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27th March 2014 – NOW Media

The Sum of Its Parts

Tony Badran

After a period of absence and rumors that he’d been killed, the controversial Salafist figure Ahmad al-Assir issued a new video message in which he attacked the Lebanese Armed... more...

20th March 2014 – NOW Media

The Ghosts of Lockerbie

Tony Badran

Last week, Al Jazeera aired a documentary on the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in December 1988. Although the bombing has been... more...

17th March 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

The Fall of Yabroud and What’s Next for Syria’s Civil War

Tony Badran

On Sunday, a day after the three-year anniversary of the start of the Syrian uprising, Assad regime forces and Hezbollah units reclaimed most parts of the rebel-held... more...

17th March 2014 – Quoted by Sean Savage, JNS

Three Years Into Syrian Civil War, Neighboring Israel Faces Familiar and Emerging Threats

Tony Badran

March 15 marked the third anniversary of the beginning of unrest that led to the ongoing Syrian civil war. As the conflict drags on into its fourth year with no end in sight... more...

16th March 2014 – NOW Media

Shifting Strategies

Tony Badran

President Obama will head to Saudi Arabia in a few days on a highly anticipated visit. There’s been much discussion about what Obama will say to the Saudis. Deputy... more...

13th March 2014 – CBN News

NewsWatch

Tony Badran

FDD's Tony Badran discusses the humanitarian crisis in Syria and the country's future. more...

27th February 2014 – NOW

The Latest Iraqi-Syrian Rivalry

Tony Badran

On Monday, Abu Muhammad al-Jawlani, the leader of the Syrian jihadist group Jabhat al-Nusra, issued an ultimatum to the other main jihadist group in Syria, the... more...

21st February 2014 – Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon, The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Al-Qaida Unlikely to Force Hezbollah Out of Syria

Tony Badran

Could the continued onslaught by al-Qaida-linked jihadists force Hezbollah to withdraw its forces from the Syrian war? Probably not. Such a withdrawal would seemingly... more...

20th February 2014 – NOW Media

Personnel is Policy

Tony Badran

On Tuesday, the White House appointed Robert Malley, a former Middle East hand in the Clinton administration, as a senior director at the National Security Council. more...

6th February 2014 – NOW

Adjusting After Geneva

Tony Badran

Now that the opening round of the Geneva conference for Syria has concluded in spectacular failure, the Obama administration appears to be pursuing a twofold... more...

31st January 2014 – NOW

Formalizing the Status Quo

Tony Badran

The talks at the Geneva conference for Syria have gone nowhere. This is hardly surprising, as the regime does not even recognize the stated goal of the conference... more...

27th January 2014 – Cited by Lee Smith, The Weekly Standard

The Arab Myth of Ariel Sharon

Tony Badran

During Anwar Sadat’s historic trip to Jerusalem in 1977, he met Ariel Sharon, the Israeli general credited by his countrymen as one of the heroes of the 1973... more...

23rd January 2014 – Quoted by Benny Avni, Newsweek

Ban’s Syrian Bungle Defriends Iran’s Mullahs

Tony Badran

This week's near-fiasco about who should be invited to the Syrian peace talks in Montreux, Switzerland, that resulted from a private telephone conversation between... more...

23rd January 2014 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Tony Badran

The Syrian peace talks in Geneva. more...

15th January 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Foreign Minister Pays Respects to Hezbollah’s Terror Master

Tony Badran

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif laid a wreath on the grave of Imad Mughniyeh on Monday. Hezbollah's infamous military commander, Mughniyeh was... more...

9th January 2014 – NOW

The Open Secret

Tony Badran

Over the past few days, Iranian and Hezbollah-aligned media have dedicated much attention, and animus, to news of the death of Majed al-Majed, the... more...

5th January 2014 – Quoted by Paul Alster, Fox News

Syrian Civil War Bleeds Into Beirut, as Terror Groups Clash

Tony Badran

Syria's bloody civil war has spread to the streets of Beirut, where it threatens to destroy the hard-fought progress Lebanon's capital has made in coming back... more...

4th January 2014 – NOW

White House Sees a Partner in Assad

Tony Badran

As 2013 drew to a close, the Wall Street Journal published a lengthy and damning chronicle of President Obama’s handling of Syria. And while 2013... more...

19th December 2013 – NOW

Hiding Behind the LAF

Tony Badran

Lebanon came close to instigating a conflict with Israel on Sunday when a member of the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) shot and killed an Israeli sergeant... more...

12th December 2013 – NOW

A Taste of What’s to Come

Tony Badran

For all the speculation about who was responsible for the assassination of Hezbollah senior military commander Hassan al-Laqis last Tuesday, the likelihood... more...