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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...

4th April 2015 – Quoted by Michael B. Kelley - Business Insider

The US and Iran are Closer in Iraq Than People Realize — and Things are Getting Ugly

Tony Badran

The Obama administration is no longer hiding the fact that the US is serving as the air force for Iran-backed Shia militias fighting ISIS in Iraq. more...

27th March 2015 – NOW News

How to Read Jordan’s Surprise Opening to Iran

Tony Badran

On Sunday, Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Iranian Quds Force, made headlines over comments he made about Iran’s sway in the region. “Iran is present in Iraq and Lebanon,” Soleimani reportedly said, “and both countries are subject to Iran’s will and ideas.” As far as such statements go, they are fairly routine. What raised eyebrows was what Soleimani said next; that Iran has the ability to stir things in Jordan as well. more...

20th March 2015 – Cited by Linette Lopez - Business Insider

Dead Argentine Prosecutor Was Zeroing in on a Terror Threat to the Entire Western Hemisphere

Tony Badran

As days go by, the death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman — who was found dead in his locked apartment two months ago — becomes murkier in his home country. But in the US it appears to be coming into focus. more...

19th March 2015 – Now Media

Kerry’s Assad Accommodation

Tony Badran

On the fourth anniversary of the Syrian uprising, Secretary of State John Kerry reminded everyone—in case anyone still harbored doubts—that the Obama administration had no intention of removing Syria’s dictator, Bashar al-Assad, from power. more...

17th March 2015 – Quoted by Jeremy Bender, Michael B. Kelley - Business Insider

This Sentence Should Cause a Lot of Concern About Iran Taking Over Iraq

Tony Badran

A disturbing sign of Iran's growing influence in Iraq and beyond was highlighted on March 8 during a seminar titled "The Iranian Identity," Bloomberg View reports. more...

17th March 2015 – Quoted by Charles Hoskinson - The Washington Examiner

Amid nuclear talks, Obama shifts policy closer to Iran’s

Tony Badran

Secretary of State John Kerry's admission that the United States might have to negotiate with Syrian President Bashar Assad is the latest sign of a years-long trend in the Obama administration's shifting Middle East policy: Every shift brings that policy closer in line with Iran's. more...

9th March 2015 – Quoted by Yair Rosenberg - Tablet

Did Netanyahu Put Anti-Semitic Words in Hezbollah’s Mouth?

Tony Badran

Last week, in his address to Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned of the threat posed to the Middle East and to Jews by Iran and its proxies. more...

6th March 2015 – Business Insider

Iran is Exporting its Islamic Revolution into Syria, Iraq and Yemen Just as it Did in Lebanon

Tony Badran

At a rally last month on the occasion of the 36th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Revolutionary Guard’s Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani gloated: “We are witnessing the export of the Islamic Revolution throughout the region. From Bahrain and Iraq to Syria, Yemen and North Africa.” more...

27th February 2015 – Business Insider

The Emerging Nuclear Deal Makes Some Huge Assumptions About Iran’s Future Plans

Tony Badran

Recent reports about the negotiations between the US and Iran indicate that the Obama administration is ready to make remarkable concessions to Tehran on its nuclear program. more...

20th February 2015 – Now Media

The Weakness of the “Wait and See” Approach

Tony Badran

Even if Israel desired to stay out of the Syrian war, the Iranians, seeing a green light from Washington, have ideas of their own. more...

20th February 2015 – Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Friend and Foe in Syria

Tony Badran

Last week, outgoing chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces Benny Gantz told an American audience that it’s important the international community defeat both camps of regional extremists. more...