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2nd March 2016 – The National Interest

Joining Hezbollah: An Insider’s Account

David Daoud

In late December 2015, Lebanese journalist Carol Malouf held an in-depth interview with two Hezbollah captives of Jabhat al-Nusra. The interview appears to be the first of its kind: Hezbollah members speaking candidly about the group’s organization and methods. more...

27th February 2016 – The Long War Journal

Saudi Arabia targets alleged Hezbollah procurement agents

David Andrew Weinberg

Saudi Arabia imposed sanctions yesterday on three Lebanese nationals and four companies in Lebanon and China due to alleged connections to the terrorist group Hezbollah. All seven entities had been previously sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department in 2014 or 2015, accused of being “Hizballah procurement agents” or firms under their control. more...

25th February 2016 – Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Saudis pulling money from Lebanon is a sign the country is lost to Hezbollah

Tony Badran

The moves by Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies on Tuesday to warn their citizens against traveling to Lebanon and the Saudi decision last week to suspend $3 billion in aid to the Lebanese military is a sign the country has fallen squarely into Iran’s orbit. more...

5th February 2016 – The Long War Journal

Hezbollah tries to shift attention to the West Bank

David Daoud

Israeli security forces announced last week their dismantling of a five-man terror cell from the West Bank city of Tulkarem, jihadists who were recruited by Hezbollah’s secretive Unit 133. The men were instructed to gather intelligence information on Israel Defense Forces (IDF) training facilities for attacks and prepare a bomb for use in a suicide operation against civilians. The foiled plot was Hezbollah’s latest attempt to stir up Israeli-Palestinian violence, exploiting the conflict to improve its tarnished image while bogging down Israeli forces in a battlefield far from its home base. more...

2nd February 2016 – Quoted by Bill Gertz and Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

U.S. Spots Russian Commandos in Syria

David Daoud, Boris Zilberman

Russian special operations troops are working covertly in Syria to support an array of Iranian-backed fighters, including members of the international terrorist group Hezbollah, U.S. defense officials and counterterror experts say. more...

19th January 2016 – Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Western officials: Report that Russia is arming Hezbollah ‘an awkward attempt by Hezbollah to plant

Boris Zilberman

Western officials rejected a report that Russia is sending heavy weaponry to the US-designated terror organization Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Israeli news organization Y-Net reported last week. more...

11th January 2016 – FDD Press

Doubling Down on Damascus: Iran’s Military Surge to Save the Assad Regime

Max Peck

Iran’s support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his country’s civil war reached new heights in 2015. more...

6th January 2016 – The Long War Journal

Hezbollah Responds to Israeli Assassination of Commander

David Daoud

Two weeks after the assassination of its notorious member Samir Quntar, Hezbollah finally carried out its repeated threats to retaliate against Israel. more...

22nd December 2015 – The Long War Journal

Israeli Air Force Kills Notorious Hezbollah Commander In Syria

David Daoud

The Israeli Air Force reportedly carried out an airstrike in Syria that killed Samir Quntar, a notorious Hezbollah member, and nine others on Dec. 19. Quntar was likely a mid-level Hezbollah operative directing some of the group’s operations in southern Syria. more...

18th December 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Hezbollah Casts Shadow over Lebanon’s Presidential Vote

David Daoud

Lebanon was scheduled for presidential elections on Wednesday, but for the 32nd time in two years, parliament failed to achieve the necessary quorum to select a president. more...

17th December 2015 – The Long War Journal

Saudi Satellite Operator Drops Hezbollah Channel From Airwaves

Toby Dershowitz

Last week, Arabsat, the satellite operator majority-owned by Saudi Arabia, dropped Hezbollah’s television station from its broadcasts. Arabsat is the latest in a long list of satellite operators to drop the channel, Al-Manar, from its broadcasts. more...

2nd December 2015 – The Hill

Britain’s Corbyn Is No Laughing Matter

Oren Kessler

"Few people outside Britain have ever heard of Jeremy Corbyn," the British journalist Nick Cohen wrote in July, dubbing the member of Parliament (MP) the "long-shot" candidate to lead the Labour Party. Half a year later, Corbyn is Labour chairman, and still, few outside his home country know his name. They should. more...

1st December 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Israel Holds Firm to Red Lines in Syria Despite Russian Presence

David Daoud

Israel reportedly carried out four airstrikes in Syria’s Qalamoun Mountains near the Lebanese border last week, killing eight Hezbollah fighters and five Syrian soldiers, and wounding dozens. more...

24th November 2015 – Quoted by The Tower

Expert: New Legislation Would Empower U.S. to Fight Hezbollah’s Illicit Financing Activities

Tyler Stapleton

The Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015, which passed the Senate unanimously last week, would strengthen the United States’ ability to clamp down on the Iranian-backed terrorist group’s illicit financing activities if it’s signed into law, Tyler Stapleton, a deputy director at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, wrote in a policy brief on Monday. more...

23rd November 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Congress Moves to Target Hezbollah with New Sanctions

Tyler Stapleton

Congress took action this week to target Hezbollah and its global network of illicit finance. more...

30th October 2015 – Tablet Magazine

Obama Licenses Iran To Ship Missiles to Hezbollah

Tony Badran

The logical endgame of President Obama’s Iran policy and his “roundtable” approach to Syria has always been to offer American protection for Iranian missile shipments to Hezbollah. more...

28th October 2015 – Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

The US Just Sent a Major Signal About How It Views Iranian Legitimacy in the Middle East

Tony Badran

Iran has been invited for the first time to participate in peace talks on Syria, in a move that recognizes Tehran as a legitimate stakeholder in the future of a country well into its fifth year of civil war. more...

14th October 2015 – The Long War Journal

Qods Force Commander Qassem Soleimani Rallies Iranian Officers, Hezbollah in Syria

Bill Roggio

Major General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps – Qods Force, has been seen addressing Iranian military officers and members of Lebanese Hezbollah in western Syria. more...

14th October 2015 – Militaryedge.org

Russian Forces Shield Hezbollah’s Arms Supply From Israeli Strikes

Patrick Megahan

The sudden appearance of Russian forces in Syria in recent weeks is raising concerns about inadvertent conflicts with the U.S.-led coalition. But while much of the spotlight may be on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s bid to prop up the Assad regime and the escalating diplomatic tensions with Washington, Russia’s gambit presents a challenge for another regional country trying to enforce its own red lines: Israel. more...

7th October 2015 – The Huffington Post

Can Obama Counter Hezbollah After The Nuclear Deal?

Jonathan Schanzer

Washington, for all of its assurances that it has blocked every path to a nuclear Iran, has done little to block the pathway to a devastating regional conflict. more...

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13th May 2015 - 11:30 AM

Disputed Borders and the Struggle for Order: Addressing Security Threats in the Middle East

With continued Hezbollah activity emanating from Lebanon, Iran and the IRGC trying to set up a base of operations in the Golan Heights, the decline of the Assad regime in southern Syria, and rising tensions in the Sinai Peninsula, Israel's security situation has become increasingly complex and dangerous. What is the Israeli security outlook for the near and mid-term future?

7th February 2014 - 12:00 PM

The Levant Unraveling: How the Crisis in Syria is Impacting the Region

A Conversation with Jonathan Spyer, Tony Badran, Michael Doran, Oubai Shahbandar and John Hannah

How has Assad’s strategy evolved? With various factions and stakeholders pitted against each other, how are the competing endgames and tactics of groups like ISIS and Nusra impacting the dynamic of the conflict? How are the reverberations from the ever-bloodier conflict in Syria being felt far beyond its borders in Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan and the Palestinian territories? What will the Montreux talks mean for Syria and the path forward for the international community? How are Iran and Hezbollah influencing the conflict and altering the situation on the ground? What is the way forward?