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10th September 2015 – BBC Radio 5

Up All Night

Tony Badran

FDD Senior Fellow Tony Badran comments on Russia presence in the Syrian conflict and its implications for Europe. more...

5th September 2015 – Quoted by Michael Weiss - The Daily Beast

Exposing Russia’s Secret Army in Syria

Tony Badran

Russian military officers are now in Damascus and meeting regularly with Iranian and Syrian counterparts, according to a source with close contacts in the Bashar al-Assad regime. “They’re out in restaurants and cafes with other high officials in the Syrian Army,” the source told The Daily Beast, “mainly concentrated in Yaafour and Sabboura, areas that are close to each other, and in west Mezze,” referring to a district in the capital where Assad’s praetorian Fourth Armored Division keeps an important airbase. more...

27th August 2015 – Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Is Hezbollah Behind Effort to Hijack Lebanese Protests?

Tony Badran

Hezbollah has sought to take advantage of the Lebanese protests against the government, though it does not currently seek to topple the existing political order, experts told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday. more...

25th August 2015 – Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Lebanon’s Garbage Politics

Tony Badran

Over the weekend, thousands of Lebanese took to the streets to protest against their country’s corrupt political culture. The immediate cause of their concern, and anger, is that the country’s garbage has not been collected for a month and has come to pose, as Lebanon’s health minister warned, a “health disaster.” more...

11th August 2015 – Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Iran Moving to Capitalize on Diplomatic Gains From Nuclear Accord

Tony Badran

Iran appears to be trying to leverage the momentum gained from the conclusion of the nuclear deal, and improved relations with the West, in order to achieve some kind of deal that safeguards its interests in Syria and Lebanon. more...

4th August 2015 – NOW Lebanon

There Will Be Neither Snapback Nor Pushback

Tony Badran

President Obama views his deal with Iran as a stepping stone for a broader, strategic relationship with the Islamic Republic. "There is definitely a larger picture here,” an administration official told the New York Times last Friday. more...

28th July 2015 – NOW Lebanon

Obama’s Equilibrium Fantasy

Tony Badran

With the nuclear deal finally out of the way, President Obama can now get down to what, for him, has always been the real business—engaging Iran on regional issues. As one administration official has acknowledged, the US president sees Iran as “the key to peace” in the Middle East. But first, as Obama told Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in one of his letters, the formality of the nuclear deal had to be concluded. more...

16th July 2015 – Quoted by The Tower

Expert: Flawed Nuclear Deal Allows Iran to Emerge As “Regional Power”

Tony Badran

The flawed nuclear deal reached yesterday “maps Iran’s emergence as a regional power, with the full blessing … of the United States,” Robert Satloff, the executive director of the Washington Institute of Near East Policy, wrote in an op-ed published today in The New York Daily News. more...

16th July 2015 – Quoted by Natasha Bertrand, Michael B. Kelley - Business Insider

Obama May Now Have to Do Some ‘Mullah-Coddling’ in Syria

Tony Badran

President Obama’s signature foreign policy achievement — a comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran — was finalised this week after more than a decade of coercive diplomacy and 20 months of grueling negotiations. more...

9th July 2015 – Quoted by The Tower

Washington Post Editorial: White House “Failed” in Syria by Targeting ISIS But Not Assad

Tony Badran

The Obama administration’s decision to target the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) but not the regime of Syrian President Bashar al Assad was a “half-measure” that has led to the “latest U.S. failure in Syria,” a staff editorial appearing Wednesday in The Washington Post argued. more...

8th July 2015 – Quoted by The Tower

Defense Secretary: Obama Administration Will Not Oust Assad

Tony Badran

In an exchange yesterday at a Senate Armed Forces Committee hearing, Sen. Lindsey Graham asked Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter if he thought that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would remain in power after President Barack Obama leaves office, Foreign Policy reported. more...

8th July 2015 – Quoted by Tim Mak - The Daily Beast

Obama Admin Fears Iran Deal Will Release Billions for Terror Attacks

Tony Badran

A nuclear agreement with Iran could give Tehran a $100 billion financial windfall—a sum that even the Obama administration is concerned could be used to finance terrorism against American interests. more...

7th July 2015 – Quoted by The Tower

Experts: U.S. Legitimizing Iranian Hegemony Across Middle East

Tony Badran

Citing comments made by White House officials as well as actions taken by the United States, Tony Badran, a fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, concluded that the administration has “recogniz[ed] Iranian zones in the Levant as legitimate spheres of influence” in an analysis published today in Lebanon’s NOW media. more...

7th July 2015 – NOW Lebanon

The Sixth Annex

Tony Badran

In Vienna, Secretary of State John Kerry has been racing to put the final touches on the deal over the Iranian nuclear program. The agreement will include a main text and five annexes, each of which will spell out the details of a specific issue. more...

26th June 2015 – NOW Lebanon

Not Fooling Anyone

Tony Badran

The agitation in the Druze community in Israel over the situation of their coreligionists in Syria turned bloody on Monday. A Druze mob near Majdal Shams attacked a military ambulance carrying wounded Syrians for treatment in Israel, killing one of them and critically injuring another, while also lightly injuring two Israeli soldiers. The deadly attack followed another attempted assault earlier in the day in the town of Hurfeish in the Galilee. more...

18th June 2015 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Tony Badran

FDD Research Fellow Tony Badran comments on the conflict in Syria. more...

18th June 2015 – NOW Lebanon

Assad Wants the Druze for Cannon Fodder

Tony Badran

Apologists for the Assad regime and its dupes in the West claim the regime is the protector of minorities. more...

17th June 2015 – Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

The Kerr We Lost

Tony Badran

Immediately after the Golden State Warriors won the NBA championship Tuesday night with a 105-97 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, one of the commentators asked Golden State coach Steve Kerr who he was thinking about. “Lute Olson,” said Kerr, referring to the legendary University of Arizona coach whom Kerr played for in the mid-80s. more...

12th June 2015 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

U.S. Arms Sales to Lebanon Empowering Hezbollah, Iran

Tony Badran

Newly announced U.S. arms sales to Lebanon coincide with an Obama administration order to cut funding for an anti-Hezbollah Lebanese group, a move foreign policy insiders describe as empowering the Iranian backers of the terrorist group. more...

10th June 2015 – NOW Lebanon

Tehran’s Siamese Twins

Tony Badran

“[I]n the next few days, the world will be surprised by what we and the Syrian military leadership are currently preparing,” Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s Qods Force, reportedly stated from Syria last week. more...