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23rd January 2015 – Now Media

One Small Israeli Strike, One Very Big Strategic Game

Tony Badran

Israel dealt Iran a painful blow on Sunday when it struck a convoy of senior Iranian and Hezbollah commanders in Quneitra in the Golan Heights. more...

18th January 2015 – Mentioned by The Tower

Israeli Strike in Syria Hits Convoy, Killing Hezbollah Commander

Tony Badran

Jihad Mughniyeh, a Hezbollah commander and son of notorious terrorist Imad Mughniyeh, was killed along with at least nine others today in Israeli airstrikes against a convoy in the Syrian section of the Golan Heights. more...

15th January 2015 – Business Insider

Hezbollah, Iran, And The Assad Regime Are Trying To Cash In On The Paris Attacks

Tony Badran

France’s pain is an opportunity for others to gain. more...

8th January 2015 – Business Insider

The US Is Increasingly Aligning Itself With Russia And Iran On Syria

Tony Badran

The meeting on Syria that Russia intends to organize in Moscow later this month is, predictably, proving to be a complete fiasco. more...

18th December 2014 – Business Insider

An Iranian Proxy Still Holds All The Cards In Lebanon

Tony Badran

During his recent visit to Beirut, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Matthew Spence reportedly told Lebanese officials that “the war on terror has created a new reality, which has allowed the state to expand its influence at the expense of Hezbollah’s influence.” more...

11th December 2014 – Now Lebanon

Exploding the Israel-Assad Myth

Tony Badran

To this day, some even remain convinced that Israel’s supposed preference for the Assad regime stands behind Washington’s de facto pro-Assad policy more...

7th December 2014 – Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Israel Strikes Against Syria May Be Linked to Iranian Activity

Tony Badran

Syria expert Eyal Zisser to ‘Post’: In the past, no one had any interest in opening up another front said Zisser adding, “Let’s hope that will happen this time." more...

4th December 2014 – Now Media

Word in the White House: “De-Escalation”

Tony Badran

On Monday, news came out in three different reports that the US, in consultation with Turkey, was considering the establishment of a safe zone on the Turkish-Syrian border. more...

2nd December 2014 – Quoted by İlhan Tanır - BBC Turkey

ABD’deki güvenli bölge tartışması ne anlama geliyor?

Tony Badran

Amerikan basınında hafta sonunda çıkan "Suriye'de uçuşa yasak bölge ve güvenli bölge kuruluyor" haberleri, gözleri bir kez daha Obama yönetimine çevirerek Suriye ve Esad yönetimi politikalarında önemli bir değişikliğe gidip, gitmeyecekleri tartışmasını alevlendirdi. more...

24th November 2014 – Cited by Caroline Glick - The Jerusalem Post

Our World: Iran’s no China

Tony Badran

The Obama administration will never abandon its courtship of Iran. On the eve of the extended deadline in the US-led six-party talks with Iran regarding Teheran’s illicit nuclear weapons program, the one thing that is absolutely clear is that courting Iran is the centerpiece of US President Barack Obama’s Middle East policy. Come what may in Geneva, this will not change. more...

20th November 2014 – Business Insider

Obama Is Making His Middle East Allies Look Like Chumps

Tony Badran

Last week, CNN reported that President Barack Obama had asked his national security team for a review of the Syria policy. According to the report, the review is premised on the recognition that removing Bashar Assad from power is a necessary element in the strategy to defeat the Islamic State group (ISIS) in Syria. more...

14th November 2014 – Business Insider

Iran Will Never Be The Capable Ally Obama Wants In The Fight Against ISIS

Tony Badran

As we enter the critical stage of the P5+1's nuclear negotiations with Iran, we learn more and more about how much the deal means to President Barack Obama. more...

6th November 2014 – Business Insider

‘Chickens—-gate’ Is All About Obama Trying To Silence Israel

Tony Badran

In remarks to journalist Jeffrey Goldberg last week, anonymous senior Obama administration officials called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “chickens---.” more...

4th November 2014 – Quoted by Hugh Naylor - The Washington Post

Rivals Tehran, Riyadh Pledge Billions to Lebanon’s Army

Tony Badran

Saudi Arabia and Iran have offered apparently competing aid packages to Lebanon’s small and modestly armed military as it confronts rising attacks at home by militants with ties to extremists fighting in Syria’s civil war. more...

30th October 2014 – Now Media

Selective Memory: Iran’s Role in the Marine Barracks Bombing

Tony Badran

As the US moves closer to Iran it has placed the onus of the 1983 Marine barracks bombing on Imad Mughniyeh, even though it was an Iranian operation from top to bottom. more...

23rd October 2014 – Business Insider

Obama Is Trying To Impose A Radical New Order On The US’s Middle Eastern Allies

Tony Badran

The Center for New American Security, a Washington think tank close to the Obama administration, has produced a strategy for the war against the Islamic State (ISIS). more...

16th October 2014 – Now Media

Iran’s Aggressive Information Campaign

Tony Badran

The Islamic Republic of Iran is managing an aggressive information campaign capitalizing on President Obama’s war against the Islamic State group (ISIS). more...

10th October 2014 – Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Did Israel Sabotage Iran’s Illicit Nuclear Facilities at Parchin?

Tony Badran

Experts continue to debate whether the explosion at an Iranian military base at Parchin earlier in the week was an act of sabotage. more...

9th October 2014 – Now Lebanon

Sooner or later, Hezbollah Will Push Lebanon Over the Edge

Tony Badran

Hezbollah is aggressively putting out the message that it is willing to heat things up on the border. more...

8th October 2014 – Quoted by Charles Hoskinson - The Washington Examiner

Fatal Flaw in Obama ISIS Strategy?

Tony Badran

As the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria makes gains on the battlefield despite two weeks of punishing airstrikes, potential U.S. allies are frustrated by the weak spot in President Obama's Syria strategy — how to handle Syrian President Bashar Assad. more...