Analysis & Commentary


10th January 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban kills dozens in double suicide attack in Kabul

Bill Roggio

A Taliban suicide assault team killed and wounded more than 100 people in a coordinated attack that targeted intelligence officials and government workers today in the Afghan capital of Kabul. The attack included a blast that preyed on first responders who rushed in to help those injured in...

10th January 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

German University Suspends Pro-BDS Professor

Benjamin Weinthal

Weisenthal Center's Zuroff says "it is very unfortunate that someone who has strong antisemitic views is allowed to promote those views in the German education system.”

10th January 2017 - Quoted by Karen DeYoung - The Washington Post

Do campaign statements and tweets add up to a Trump foreign policy strategy?

Mark Dubowitz

Amid the cacophony of campaign riffs and post-election tweets, two central themes have emerged as apparent pillars of Donald Trump’s foreign policy vision: ending Islamist terrorism, and constraining China.

10th January 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US adds 2 senior Hezbollah members to terrorism list

David Daoud

The US State Department listed Ali Da’amoush and Mustafa Mughniyeh, both members of Hezbollah’s senior leadership, as specially designated global terrorists today. The designation sanctions individuals who have either carried out terrorist attacks against the United States or who pose a...

10th January 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

Secret UN Report: Iran May Have Violated Arms Embargo, Sent Weapons to Hezbollah

In one of his final acts in office on December 30, outgoing United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon submitted a confidential report to the UN Security Council alleging that Iran may have violated an international arms embargo by smuggling weapons to the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah,...

10th January 2017 - The Washington Times

Lost in cyberspace

Clifford D. May

Russia’s hacking of the Democratic National Committee was mischievous. Did it change the outcome of the 2016 elections? No evidence suggests that and the intelligence community isn’t claiming that.

9th January 2017 - WINA 98.9FM

The Schilling Show

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD Senior Iran Analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu discusses the life and legacy of Rafsanjani.

9th January 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellow Bill Roggio discusses the last weeks of Obama and the increased attacks on ISIS in Syria.

9th January 2017 - The Washington Post

Iran’s Rafsanjani: A legacy of terrorism and repression behind a facade of moderation

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Shortly before his death, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Iran’s former president and clerical major domo, mused on the Holocaust. “For instance, it is said that six million Jews died. Later accounts reveal that although people died, many Jews were in hiding during those days; ‘the...

9th January 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Michael Ledeen

FDD's Freedom Scholar Dr. Michael Ledeen discusses the warning shots from USS Mahan directed at Iran.

9th January 2017 - WTN 99.7

The Dan Mandis Show

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses the moving of the US embassy to Jerusalem.

9th January 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Rafsanjani: A Revolutionary, Not a Reformer

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Former Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died of a heart attack Sunday at age 82. Often described as a “modern mullah” and “moderate voice,” Rafsanjani was more a shrewd survivor and political operative than champion of reform, let alone democracy. His career was...

9th January 2017 - The Weekly Standard

The Death of Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani, a Machiavellian Prince

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Last week Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani, the principal architect of the Islamic Republic, died of a heart attack at 82. The former parliamentary speaker, two-term president, and chairman of various powerful bodies leaves behind a mixed political legacy.

9th January 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

PMF deputy commander Muhandis details Hezbollah ops in Iraq

David Daoud

Abu Mahdi al Muhandis, the deputy commander of the Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), gave an in-depth interview last week with the pro-Iranian, pan-Arab satellite television channel Al Mayadeen, in which he confirmed the presence of Lebanese Hezbollah in Iraq. In the interview,...

9th January 2017 - Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

The Myth of Rafsanjani

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Former Iranian president Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani, a so-called Iranian moderate and pragmatist, died Sunday at 82.

9th January 2017 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran: U.S. Surrendered More Than $10 Billion in Gold, Cash, Assets

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The Obama administration has paid Iran more than $10 billion in gold, cash, and other assets since 2013, according to Iranian officials, who disclosed that the White House has been intentionally deflating the total amount paid to the Islamic Republic.

9th January 2017 - Quoted by Barney Breen-Portnoy - The Algemeiner

Nuclear Watchdog Group: Approval of Russian Shipment of Natural Uranium to Iran is ‘Reckless’

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The news that the US and five other world powers have approved a Russian shipment of 116 metric tons of natural uranium to Iran is “only likely to spark a greater backlash” by the new Congress and President-elect Donald Trump against the July 2015 nuclear agreement, a top official with...

9th January 2017 - Quoted by Mitch Prothero, Nancy A. Youssef - BuzzFeed

Trump’s Tweets Are Freaking Out America’s Closest Allies

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Intelligence services across Europe are growing increasingly worried that President-elect Donald Trump’s unpredictability and impulsive tweeting could harm intelligence-sharing agreements with the United States.

9th January 2017 - Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

ExxonMobil and Iran did business under secretary of State nominee Tillerson

Mark Dubowitz

ExxonMobil did business with Iran, Syria and Sudan through a European subsidiary while President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of State was a top executive of the oil giant and those countries were under U.S. sanctions as state sponsors of terrorism, Securities and Exchange...

8th January 2017 - Quoted by Carol Morello - The Washington Post

Iran’s former president, who was set to a key role in selecting next supreme leader, dies

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Former Iranian president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, one of the most influential figures in Iran since the Islamic revolution and a driving force for reform, has died at the age of 82 after suffering an apparent heart attack, state media reported Sunday.

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