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18th June 2015 – NOW Lebanon

Assad Wants the Druze for Cannon Fodder

Tony Badran

Apologists for the Assad regime and its dupes in the West claim the regime is the protector of minorities. more...

17th June 2015 – Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

The Kerr We Lost

Tony Badran

Immediately after the Golden State Warriors won the NBA championship Tuesday night with a 105-97 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, one of the commentators asked Golden State coach Steve Kerr who he was thinking about. “Lute Olson,” said Kerr, referring to the legendary University of Arizona coach whom Kerr played for in the mid-80s. more...

12th June 2015 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

U.S. Arms Sales to Lebanon Empowering Hezbollah, Iran

Tony Badran

Newly announced U.S. arms sales to Lebanon coincide with an Obama administration order to cut funding for an anti-Hezbollah Lebanese group, a move foreign policy insiders describe as empowering the Iranian backers of the terrorist group. more...

10th June 2015 – NOW Lebanon

Tehran’s Siamese Twins

Tony Badran

“[I]n the next few days, the world will be surprised by what we and the Syrian military leadership are currently preparing,” Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s Qods Force, reportedly stated from Syria last week. more...

5th June 2015 – Quoted by Jacob Siegel - The Daily Beast

The Myth of Iran’s Military Mastermind

Tony Badran

He’s been called the “single most powerful operative in the Middle East today” and nicknamed “Supermani,” but is Qasem Suleimani, the suddenly omnipresent commander of Iran's expeditionary Quds Force, suddenly coming down to earth? more...

4th June 2015 – Quoted by Sean Savage - The Christian Post

As Syria’s Assad Suffers Civil War Setbacks, What’s the Best Outcome for Israel?

Tony Badran

With the Syrian civil war well into its fifth year, President Bashar al-Assad's government has outlasted many observers' predictions of his demise. more...

4th June 2015 – Quoted by Natasha Bertrand, Michael B. Kelley - Business Insider

The Startlingly Simple Reason Obama Ignores Syria

Tony Badran

While the US embassy in Syria accuses Syrian President Bashar Assad of acting as an air force for the Islamic State, the Obama administration does not seem to be concerning itself with the Syrian regime. more...

4th June 2015 – Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Nasrallah Tries Once More to Mobilize Base to Support Assad

Tony Badran

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah gave yet another speech on Wednesday in an effort to motivate Shi’ite supporters in Lebanon to help keep Syrian President Bashar Assad in power. more...

1st June 2015 – Quoted by The Tower

Ya’alon: Hezbollah Arrest in Cyprus is Part of Iran-Backed European Terror Network

Benjamin Weinthal, Tony Badran

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon stated that last Friday’s arrest of a Hezbollah terrorist in Cyprus pointed to a large-scale terror campaign by the Iranian-backed terror group against Israeli targets in Europe, Reuters reported today. more...

29th May 2015 – Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Paying Tehran’s Bills

Tony Badran

Even the Obama administration acknowledges that Iran is up to a lot of mischief in the Middle East. Tehran is engaged in a sectarian conflict from Lebanon to Syria and Iraq that has recently come to include Yemen as another active front. However, the White House continues to insist, against all evidence, that the clerical regime’s aggression won’t increase when it gets a huge cash infusion from sanctions relief and an immediate $30 to $50 billion bonus, when (or if) it signs the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, aka the nuclear deal. more...

29th May 2015 – Now Lebanon

Obama Will Even Defend Anti-Semitism to Spin His Iran Deal

Tony Badran

t’s not every day that you hear President Barack Obama explain away rank bigotry. But in a recent interview, he did just that. “The fact that you are anti-Semitic,” Obama said of the Islamic Republic of Iran, “doesn’t preclude you from being rational.” more...

20th May 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

New Hezbollah Legislation In A New Sanctions Environment

Tony Badran

The House of Representatives last week passed H.R. 2297, the “Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015,” tightening sanctions on the Iranian-sponsored terrorist group. more...

15th May 2015 – Quoted by Lord Maginnis - The Hill

Gulf States No Longer Trust US Leadership, With Good Reason

Tony Badran

The White House has made a strong effort to downplay the apparent diplomatic snub that is Saudi King Salman’s decision not to attend this week’s Washington summit with Gulf Cooperation Council leaders. more...

14th May 2015 – NOW News

Salman’s Absence, Netanyahu’s Shadow

Tony Badran

If you’re keeping score in the contest between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu, then chalk up a win for the Israeli prime minister this week. President Obama is convening his summit with representatives of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states at Camp David today. more...

6th May 2015 – The Weekly Standard

How Hezbollah Sees the Iran Nuclear Deal: We Win, You Lose

Tony Badran

Last week, the Israeli Air Force struck a cache of long-range missiles belonging to Hezbollah and put the Shia militia on notice. As air force chief Major-General Amir Eshel explained, "Our ability today to attack targets on a large scale and with high precision is about 15 times greater than what we did in the (2006) war" with Hezbollah. more...

5th May 2015 – France 24

The Debate

Tony Badran

FDD Research Fellow Tony Badran discusses France's alliances in the Gulf. more...

4th May 2015 – Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Despite Iranian-Hezbollah Support, ‘In the Long Run it is Hard to See How Assad Can Survive’

Tony Badran

The balance of power between Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces and the rebels seems to be leaning in the rebels’ favor in the long-run, but the regime is not at risk of collapsing in the coming weeks, experts told The Jerusalem Post. more...

27th April 2015 – Quoted by The Tower

Expert: Obama “Siding with Iran” in Yemen Conflict

Tony Badran

The Obama administration is “siding with Iran” while operating “over the heads of the Saudis” in its deliberations over the future of Yemen, Tony Badran, a research fellow for the Foundation of Defense of Democracies, wrote Friday in an analysis published on the Lebanese website NOW News. more...

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...