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.

Iran Executes Dissident Journalist Accused Of Inciting Unrest

12/13/2020

Iran has executed a dissident journalist, a year after he was seized by the country’s elite Revolutionary Guards in Iraq and forcibly repatriated to face trial.

Ruhollah Zam, 47, was hanged early on Saturday morning, Iranian state media reported. His family visited him the previous day, but prison and judicial authorities had not…

If Iran’s Nuclear Program Is Peaceful, Why Hide It?

12/10/2020

Iran’s nuclear facility at Natanz appears to be paving the way for sensitive facilities to increasingly go underground according to satellite photos analyzed by The New York Times.

Publication of the suspected findings is timed to coincide with Iran-Israel tensions and comes before US president-elect Joe Biden is sworn in. This is…

The Danger of Biden Wanting an Iran Deal Too Much

12/09/2020

Upon taking office, President-elect Joe Biden will be greeted with a Middle East very different from the one he may recall from his days in the White House. Nowhere are these changes more apparent and more important than in the effort to curb Iran’s regional ambitions.

But to be successful in this context, Biden must acknowledge…

Congress Considers First-Ever Sanctions on Top Iranian Terror Group

12/03/2020

New legislation in Congress would sanction one of Iran’s top terror proxy groups operating in Iraq and responsible for deadly attacks that targeted American personnel stationed in Baghdad, according to a copy of the bill exclusively obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Rep. Joe Wilson (R., S.C.), a member of the House Foreign…

Iran Upholds Death Penalty Of Journalist Whose Work Helped Inspire 2017 Economic Protests

12/08/2020
Unclear when Ruhollah Zam’s sentence will be carried out; although he can still appeal sentence

Iran’s Supreme Court has upheld the death penalty sentence handed down to a once-exiled journalist over his online work that helped inspire nationwide economic protests in 2017, according to Iranian media and cited in The Times of…

Iran Tells IAEA It Will Accelerate Underground Uranium Enrichment

12/04/2020

Iran plans to install hundreds more advanced uranium-enriching centrifuges at an underground plant in breach of its deal with major powers, a U.N. nuclear watchdog report showed on Friday, a move that will raise pressure on U.S. President-elect Joe Biden.

The confidential International Atomic Energy Agency report obtained by…

U.N. Security Council Unlikely To Act On Iran Scientist Killing, diplomats say

12/01/2020
At a minimum, the 15-member body could discuss Friday’s killing of nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh behind closed doors if a member requests such a meeting or it could agree on – by consensus – a statement on the issue.
But South Africa’s U.N. ambassador, Jerry Matjila, council president for December, said on Tuesday that no…

Iran Trying To Attack Israelis In Neighboring Countries, NSC Warns

12/03/2020

Israelis visiting countries neighboring Iran could be targets for terrorist attacks, the National Security Council warned in a rare public statement on Thursday.

“In light of the threats heard recently from Iranian factors, and in light of past involvement in Iranians in terrorist attacks on various countries, there is a concern…

Iran’s Guardian Council Approves Law on Hardening Nuclear Stance, Halting UN Inspections

12/03/2020

Iran‘s Guardian Council watchdog body approved a law on Wednesday that obliges the government to halt UN inspections of its nuclear sites and step up uranium enrichment beyond the limit set under Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal if sanctions are not eased in two months.

In retaliation for the killing last week of Iran‘s top nuclear…

Iran MPs Advance Bill To Stop UN Nuclear Inspections, Step Up Enrichment

12/01/2020

Iran’s parliament on Tuesday advanced a bill that would end UN inspections of its nuclear facilities and require the government to boost its uranium enrichment if European signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal do not provide relief from oil and banking sanctions.

The vote to debate the bill, which would need to pass through several…

On The Iran Nuclear Deal, Israel Gets A Vote

12/01/2020

When asked when the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan might end, retired General David Petraeus would deploy a useful quip. “The enemy gets a vote,” he would say, meaning that both sides need to agree to stop fighting.

There is a corollary to Petraeus’s adage that is relevant not to war but to peace agreements: The allies get a vote,…

Iranian Revolutionary Guards Commander Reported Killed In Drone Strike

11/30/2020

A senior commander in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard was killed in an apparent drone strike along the Syrian-Iraqi border, according to widely circulated reports in Arabic-language media Monday.

Iraqi security sources told Saudi-based al-Arabiya News that a drone killed Muslim Shahdan, a senior commander in the Islamic Revolutionary…

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Iranian Newspaper Urges Striking Israel In Retaliation For Fakhrizadeh Killing

11/29/2020

An opinion piece published by a hardline Iranian newspaper on Sunday suggested Iran should attack the Israeli port city of Haifa if Israel was responsible for the killing of the scientist who allegedly masterminded its military nuclear program.

Though the Kayhan newspaper has long argued for aggressive retaliation for operations…

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Iran’s Nuclear Program Chief Mohsen Fakhrizadeh Assassinated

11/27/2020

Head of Iran’s nuclear program Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, 59, was assassinated in Damavand, east of Tehran, local Iranian news reported on Friday.

Iran later confirmed the reports. “The nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was assassinated today by terrorists,” the Iranian Defense Ministry wrote in a statement, while not blaming any…

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The Dangerous Iran Deal

11/25/2020

For over 40 years, Iran’s regime has been obsessed with destroying Israel and America, as well as dominating the Middle East. The US State Department recognizes Iran as the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. For decades, the world sought to isolate Iran and curb its terrorist activities and nuclear weapons ambitions through…

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Israel Urges UN To Immediately Act Against Iran’s Establishment In Syria

11/25/2020

Israeli envoy calls on Security Council to probe into planting of explosives on Israel-Syria border

Israel Ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan sent an official letter on Wednesday to the Security Council, demanding immediate action against Iranian forces in Syria and to condemn a recent incident in which explosive devices…

Khamenei: Iran Will Deal ‘Reciprocal Blow’ to US for Soleimani Killing

Iranian supreme leader tells Iraqi PM he expects his country to expel US forces from region

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei threatened Washington on Tuesday over the killing of Iranian top general Qasem Soleimani in January in Iraq.
“They killed your guest in your house and blatantly confessed to it,” Khamenei told Iraqi counterpart Mustafa…

5 Iran-Backed Fighters killed In Alleged Israeli Strikes On Syria Sites

Five Iran-backed fighters were killed in an Israeli missile strike south of the Syrian capital, a Britain-based monitoring group said Tuesday.

The missile attack on Monday night hit weapons depots and military positions belonging to Syrian regime forces and Iran-backed militia fighters south of Damascus, according to the Syrian Observatory for…