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26th August 2013 – Quoted by Lee Smith, The Weekly Standard

Assad Calls Obama’s Bluff

Tony Badran

The timing was probably not a coincidence, falling as it did on two anniversaries. August 18, 2011, was when President Obama first demanded Syrian... more...

26th August 2013 – Quoted by Abdulrahman al-Masri, Victor Kotsev and Oren Dorell, USA Today

Kerry: Syria’s Use of Chemical Weapons ‘Undeniable’

Tony Badran

A limited military strike against Syria might convince the Assad regime not to use chemical weapons again but it won't change the balance of power in the Syrian... more...

26th August 2013 – Quoted by Lee Smith, The Weekly Standard

Local Syrian Proxies, Hezbollah Stooges

Tony Badran

Lebanese authorities have arrested two suspects affiliated with a pro-Syrian regime group in the bombing of two Sunni mosques in Tripoli on Friday. more...

22nd August 2013 – NOW

Hezbollah Holds Lebanon’s Sunnis Hostage

Tony Badran

It didn’t take long after last week’s car bomb in Al-Roueiss for Hezbollah to lay out its plan of attack. The group immediately announced a retaliatory... more...

21st August 2013 – Quoted by Abdulrahman al-Masri and Louise Osborne, USA Today

Syria Opposition Claims Hundreds Dead in ‘Gas’ Attack

Tony Badran

Government forces loyal to President Bashar Assad have carried out a "poisonous gas" attack near the capital Damascus that has left hundreds dead... more...

19th August 2013 – Quoted by Lee Smith, The Weekly Standard

Lebanon, Syria—and the CIA

Tony Badran

Even with all eyes turned toward Egypt and the increasingly violent rifts pulling that society apart, the region’s active civil war in Syria burns on. Last Thursday... more...

14th August 2013 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Egypt Explodes

Tony Badran

Egypt has exploded in violence and bloodshed. The Post reports: Egyptian security forces stormed two sprawling sit-ins by supporters of ousted president... more...

8th August 2013 – NOW

Accomplices to Hezbollah

Tony Badran

In the past two months, the European Union designated Hezbollah’s “military wing” as a terrorist entity, and the Gulf Arab statesannounced their intention... more...

5th August 2013 – The Atlantic

Iran’s ‘Moderate’ New President Still Supports Assad

Mark Dubowitz, Tony Badran

In Iran and abroad, the election of President Hassan Rouhani has created an atmosphere of optimism not seen since Mohammad Khatami's presidency, which... more...

25th July 2013 – NOW Lebanon

Western Debate Over Hezbollah Obscures its True Nature

Tony Badran

Shortly after the European Union’s decision to blacklist Hezbollah’s so-called “military wing” on Tuesday, Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans... more...

23rd July 2013 – Quoted by Oren Dorell, USA Today

Deal Done for U.S. to Ship Arms to Syria Rebels

Tony Badran

A deal reached in Congress to allow the United States to ship arms to Syrian rebels could spur more support from other nations, blunting the military gains... more...

23rd July 2013 – Interviewed by la Razon - Spain

¿Un Peligro Para Líbano?

Tony Badran

¿Han presionado EE UU e Israel a Bruselas para tomar esta decisión? Obviamente, no hay duda de que ambos han animado, alentando a la UE. more...

22nd July 2013 – Cited by UPI

For Syria’s Assad, Homs is the Key Target, Not Aleppo

Tony Badran

Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad are escalating their offensive to push rebel fighters out of the divided strategic city of Homs in the central... more...

18th July 2013 – NOW

The Battle for Aleppo Never Began

Tony Badran

With the Obama administration’s Syria policy still a mystery, and as the world became preoccupied with Egypt, Syria quietly fell from the headlines following... more...

11th July 2013 – NOW

Overstating Egypt’s Impact

Tony Badran

In the days following Egypt’s military coup, some have argued that the removal of Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi has region-wide... more...

10th July 2013 – Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon, The Jerusalem Post

Car Bomb in Hezbollah Stronghold a Sign of Syrian Spillover

Tony Badran

The devastating car bomb attack in Hezbollah’s Beirut stronghold on the eve of Ramadan on Tuesday may symbolize the movement’s greater... more...

9th July 2013 – FDD Policy Brief

Hezbollah Paying A Price For Entering the Syrian Civil War?

Tony Badran

A Nissan SUV packed with 35 Kgs of explosives blew up today in the Hezbollah-controlled Bir al-Abed neighborhood in Beirut's southern suburbs... more...

4th July 2013 – NOW

Hezbollah and the Army of 12,000

Tony Badran

As Hezbollah’s military involvement in Syria intensified over the past few months, media reports, official statements, and expert analysis has put forward wildly... more...

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...