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11th July 2018 – Co-authored by Matthew RJ Brodsky — FDD Press

FDD study: US Should Develop Syria Policy that Includes Syrian End State Devoid of Iran’s Influence

Jonathan Schanzer, Tony Badran

The Trump Administration should make it established U.S. policy to achieve an end state in Syria that is free of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) forces and officially support Israel’s campaign against Iran in Syria, according to a report issued today by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD). more...

11th July 2018 – FDD Research

Controlled Chaos: The Escalation of Conflict between Israel and Iran in War-Torn Syria

Tony Badran, Jonathan Schanzer

On the night of February 9, Iran dispatched an armed drone from Syria that penetrated Israeli airspace just south of the Golan Heights. Israel destroyed it with an Apache helicopter. more...

11th July 2018 – Quoted by The Tower

Expert: Iran is Fueling Israel’s Conflict with Hamas to Protect its Proxies in Syria

Tony Badran

Iran has been seeking to escalate tensions along Israel’s southern border with Gaza, with the goal of “deterring” Israel from taking decisive action either in its north or south, an expert on Lebanon argued in an essay published Monday in Tablet. more...

9th July 2018 – Tablet Magazine

Iran’s Two-Front Strategy

Tony Badran

Israel is about to face two active fronts on its borders: One in Gaza, and the other in the Golan Heights. As factions in Gaza fired rockets at Israel, an offensive of the alliance backing the Assad regime was underway in southern Syria, which is likely to reach the Golan soon. more...

18th June 2018 – Tablet Magazine

Lebanese General Bids to Circumvent Congress

Tony Badran

Last Wednesday, the Lebanese press reported that the commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF), Gen. Joseph Aoun, is preparing for an official visit to Washington in the coming few days. According to the Lebanese daily Al-Joumhouria, Gen. Aoun will have a packed schedule of meetings at the Defense Department “to ensure the continuation of American military support.” more...

17th June 2018 – Quoted by James Snell - The Arab Weekly

Iranian militias and Syrian forces become indivisible as assault on Daraa looms

Tony Badran

Iranian support for Syrian President Bashar Assad is long standing. Much of that support has been through Iran’s proxies and allied militias. Some of these, such as the Lebanese group Hezbollah, have contributed thousands of men who have fought in Syria on the side of the regime. more...

12th June 2018 – Foreign Podicy

Podcast: Iraq, Lebanon, and Iran’s March Across the Middle East

Clifford D. May, Tony Badran

Lebanon and Iraq both recently held elections, which is good news – or is it? Hezbollah, Iran's terrorist foreign legion, is now more firmly in control of Lebanon than ever before. Meanwhile, Iraq still faces many perils, not least from the Islamic Republic of Iran as it pursues its imperialist ambitions in the region. more...

8th June 2018 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Tony Badran

FDD's Tony Badran joins the John Batchelor show to discuss Hezbollah's growth both overseas and at home. more...

4th June 2018 – Quoted by Eli Lake - Bloomberg

Congress Forces Pentagon to Come Clean on Aid to Lebanon

Tony Badran

Last month, following the first Lebanese elections since 2009, Israel's defense minister made a grave observation. Speaking at an annual conference in Herzliya, Avigdor Lieberman said that Hezbollah – the Iran-backed militia, political party and terror group – had effectively taken control of the state. more...

30th May 2018 – Quoted by Kyle Orton - The Arab Weekly

Rumours of an Iranian-Russian split over Syria little more than a Western chimaera

Tony Badran

There have been renewed claims that Russia and Iran, while both supporting Bashar Assad’s regime, have such differences in vision and interest in Syria that there is a schism Western policymakers can take advantage of. more...

8th May 2018 – The Washington Times

Where Iran’s terrorist representative is the big winner

Tony Badran, Jonathan Schanzer

Lebanon held its first parliamentary elections since 2009 on Sunday. As expected, Iran’s local representative, the terrorist group Hezbollah, was the big winner. Hezbollah, with help from the Shiite Amal party, have a virtual lock on Shiite representation. And the group has gained other parliamentary allies, granting the Hezbollah bloc a simple majority to advance the group’s dangerous domestic and regional agendas. more...

8th May 2018 – The Washington Times

Where Iran’s terrorist representative is the big winner

Tony Badran, Jonathan Schanzer

Lebanon held its first parliamentary elections since 2009 on Sunday. As expected, Iran’s local representative, the terrorist group Hezbollah, was the big winner. Hezbollah, with help from the Shiite Amal party, have a virtual lock on Shiite representation. And the group has gained other parliamentary allies, granting the Hezbollah bloc a simple majority to advance the group’s dangerous domestic and regional agendas. more...

8th May 2018 – Quoted by Liel Leibovitz - Tablet Magazine

Getting the Story Right on Lebanon

Tony Badran

We judgmental jerks of the press are often quick to squawk whenever some opinionated expert fails to accurately predict the future, which is why so much of the press coverage following Donald Trump’s election focused on why so much of the press coverage failed to foresee Donald Trump’s election. more...

8th May 2018 – Quoted by Benny Avni - The New York Post

Keep killing off Obama’s foreign policy, Mr. President

Tony Badran

Withdrawing from the Iran deal, as President Trump announced Tuesday, is a good first step toward reining in the Islamic Republic’s regional mischief. But there’s plenty more to do, as Lebanon proved this week. more...

30th April 2018 – Tablet Magazine

Our Incoherent Lebanon Policy

Tony Badran

State building is the core of US policy in Lebanon. As part of this chimeric policy, now over a decade old, Washington has been throwing hundreds of millions of dollars at Lebanon. The State Department proudly recalled last month at a donor conference for Lebanon in Rome, that in 2017 the US gave the Hezbollah-run country $250 million in assistance, and announced it will complete delivery of more weapons systems to the Hezbollah-aligned Lebanese Armed Forces as part of a $340 million aid package. more...

25th April 2018 – Quoted by Levi Maxey - The Cipher Brief

The Strategic Risks of Inaction on Syria’s Chemical Weapons

Tony Badran

Syria’s chemical weapons program not only contributes to a tragic humanitarian situation, but its uninhibited use and maintenance creates strategic implications for the West and Israel. more...

19th April 2018 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

U.S. Personnel Embedded With Lebanese Forces, Raising Concern Of Hezbollah Penetration

Tony Badran

A senior U.S. official disclosed this week that American personnel have been stationed in the Lebanese Armed Forces, or LAF, a contested fighting force that is closely aligned with the Iranian-backed terror group Hezbollah, according to testimony this week that has caused alarm in Congress and with regional experts. more...

18th April 2018 – Quoted by Alex Lockie - Business Insider

Israel sees an Iranian ‘air force’ assembling in Syria — and looks ready to deal it a knockout blow

Tony Badran, Jonathan Schanzer

Israel's military on Tuesday apparently let leak a series of news reports indicating that it sees an Iranian air force forming in Syria and hinting that it may be willing to deal it a knockout blow. more...

17th April 2018 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Tony Badran

FDD's Tony Badran joins the John Batchelor show to discuss Russia and Iran options in Syria. more...

14th April 2018 – Quoted by Pilar Cebrian - El Confidencial

Assad ya ha ganado la guerra: el ataque de Trump deja intacto al régimen de Damasco

Tony Badran

"¡Misión Cumplida! (La intervención militar) no podría haber tenido mejores resultados". Es el tuit triunfal del presidente Donald Trump horas después de la operación en Siria liderada por Estados Unidos en coordinación con Francia y Reino Unido. Un ataque con un blanco exclusivamente militar, según los propios líderes de la intervención, "que no persigue un cambio de régimen (en Siria)" y que deja intacto al Gobierno de Bashar al Assad. more...