Analysis & Commentary


20th November 2017 - Quoted by Sean Durns - The Daily Caller

Don’t Be Alarmed But The Next War In The Middle East Is Brewing

Tony Badran

The next war in the Middle East is brewing. Yet some policymakers and pundits are missing the buildup and, in some cases, missing the battle lines. Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed, Lebanese-based Shi’ite terror group is preparing to go to war with Israel — once again.

17th November 2017 - Quoted by Elliott Abrams - The Weekly Standard

Riyadh Realpolitik

Tony Badran

What are the Saudis trying to do in Lebanon? They have clearly forced the resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri. Do they want to destabilize the country? Destroy its government? Is the new Saudi approach another example of the often-alleged incompetence and overreach of the crown prince,...

17th November 2017 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

U.S. Military Aid Fueling Hezbollah’s Next War Against Israel

Tony Badran

U.S. officials have become increasingly concerned that American military aid to the Lebanese army is arming the Iranian-backed terror group Hezbollah, which has been amassing a large cache of advanced arms on Israel's border, according to multiple current and former U.S. officials who spoke...

15th November 2017 - Quoted by Seth J. Frantzman - The Jerusalem Post

Is The US Supporting Iranian-Backed Militias In Iraq?

Jonathan Schanzer

Crossed alliances have brought forth new tensions in the US fight against ISIS - and the effort to quell Iranian influence from spreading across the region.

9th November 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

Irony is Dead: Rouhani Blasts Saudi Arabia for Interfering in Lebanon’s Internal Politics

Tony Badran

Speaking about Saturday’s resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani blasted Saudi Arabia for what he called its “unprecedented” meddling in Lebanese politics, charging that it had forced Hariri to step down, Iran’s semi-official PressTV...

8th November 2017 - Quoted by Gareth Browne and Victoria Yanl - The Daily Star

US diplomats, security sector blindsided by Hariri resignation

Jonathan Schanzer

U.S. security and diplomatic circles were taken by surprise by Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s shock resignation and are now watching the situation closely, analysts said Tuesday.

8th November 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Tony Badran

FDD's Tony Badran discusses how the latest from Lebanon ties into Iran and Syria on The John Batchelor Show.

8th November 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

Expert: Hariri’s Resignation Shows that “Lebanon is an Iranian Satrapy Run by Hezbollah”

Tony Badran

Saad Hariri’s resignation as prime minister of Lebanon and his denunciation of Iran and its client, Hezbollah, for coming “to control the seams of the state and has the final and decisive say in the affairs of Lebanon and the Lebanese,” was an acknowledgment that “Lebanon is an...

7th November 2017 - Tablet Magazine

Lebanese PM Sa’ad Hariri Cancels His Deal With the Devil, Leaving Lebanon in the Hands of Iran

Tony Badran

On Saturday, Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri announced his resignation in a televised speech from Saudi Arabia. In the speech, Hariri cited Iran’s control of Lebanon through Hezbollah as the reason for stepping down. Hezbollah, Hariri said, “has come to control the seams of the state...

7th November 2017 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - Jewish Telegraphic Agency

What the political turmoil in Saudi Arabia and Lebanon means for Israel

Jonathan Schanzer

What is MBS? Why did Lebanon’s prime minister resign — and why in Saudi Arabia? What’s Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas doing in Saudi Arabia? Where is Jared Kushner in all this?

7th November 2017 - Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

Lebanese PM’s Resignation Magnifies Congressional Scrutiny of Hezbollah

Tony Badran

The resignation of Lebanon’s prime minister over the weekend is heightening congressional scrutiny of Hezbollah's wide-ranging influence in the country, with a top lawmaker calling on the Trump administration to reassess military assistance.

7th November 2017 - Quoted by Adam Abrams - Jewish News Service

Shake-up in Lebanon underscores Hezbollah’s ‘domination’ of Israel’s neighbor

Tony Badran

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s sudden resignation last weekend underscores the rising power of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah terror group in Israel’s northern neighbor, political leaders and Mideast experts said.

7th November 2017 - Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

Lebanese PM’s Resignation Magnifies Congressional Scrutiny of Hezbollah

Tony Badran

The resignation of Lebanon’s prime minister over the weekend is heightening congressional scrutiny of Hezbollah's wide-ranging influence in the country, with a top lawmaker calling on the Trump administration to reassess military assistance.

3rd November 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State suffers defeats in Iraq and Syria

Bill Roggio

The Syrian military has taken full control of Deir Ezzour, while Iraqi troops and Iranian supported militias ejected the Islamic State from Al Qaim.

1st November 2017 - Quoted by Mosaic Magazine

Hizballah Tightens Its Grip on Lebanon as U.S. Policy Remains Confused

Tony Badran

As part of its recently announced strategy for confronting Iran, the White House declared its commitment to “supporting legitimate state institutions in Lebanon” and to exposing the “nefarious behavior” of the Iranian proxy Hizballah in order to help bring about its loss of...

29th October 2017 - Citado por Romulo Veroes - Frente Libertad

Hezbollah y sus fuentes de financiación en América!

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Los tentáculos del terrorismo islámico se continúan expandiendo por las américas y con ellos, las actividades ilícitas necesarias, para sustentar sus acciones y propósitos criminales internacionales.

29th October 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Hezbollah-Affiliated Football Team Hires German Biologist As Coach

Benjamin Weinthal

A former German soccer player and biologist, Robert Jaspert, has been hired as the new head coach of the Hezbollah-backed Lebanese football team Al-Ahed.

27th October 2017 - Tablet Magazine

American Policy in Lebanon Isn’t Policy. It’s Poetry.

Tony Badran

And if we want to get serious about fighting Hezbollah, we should start by insisting on the following benchmarks

25th October 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Congress Moves to Isolate Hezbollah and Sanction its Patrons

Tyler Stapleton

This week, Congress will consider three pieces of legislation aimed at cutting off the funding streams that Hezbollah uses to fill its coffers and perpetrate terrorism. These bills include the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act, a measure to sanctions Hezbollah for...

25th October 2017 - Quoted by Iran News Update

US Congress Set To Vote On Four New Bills That Put Pressure On Tehran and Hizbollah

Amir Toumaj

A few weeks after US President Trump rolled out a new strategy to counter the "fanatical regime" of Iran, and announced his decision to decertify the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, on Wednesday, the US House of Representatives will vote on four bills aimed at ramping up the...

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