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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...

19th February 2015 – Cited by The Tower

Losing Ground in Arab World, Hamas Seeking Iranian Support and New Front Against Israel

Tony Badran

Haaretz reported Wednesday that Hamas announced plans to establish military units to fight Israel from southern Lebanon, illustrating renewed cooperation and improving ties between Hamas, Hezbollah, and Iran. more...

11th February 2015 – FDD Press Release

U.S. Needs To Avoid Alliances With Iranian Proxies In Middle East, FDD Scholar Tells Congress

Tony Badran

Tony Badran, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told the House Foreign Affairs Committee Wednesday that Iran’s interest in becoming a Middle Easter power extends beyond the goal of nuclear weapons, and the United States must resist forming de facto alliances with Iranian proxies throughout the region. more...

2nd February 2015 – Business Insider

Iran’s Push Into Syria Means Another War Between Hezbollah and Israel is All but Inevitable

Tony Badran

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah finally delivered his long-postponed speech on Friday, after his group claimed responsibility for the attack against an Israeli patrol in the Shebaa area two days earlier. more...

30th January 2015 – Quoted by Sophia Jones - The Huffington Post

Escaped Syrian Child Soldier: ‘Don’t Join ISIS’

Tony Badran

At age 14, Khaled held his first gun. Fifteen days later, one of the world's most feared extremist groups sent him into battle. more...

30th January 2015 – Cited by Matthew Brodsky - The Huffington Post

The Great Game: Israeli, Hezbollah, and Iranian Edition

Tony Badran

It's tempting to ascribe the latest flare-up between Hezbollah and Israel as part of an ongoing "cycle of violence" that comes part and parcel with a region long on conflict and short on peace. more...

29th January 2015 – Quoted by The Tower

Hezbollah Attack Seen as Effort by Iran to “Expand into the Golan Heights”

Tony Badran

Hezbollah operatives fired Kornet anti-tank missiles at an Israeli army patrol along the Israel-Lebanon border on Wednesday, killing two Israeli soldiers, wounding seven, and prompting Israeli retaliatory artillery fire on southern Lebanon. more...

25th January 2015 – Cited by Simon Tisdall - The Guardian

US Changes its Tune on Syrian Regime Change as ISIS Threat Takes Top Priority

Tony Badran

US backing for Syria peace talks hosted by the Russian government in Moscow this week is being seen as further evidence that the Obama administration has quietly dropped its longstanding demand that President Bashar al-Assad step down as part of any settlement. more...

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...