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2nd June 2016 – Quoted by Jay Solomon - The Wall Street Journal

Allies of Syrian President Assad Seek an Opening in Washington

Tony Badran

A senior official of the Syrian regime made a rare and controversial appearance before a U.S. audience on Thursday, calling for a united front with the Obama administration in the fight against Islamic State and other international terrorist groups. more...

25th May 2016 – Quoted by Gareth Smyth - The Guardian

‘A kind of death’: life on the US Treasury blacklist

Tony Badran, Matthew Levitt

Put aside any image of a global terrorist in an Afghan cave or an armed camp in Pakistan’s tribal areas. more...

20th May 2016 – The Weekly Standard

How Iran Shapes Hezbollah

Tony Badran

Following the mysterious death of Hezbollah senior military commander Mustafa Badreddine in Syria last week, speculation continues to swirl over the identity of his possible successor. The prevailing theory holds that this role will fall to Ibrahim Aqil and/or Fuad Shukr, ranking members of Hezbollah’s military council and veterans of the group and its security apparatus. more...

17th May 2016 – Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Zone Defense

Tony Badran

This week marks the 100th anniversary of the Sykes-Picot Agreement, the document that shaped the modern Middle East. more...

14th May 2016 – Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Did Israel take advantage of Middle East mayhem to take out Hezbollah leader?

Tony Badran

It remains unclear who killed the top Hezbollah commander Mustafa Badreddine this week in Syria, but if Israel turns out to be responsible as a Hezbollah MP claimed, it signals an aggressive tactical move by Israel to take advantage of the mayhem in the region to take out its enemies. more...

13th May 2016 – Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Zarif Sends Moderate Condolences to Hezbollah

Tony Badran

Today Iranian foreign minister Mohamed Javad Zarif sent his condolences to Hezbollah general secretary Hassan Nasrallah on the day the party is burying Mustafa Badreddine. more...

13th May 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Hezbollah Military Commander Killed in Syria

Tony Badran

Mustafa Badreddine, Hezbollah’s military commander, was killed in Syria on Thursday night according to Lebanese television channels close to Hezbollah. Al-Mayadeen TV claimed Badreddine was killed in an Israeli strike near Damascus airport, and eventually Hezbollah itself confirmed the news in a statement carried by al-Manar, the group's official channel. more...

29th April 2016 – Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Worshippers killed in Syria’s Aleppo as government plans new offensive

Tony Badran

An attack on a mosque in a government-held part of Aleppo resulted in 15 deaths Friday, as the Syrian government and its allies announced both a planned cease-fire in the country’s west and expansion of operations around the city. more...

29th April 2016 – Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

The Obama administration is now ‘giving full cover to the Russians’ in Syria

Tony Badran

Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad pounded the Syrian city of Aleppo with airstrikes on Thursday, targeting a hospital and killing at least 55 civilians in a new offensive that is believed to have been months in the making. more...

27th April 2016 – BBC


Tony Badran

FDD fellow Tony Badran joined BBC to discuss the cessation of hostilities in Syria and the discussions on the conflict in Geneva. more...

27th April 2016 – Tablet Magazine

Why Bashar al-Assad, the ‘Teflon Don’ of the Middle East, Can’t Be Touched

Tony Badran

John Gotti may have once held the title, but the late Gambino crime family boss had nothing on the “Teflon Don” of the Middle East, Bashar Assad. Had Gotti lived to see it, he would be astounded by how easily the two-bit head of a Syrian crime family is getting away with mass murder. more...

25th April 2016 – i24 News

i24 News Evening Edition

Tony Badran

FDD fellow Tony Badran comments on the U.S. decision to send additional special operators into Syria. more...

19th April 2016 – Quoted by Teresa Welsh - U.S. News & World Report

Why Lebanon Could Be the Next Middle East Hot Spot

Tony Badran

Saudi Arabia has made a gamble in its regional proxy war with longtime foe Iran by retreating from Lebanon, an arena where the two have long competed for influence. more...

12th April 2016 – Quoted by Caroline B. Glick - The Jerusalem Post

Our World: Obama’s nuclear contrition

Tony Badran

Then and now, Obama and his advisers argued that ballistic missiles are not part of the mullahs’ nuclear project. This claim, which made little sense at the time, makes no sense whatsoever today. more...

7th April 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Hezbollah’s Sunni Support Network

Tony Badran

Hezbollah announced the death this weekend of seven of its fighters in Syria during fighting in southern Aleppo. Among them was a curious name: 19-year old Muhammad al-Kabash, a Sunni from Sidon. more...

7th April 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Report: Hezbollah Doubles Down on Support for Assad, Building Fortified Base in Syria

Tony Badran

Hezbollah is building a fortified base in Syria, the global intelligence company Stratfor reported Wednesday. more...

5th April 2016 – Quoted by Deb Riechmann - Associated Press

US Says Iran Forces Pulling Back in Syria; Others Say No

Tony Badran

The Obama administration is making the case that Iran is drawing down its elite fighting force from Syria in an effort to allay fears that Tehran is using its powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Syria to strengthen its influence across the Middle East. Yet the Iranian government said Monday it has dispatched commandos to the war and it is still taking high-ranking casualties. more...

28th March 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Kuwait Expels 60 for Ties to Hezbollah

Tony Badran

Kuwait issued orders to deport 60 Lebanese nationals for their alleged ties to the Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah, Agence France-Press reported Monday. The move comes weeks after the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) designated Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. more...

27th March 2016 – BBC

BBC World News

Tony Badran

FDD fellow Tony Badran discusses the battle to retake Palmyra from ISIS. more...

24th March 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Expert: Hezbollah Arms Buildup in Civilian Areas Puts “Big Target” on All of Lebanon

Tony Badran

Experts on the Iran-backed terrorist organization Hezbollah discussed its increased dominance in Lebanon at a House hearing on Tuesday, including how the group’s activities and strategies increase the likelihood of a future, more deadly war with Israel. more...