Analysis & Commentary


23rd December 2013 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon, The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Does terrorism work?

Jonathan Schanzer

A new study by Max Abrahms and Matthew Gottfried titled “Does Terrorism Pay? An Empirical Analysis” argues that it does not because government...

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...

16th December 2013 - CTV News

News Update

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's Jonathan Schanzer analyzes the recent outbreak of fighting on the Lebanese-Israeli border and reports of jihadist gains in Syria.

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...

11th December 2013 - Quoted by Lee Smith, The Weekly Standard

Seymour Hersh and Assad’s Nun Spin a Story

Tony Badran

Over the weekend, Seymour Hersh published an article in the London Review of Books claiming that the Obama administration got it wrong regarding the...

11th December 2013 - The Long War Journal

Islamic Front Brigade Launches Joint Raid with al Qaeda’s Syrian Branches

Bill Roggio

The Ahrar al Sham Islamic Movement, one of six units of the newly formed Islamic Front, conducted a joint raid with al Qaeda's two official branches...

9th December 2013 - National Review Online

Why Is the Obama Administration Courting Hezbollah?

Benjamin Weinthal

Evidence has recently emerged suggesting that the U.S. has opened a line of direct communication with the Lebanese Shia Islamist organization Hezbollah.

5th December 2013 - FDD Policy Brief

Who Took Out Hezbollah’s Hassan al-Laqqis?

Tony Badran

Minutes after Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah finished a lengthy televised appearance late Tuesday night, a team of unknown assailants assassinated...

4th December 2013 - BBC Radio 5

Up All Night

Tony Badran

The assassination of Hezbollah Commander Hassan Lakkis.

2nd December 2013 - FDD Policy Brief

West Africa’s Narco-Terror Nexus

A deadly combination of terrorist groups and corrupt local leaders is turning West Africa into one of the world’s leading narco-trade route. Or, as Antonio...

21st November 2013 - NOW

An Explosive Proxy War

Tony Badran

It appears that the Iranian Embassy in Bir Hassan may have narrowly escaped even bigger devastation on Tuesday as the two suicide bombers failed to penetrate...

20th November 2013 - FDD Policy Brief

The Iranian Embassy Bombing in Beirut: Many Questions Remain

Tony Badran

Two explosions targeted the Iranian Embassy in Beirut yesterday, killing at least 23 people, among them the Iranian cultural attaché, Hojatoleslam Ebrahim...

19th November 2013 - FDD Policy Brief

The Abdullah Azzam Brigades and the Attack on Iran’s Embassy in Beirut

The Abdullah Azzam Brigades (AAB), an al-Qaeda-linked group, announced today that its Hussein bin Ali Battalion was responsible for the double suicide...

18th November 2013 - The Weekly Standard

The Secret History of Hezbollah

Tony Badran

Thirty years ago last month, Hezbollah blew up the barracks of the U.S Marines and French paratroopers stationed at the Beirut airport, killing 241 U.S. servicemen and 58 Frenchmen.

17th November 2013 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon, The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Hezbollah and Iran – Two Branches of the Same Tree

Tony Badran

When Lebanese MP Walid Sukkarieh of Hezbollah said last week the Shi’ite-dominated axis of Hezbollah-Iran-Syria could bleed Israel to death by sustaining...

7th November 2013 - Scripps Howard News Service

The Jihad According to Rand Paul

Clifford D. May

Last month, at the Values Voter Summit, a gathering of conservative activists from around the country, Senator Rand Paul gave a speech on what he called...

17th October 2013 - Scripps Howard News Service

The Other Long War

Clifford D. May

The Muslim world needs democracy and economic reform — on that, almost everyone agrees. As Rami Khouri, columnist for the Daily Star of Beirut...

1st October 2013 - Quoted by Pinar Tremblay, Al Monitor

Turkey Polls Oppose AKP Once Again

Jonathan Schanzer

Muslims’ concern for extremist groups has increased, while Hezbollah appeared as the least disliked — or most favored — among al-Qaeda, Taliban and Hamas...

29th September 2013 - The Jerusalem Post

Syrian Refugees Blame Hezbollah, Syria’s Main Allies for Their Plight

Benjamin Weinthal

Syrian refugees, who have gone to great lengths to escape President Bashar Assad’s bombing campaign, attribute a large part of the violence...

20th September 2013 - Quoted by Adam Kredo, The Washington Free Beacon

Report: Hezbollah Armed with Syria’s Chemical Weapons

Jonathan Schanzer

The terror group Hezbollah has assumed control of at least a portion of Syria’s chemical weapons cache, according to a Syrian military commander, multiple...

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