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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...

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

Tony Badran

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...