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4th January 2014 – NOW

White House Sees a Partner in Assad

Tony Badran

As 2013 drew to a close, the Wall Street Journal published a lengthy and damning chronicle of President Obama’s handling of Syria. And while 2013... more...

19th December 2013 – NOW

Hiding Behind the LAF

Tony Badran

Lebanon came close to instigating a conflict with Israel on Sunday when a member of the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) shot and killed an Israeli sergeant... more...

12th December 2013 – NOW

A Taste of What’s to Come

Tony Badran

For all the speculation about who was responsible for the assassination of Hezbollah senior military commander Hassan al-Laqis last Tuesday, the likelihood... more...

11th December 2013 – Quoted by Lee Smith, The Weekly Standard

Seymour Hersh and Assad’s Nun Spin a Story

Tony Badran

Over the weekend, Seymour Hersh published an article in the London Review of Books claiming that the Obama administration got it wrong regarding the... more...

5th December 2013 – FDD Policy Brief

Who Took Out Hezbollah’s Hassan al-Laqqis?

Tony Badran

Minutes after Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah finished a lengthy televised appearance late Tuesday night, a team of unknown assailants assassinated... more...

4th December 2013 – BBC Radio 5

Up All Night

Tony Badran

The assassination of Hezbollah Commander Hassan Lakkis. more...

4th December 2013 – NOW

Radical Rupture

Tony Badran

President Obama is overseeing a radical rupture with past American policy in the Middle East. Now that it has been confirmed that Washington has been... more...

25th November 2013 – Quoted by Max Rosenthal, The Huffington Post

Iran Nuclear Deal May Foreshadow Tehran’s Role In Syria Peace Talks

Tony Badran

With one major diplomatic deal now agreed upon, Iran may be on track to take a formal role in negotiations to end the Syrian civil war. Secretary of State John... more...

21st November 2013 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Tony Badran

The attack on the Iranian embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. more...

21st November 2013 – NOW

An Explosive Proxy War

Tony Badran

It appears that the Iranian Embassy in Bir Hassan may have narrowly escaped even bigger devastation on Tuesday as the two suicide bombers failed to penetrate... more...

20th November 2013 – FDD Policy Brief

The Iranian Embassy Bombing in Beirut: Many Questions Remain

Tony Badran

Two explosions targeted the Iranian Embassy in Beirut yesterday, killing at least 23 people, among them the Iranian cultural attaché, Hojatoleslam Ebrahim... more...

18th November 2013 – The Weekly Standard

The Secret History of Hezbollah

Tony Badran

Thirty years ago last month, Hezbollah blew up the barracks of the U.S Marines and French paratroopers stationed at the Beirut airport, killing 241 U.S. servicemen and 58 Frenchmen. more...

17th November 2013 – Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon, The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Hezbollah and Iran – Two Branches of the Same Tree

Tony Badran

When Lebanese MP Walid Sukkarieh of Hezbollah said last week the Shi’ite-dominated axis of Hezbollah-Iran-Syria could bleed Israel to death by sustaining... more...

14th November 2013 – NOW

Obama Knows Best

Tony Badran

America’s allies are troubled. At the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program that took place in Geneva last week, the US administration came close to giving... more...

8th November 2013 – NOW

Parting Ways

Tony Badran

During his trip to Saudi Arabia on Monday, US Secretary of State John Kerry sought to offer public reassurances to the Kingdom and minimize the perception... more...

19th October 2013 – NOW

Why Turkey is Firing on Jihadists in Syria

Tony Badran

On Tuesday, the Turkish military fired across the border with Syria onto positions of the jihadist group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). more...

10th October 2013 – NOW

How Will Turkey Adapt?

Tony Badran

Since the White House's recent diplomatic opening to Iran, observers have closely scrutinized the reactions of allies including Israel and Saudi Arabia. more...

8th October 2013 – Quoted by İlhan Tanır, BBC Turkey

‘ABD Geleneksel Müttefiklerini es Geçiyor’

Tony Badran

ABD Dışişleri Bakanı John Kerry'nin, kimyasal silahlar anlaşmasına uyduğu için Suriye Cumhurbaşkanı Beşar Esad'ın övgüyü hak ettiğini söylemesi, Washington... more...

26th September 2013 – NOW

Obama Doctrine Leaves Allies in the Cold

Tony Badran

President Obama’s address at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday had little if anything to allay the growing concerns of major allies about... more...

21st September 2013 – NOW

Obama’s Credibility Gap

Tony Badran

In an interview on Sunday, President Barack Obama made the case that, despite his public zigzagging, he is pursuing the right policy in Syria. Far from... more...