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7th April 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Report: Hezbollah Doubles Down on Support for Assad, Building Fortified Base in Syria

Tony Badran

Hezbollah is building a fortified base in Syria, the global intelligence company Stratfor reported Wednesday. more...

29th March 2016 – The Long War Journal

Syrian Army, allies retake Palmyra from the Islamic State

Thomas Joscelyn

The Syrian Army and its Iranian-backed allies have retaken the ancient city of Palmyra from the Islamic State. After several days of heavy fighting, Bashar al Assad’s regime claimed victory over the so-called caliphate’s fighters. more...

28th March 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Kuwait Expels 60 for Ties to Hezbollah

Tony Badran

Kuwait issued orders to deport 60 Lebanese nationals for their alleged ties to the Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah, Agence France-Press reported Monday. The move comes weeks after the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) designated Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. more...

20th March 2016 – Foreign Affairs

The Iran Deal’s Bigger Loser

Jonathan Schanzer

The decision to fork over $100 billion in sanctions relief to Iran as part of last summer’s nuclear deal could be the worst thing that’s happened to the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah in years. more...

19th March 2016 – The National Interest

Iran’s Power Play in Lebanon

David Daoud

Lebanon defied its fellow Arab League members this week by rejecting a Saudi-sponsored vote labeling Hezbollah a terrorist organization. The move comes on the heels of Riyadh reversing its decades-long support for the Lebanese government by suspending a four-billion-dollar security-aid package, in frustration over Hezbollah’s growing control over virtually all aspects of the country’s government. more...

10th March 2016 – Quoted by Sean Savage - JNS

Does the Syrian civil war make Hezbollah less or more of a threat to Israel?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The seemingly endless five-year-old Syrian civil war has presented Israel with a number of complex threats, including the rise of the Islamic State terror group. Yet most Israeli leaders believe that the Iranian-funded Lebanese terrorist organization Hezbollah remains by far the Jewish state’s most formidable enemy to the north. more...

9th March 2016 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran Breaks With Arab States, Continues Backing Hezbollah

Jonathan Schanzer

Iranian leaders publicly broke ranks this week with major Arab Gulf nations in a series of statements criticizing these regional powers for formally designating Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. more...

3rd March 2016 – Quoted by Mosaic Magazine

How Hizballah Maintains Its Grip on Lebanon

David Daoud

In December, a Lebanese journalist was able to interview two Hizballah fighters held captive by Nusra Front, a Syrian affiliate of al-Qaeda. David Daoud explains what this interview reveals about Hizballah’s influence in Lebanon and its current war in Syria: more...

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...

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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?