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26th April 2013 – FDD Policy Brief

Hezbollah’s Drone to Israel: Calculated Adventurism

Tony Badran

On Thursday, Israeli fighter jets shot down a drone off of Haifa’s coastline. The drone, according to a statement from the Israeli military, was identified as it flew north to south along... more...

25th April 2013 – NOW Lebanon

Assad Reading the Signs

Tony Badran

On Monday, the pro-Assad regime Lebanese newspaper As-Safir reported that Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad hosted a large delegation of loyalist Lebanese parties in Damascus. more...

18th April 2013 – NOW Lebanon

Protracted Syria War Not in US Interests

Tony Badran

Thirty years ago today, at Iran’s behest and supported by Hafez al-Assad’s regime, Hezbollah attacked the US embassy in Beirut, killing 63 people. The embassy bombing, which took place... more...

11th April 2013 – NOW Lebanon

Iran Uses Lebanese to Project Its Regional Power

Tony Badran

Last week, Saudi Arabia announced that the spy cell it had arrested in March, and which included a reportedly key Lebanese member, had “direct links” to Iranian intelligence. more...

8th April 2013 – FDD Policy Brief

Challenges Ahead for Lebanon’s Next Prime Minister

Tony Badran

On March 22, the Hezbollah-dominated government of Lebanon collapsed after its Prime Minister, Najib Miqati, resigned. Following consultations with members of parliament, President Michel Suleiman tasked MP Tammam Salam with forming a new government. more...

4th April 2013 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Tony Badran

Relations between Turkey and Israel. more...

1st April 2013 – MED Radio - Morocco

Letter from New York

Tony Badran

The continued fighting in Syria. more...

30th March 2013 – NOW Lebanon

Return to Realism

Tony Badran

Last Friday, Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, made a call to his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, resolving the dispute between the two countries following the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident. more...

22nd March 2013 – FDD Policy Brief

Israeli Leader Apologizes to Turkey for Fatal Ship Raid

Clifford D. May, Jonathan Schanzer, Tony Badran

Apologizing to Turkey should be seen as a concession by Prime Minister Netanyahu to President Obama because escalating tensions between Turkey, a NATO member, and Israel, America’s most reliable... more...

21st March 2013 – NOW Lebanon

The End of Syria

Tony Badran

Last week marked the second year anniversary of the popular uprising in Syria. On its current trajectory, Syria is headed toward geographical fragmentation. As the security situation deteriorates and Washington... more...

21st March 2013 – Quoted by Janelle Dumalaon and Jacob Russell, USA Today

Experts Doubt Syria has Used Chemical Weapons

Tony Badran

Whether Syria crossed a "red line" by using chemical weapons in its battle against a rebellion appeared murky Wednesday and both sides in the war blamed the other for an attack that Western nations are unsure even happened. more...

16th March 2013 – CTV News

News Update

Tony Badran

FDD's Tony Badran discusses the continued fighting in Syria and says the West should intervene to end the horrific bloodshed. more...

7th March 2013 – NOW Lebanon

A Nifty Conceit: the EU, Hezbollah, and Lebanon

Tony Badran

The Hezbollah bus bombing in Bulgaria as well as their foiled operation in Cyprus have put Europe in an uncomfortable position, as pressure increases on the EU to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. more...

6th March 2013 – BBC Radio 5

News Update

Tony Badran

The announcement that UK governmentt will be providing armored vehicles and body armor for rebel forces in Syria. more...

28th February 2013 – NOW Lebanon

Iran’s Lebanon Arm

Tony Badran

The recent death of Revolutionary Guards Corps-Quds Force (IRGC-QF) senior officer Hassan Shateri, alias Hessam Khoshnevis, has cast the spotlight on the direct role the IRGC... more...

24th February 2013 – CTV News

News Update

Tony Badran

FDD's Tony Badran discusses if there's anything the world community can do and whether there's a stalemate in Syria. more...

22nd February 2013 – Syndicated

The Takeaway

Tony Badran

Bombs rock the Syria capital of Damascus. more...

20th February 2013 – Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon, The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Hezbollah is Acting Just As It Always Has

Tony Badran

Hezbollah and Iran are coordinating closely to keep Syrian President Bashar Assad in power. Hezbollah fighters continue to die in the Syrian civil war as the Syrian opposition claimed on Monday that 43 were killed... more...

15th February 2013 – NOW Lebanon

Iran and Israel Fight, Lebanon Loses

Tony Badran

It’s been more than two weeks since the Israeli airstrike in Syria against the arms convoy headed for Hezbollah in Lebanon. Bits of information, coupled with ominous warnings, are coming out from Jerusalem... more...

8th February 2013 – Quoted by Michael Weiss, World Affairs Journal

Assessing Israel’s Strike on Syria

Tony Badran

Last week saw what might have been the first incursion by Israeli warplanes into Syria airspace in six years. The strike took place on Wednesday (January 30th), and by week’s end, unnamed US and Israeli... more...