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12th September 2014 – Now Media

A Chronically Fractured Kurdistan

Tony Badran

As the Islamic State (ISIS) made gains in Iraq in recent months, the Kurds have come to the forefront of media analysis. more...

5th September 2014 – Now Media

Minority Report

Tony Badran

For a long time, the conventional narrative about the rise of the Islamic State (IS) has been that the jihadist group owes its rise to financial support from Gulf donors. more...

5th September 2014 – Business Insider

A Syrian Christian Businessman May Be Serving As The Assad Regime’s Liaison With ISIS

Tony Badran

For a long time, the conventional narrative about the rise of the Islamic State (IS) has been that the jihadist group owes its rise to financial support from Gulf donors. more...

28th August 2014 – Now Lebanon

Beheshti Never Came to Tripoli

Tony Badran

This Sunday marks the 36th anniversary of the disappearance of Lebanese-Iranian cleric Musa as-Sadr during a visit to Libya in 1978. more...

24th August 2014 – Quoted by Michael B. Kelley - Business Insider

The Rise Of ISIS Creates A Trap For Obama In Syria

Tony Badran

For more than three years, the Obama administration has been content with largely staying out of the conflict in Syria. more...

21st August 2014 – Now Lebanon

The U.S. Is Following Iran’s Lead In Both Syria and Iraq

Tony Badran

President Obama has made clear that the purpose of his limited intervention in Iraq is to shore up the central government in Baghdad such that all Iraqis will combat the Islamic State (IS). more...

21st August 2014 – Quoted by Lucas Tomlinson - FoxNews.com

Enemy of My Enemy: Are airstrikes against ISIS putting US on same side as Assad?

Tony Badran

A year after his "red line" was crossed in the deadly chemical attack against Syrian rebels and civilians -- including hundreds of children -- allegedly by Syrian government forces, President Obama finds himself in the awkward position of being on the same side as the Assad regime in the fight to keep Islamic State militants from gaining more ground in Iraq. more...

15th August 2014 – Quoted by Glenn Johnson - The New Zealand Herald

ISIS Brutality Proves Potent Weapon

Tony Badran

The heads are stuck on thin metal poles above a wrought iron fence in the Islamic State's Syria stronghold, Raqqa. more...

8th August 2014 – Now Media

Shutting out Washington

Tony Badran

In his speech last Saturday night, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a point to highlight “the unique link which has been forged with the states of the region” and Israel out of the latest war in Gaza. more...

5th August 2014 – Fox News

Happening Now

Tony Badran

FDD Research Fellow Tony Badran discusses the relationship between Iran and Hamas. more...

1st August 2014 – Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Did Iran Scuttle the Ceasefire in Gaza?

Ali Alfoneh, Tony Badran

Ninety minutes into the 72-hour unconditional ceasefire announced this morning, Hamas launched a suicide attack in which two IDF soldiers were killed and another was kidnapped. more...

1st August 2014 – Now Media

Hamas’s Return To The Resistance Axis

Tony Badran

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23rd July 2014 – Tablet Magazine

The Politics Behind the FAA’s Israel Flight Ban

Tony Badran

On Tuesday, the Federal Aviation Administration issued a notice prohibiting U.S. carriers from flying to or from Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport after a rocket launched by Hamas from Gaza landed near the Tel Aviv airport. more...

11th July 2014 – Quoted by Oren Dorell & Mariam Hamed - USA Today

Israel Vows To Continue Airstrikes Despite Growing Pressure

Tony Badran

As the Palestinian death toll rose, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Friday to continue to target members of Hamas with air strikes in Gaza until rockets the militant group has been firing into Israel from the southern border halt. more...

9th July 2014 – Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

US Defense Secretary Calls ISIL Imminent Threat

Tony Badran

The top U.S. defense official says the world should not underestimate the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. more...

8th July 2014 – CTV

CTV News

Tony Badran

Foundation for Defense of Democracies' Tony Badran discusses whether an independent Kurdistan is viable amid the crisis in Iraq. more...

7th July 2014 – Mentioned by Brett Logiurato & Michael B Kelley - Business Insider

Obama’s Foreign Policy Is Forming Alliances We Never Thought Possible

Tony Badran

Here's how quickly things can change in the volatile Middle East: Less than one year ago, President Barack Obama considered airstrikes against military targets held by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad after a chemical weapons attack killed as many as 1,400 people in the capital. more...

1st July 2014 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Rand Paul Under Fire for Claim Obama Admin ‘Allied’ With ISIL

Tony Badran

Experts say claim is factually inaccurate, dangerous to state publicly. more...

1st July 2014 – Cited by Rebecca Shimoni Stoil - The Times of Israel

US to arm Syrian moderates, but who are they?

Tony Badran

The US has selected a number of Syrian “moderate groups” to receive American aid, but administration officials have remained closed-mouthed as to which of the dozens of groups operating in the war-torn nation have already benefited from Washington’s support. more...

1st July 2014 – Quoted by Lee Smith - Tablet Magazine

What Kurdish Independence Would Mean

Tony Badran

And why Israel supports the ambitious—if unlikely—push for statehood. more...