Meet Esmaeil Khatib, Iran’s New Spymaster

By Dr. Ardavan Khoshnood and Erfan FardSeptember 17, 2021 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The new president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi, has selected cleric Esmail Khatib as Minister of Intelligence. Khatib is a radical Islamist with close ties to both Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. During his tenure, we can expect a more aggressive approach by the Ministry of Intelligence, meaning more terrorism and violence at the hands of the Islamic regime. Ebrahim Raisi…

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Iran and the Taliban

By Erfan Fard September 6, 2021 BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 2,147, September 6, 2021 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The US invaded Afghanistan in 2001 to overthrow the Taliban regime and al-Qaeda after the 9/11 attacks. Iran opposed the US presence, as it strove (and continues to strive) for regional hegemony. Despite its distaste for the Sunni Taliban, Tehran constantly undermined US efforts to stabilize Afghanistan by collaborating with the extremist group. Shortly after the 9/11 attacks on the American homeland in…

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Iranian Dissidents to Visit Israel

By Erfan FardJuly 26, 2021 BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 2,105, July 26, 2021 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: At the end of July 2021, a delegation of eight Iranian opposition members will visit Israel to take part in cultural and political meetings planned by the Institute for Voices of Liberty (IVOL). These meetings could lay the basis for a future relationship between Israel and Iran after the collapse of the ayatollahs’ dictatorship. At the end of this month, eight Iranian members of…

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FBI and a new threat from Raisi, the new president

By: Erfan Fard {@EQFard} Nowadays, the mullahs in Iran celebrate a sham event of election which was similar to a circus. the mullah’s regime or “the most corrupt and disgraceful government of Allah on earth with their pure Muhammad Islam and the representative of the imam of the time“, now have a new president. Alas, Iranian regime will shape a junta under the cover of mullah’s tyranny! surely, American diplomacy with this mullah’s regime and new president is an absurd…

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Iran’s Threat to Iraq Is a Threat to the US

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The US Office of the Director of National Intelligence recently released its annual threat assessment, in which Iran is mentioned no fewer than 60 times as part of a “diverse array of threats” facing the US. Iran is moving toward its goal of full domination of Iraq and the expulsion of the last remaining US forces from that country, a result that would represent a great success for the Islamic Republic. The annual threat assessment released in April…

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Raisi and new malign activities of Quds Force

By: Erfan Fard {@EQFard} The available data indicate that the Quds Force is a specialized division or an elite paramilitary arm of IRGC in Iran. Quds Force built up a widespread network in the war-torn country, such as Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Yemen and elsewhere. In most of those states, IRGC-QF, recruited local people and supporting Shia’ militias and working with Shia’ allied with The USA. Almost certainly, the Quds Force and its network operate clandestinely overseas. On 25 October…

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IRGC-QF is an Imminent Threat for US Forces

By: Erfan Fard {@EQFard} The Middle East is highly unstable. The serious threat for US forces in this turbulent region is the hostility of Iranian regime. this regime is a bad and malign actor is this volatile region of the globe. Iran policy has a multiplicity of factors and it operates with a multi-faceted strategy. The main policy of Mullahs is Iran‘s Global Terrorism Network. Regionally, the US allies –Israel, Saudi Arabia, some of the GCC States, Jordan, Egypt –…

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Possible Succession Scenarios In Iran

By: Erfan Fard {@EQFard} EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: A presidential election will take place in Iran on June 18, and it is rumored that Ali Khamenei prefers one candidate above the others: Chief Justice Ebrahim Raisi. While Raisi has never belonged to the IRGC, his election would nevertheless represent a victory for the hardliners. Despite his lack of religious credentials, Raisi is also considered a serious contender to succeed Khamenei as Supreme Leader. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is the main…

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