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24th April 2015 – NOW News

Over the Heads of the Saudis

Tony Badran

“Iran is part of the problem in Yemen, not part of the solution,” said Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi ambassador to the United States on Wednesday. The statement was an indirect rebuke of President Obama, who in an interview the day before had said that his administration had "indicated to the Iranians that they need to be part of the solution, and not part of the problem.” more...

21st April 2015 – Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Saudi-Funded French Weapons Arrive in Lebanon

Tony Badran

The first shipment of French weapons and military equipment arrived in Lebanon on Monday under a Saudi-funded deal worth $3 billion. The arms and supplies will supposedly bolster the Lebanese army’s fight against Sunni terrorists encroaching from Syria, though thoughts of countering Hezbollah were likely also in mind. more...

4th April 2015 – Quoted by Michael B. Kelley - Business Insider

The US and Iran are Closer in Iraq Than People Realize — and Things are Getting Ugly

Tony Badran

The Obama administration is no longer hiding the fact that the US is serving as the air force for Iran-backed Shia militias fighting ISIS in Iraq. more...

27th March 2015 – NOW News

How to Read Jordan’s Surprise Opening to Iran

Tony Badran

On Sunday, Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Iranian Quds Force, made headlines over comments he made about Iran’s sway in the region. “Iran is present in Iraq and Lebanon,” Soleimani reportedly said, “and both countries are subject to Iran’s will and ideas.” As far as such statements go, they are fairly routine. What raised eyebrows was what Soleimani said next; that Iran has the ability to stir things in Jordan as well. more...

20th March 2015 – Cited by Linette Lopez - Business Insider

Dead Argentine Prosecutor Was Zeroing in on a Terror Threat to the Entire Western Hemisphere

Tony Badran

As days go by, the death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman — who was found dead in his locked apartment two months ago — becomes murkier in his home country. But in the US it appears to be coming into focus. more...

19th March 2015 – Now Media

Kerry’s Assad Accommodation

Tony Badran

On the fourth anniversary of the Syrian uprising, Secretary of State John Kerry reminded everyone—in case anyone still harbored doubts—that the Obama administration had no intention of removing Syria’s dictator, Bashar al-Assad, from power. more...

17th March 2015 – Quoted by Jeremy Bender, Michael B. Kelley - Business Insider

This Sentence Should Cause a Lot of Concern About Iran Taking Over Iraq

Tony Badran

A disturbing sign of Iran's growing influence in Iraq and beyond was highlighted on March 8 during a seminar titled "The Iranian Identity," Bloomberg View reports. more...

17th March 2015 – Quoted by Charles Hoskinson - The Washington Examiner

Amid nuclear talks, Obama shifts policy closer to Iran’s

Tony Badran

Secretary of State John Kerry's admission that the United States might have to negotiate with Syrian President Bashar Assad is the latest sign of a years-long trend in the Obama administration's shifting Middle East policy: Every shift brings that policy closer in line with Iran's. more...

9th March 2015 – Quoted by Yair Rosenberg - Tablet

Did Netanyahu Put Anti-Semitic Words in Hezbollah’s Mouth?

Tony Badran

Last week, in his address to Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned of the threat posed to the Middle East and to Jews by Iran and its proxies. more...

6th March 2015 – Business Insider

Iran is Exporting its Islamic Revolution into Syria, Iraq and Yemen Just as it Did in Lebanon

Tony Badran

At a rally last month on the occasion of the 36th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Revolutionary Guard’s Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani gloated: “We are witnessing the export of the Islamic Revolution throughout the region. From Bahrain and Iraq to Syria, Yemen and North Africa.” more...

27th February 2015 – Business Insider

The Emerging Nuclear Deal Makes Some Huge Assumptions About Iran’s Future Plans

Tony Badran

Recent reports about the negotiations between the US and Iran indicate that the Obama administration is ready to make remarkable concessions to Tehran on its nuclear program. more...

20th February 2015 – Now Media

The Weakness of the “Wait and See” Approach

Tony Badran

Even if Israel desired to stay out of the Syrian war, the Iranians, seeing a green light from Washington, have ideas of their own. more...

20th February 2015 – Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Friend and Foe in Syria

Tony Badran

Last week, outgoing chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces Benny Gantz told an American audience that it’s important the international community defeat both camps of regional extremists. more...

19th February 2015 – Cited by The Tower

Losing Ground in Arab World, Hamas Seeking Iranian Support and New Front Against Israel

Tony Badran

Haaretz reported Wednesday that Hamas announced plans to establish military units to fight Israel from southern Lebanon, illustrating renewed cooperation and improving ties between Hamas, Hezbollah, and Iran. more...

11th February 2015 – FDD Press Release

U.S. Needs To Avoid Alliances With Iranian Proxies In Middle East, FDD Scholar Tells Congress

Tony Badran

Tony Badran, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told the House Foreign Affairs Committee Wednesday that Iran’s interest in becoming a Middle Easter power extends beyond the goal of nuclear weapons, and the United States must resist forming de facto alliances with Iranian proxies throughout the region. more...

2nd February 2015 – Business Insider

Iran’s Push Into Syria Means Another War Between Hezbollah and Israel is All but Inevitable

Tony Badran

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah finally delivered his long-postponed speech on Friday, after his group claimed responsibility for the attack against an Israeli patrol in the Shebaa area two days earlier. more...

30th January 2015 – Quoted by Sophia Jones - The Huffington Post

Escaped Syrian Child Soldier: ‘Don’t Join ISIS’

Tony Badran

At age 14, Khaled held his first gun. Fifteen days later, one of the world's most feared extremist groups sent him into battle. more...

30th January 2015 – Cited by Matthew Brodsky - The Huffington Post

The Great Game: Israeli, Hezbollah, and Iranian Edition

Tony Badran

It's tempting to ascribe the latest flare-up between Hezbollah and Israel as part of an ongoing "cycle of violence" that comes part and parcel with a region long on conflict and short on peace. more...

29th January 2015 – Quoted by The Tower

Hezbollah Attack Seen as Effort by Iran to “Expand into the Golan Heights”

Tony Badran

Hezbollah operatives fired Kornet anti-tank missiles at an Israeli army patrol along the Israel-Lebanon border on Wednesday, killing two Israeli soldiers, wounding seven, and prompting Israeli retaliatory artillery fire on southern Lebanon. more...

25th January 2015 – Cited by Simon Tisdall - The Guardian

US Changes its Tune on Syrian Regime Change as ISIS Threat Takes Top Priority

Tony Badran

US backing for Syria peace talks hosted by the Russian government in Moscow this week is being seen as further evidence that the Obama administration has quietly dropped its longstanding demand that President Bashar al-Assad step down as part of any settlement. more...