The Hill

Iran looks to Latin America to revive missile infrastructure

Emanuele Ottolenghi

With the presidential campaign in full swing, U.S. media may be forgiven for downplaying the news of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's six-nation tour of Latin America last week. His visit, however, should elicit concern in Washington.

7th July 2016 - Fox News

German intel report charges Iran seeking illegal nuke, missile tech

Benjamin Weinthal

With the ink barely dry on the deal between the U.S. and Iran to prevent the Islamic Republic from securing nuclear weapons, a new German intelligence document charges that Iran continues to flout the agreement.

2nd June 2016 - Quoted by Jay Solomon - The Wall Street Journal

U.S. Moves to Cut Off North Korea From Banking System

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration warned foreign banks that they will face U.S. sanctions or fines for doing business with North Korea, a move that turns up the pressure on Pyongyang but raises the specter of direct economic conflict with China.

25th August 2014 - War On The Rocks

Don’t Forget Iran’s Ballistic Missiles

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Last month, the P5+1 and Iran arranged for an extension of Joint Plan of Action (JPOA), the interim nuclear deal that was agreed to in Geneva in late 2013 and implemented in January of this year.

8th April 2014 - Quoted by Eli Lake, The Daily Beast

Russia’s Ace in the Hole: a Super-Missile It Can Sell to Iran

Mark Dubowitz

Tensions between Russia and the West are hitting a new peak. And in this face-off, Moscow has an extraordinary piece of leverage: a...


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