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18th December 2015 – Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Obama’s Former Defense Secretary Confirmed A Suspicion About The White House’s Approach To Syria

Tony Badran

Two years after the war in Syria had broken out, the Obama administration had still not formulated a coherent policy response to the crisis that has now claimed more than 200,000 lives. more...

18th December 2015 – Tablet Magazine

All in the Assad Family

Tony Badran

Everyone loves Christmas in New York City, and Ribal al-Assad, the first cousin of the genocidal Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, is no exception. more...

7th December 2015 – Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Russia Appears to Have ‘Gone Ballistic’ in Syria — and It May Be Helping ISIS

Boris Zilberman, Tony Badran

Russia is showing no signs that it intends to forgive and forget Turkey's decision to down a Russian warplane two weeks ago. more...

7th December 2015 – Quoted by The Tower

Iran Declares Assad Must Stay Amid Mounting Evidence That He Is Working with ISIS

Tony Badran, Reuel Marc Gerecht

An advisor to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that the removal of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad was a “red line” that Iran would not cross, Reuters reported on Sunday. more...

4th December 2015 – Quoted by Lee Smith - Tablet Magazine

Special Treatment for Mideast Christians Is Un-American, and Dumb

Tony Badran

Jeb Bush says he’s not sorry that he thinks Middle East Christians warrant special attention and protection from America. He’s defending himself against President Barack Obama who says that the former governor of Florida is wrong to say Christians deserve preferential treatment since they are more threatened. It’s un-American, says Obama, to discriminate between Syrian refugees according to religion. more...

3rd December 2015 – Tablet Magazine

Understanding Syria: Whose Side Are We On, Anyway?

Tony Badran

The White House and the Kremlin are currently working in parallel toward a common objective in Syria: cutting off support to Syrian rebels fighting the Assad regime by closing the Turkish-Syrian border. more...

2nd December 2015 – BBC Radio 5

Up All Night

Tony Badran

FDD fellow Tony Badran comments on the response to the Paris attacks and strategy to fight ISIS. more...

17th November 2015 – Quoted by Anna Russell - The Wall Street Journal

10 Must-Read Books on the Evolution of Terrorism in the Middle East

Tony Badran

In the wake of Friday night’s violent attacks in Paris, The Wall Street Journal asked several experts for book recommendations on the evolution of terrorism in the Middle East. Here are their top picks: more...

12th November 2015 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Tony Badran

FDD research fellow Tony Badran comments on Russia's incursion into Syria. more...

12th November 2015 – Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

John Kerry’s Speech on Syria Was a Sign of What’s to Come for Assad

Tony Badran

In a speech at the US Institute of Peace on Thursday, US Secretary of State John Kerry said that the country had been "building on common ground" with Russia and Iran at peace talks in Vienna over the conflict in Syria. more...

9th November 2015 – CNBC

The Rundown

Tony Badran

FDD fellow Tony Badran comments on the crisis in Syria, Benjamin Netanyahu's visit, and Iran's role in regional turmoil. more...

7th November 2015 – Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

‘McDonald’s Diplomacy’: The Nuclear Deal Has Emboldened Iranian Hardliners

Tony Badran

The Iran nuclear deal, the optimism went, could help open up the country to the West. It could soften the influence of hardliners in the country. And it could start to open Iran's doors to outside businesses, including from the US. more...

30th October 2015 – Tablet Magazine

Obama Licenses Iran To Ship Missiles to Hezbollah

Tony Badran

The logical endgame of President Obama’s Iran policy and his “roundtable” approach to Syria has always been to offer American protection for Iranian missile shipments to Hezbollah. more...

28th October 2015 – Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

The US Just Sent a Major Signal About How It Views Iranian Legitimacy in the Middle East

Tony Badran

Iran has been invited for the first time to participate in peace talks on Syria, in a move that recognizes Tehran as a legitimate stakeholder in the future of a country well into its fifth year of civil war. more...

8th October 2015 – Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

It Looks Like Obama Fell for ‘The Biggest Myth Out There’ in Syria

Tony Badran

President Barack Obama's stance of calling on Syrian President Bashar Assad to transition out of power while maintaining basic government functions after he's ousted is a "fantasy" in the context of how the country works, according to Tony Badran, a researcher at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. more...

6th October 2015 – Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Putin Is the New Sheriff in Town

Tony Badran

Today, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg confirmed that Russia has violated Turkish airspace for a second time. On Saturday, a Russian plane crossed into Turkish airspace near the Syrian border, and in response the Turks scrambled two F-16s. In a subsequent incident, Ankara said that a MiG-29—flown either by Russia or its client Syria—locked its radar on to two more Turkish F-16s Sunday as they patrolled the border. more...

29th September 2015 – Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

‘Putin Has Now Given Obama the Perfect Cover to Do Nothing About Assad’

Tony Badran

Russia's incursion into Syria and expanding influence throughout the Middle East have offered the Obama administration something it has sought since the Syrian civil war erupted in 2011: a way to stay in the background. more...

27th September 2015 – Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

‘It’s Classic Putin’: Russia’s Big Move in the Middle East Goes Beyond Syria

Tony Badran

Iraq announced on Sunday that it had reached a deal with Russia to begin sharing "security and intelligence" information about ISIS, the Associated Press reported. The announcement came amid reports that Russian, Syrian, and Iranian military advisers had begun building a coordination cell in Baghdad in an effort to bolster the Iranian-backed Shia militias fighting the Islamic State in northern Iraq. more...

11th September 2015 – AM 770 CHQR

Kingkade and Breakenridge

Tony Badran

FDD Senior Fellow Tony Badran comments on Russia's involvement in defending Assad. more...

11th September 2015 – Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

The Putin Solution

Tony Badran

A photograph of a drowned 3-year-old boy washed up on a Turkish beach after his family failed to find refuge from the war in Syria seems to have finally gotten the world’s attention. The conflict has been an unfolding humanitarian catastrophe for more than four years. A quarter of a million are dead, and millions have been driven from their homes, either displaced within Syria or moved to flee abroad, where they take their chances on reaching shelter. more...