Reports & Analysis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


A Documentary by Iranian-American


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


A Documentary by Iranian-American Forum


Iran’s Proxy Militias in Iraq


A Documentary by Iranian-American Forum


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

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


Denouncing NIAC’s charade against Senator Graham

Iranian American Forum, 5.31.2015
By slandering Senator Graham, NIAC tries to attain two goals: First, to discredit anti-Iranian regime camp in the US and facilitate Tehran’s pursuit of its nuclear ambitions and its hegemonic drive in the region. Second, it seeks to gain credit as a genuine defender of the Iranian-American community and use this credit to pursue its pro-regime lobby activities in Washington


Iranian Regime’s Quest to Dominate the Middle East


A Documentary by Iranian-American Forum


How an Iranian misinformation campaign has been adopted and promoted by the Obama administration

Hassan Dai, April 2015
Obama administration claims that Iranian nuclear program is supported by vast majority of Iranians and it has become a matter of national pride, therefore, the US can’t force Iran to stop enrichment. This claim is part of Iranian regime’s misinformation campaign that started in 2003 and includes a total ban on opposing the program, jailing the critics, holding state-organized rallies in support of program and fabricating fake public opinion polls in Iran for US audience. Majority of these polls are made by a Tehran-based center tied to security forces. These polls are publicized and promoted by pro-Tehran groups in Washington, many of them are close allies of the Obama administration.


Five reasons Saudi attack on Yemen is a turning point in the Middle East

Keyvan Kaboli, April 6, 2015
This is the first time in the last 30 years that a decisive and operating coalition is being formed against the Iranian regime in the Middle East. All Arab countries except Oman have participated and contributed to this coalition.


Background: What is the pro-Iran lobby in the US?

Iranian Forum, April 2015
Since the beginning of the Islamic Republic in Iran 36 years ago, there have always been political forces in Washington that preach coexistence and friendship with the Iranian regime. On top of Iran’s allies in the US that demand removal of economic sanctions are the trade lobbies, notably the oil l companies. The Iranian regime considers these business and political forces that favor more Tehran friendly policies as the pro-Iran lobby in the US and has maintained a practical relationship with these groups.


From Amia bombing to Golan Heights: Iranian regime’s two pronged policy of blackmail

Hassan Dai, February 2015
Experience of Rafsanjai.’s overture in the 1990s and current Rouhani’s detent have the same message that the smile diplomacy in one hand and the use of terror and spread of fundamentalism to dominate the region on the other hand are leverages used by Iranian regime to advance its strategic goals


Rouhani government’s plan to enhance the “Iran Lobby” in the US

Iranian Forum, February 2014
The new government intends to enhance pro-Tehran lobby in the US to counter AIPAC’s influence and assist the government’s diplomacy efforts.


Rouhani government’s Energy Diplomacy and Oil Lobby

Hassan Dai, March 2014
Rouhani government hopes that offering juicy deals to Western oil firms will make them lobby their home governments to ease sanctions and to be more flexible in nuclear talks


Trita Parsi’s Book: “Treacherous Alliance”, A manifesto for the Iranian regime’s anti-Israeli campaign in the US

Hassan Dai, March 2015
Parsi’s book is a manifesto for the Iranian regime’s anti-Israeli campaign in the US. It is a story with three personages: a guilty, an accomplice and a victim, who are respectively Israel, the US and Iran.


Javad Zarif and Trita Parsi’s collaboration to exploit Political divisions in Washington over Iran Policy during George Bush administration

Hassan Dai, March 10, 2015
In 2006-2007, NIAC president arranged meetings between Iranian ambassador and Congress members, mainly democrats who according to Parsi ”were disillusioned with Bush foreign policy and are tired to sit on the sidelines as Bush undermines the US’s global position. They are willing to take matters in their own hands and they accept the political risk that comes with it.
In 2008, Obama’s campaign team member William Perry and Joe Biden’s staff Puneet Talwar met with Iranian delegations led by Ahmadinejad’s chief advisor Hashemi Samareh in Europe.


Iran News Digest

The New Orientalism: Iran as a Political Commodity

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

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,


Iran proxy militia vows to fight against US forces in Iraq

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

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


A terrorists gathering in Tehran

Iranian American Forum, March 2, 2016
On February 17, 2016 the Iranian regime organized a ceremony in Tehran to commemorate the eighth anniversary of Hezbollah’s chief military commander, Imad Mughniyah’s death. Among the speakers and participants of event were the Supreme Leader’s representative, high ranking commanders of Revolutionary Guards, Hezbollah commanders and two internationally known convicted terrorists, Anis Nakash and Kazem Darabi who had worked under Mughniyah’s command.


Results of Iranian elections

Iranian American Forum, February 29, 2016
The “reformists and moderates” have won largely in Tehran in both elections but overall in the country, they get about %37 of seats in Parliament and %22 in Assembly of Experts. However, following the preliminary disqualification of reformist candidates by the Council of Guardians in January, the “reformists” filled their electoral lists with new candidates, many of them well-known conservatives, some with blatant anti-reform positions. Therefore, the real percentage of “reformists” elected to new parliament is lower than the 37 percent


Iran’s Forgotten Prisoners

Hamid Yazdan Panah, February 13, 2016
As the world applauds the release of prisoners by Iran, political dissidents within the country continue to suffer unjust persecution, repression and death. The truth surrounding their charges, arrests and the breadth of their continued struggle continues to be lost in the mainstream narrative on Iran.


Iran to continue providing medical aid to Syria and Lebanon

Iranian American Forum, Jan. 12, 2016
As the Iranian economy continues to plummet under the weight of the sanctions, with declining oil prices and an ever deepening recession, Iranian Minister of Health traveled to Syria and Lebanon to assure both countries that Iran will continue to supply medicine and medical equipment, build two medical schools and train their medical staff in Iran


Refugees from Iran Denied Safe Haven

By Hamid Yazdan Panah, November 27, 2015
Refugees from Iran are being denied passage to western Europe, as new policies unfairly target refugees from specific countries.


Iran: Life of Prisoner of Conscience Alireza Golipour in Danger

Hamid Yazdan Panah, Nov. 19, 2015
Golipour, who is currently incarcerated in Evin prison, was arrested based on charges of aiding dissidents and protesters following the 2009 protests in Iran. Golipour was arrested initially 2012, but has yet to receive a formal sentence in regards to his alleged charges.


Hassan Nasrallah: Iranian leaders sacrifice national interests for the sake of Islamic nation


Hassan Nasrallah the leader of Hezbollah addressed thousands of followers in Beirut on the occasion of Shiite ceremony Ashura. Hassan Nasrallah the leader of Hezbollah addressed thousands of followers in Beirut on the occasion of Shiite ceremony Ashura. Iranian state Press TV aired the ceremony. Nasrallah criticized the Lebanese political coalition that opposes Hezbollah bullying…


Steinmeir fails in Tehran, Zarif attacks Saudis


Today, in a press conference in Tehran, Zarif attacks Saudi Arabia as Frank-Walter Steinmeir tries to mediate between two countries. Analysts see Steinmeir’s travel to Iran a failure.


Time to cash in

Hassan Dai, Sep. 21, 2015
Bijan Khajehpour, NIAC’s lobby partner and Trita Parsi’s former boss will participate in oil and Money conference in London to share the podium with an Iranian official from oil ministry and assist him in promoting business opportunities in Iran. Khajehpour and NIAC have been collaborating to oppose sanctions and urge US administration to be more flexible in nuclear talks


Khamenei and IRGC Business Empire Boosted by Iran Deal

Hamid Yazdan Panah, Sep. 15, 2015
Khamenei uses the business front known as “Setad” to extend his influence into every corner of the Iranian economy, including: “finance, oil, telecommunications, the production of birth-control pills and even ostrich farming.”


Human Rights Distorted to Support Iran Deal

Hamid Yazdan Panah, Aug. 12, 2015
The recent Iran deal has brought much fanfare and celebration, most of which conveniently overlooks the fundamental nature of the Iranian regime. Putting aside the details of the agreement, one claim in particular has consistently been made about the nuclear deal which simply holds no weight. The claim is that the nuclear deal will somehow improve human rights in Iran, and lead to an improvement in Iranian civil society.


The Benefactors of an Iran Deal

Hamid Yazdan Panah, July 14, 2015
NIAC continues to use the nuclear crisis to score as many points as it can. Like a Mullah stuffing his face with the last remaining ghorme sabzi, NIAC has sought to squeeze every last drop of publicity (and money), out of the Iran talks. Not only is NIAC’s President Trita Parsi getting his articles re-published by the pro-regime Tehran Times, but NIAC itself is continuing to live off the fat of the political landscape, while pushing the same tired line as always.


Iran’s Faux Dissident: The Curious Case of Akbar Ganji

By Hamid Yazdanpanah, 5.22.2015
Akbar Ganji is on a mission, not as the voice of Iranian dissidents, but as an apologist for the regime in Tehran


Iran’s Forgotten Activists Remain Defiant

By Hamid Yazdan Panah
Iran’s activists have been ignored during nuclear talks, but they remain defiant in their struggle


Iran’s Larijani threatens going back to the old route of enrichment

Iran Pulse in America- May 5, 2015
The Fars News Agency, close to IRGC and Khamenei, has quoted Ali Larijani, the head of Iran’s parliament, threatening the West to go back to the regime’s previous practice of enriching uranium. He pointed to the western countries “futile attempts” to corner Iran by imposing harsh economic sanctions. Larijani said, “In spite of failure to pressure us by sanctions, they (Western countries) still talk nonsense and demand too much.”


Iran on Pace to Set Execution Record After Nuclear Deal

By Hamid Yazdan Panah, April 27, 2015

Much has been made about the supposed benefits of the Iran nuclear deal. One of the most audacious claims has been that the nuclear deal would result in an improvement in the human rights situation inside the country. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact if the last past few weeks are any indication, Iran may very well set a new record for executions committed in the past decade. To make matters worse, the issue is being completely swept under the rug, despite claims that a nuclear deal would give the West “leverage” to promote human rights.