Iran

Since our inception, CUFI has been opposed to the radical regime in Iran and its vehement hatred of Israel. Iran’s obsession with destroying Israel began in 1979 after the violent Islamic Revolution empowered radical fundamentalists committed to dominating the Middle East. Ever since, Iran’s hatred of Israel and the United States has been the foundation of its foreign policy.

Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. Iran’s proxies, including the terrorist-army Hezbollah, are all over the world. CUFI is committed to countering Iran’s malevolence through sanctions on the Islamic Republic and efforts to disrupt military and financial support of Hezbollah. Furthermore, CUFI supports the Iranian people and those who protest Tehran’s tyranny as they seek regime change from the Islamic Republic’s oppressive government.

Rocket fire hits US Embassy compound in Iraq

The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad was struck by at least one rocket Sunday evening in the latest attack on American targets in Iraq, a senior U.S. official confirmed to Fox News.
The official said all Pentagon officials are safe and accounted for. There were no reported deaths or injuries.
“The security situation remains tense and Iranian-backed armed…

Pompeo announces sanctions on firms accused of doing business with Iran

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday vowed to maintain pressure on Tehran and announced fresh sanctions against firms based in China, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates that conduct business with Iran.

“Maximum pressure on the Iranian regime will continue until its behavior changes,” Pompeo wrote on Twitter. “Today we imposed…

Coffins draped in US and Israeli flags seen at Tehran protest exhibition

Iranians draped mock coffins with American and Israeli flags in a protest exhibition against the US killing of general Qassem Soleimani that was shared widely on social media on Wednesday.

The protest display was organized in a Tehran courtyard where posters memorializing the Iranian general plastered the walls.

Stacks of coffins were situated…

Two men sentenced to prison for helping Iranian government spy on dissidents in United States

Two men have been sentenced to prison on charges in connection with working on behalf of the government of Iran to monitor a Jewish center in Chicago and Americans who are members of an exiled Iranian opposition group.

Ahmadreza Mohammadi-Doostdar, 39, a dual Iranian-U.S. citizen, was sentenced to 38 months in prison on Wednesday by U.S. District…

Rouhani says Iran enriching more uranium than before nuclear deal

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said Thursday the country is now enriching more uranium than it was before a 2015 deal with world powers that was supposed to scale back its nuclear activities, and in particular enrichment.

“We are enriching more uranium than before the deal was reached,” Rouhani said in a televised speech according to the Reuters…

Iran’s Secret Underground ‘Missile City’ Unveiled

The Iranian Tansim news agency released images of the Islamic Republic’s underground “missile cities,” which hold hundreds of missiles and solid-fuel rockets ready-to-fire under five levels of concrete, Radio Farda reported on Tuesday.

According to Radio Farda, Tansim also reported that two out of the 15 missiles that were fired at Ain al-Assad…

Iran threatens European soldiers, ‘could be in danger’

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned in a televised speech Wednesday that European soldiers – not just Americans – “could be in danger” after leaders in Britain, France and Germany began the so-called “dispute process” for the Obama-era Iran nuclear deal with world powers.

“Today, the American soldier is in danger, tomorrow the European…

After Soleimani, ‘maximum pressure’ campaign against Iran has entered a critical phase

 

Less than 24 hours after Defense Secretary Mark Esper warned of possible preemptive action against Iran, a historic strike killed Quds Force leader Qassem Soleimani, Iranian proxy militia commander Abu Mahdi al Muhandis, and other Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps officers. These individuals, and Soleimani in particular, had the blood of…

Europeans to trigger Iran nuclear deal dispute mechanism

PARIS/LONDON (Reuters) – Britain, France and Germany will trigger the dispute resolution mechanism in the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, two European diplomats said on Tuesday, the biggest step the Europeans have taken in response as Tehran has backed off nuclear commitments.

In one of the strongest calls yet from Europe for a new agreement to…

Esper: U.S. Could Strike Iran Or Proxies ‘Where Legally Available And Appropriate’

Defense Secretary Mark Esper says the U.S. has the constitutional authority to strike Iranian proxies in Iraq and Iran on the Islamic Republic’s home soil in retaliation for attacks on American forces.

In an interview with NPR on Monday, Esper said the Authorization for Use of Military Force Resolution gives the U.S. military the right to attack…

Iran state TV sees at least 2 news anchors quit: ‘Forgive me for the 13 years I told you lies’

At least two Iranian journalists at a state-owned media outlet reportedly resigned from their jobs, with one of them apologizing to viewers for “the 13 years I told you lies.”

As Tehran continues to grapple with the fallout from protests stemming from a cover-up of its accidental downing of a Ukrainian airliner, TV anchor Gelare Jabbari addressed…

Trump warns Iran not to kill protesters, says door still open to talks

WASHINGTON (AFP) — US President Donald Trump warned Iran Sunday against killing protesters who have risen up over the regime’s downing of a civilian airliner as his defense secretary left the door open to talks with Tehran without preconditions.

Trump’s salvo came as Iran’s Islamic regime faced a challenge from angry street protests, having come…

As protests restart in Iran, demonstrators refuse to trample US, Israeli flags

Protesters gathered on the streets of Iran Sunday for a second day of demonstrations against the regime, prompted by the Iranian leadership’s belated admission that it accidentally downed a Ukrainian airliner last week, killing all 176 people on board.

Hundreds of protesters rallied at various locations around the country, including outside a…

Videos appear to show Iranian police using live fire against protesters

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iranian police and security forces fired both live ammunition and tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting against the Islamic Republic following its admission that it shot down a Ukrainian jetliner, online videos purported to show Monday.

There was no immediate report in Iranian state-run media on the…

Iran admits it shot down Ukrainian airliner, sparking protests in Tehran

(January 12, 2020 / JNS) Protesters gathered outside Amirkabir University in Tehran on Saturday night, shouting “Khamenei is over” and calling the government “shameless” after Iran admitted that its forces had shot down a civilian airliner, killing 176 people, and then lied about it.

In initial reports of the crash of the Ukraine International…

Post-missile attacks, Iran takes an off-ramp as America aims for de-escalation

(January 8, 2020 / JNS) Much to the world’s relief, it appears that Iran has gotten the message and will not escalate tensions in the region after retaliating for the assassination of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani early Wednesday morning when the Islamic Republic fired 18 missiles at two bases in Iraq housing U.S….

Trump vows immediate new sanctions on already heavily sanctioned Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — US President Donald Trump said Wednesday his administration will immediately impose new economic sanctions on Iran in response to Iranian missile strikes on US bases in Iraq.

“As we continue to evaluate options in response to Iranian aggression, the United States will immediately impose additional punishing economic sanctions on…

Trump, full text: The days of tolerating Iran’s destructive behavior are over

The full text of US President Donald Trump’s remarks on Iran, delivered in the White House Grand Foyer, January 8, 2019:

As long as I am President of the United States, Iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon.

Good morning. I’m pleased to inform you: The American people should be extremely grateful and happy no Americans were harmed…