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On Iran, President Trump is sending mixed signals

Apr 15th, 2017

Hassan Dai, March 2017, The Hill
Trump administration has sent some signals that could be interpreted as the continuation of President Obama’s conciliatory approach toward Iran… Trump cannot say it is going to be tougher on Iran and at the same time join with the Russians in Syria. The two are mutually exclusive… If Trump ignores Tehran’s quest for domination in the Middle East, he will take the United States to where Obama was headed—just more quickly.”



Don’t get fooled again by Iran

Apr 15th, 2017

Hassan Dai, February 2017, The Hill
The call to engage Iran and empower the so-called “moderates” is one of the most persistent policy positions in Washington and will get louder in coming weeks as we approach the Iranian Presidential “elections”



Iranian regime’s Achilles Heel

Feb 10th, 2017

Hassan Dai, February 10, 2017
Iranian political and military leadership has repeatedly declared that the Revolutionary Guard’s primary mission is to fight against domestic threats as the regime considers popular uprisings as the most fundamental threat to its survival



Iran’s game plan in Afghanistan

Jan 19th, 2017

Hassan Dai, 19 January 2017
Iran’s support to Taliban aims to weaken US military presence in Afghanistan, eventually forcing its withdrawal. Iran is also using Taliban as a counter balance to the presence of ISIS in the country. But Iran has a broader goal to secure its zone of influence in Farsi speaking and Shiite regions of Afghanistan. In this context, the Revolutionary Guards’ Afghan units like Fatemiyoun that has gained enormous battlefield experience in Syria, could be used as an important leverage in a civil war torn Afghanistan and help Iran to add part of Afghanistan to its “Shi’ite crescent” stretching to the Mediterranean Sea.



Trump’s Middle East policy and future of pro-Iran lobby

Jan 10th, 2017

Hassan Dai, January 10, 2017
It is largely expected that Trump administration will diminish the influence of pro-Iran lobby and cut its tentacles in the State Department, but a misguided policy in the Middle East that benefits Tehran could eventually help this lobby to thrive in Washington once again.



Rafsanjani’s death and Iran’s regional policies

Jan 9th, 2017

Hassan Dai, January 9, 2017
Rafsanjani died fall short of his goal to alter Iranian foreign policy, a change that he believed to be necessary for the regime’s survival. His death could significantly impact the regime’s internal balance of power and strengthen the Supreme Leader and the Revolutionary Guards’ position to advance their regional policies that have so far fueled violence and sectarian conflicts across the Middle East.



Tell the truth about Iran’s bloodletting in Syria

Dec 30th, 2016

Hamid yazdan Panah
Despite the shameful stance of the regime in Tehran, there are those inside Iran who have the dignity and courage to speak the truth, even in the face of danger



Arbaeen pilgrimage and Iran’s regional ambitions

Nov 17th, 2016

Hassan Dai, November 17, 2016
As Arbaeen continues to grow as the most important religious ceremony in the world and a show of force for the Shia community, the Iranian regime has been trying to gradually take the control of this event and utilizing it for its domestic and regional goals, specifically to solidify its influence in Iraq and dominate the Shia world.



Evolution of Pro-Iran lobby under Obama, from a pressure group to a White House partner

Nov 16th, 2016

Hassan Dai, 11 November 2016
Pro-Iran lobby is a coalition of organizations and politicians, led by US corporations and accompanied by an army of pundits and Iran experts that regardless of what Iran is doing, asks the US government to adopt a friendlier policy with Iran and remove sanctions. At the center of this lobby are small Iranian-American organizations that are tied to various factions of the Iranian regime.



The Mosul offensive and future of Shiite militias

Nov 11th, 2016

Hassan Dai, November 8, 2016
For months prior to the offensive, Iran and its Iraqi proxies pressured the Iraqi government to accept the militias’ role in the Mosul offensive, a move that could give them a share of victory and provide them with a pretext to justify their activities long after the defeat of ISIS. This would secure Iran’s influence in Iraq that predominantly relies on these militias, a prospect that many believe to be the Hezbollah-ization of Iraq.



Iran and Russia hold propaganda conference in Moscow for the unity of Muslims!!

Oct 24th, 2016

Iranian American Forum, October 24, 2016
As the slaughter of Syrian people by the Assad regime and its foreign enablers, Russia and Iran continues to escalate sectarian tensions and ignite condemnation and indignation around the world, Russian and Iran organized a three day propaganda conference on October 18-20 in Moscow calling for the “unity of Muslims” to fight violence and terrorism.



Pro-Iranian regime network of Islamic Centers in the US

Oct 17th, 2016

Hassan Dai, March 30, 2017
There are a number of Islamic organizations in the US that are tied to the Iranian regime, disseminate its ideology and attempt to generate support for its political agenda. The vast majority of American Muslims follow a moderate Islam and reject extremist views including the Iranian regime’s ideology. Subsequently, Iran’s influence is limited to a very slim portion of US Muslims, predominantly in the Shia community.



Iranian regime intensifies its campaign to lure Afghan immigrants to fight in Syria

Sep 6th, 2016

Hassan Dai, September 6, 2016
Iranian regime has been carrying out a large-scale public campaign to justify its military intervention in Syria and reinvigorate the regime’s ideological base that seems shaken by the Syrian quagmire. This campaign specifically targets Afghan immigrants who provide the majority of recruits for the “Fatemiyoun” Division, the Afghan unit of Iran’s Quds Force fighting in Syria. This campaign seems crucial for the Iranian regime as it is bogged down in Syria and in desperate need of more fighters for its war machine.



Pakistani unit of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards fighting in Syria

Sep 1st, 2016

Hassan Dai, September 1, 2016
In late 2014, the Revolutionary Guards Quds Force recruited a group of 50 Pakistani Shiites and formed the Zeynabiyoun brigade. The unit is currently estimated to have 1500 to 2000 fighters in Syria.



Iranian regime is bleeding in the Syrian quagmire

Aug 24th, 2016

Hassan Dai*, August 8, 2016
The battle of Aleppo showed the failure of Iranian military surge in Syria since 2015 to reach a decisive victory and proves how deeply Iran is bogged down in the Syrian quagmire.



The New Orientalism: Iran as a Political Commodity

Aug 24th, 2016

Hamid Yazdan Panah, Global Voice, 10 August 2016
Iran is a hot commodity. Whether it is being sold as a misunderstood land of mystery, or eyed as a potential business or investment opportunity, it is difficult to find a narrative which does not reduce the country to a means to a particular end. Historically, this included the vilification of Iran as an anti-western wasteland, divorced from historical context, geopolitical significance and diversity.



Leading organizer of Iranian Holocaust Cartoon Contest is a Partner of the German Federal Government

Jun 6th, 2016

Majid Mollanoroozi, Director of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art and Visual Arts Director at the Iranian “Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance” gave out the awards to the winners. The German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier chose Mollanoroozi to be a partner of a cultural project of the German government,



Al Mustafa University, Iran’s global network of Islamic schools

Apr 12th, 2016

Hassan Dai, April 2016
Al Mustafa is an international university funded and controlled by the Iranian regime to train foreign clerics, Shia scholars and missionaries. It was founded in 2007 and operates nearly 200 seminaries, Islamic schools, religious centers and associations in Iran and around the world. Al Mustafa has 40.000 students, half of them in Iran. 30.000 have graduated from Al Mustafa since 2007



Iran proxy militia vows to fight against US forces in Iraq

Mar 22nd, 2016

Iranian Amercian Forum, March 22, 2016

On March 21, one of Iran’s main proxy militias in Iraq called “Asaib Ahl al-Haq” has warned that it would treat U.S. Marines deployed in Iraq to fight Islamic State as forces of occupation. According to Fars news agency, affiliated with Iranian revolutionary guards, Asaib and another militia have vowed to fight against US troops



Iran’s multinational Shiite army: funerals of foreign fighters killed in Syria and buried in city of Qom

Mar 16th, 2016

Iranian American Forum, March 16, 2016
The funerals of foreign fighters of Iran Quds Force killed in Syria and buried in the city of Qom shows the multinational aspect of Quds Force that operates numerous proxy militias across the Middle East. It also shows the extent of Iranian military intervention in Syria