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.

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Trump administration assures ‘maximum pressure’ campaign on Iran in force

(September 12, 2019 / JNS) The Trump administration assured on Thursday that its “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran will continue, said U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin amid mixed signals that U.S. President Donald Trump could meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani without preconditions and could even relax some sanctions in…

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Netanyahu reveals new Iranian ‘nuclear-weapon development’ site

(September 9, 2019 / JNS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed on Monday what he called a “nuclear-weapon development” site in the southwestern Iranian city of Abadan.

“It’s incredible. Every time we reveal, they try to cover up their tracks,” he said in an address to the nation about the previously unknown site, which Iran…

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Iran uses advanced centrifuges, threatens higher enrichment

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran on Saturday said it now uses arrays of advanced centrifuges prohibited by its 2015 nuclear deal and can enrich uranium “much more beyond” current levels to weapons-grade material, taking a third step away from the accord while warning Europe has little time to offer it new terms.

While insisting Iran doesn’t seek a nuclear…

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Iran’s Rouhani orders abandonment of all nuclear R&D commitments

US Treasury Department slaps more sanctions on Tehran, blacklisting a shipping network of 16 entities

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday ordered all limits on nuclear research and development to be lifted, the country’s third step in scaling down its commitments to a 2015 deal with world powers.

His announcement came shortly after the…

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Iran building new classified military base in Syria: intelligence sources

EXCLUSIVE: Iran has established a new military base in Syria and has plans to house thousands of troops at the location, according to multiple Western intelligence sources.

The classified Iranian project, called the Imam Ali compound, was approved by top leadership in Tehran and is being completed by the Iranian al-Quds Forces.

Using a civilian…

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Iran praises Hezbollah missile attack on IDF targets

A senior Iranian security official praised Hezbollah’s firing of anti-tank missiles from Lebanon at Israeli territory on Sunday, as the deputy leader of the Iran-backed terror group said the attack changed the rules of the game.

Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, said the attack demonstrated the willingness of…

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Report: US cyberattack hurt Iranian capability to target oil tankers in Persian Gulf

A cyber attack by the United States against Iranian computer systems on June 20 “wiped out a critical database used by Iran’s paramilitary arm to plot attacks against oil tankers and degraded Tehran’s ability to covertly target shipping traffic in the Persian Gulf, at least temporarily,” reported The New York Times on Wednesday, citing senior U.S….

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Israel to UN: Recognize Syrian responsibility for Iranian activity on its soil

Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon on Wednesday submitted a written complaint to the UN Security Council against Iran’s ongoing activities on Syrian soil for the purpose of perpetrating terrorist attacks against Israel.

The complaint comes on the heels of Iran’s recent attempt to carry out a drone strike from southwestern…

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Israel’s campaign to disrupt the Iranian war machine in Syria continues

The Israeli airstrikes that rocked the Syrian village of Aqrabah, southeast of Damascus, on Saturday night are the latest phase in an ongoing shadow war against Iran that has been described by the Israeli defense establishment as an “active defense campaign.”

The strikes destroyed an Iranian cell active in Syria commanded by Quds Force chief…

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IDF: Foiled drone strike planned and funded by Iran from luxury villa near Damascus

The IDF attack targeted Shi’ite militiamen that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s Quds force brought into Syria, funded and trained. In recent weeks, the drone equipment also arrived at Damascus International Airport alongside Iranian experts, who, together with local Shiite activists, gathered at the fenced complex in the village of Aqraba, south…

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Israel thwarts Iranian ‘killer drone’ attack

Israel said Sunday it thwarted a major attack by Iranian “killer drones” operating from an air base in Syria, and officials warned Tehran that its forces are not safe anywhere in the region.

“In a major operational effort, we have thwarted an attack against Israel by the Iranian Quds Force & Shi’ite militias. I reiterate: Iran has no immunity…

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Iranian team to skip World Judo Championship to avoid competing against Israelis

In a move that should surprise no one, Iranian judokas will boycott the World Judo Championship 2019 in Tokyo next week, despite a public promise issued by Iran’s Olympic committee that its athletes would cease boycotting such competitions for political reasons.

The Israeli national team had believed that only Iranian judokas in specific weight…

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Iran-backed militia walks back accusation that Israel, US behind Iraq strikes

BAGHDAD, Iraq — The head of Iraq’s paramilitary Shiite forces, supported by Iran, appeared Thursday to walk back a statement made by his deputy, who blamed Israeli drones and said the US was responsible for a series of attacks on bases run by the militia.

Faleh al-Fayyadh said that the Wednesday statement by his deputy, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis,…

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Explosion rocks arms depot of Iran-backed militia near Baghdad

A large explosion hit an arms depot belonging to an Iranian-backed militia faction north of Baghdad on Tuesday, the latest in a series of mysterious blasts at military bases and munitions depots around the country in the past few weeks.

The explosions have occurred in bases and warehouses belonging to militia groups under the umbrella of the…

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Report: US, Russia gave Israel green light to strike Iran in Syria, Iraq

Israel has conducted several strikes on Iranian-controlled bases in Syria and Iraq in recent weeks with permission from the United States and Russia, a Western diplomatic source told a Saudi-owned newspaper Wednesday.

Moscow and Washington agreed that the Jewish state could conduct these attacks on Iranian targets in order to “ensure Israel’s…

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Iranian supertanker that US tried to seize is now heading toward Greece

An Iranian supertanker with $130 million worth of light crude oil that the U.S. suspects is tied to a sanctioned organization has left Gibraltar and was heading Monday east into the Mediterranean Sea, with its next destination reported to be Greece.
The Iran-flagged Adrian Darya 1, previously named Grace 1, set course for Kalamata, Greece, with an…

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Michael Pompeo: Trump administration pressure is weakening Iran’s regime

The Trump administration has implemented an unprecedented pressure campaign on Iran’s leaders with two objectives: First, to deprive the Iranian regime of the money it needs to support its destabilizing activities. Second, to force the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to the negotiating table to conclude a comprehensive and enduring deal.
The comprehensive…

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A Malevolent Iran Hurts U.S. Friends in Iraq

Jonathan Spyer’s “Israeli Jets Appear to Have Struck Iraq for the First Time Since 1981” (op-ed, Aug. 2) offers a discouraging insight into Iran’s malign influence in the region, and the U.S. response.

One of the sites of the reported attack is Camp Ashraf in Iraq, which from 1986 to 2012 housed 3,400 members of the Iranian resistance group…