Analysis & Commentary

19th September 2017 - Quoted by Adam Abrams -

IDF: Israel prepared to ‘neutralise’ Hezbollah with ‘overwhelming’ force in next war

Jonathan Schanzer

Despite the raging civil war to Israel’s north and east in Syria, the Jewish state’s northern border has remained precariously quiet over the last decade.

19th September 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Hezbollah publicizes commander’s role in defending Deir Ezzor city

Amir Toumaj

After pro-Syrian regime forces broke the siege of Deir Ezzor city this month, Lebanese Hezbollah media outlet Al Mayadeen released a rare interview with Hezbollah field commander “al Haj Abu Mustafa,” crediting the gray-bearded, southern Lebanese native with playing a key role in leading...

15th September 2017 - Quoted by Mosaic Magazine

The U.S. Can Best Restrain Hizballah by Pressuring Beirut

Tony Badran

While Hizballah might now be too involved in Syria to desire conflict with Israel, writes Tony Badran, it is only a matter of time before the organization decides to turn its attention southward.

15th September 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

IRGC-led Afghan militiamen hoist flags in Deir Ezzor city

Amir Toumaj

An Iranian-controlled Afghan Shia militia advertises its role in the battle for Deir Ezzor in eastern Syria.

12th September 2017 - The Cipher Brief

Get Tough on Beirut to Rein in Hezbollah Threat

Tony Badran

Hezbollah – an Iran-backed militia that controls southern Lebanon – boasts a medium-sized army and a whopping arsenal of up to 150,000 rockets and missiles. Since 2011, much of that army has been engaged in Syria supporting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al Assad. While this has...

11th September 2017 - Quoted by Sean Savage - Jewish News Service

Syrian airstrike shows Israel’s resolve against Hezbollah

Tony Badran

A recent purported Israeli airstrike against a Syrian chemical weapons facility has added another layer of complexity to an already combustible situation in Syria.

11th September 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Netanyahu’s Latin America Trip: Another Chance To Talk About Iran

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Michaela Frai

Netanyahu should prod Israel’s Latin American friends to combat the lawlessness and corruption that enable Hezbollah and Iran to thrive in the Western Hemisphere.

9th September 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

As Antisemitism Rises, Germany Labels Hezbollah Right-Wing Extremist Group

Benjamin Weinthal

Anti-Israel related antisemitism increased in 2017.

7th September 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Israeli airstrikes target suspected chemical weapons facility in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Israel struck a suspected chemical weapons facility near Masyaf, Syria earlier today. The facility may have been run by the Syrian regime's Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC), which has been sanctioned by the US government for its role in producing chemical weapons and the means...

30th August 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD senior Iran any Behnam Ben Taleblu joins the John Batchelor Show to discuss the possibility of another war between Israel and Hezbollah.

29th August 2017 - Quoted by Fritz Lodge - The Cipher Brief

Israel and Hezbollah Eye Their Next War

Tony Badran

On August 15, Israel’s Channel 2 news revealed satellite photos of an Iranian missile production facility near the town of Baniyas in northwestern Syria, capable of producing long-range rockets. Iran’s formidable military presence in Syria is nothing new, but the revelation of this...

25th August 2017 - Infobae


Emanuele Ottolenghi

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Experto en terrorismo de la Fundación para la Defensa de las Democracias habla con Infobae.

24th August 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

Photos Show Iran Flying Soldiers to Syria in Civilian Craft, Violating Nuclear Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Pictures have emerged of troops headed to Syria to fight in support of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad in planes marked with the insignia of Iran Air, Iran’s national airline.

24th August 2017 - Quoted by Lizzie Porter - CNN

Tyre: The Mediterranean’s best-kept secret?

Tony Badran

Tyre has a long history -- and in 2017 it breaks stereotypes that paint Lebanon as a chaotic nation constantly on the brink of conflict.

23rd August 2017 - Quoted by Ben Cohen - The Algemeiner

Syrian Dictator Assad Secretly Hosted Argentine and Iranian Foreign Ministers in AMIA Bombing Coveru

Toby Dershowitz

News outlets in Argentina were abuzz on Wednesday with speculation that the country’s former president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, and her foreign minister, Hector Timerman, may now face charges of treason for secretly negotiating a pact with Iran that exonerated the Tehran regime for...

23rd August 2017 - Entrevista por Ramiro Pellet Lastra - La Nacion

Emanuele Ottolenghi: “En la era digital, la radicalización puede darse en dos meses”

Emanuele Ottolenghi

El investigador italiano apuntó contra los sitios web jihadistas y la influencia de figuras de autoridad como los imanes radicalizados

23rd August 2017 - Citado por La Prensa

Advierten que Hezbollah se mantiene totalmente activa en la Triple Frontera

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Emanuele Ottolenghi, miembro destacado de la Fundación para la Defensa de las Democracias (FDD), dijo que la organización "tiene un presupuesto en dramático crecimiento por su presencia continua en la guerra de Siria".

21st August 2017 - Citado por James Aparicio - Metro Libre

Un 20% de los ingresos de Hezbolá vienen de operaciones ilícitas en la Triple Frontera

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Los recientes atentados terroristas en Barcelona, España y en Turku, Finlandia, se suman a decenas de ataques armados, con bombas o atropellos en Europa, Asia y también África

21st August 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

Hezbollah Fights Alongside LAF Demonstrating its Continuing Control over Lebanon

Tony Badran

Hezbollah and the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) are fighting side by side against ISIS in northeastern Lebanon, further demonstrating the control the Iranian-backed terror group exerts over its host country.

21st August 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: The Syrian regime’s offensive towards Deir Ezzor

Alexandra N. Gutowski

A complete US withdrawal from Afghanistan would have been disastrous. The US government needs to drastically reassess America’s jihadist enemies and avoid the policy pitfalls of the past.


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