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2nd March 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Lebanon’s Armed Forces and Hezbollah Increasingly Intertwined

Tony Badran

General Joseph Votel of U.S. Central Command reportedly visited Lebanon on Monday and met with top officials to discuss U.S. aid to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF). Votel’s visit followed a separate visit last week by Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) and a delegation of congressional staff members. Corker went on a tour of the LAF position in the northeastern town of Arsal, near the border with Syria. more...

18th February 2017 – The Cipher Brief

Syria: Options Remain If America is Willing to Take Them

Tony Badran

One of the biggest foreign policy challenges that President-elect Donald Trump will face is Syria. Here are how things look on the ground today and some of the scenarios the new American president may have to deal with. more...

8th February 2017 – Tablet Magazine

Assad’s Fundraiser at the World Bank

Tony Badran

For all the controversy surrounding it, there was one silver lining to President Trump’s now suspended executive order that barred nationals from seven Middle Eastern and African countries, including Syria, from entering the U.S.: It had kept an old associate of Bashar al-Assad from entering the United States and rattling the tin can on behalf of the Syrian butcher. more...

1st February 2017 – Quoted by Wladimir van Wilgenburg - Arab News

Syrian government disagrees with Russia on Kurdish autonomy

Tony Badran

The Syrian government completely rejected any form of Kurdish autonomy and has reportedly proposed amendments to change the Russian draft proposal for a new Syrian constitution. more...

26th January 2017 – Quoted by Lee Smith - Tablet Magazine

Gabbard’s Assad Trip—Courtesy of an Anti-Semitic Middle East Organization

Tony Badran

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat from Hawaii, admitted to CNN that she met Syrian president Bashar al-Assad on her recent secret 4-day "fact-finding" trip to Damascus. more...

17th January 2017 – Quoted by Lee Smith - Tablet Magazine

What Obama Owes Putin—and Why Donald Trump Is Left Holding the Bag

Tony Badran

Is Donald Trump a Russian secret agent? Did he pay FSB hookers to pee on the bed the Obamas slept in at the Ritz in Moscow, overlooking the Kremlin? It’s silly season, so any drunk on a fat oppo-research expense account can write down any crazy foolishness they want and Buzzfeed will let you decide if it’s true because that, as Buzzfeed’s editor, Ben Smith, solemnly explained to The New York Times, is where American journalism is at in 2017. more...

22nd December 2016 – Quoted by Barbara Opall-Rome - Defense News

US Refutes Israeli Claims of Lebanese APC Transfers to Hizbollah

Tony Badran

The US government is refuting Israeli assessments that US-supplied troop carriers to Lebanon have made their way to Hizbollah forces operating in Syria on behalf of the Bashar Assad regime. more...

21st December 2016 – Quoted by Barbara Opall-Rome - Defense News

Israel Claims Suggest Lebanese Violation of US Export Law

Tony Badran

A senior Israeli defense official on Wednesday confirmed what US experts had been questioning for more than a month: that US troop carriers provided by Washington to Beirut are being operated by Hizbollah in Syria in support of the Bashar Assad regime, which experts note as a violation of export controls. more...

15th December 2016 – Quoted by Jay Solomon, Maria Abi-Habib - The Wall Street Journal

In Syria, Russia Acts as U.S. Pulls Back

Tony Badran

The recapture of Aleppo by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces presents a stark example of Washington’s pullback in the Middle East at a time when Russia and its partners have stepped in to drive events in the nearly six-year conflict, said U.S., European and Arab officials. more...

12th December 2016 – Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

Rubio, Experts Rip Obama Administration for Trivializing Iranian Influence in Syria

Tony Badran

The Obama administration is downplaying Iran's role in atrocities committed by the Syrian regime in order to avoid endangering last summer's landmark nuclear deal, a top lawmaker and experts tell The Weekly Standard. more...

8th December 2016 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Tony Badran

FDD senior fellow Tony Badran discusses the recent updates on Aleppo, and comments on the many other devolving conflicts in Syria. more...

17th November 2016 – Tablet Magazine

Obama Tries to Pin his Syria Policy on Trump

Tony Badran

Talking to reporters in Germany on Thursday, President Barack Obama expressed the hope that President-elect Donald Trump will be “willing to stand up to Russia where they are deviating from our values and international norms.” more...

14th November 2016 – Tablet Magazine

How the Syria Echo Chamber Works

Tony Badran

Over the past five-and-a-half years, the Obama White House has used the Syria echo chamber it created in the American press and on social media to defend and advance the president’s policy of nonintervention against the Assad regime. After the White House’s attempt to negotiate a deal to cooperate militarily with Russia in Syria fell apart last month, one of the administration’s most experienced Syria echo-chamber hands—Steven Simon—sprang into action. more...

14th November 2016 – Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

The Lebanese Army Is Misusing U.S. Aid

Tony Badran

Over the weekend, pictures of a Hezbollah parade in the Syrian city of Qusayr showed Hezbollah fighters using American-made M113 armored personnel carriers (APCs). more...

14th November 2016 – Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Presiding over Chaos

Tony Badran

On October 31, the Lebanese parliament elected Michel Aoun president, ending a two-and-a-half-year stalemate during which the country had no head of state. The presidency is reserved for the country’s Maronite Christian sect, so Christians there are celebrating the election of the controversial 81-year-old former general as a gesture of reconciliation for an often divided community. more...

10th November 2016 – Tablet Magazine

Taking Dictation From a Dictator

Tony Badran

Last week, Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, through his father-in-law’s organization in Britain, invited a number of correspondents for American media outlets—including The New York Times, the L.A. Times, The New Yorker and NPR—to attend a conference in Damascus, where they could meet with the great man and his aides. The regime was looking, in the words of The New Yorker’s Dexter Filkins, “to argue their case.” more...

2nd November 2016 – Quoted by Sean Savage -

New Lebanese president ‘icing on the cake’ of Hezbollah’s consolidation of power

Tony Badran

The Lebanese parliament elected Michael Aoun as its president Oct. 31, ending a two-and-half-year vacuum that threatened to destabilize the highly sectarian country. more...

1st November 2016 – Quoted by Benny Avni - New York Post

How Iran’s pet terrorists won Lebanon

Tony Badran

‘You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows,” sang Bob Dylan. And this week, the winds of change in the Middle East kept blowing Iran’s way. more...

31st October 2016 – Quoted by Lee Smith - Tablet Magazine

Assad Regime’s Grotesque PR Conference in Damascus Uses Reporters to Whitewash War Crimes

Tony Badran

Bashar al-Assad’s regime has pulled off a grotesque PR coup by corralling a number of prominent American journalists from outlets like The New York Times, National Public Radio, The Washington Post, and The New Yorker to participate in a conference designed to legitimize the rule of Syria’s genocidal head of state. more...

21st September 2016 – Tablet Magazine

Obama’s Syria Policy Striptease

Tony Badran

America’s settled policy of standing by while half a million Syrians have been killed, millions have become refugees, and large swaths of their country have been reduced to rubble is not a simple “mistake,” as critics like Nicholas D. Kristof and Roger Cohen have lately claimed. more...