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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...

13th May 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Hezbollah Military Commander Killed in Syria

Tony Badran

Mustafa Badreddine, Hezbollah’s military commander, was killed in Syria on Thursday night according to Lebanese television channels close to Hezbollah. Al-Mayadeen TV claimed Badreddine was killed in an Israeli strike near Damascus airport, and eventually Hezbollah itself confirmed the news in a statement carried by al-Manar, the group's official channel. more...

29th April 2016 – Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Worshippers killed in Syria’s Aleppo as government plans new offensive

Tony Badran

An attack on a mosque in a government-held part of Aleppo resulted in 15 deaths Friday, as the Syrian government and its allies announced both a planned cease-fire in the country’s west and expansion of operations around the city. more...

29th April 2016 – Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

The Obama administration is now ‘giving full cover to the Russians’ in Syria

Tony Badran

Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad pounded the Syrian city of Aleppo with airstrikes on Thursday, targeting a hospital and killing at least 55 civilians in a new offensive that is believed to have been months in the making. more...

27th April 2016 – BBC


Tony Badran

FDD fellow Tony Badran joined BBC to discuss the cessation of hostilities in Syria and the discussions on the conflict in Geneva. more...

27th April 2016 – Tablet Magazine

Why Bashar al-Assad, the ‘Teflon Don’ of the Middle East, Can’t Be Touched

Tony Badran

John Gotti may have once held the title, but the late Gambino crime family boss had nothing on the “Teflon Don” of the Middle East, Bashar Assad. Had Gotti lived to see it, he would be astounded by how easily the two-bit head of a Syrian crime family is getting away with mass murder. more...

25th April 2016 – i24 News

i24 News Evening Edition

Tony Badran

FDD fellow Tony Badran comments on the U.S. decision to send additional special operators into Syria. more...