Reports & Analysis

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.



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



Blatant anti-Semitism: New wave of anti-Jewish hatred by Iranian regime

Feb 22nd, 2016

Iranian American Forum, February 22, 2016
The Iranian regime has started a widespread campaign to portray the Saudi royal family as Jewish and at the same time, calling Jews filthy anti-Islamic conspirators responsible for all the Middle Eastern crisis and blood shedding. This campaign is well illustrated in a speech by panahian, the most renowned preacher close to the Supreme Leader and tied to revolutionary guards during a state organized rally in defense of Yemeni rebels. He declared: “For the last hundred years, the Jews in the region have been committing atrocities and killing Muslims. We blame anti-Islam Jews and Zionists for the plight of Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Bahrain, and Yemen. We also blame the rich Jews and evil Zionists for all the troubles faced by people in Europe and America. Once we save the region from the evil oppression of the anti-Islam Jews, then we will have also saved the people of Europe and America from the oppression of the Zionists.”



Presenting the Iranian regime as a victim, NIAC’s new pro-Tehran campaign

Jan 28th, 2016

Iranian Forum, 26 January 2016
NIAC’s current campaign against Saudi Arabia is very similar to NIAC’s usual anti-Israeli drive which the organization has continued for more than a decade. According to NIAC, the Saudi’s and Israeli belligerent policies toward Iran are not in response to the Iranian actions or its expansionist polices. Saudi Arabia, like Israel, is a fading regional power that fears Iran’s ascending position in the region, thus, it tries to create smoke screens and crisis to isolate Iran, stop its ascend and prevent US-Iran rapprochement. Israel and Saudis are presented as the root cause of regional problems.
Accordingly, Iran is presented as a country that pursues a regional policy devoid of ideology and based on national interests. Iran seeks its legitimate place in the region and could be a valuable partner for the international community to bring peace and stability to the Middle East.



Afghani Division of Iranian Revolutionary Guards fighting in Syria

Jan 13th, 2016


A Documentary by Iranian-American



Iran lobby under Obama, from pressure group to White House partner

Jun 29th, 2015


A Documentary by Iranian-American Forum



Iran’s Proxy Militias in Iraq

Jun 22nd, 2015


A Documentary by Iranian-American Forum



Anniversary of Iran 2009 uprising and Obama’s appeasement of the regime

Jun 3rd, 2015

Iranian American Forum, June 3, 2015
While millions of Iranians were in the streets opposing the regime, Obama ignored this historic moment and continued his outreach to the Iranian rulers. His appeasing attitude was a signal that the US is so eager to reach a nuclear deal and befriend the regime that it would tolerate Mullahs’ brutal repression in Iran and hegemonic policies across the region