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25th July 2016 – Quoted by Shiri Moshe - The Tower

Ex-Treasury Official: Hezbollah Has Turned Lebanese Villages Into Missile Silos

Jonathan Schanzer, Tony Badran, David Daoud

Hezbollah has embedded its rocket arsenal in villages across Lebanon, ensuring that any Israeli strike on the Iran-backed terrorist group’s military assets will lead to mass civilian casualties, a former Treasury official said on Monday. more...

21st July 2016 – The New York Post

Syria just got worse than the ‘worst-case scenario’

Tony Badran

While the Republican National Convention was dominating headlines, the Obama administration’s management of the Syria crisis went from bad to worse. more...

18th July 2016 – FDD Press

The Third Lebanon War

Tony Badran, Jonathan Schanzer, David Daoud

In August 2015, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) released its first-ever public strategy paper, highlighting the complex challenges to Israel’s national security. Notably, it was not Iran’s nuclear program nor its ballistic missile development that ranked as the greatest threats to Israel, but rather its regional clients and proxies. Chief among those was the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah. One year later that assessment still held, with IDF Chief of Staff Lt. General Gadi Eizenkot declaring that Hezbollah was the IDF’s “main enemy,” posing “the most serious threat to Israel.” more...

12th July 2016 – Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

State Department officials are ‘baffled’ by John Kerry’s latest comments

Tony Badran

The State Department is reportedly trying to walk back comments that Secretary of State John Kerry made about Syria during an appearance in Aspen, Colorado, last month. more...

12th July 2016 – Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Reflections on the Second Lebanon War

Tony Badran

What a week for anniversaries! Thursday we'll be celebrating the first year of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. more...

12th July 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

10 Years After Second Lebanon War, Israel Concerned Next Round Will Be Far Worse

Tony Badran

On the ten-year anniversary of the beginning of the Second Lebanon War, Israeli officials continued to warn that any future conflict with Hezbollah will result in unprecedented damage to the group. more...

10th July 2016 – Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: 10 years after latest Lebanon War, next one will be far more brutal

Tony Badran

As the 10th anniversary of the July 2006 Lebanon War approaches, tensions remain high in Lebanon in anticipation of a next round, which could much more severely disrupt the country as a functioning state this time around. more...

7th July 2016 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Tony Badran

FDD research fellow Tony Badran discusses Russia, Syria and NATO. more...

6th July 2016 – Quoted by Raymond Tanter - Foreign Policy

Iran and its Protégées

Tony Badran, Jonathan Schanzer

What if we understood al Qaeda and the Islamic State as protégées of Iran, rather than merely its rivals? more...

5th July 2016 – Tablet Magazine

Why Bibi’s Visits to Moscow Mean Bad News for Israel

Tony Badran

Last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to Russia for yet another meeting with president Vladimir Putin—his third such trip (and fourth meeting) since Russia began its bombing campaign in Syria last September. more...

23rd June 2016 – Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Amid Dissent at State, Obama Stays the Bloody Course on Syria

Tony Badran

Last week, an internal State Department memo criticizing the administration's Syria policy was leaked to the press. Fifty-one American officials variously involved with Middle East policy signed a letter calling for military action against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. "A judicious use of stand-off and air weapons," reads the document, to "undergird and drive a more focused and hard-nosed U.S.-led diplomatic process." more...

15th June 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Iranian News Agency Threatened Lebanese Banks Hours Before Beirut Bombing

Tony Badran

A semi-official Iranian news agency issued a report threatening Lebanon’s banking sector if it complied with a U.S. sanctions law targeting Hezbollah just hours before a bomb exploded outside a Beirut bank on Sunday, NOW Media news reported on Monday. more...

13th June 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Hezbollah’s Incendiary Threat to Lebanon’s Banks

Tony Badran

On Sunday night, a bomb detonated outside the Banque du Liban et d’Outre-Mer (BLOM), in the Verdun neighborhood of Beirut. more...

3rd June 2016 – Quoted by Lee Smith, Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

Sanctioned Terrorist Addresses National Press Club Audience Via Skype

Tony Badran

Thursday morning Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's political and media adviser, Bouthaina Shaaban, spoke via Skype to an audience at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. more...

2nd June 2016 – Quoted by Jay Solomon - The Wall Street Journal

Allies of Syrian President Assad Seek an Opening in Washington

Tony Badran

A senior official of the Syrian regime made a rare and controversial appearance before a U.S. audience on Thursday, calling for a united front with the Obama administration in the fight against Islamic State and other international terrorist groups. more...

25th May 2016 – Quoted by Gareth Smyth - The Guardian

‘A kind of death’: life on the US Treasury blacklist

Tony Badran, Matthew Levitt

Put aside any image of a global terrorist in an Afghan cave or an armed camp in Pakistan’s tribal areas. more...

20th May 2016 – The Weekly Standard

How Iran Shapes Hezbollah

Tony Badran

Following the mysterious death of Hezbollah senior military commander Mustafa Badreddine in Syria last week, speculation continues to swirl over the identity of his possible successor. The prevailing theory holds that this role will fall to Ibrahim Aqil and/or Fuad Shukr, ranking members of Hezbollah’s military council and veterans of the group and its security apparatus. more...

17th May 2016 – Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Zone Defense

Tony Badran

This week marks the 100th anniversary of the Sykes-Picot Agreement, the document that shaped the modern Middle East. more...

14th May 2016 – Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Did Israel take advantage of Middle East mayhem to take out Hezbollah leader?

Tony Badran

It remains unclear who killed the top Hezbollah commander Mustafa Badreddine this week in Syria, but if Israel turns out to be responsible as a Hezbollah MP claimed, it signals an aggressive tactical move by Israel to take advantage of the mayhem in the region to take out its enemies. more...

13th May 2016 – Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Zarif Sends Moderate Condolences to Hezbollah

Tony Badran

Today Iranian foreign minister Mohamed Javad Zarif sent his condolences to Hezbollah general secretary Hassan Nasrallah on the day the party is burying Mustafa Badreddine. more...