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27th June 2013 – NOW

Hezbollah Using LAF to Further Its Own Ends

Tony Badran

In Sidon earlier this week, followers of Salafi leader Ahmad al-Assir challenged the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF), compelling the Army to put down the Assir movement... more...

23rd June 2013 – Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon, The Jerusalem Post

Sectarian Clashes in Lebanon Increase in Intensity

Tony Badran

Supporters of the Lebanese Sunni Islamist Sheikh Ahmed al-Assir, who is a fierce critic of Hezbollah's military intervention in neighboring Syria, attacked members... more...

20th June 2013 – NOW

Tactical Shift?

Tony Badran

In his first public remarks since deciding to strengthen the Syrian opposition, President Barack Obama dismissed the prevailing notion that this move constitutes a policy shift. more...

14th June 2013 – Quoted by Oren Dorell and Ahmed Kwider, USA TODAY

US Weapons Can Get to Syria Rebels Via Familiar Route

Tony Badran

Now that President Obama has decided to provide military assistance to Syrian rebels, the next step is not difficult, said a military analyst who's been studying the Syria conflict. more...

14th June 2013 – Quoted by Matt Vasilogambros, National Journal

Could Protests in Turkey Hurt US Effort to Arm Syrian Rebels?

Tony Badran

Now that the U.S. is moving toward arming the Syrian rebels, American allies in the region will play an increasingly important role in the coming months. more...

13th June 2013 – NOW Lebanon

Hashem Salman: A Moment of Clarity

Tony Badran

On Sunday, a small group of demonstrators gathered outside the Iranian embassy in Beirut to protest Iran’s role in the war against the Syrian people. Hezbollah thugs deployed... more...

5th June 2013 – Quoted by Daniel Wiser, Washington Free Beacon

Inaction in Syria Emboldens Iran

Tony Badran

The United States continues to embolden Iran by not intervening in the Syrian civil war, according to testimony by security experts at a House subcommittee Wednesday. more...

5th June 2013 – Quoted by Michael Wilner, The Jerusalem Post

House Committee Examines Obama Policy on Syria

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The US House Committee on Foreign Affairs addressed President Barack Obama’s performance in Syria on Wednesday, criticizing perceived backpedaling... more...

5th June 2013 – House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa

TESTIMONY: Washington’s Syria Policy

Tony Badran

As the Syrian uprising enters its third year, the terrible cost of the Assad’s regime war against the people of Syria is by now well known. Over 80,000 Syrians are dead, more than 1.5 million... more...

3rd June 2013 – Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon, The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Hezbollah Willing to Join Fight for Golan

Tony Badran

Hezbollah’s deputy leader Naim Qassem said on Lebanese TV at the end of May that the terror organization is ready to participate in fighting for the Golan. Speaking in an... more...

1st June 2013 – CTV News

News Update

Tony Badran

FDD's Tony Badran discusses recent attacks on Hezbollah inside Lebanon which may have come from Syrian rebels and Russia's support for Bashar al-Assad. more...

31st May 2013 – Politix

The Growing Role of Hezbollah in the Syrian Civil War

Tony Badran

The joint offensive of Hezbollah and Assad regime forces on the town of al-Qusayr in the Homs countryside in western Syria has been long in the making. Assad's forces, limited in manpower... more...

29th May 2013 – Quoted by Adam Kredo, The Washington Free Beacon

Hezbollah on the Move

Tony Badran

Iranian-backed Hezbollah forces are now leading the ground offensive in Syria on behalf of embattled President Bashar al-Assad, according to regional experts. more...

29th May 2013 – Quoted by Oren Dorell and Ahmed Kwider, USA TODAY

Syria’s Deepening Sectarian War Bleeds Across Borders

Tony Badran

The Syrian civil war is increasingly drawing in nations across the Middle East, a regionwide conflict that threatens to pit world powers against each other. On Wednesday, the United Nations Human Rights... more...

28th May 2013 – Voice of Russia

Afternoon Show

Tony Badran

The conflict in Syria has entered a new chapter after the European Union voted to lift its ban on arm sales to Syria this week, opening up the possibility of sending weapons to rebel troops. more...

24th May 2013 – Quoted by Lee Smith, The Weekly Standard

Hezbollah’s Heavy Losses

Tony Badran

For over a week now, the Syrian town of Qusayr in Homs Province has seen some of the heaviest fighting in the two-year conflict. The struggle for Qusayr, says besieged... more...

23rd May 2013 – NOW Lebanon

Hezbollah Slips in Qusayr

Tony Badran

It’s been five days since Hezbollah and Assad regime forces launched their joint offensive on the town of al-Qusayr in the Homs countryside. Hezbollah and regime media... more...

21st May 2013 – Fox News

Fox Live

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FDD's Tony Badran on a troubling trend where young girls are used for temporary marriages in Syrian refugee camps. more...

19th May 2013 – BBC World Service

News Update

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The continued fighting in Syria. more...

19th May 2013 – NOW Lebanon

Collision Course

Tony Badran

President Obama is on a collision course with his allies on Syria. As Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, France, and Britain call for more aggressive steps to topple Bashar al-Assad... more...