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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...

7th February 2013 – NOW Lebanon

Hollow Praise for the LAF

Tony Badran

On Monday, the US ambassador to Lebanon, Maura Connelly, called the Commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and expressed condolences for the officers killed or injured in last week’s raid... more...

31st January 2013 – Voice of Russia

News Update

Tony Badran

The Israeli strike in Syria and its implications. more...

31st January 2013 – NOW Lebanon

Israel’s Free Hand

Tony Badran

Yesterday, reports emerged of an Israeli airstrike against a truck convoy suspected of carrying “game changing” weapons systems from Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon. While previous reports had mainly... more...

30th January 2013 – Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon, The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Al-Qaida’s Increasing Presence in Lebanon

Tony Badran

Al-Qaida’s presence in Lebanon is growing, partly because of the spillover from the civil war next door in Syria. There are reports that Jabhat al-Nusra, a.k.a. the al-Nusra Front, which the US last month... more...

24th January 2013 – NOW Lebanon

Whose Side is America On?

Tony Badran

In President Barack Obama’s inaugural address marking the start of his second term in office, he dedicated little space to foreign policy. While the president made no specific mention of Iran, he did... more...

17th January 2013 – NOW Lebanon

The Kurds’ Sensitive Juncture

Tony Badran

Last week’s killing in Paris of three female Kurdish activists with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has spurred much speculation about the party responsible for the assassinations and the purpose... more...

10th January 2013 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Tony Badran

The Obama administration's strategy in Syria. more...

10th January 2013 – NOW Lebanon

Obama’s Flexible Red Lines

Tony Badran

In response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s latest address, US officials and spokespersons have dismissively described the embattled dictator as someone “detached from reality” and “delusional,”... more...

4th January 2013 – Quoted by Matthew Weaver, The Guardian

Obama Administration’s ‘Failings’ on Syria

Tony Badran

It is hard to dispute claims that Syria will be seen as one of the biggest foreign policy failures of the Obama administration, according to analyst Tony Badran. Speaking to the Guardian, Badran... more...

31st December 2012 – NOW Lebanon

Diplomatic Theater

Tony Badran

If you’ve been following Syria news over the past week, you’d be forgiven for thinking that feverish, Moscow-centered diplomatic activity was on the cusp of producing an agreement for a political... more...

20th December 2012 – NOW Lebanon

A Historic Settlement?

Tony Badran

On Monday, the Hezbollah-aligned al-Akhbar published an interview with Syria’s Vice President Farouq al-Sharaa entitled “Decisive military victory is an illusion. The solution is a historic settlement.” more...

19th December 2012 – Quoted by Michael Lipin, VOA

Syrian VP’s Remarks Suggest Regime in Dire Straits

Tony Badran

Syria's Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa is drawing attention for becoming the first senior Syrian official to publicly acknowledge that his government cannot win its battle against a 21-month rebellion. more...

18th December 2012 – Voice of Russia

News Update

Tony Badran

Recent developments in Syria. more...

14th December 2012 – NOW Lebanon

Assad’s Chemical Card

Tony Badran

Last week, president Obama issued another warning to Syria’s embattled dictator against making the “tragic mistake” of using chemical weapons (CW). There remain a number of real scenarios in which... more...

4th December 2012 – Voice of Russia

News Update

Tony Badran

The ongoing civil war in Syria. more...

25th November 2012 – Quoted by Benjamin Weinthal, The Jerusalem Post

EU Ignores Most of Hezbollah Terror in Ban Decision

Mark Dubowitz, Tony Badran

The 27-member European Union has largely circled the wagons around the investigation into Hezbollah’s role in the July suicide bombing of an Israeli tour bus in Burgas and against including longstanding... more...

22nd November 2012 – NOW Lebanon

Hamas’ Escalation Calculation

Tony Badran

Hamas’ decision to escalate rocket attacks on Israel leading up to the latest conflagration was deliberate. One question remains largely unanswered: What was Hamas’ calculation behind this escalation? more...