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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...

7th October 2014 – Quoted by Elise Knutsen - The Daily Star

Nusra Fights to Establish Supply Lines

Tony Badran

The Nusra Front was seeking to drain Hezbollah’s resources and secure supply lines in its brazen attack on Hezbollah outposts over the weekend, experts say. more...

2nd October 2014 – Now Media

Co-Opting the Rhetoric on ISIS

Tony Badran

Israel and Saudi Arabia have little choice but to get on board with White House plans in Iraq and Syria, but under the Islamic State veneer is a common pressing concern: Iran more...

30th September 2014 – Now Lebanon

Is a Buffer Zone on the Israeli-Syrian Border Feasible?

Tony Badran

With the US still unwilling to lead efforts to create buffer zones around Syria, complicated challenges remain for neighboring states. more...

18th September 2014 – Now Lebanon

Bigotry Behind The Cassock

Tony Badran

Last week, an indignant audience including prelates and leaders of the Eastern Christian churches, booed Senator Ted Cruz off the stage while he was speaking in Washington at the gala dinner for a conference held by the In Defense of Christians (IDC) organization. more...

18th September 2014 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Tony Badran

FDD Research Fellow Tony Badran on the continued threat of al Nusrah. more...

12th September 2014 – Now Media

A Chronically Fractured Kurdistan

Tony Badran

As the Islamic State (ISIS) made gains in Iraq in recent months, the Kurds have come to the forefront of media analysis. more...

5th September 2014 – Now Media

Minority Report

Tony Badran

For a long time, the conventional narrative about the rise of the Islamic State (IS) has been that the jihadist group owes its rise to financial support from Gulf donors. more...

5th September 2014 – Business Insider

A Syrian Christian Businessman May Be Serving As The Assad Regime’s Liaison With ISIS

Tony Badran

For a long time, the conventional narrative about the rise of the Islamic State (IS) has been that the jihadist group owes its rise to financial support from Gulf donors. more...

28th August 2014 – Now Lebanon

Beheshti Never Came to Tripoli

Tony Badran

This Sunday marks the 36th anniversary of the disappearance of Lebanese-Iranian cleric Musa as-Sadr during a visit to Libya in 1978. more...

24th August 2014 – Quoted by Michael B. Kelley - Business Insider

The Rise Of ISIS Creates A Trap For Obama In Syria

Tony Badran

For more than three years, the Obama administration has been content with largely staying out of the conflict in Syria. more...

21st August 2014 – Now Lebanon

The U.S. Is Following Iran’s Lead In Both Syria and Iraq

Tony Badran

President Obama has made clear that the purpose of his limited intervention in Iraq is to shore up the central government in Baghdad such that all Iraqis will combat the Islamic State (IS). more...

21st August 2014 – Quoted by Lucas Tomlinson - FoxNews.com

Enemy of My Enemy: Are airstrikes against ISIS putting US on same side as Assad?

Tony Badran

A year after his "red line" was crossed in the deadly chemical attack against Syrian rebels and civilians -- including hundreds of children -- allegedly by Syrian government forces, President Obama finds himself in the awkward position of being on the same side as the Assad regime in the fight to keep Islamic State militants from gaining more ground in Iraq. more...

15th August 2014 – Quoted by Glenn Johnson - The New Zealand Herald

ISIS Brutality Proves Potent Weapon

Tony Badran

The heads are stuck on thin metal poles above a wrought iron fence in the Islamic State's Syria stronghold, Raqqa. more...