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8th June 2017 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iranian Drone Shadows U.S. Forces In Syria Day Before Attack

Tony Badran

Iran released video footage showing a drone shadowing U.S. military forces operating in Syria just a day before an unmanned aerial vehicle launched a strike on American forces in the war-torn country, a move that has raised concerns among U.S. officials about the Islamic Republic's increasing willingness to use military force in the region. more...

5th June 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Distinction between Hezbollah and the “Lebanese State” now Meaningless

Tony Badran

At the conclusion of President Trump’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia, the U.S. and the Saudis issued a joint statement outlining shared positions. The last article in their statement addressed Lebanon and stressed “the importance of supporting the Lebanese state,” specifically in pursuit of “enforcing its sovereignty on all of its territory, disarm terrorist organizations such as Hizballah, and bring all weapons under the legitimate supervision of the Lebanese army.” more...

19th May 2017 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Tony Badran

FDD senior fellow Tony Badran discusses the US expeditionary force on the Syria-Jordan border. more...

16th May 2017 – Tablet Magazine

Assad’s Industrial Killing Machine

Tony Badran

On Monday, the State Department revealed that it possessed evidence that Syria’s Bashar al-Assad regime was operating an industrial crematorium at the Saydnaya military prison outside Damascus. Stuart Jones, acting assistant secretary for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, said that the U.S. believes the Assad regime had practiced extrajudicial mass executions of thousands of prisoners. “We now believe that the Syrian regime has installed a crematorium in the Saydnaya prison complex which could dispose of detainees’ remains with little evidence,” he said. more...

9th May 2017 – Tablet Magazine

The Lebanese Prime Minister Is Stuck, and He’s Improvising

Tony Badran

A high-level delegation of Lebanese politicians and bankers reportedly will visit Washington later this month to try and convince Congress to soften impending sanctions legislation designed to squeeze the Iranian proxy, Hezbollah. Already, there have been visitors from Lebanon in recent weeks for this purpose, and there’s been speculation in Lebanese media that prime minister Saad Hariri, who has expressed his hope to “change” the legislation, might himself come to town to make the case for going easy on Lebanon. more...

24th April 2017 – Tablet Magazine

Hezbollah’s Farcical Media Tour at the Israel-Lebanon Border

Tony Badran

Last Thursday, Hezbollah organized a tour for journalists along the border with Israel, where the Iranian proxy highlighted the various topographical alterations the IDF has done near the border in preparation for a future war. more...

7th April 2017 – Fox News

America’s Newsroom

Tony Badran

FDD research fellow Tony Badran comments on US missile strike in Syria. more...

5th April 2017 – The Weekly Standard

Was a Hezbollah Commander Really Killed by His Own Organization?

Tony Badran

Two weeks ago, Israel Defense Force Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot took the unusual step of confirming claims in the media about the May 13, 2016, killing of Hezbollah military commander, Mustafa Badreddine. more...

29th March 2017 – Quoted by Matthew RJ Brodsky - The Algemeiner

Will America’s Inaction in Syria Help Lead to an Israeli-Hezbollah War?

Tony Badran

That’s the question that many analysts are grappling with in the wake of recent escalations, including an Israeli strike inside Syria that targeted a weapons shipment meant for Hezbollah. more...

27th March 2017 – Quoted by Matt Brodsky - The Hill

Prepare for battle: Israel, Hezbollah on the path to war

Tony Badran

That’s the question many analysts are grappling with in the wake of recent escalations involving an Israeli strike inside Syria that targeted a weapons shipment meant for Hezbollah. more...

27th March 2017 – Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

How to Defeat ISIS

Tony Badran

"Degradation of ISIS is not the end goal,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said last week. In what appeared to be a criticism of the Obama White House's ineffective campaign against the Islamic State, the Trump administration's top diplomat insisted, "We must defeat ISIS." more...

19th March 2017 – The Cipher Brief

After Nuclear Deal, Iran Looks to Profit in Syria

Tony Badran, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iran’s powerful, ideological military force, is one of the country’s most influential institutions, with major stakes in key sectors of the economy and supervision of Tehran’s vast network of militias and terrorist proxies in conflicts throughout the Middle East. more...

18th March 2017 – Quoted by Matthew RJ Brodsky - The National Interest

Can Trump Refrain from Repeating His Predecessor’s Mistakes in Syria?

Tony Badran

The case of the president’s self-inflicted wound from his self-imposed red line provides a rather illustrative example of being outmaneuvered. more...

17th March 2017 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Tony Badran

FDD senior fellow Tony Badran discusses Iran and Hezbollah. more...

16th March 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Morocco Arrests Hezbollah Financier

Tony Badran

Lebanese media reported Tuesday that the tycoon and terror financier Qassem Tajeddin has been apprehended in Morocco before boarding a flight to Beirut. The U.S. Treasury Department designated Tajeddin in 2009 for being “an important financial contributor” to Hezbollah and for operating a number of front companies with his brothers for the group. more...

9th March 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Lebanon’s New Army Chief has History of Coordination with Hezbollah

Tony Badran

Lebanon’s new cabinet announced Staff Brigadier General Joseph Aoun as the new head of the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) on Wednesday. Aoun, who commanded the 9th Brigade, was a favorite to take the post, and reportedly has the backing of newly-elected President Michel Aoun (no relation), a Hezbollah ally. more...

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...