Analysis & Commentary

14th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

Iraqi Forces, Iranian-Supported Militias Report Success in Baiji

Bill Roggio

The Iraqi military and Iranian-backed Shiite militias are reported to have liberated the central city of Baiji from the Islamic State and are close to breaking the siege on the nearby oil refinery. The Shiite militias, which are heavily supported by Iran's Qods Force, are playing a key role...

4th November 2014 - Quoted by Ben Cohen - The Algemeiner

Hezbollah Threats to Israel ‘Emboldened’ by Improved American-Iranian Ties, Expert Says

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah has delivered a fiery speech emphasizing that the Lebanese Shi’a terrorist group is ready for a renewed war with Israel, despite the fact that much of its military resources are being consumed in its defense of Bashar al Assad’s regime in Syria....

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.

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.

14th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Abdullah Azzam Brigades Leader Calls on Lebanese People to Attack Hezbollah

Thomas Joscelyn

Abdullah Azzam Brigades leader Sirajeddine Zurayqat has called on Sunnis in Lebanon to fight against Hezbollah. Zurayqat's call to arms was posted on his official Twitter account. His anti-Iran, anti-Hezbollah messaging is consistent with the Al Nusrah Front's propaganda campaign.

11th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Lebanese Soldier Defects to al Qaeda’s Syrian Branch

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front has announced that a Lebanese soldier, Mohammed Antar, has defected to the jihadist group. Al Nusrah has released a photo and video of Antar, which are part of the organization's ongoing propaganda campaign against Iran, Hezbollah, and the Lebanese government.

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.

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.

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.

6th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Releases Video, Photos from Battle Against Hezbollah

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front reportedly launched attacks on a number of Hezbollah outposts yesterday. The group has released a video and pictures from one of its raids.

6th October 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn comment on fighting between Al Nusrah and Hezbollah in Lebanon.

2nd October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Propaganda Focuses on Iranian Influence in Lebanon, Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front continues to use its Lebanese hostages in its propaganda campaign against Iran and Hezbollah.

29th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Leader Says Americans and Europeans Will Pay the ‘Tax’ of War

Thomas Joscelyn

Abu Muhammad al Julani seeks to undermine public support for air strikes in Syria by arguing that citizens in the West, and not just their rulers, will pay the price for the war. Julani also discusses Al Nusrah's fight against Hezbollah and urges jihadists not to join the West in the fight...

21st September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Threatens to Execute 2nd Lebanese Hostage

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has threatened to kill a second Lebanese hostage. The group has already executed a Lebanese soldier who had been held in its custody since August.

19th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Threatens Life of Lebanese Soldier Held Hostage Amid Fighting

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has repeatedly threatened to kill a Lebanese soldier in its custody this week. In a tweet earlier today, the group said that the soldier was the "first casualty" in its stalled negotiations with the Lebanese military.

10th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Aided Hezbollah Brigades in Breaking Islamic State Siege of Iraqi Town

Bill Roggio

Hezbollah Brigades, which was listed by the US as a Foreign Terrorist Organization in 2009, now controls access to Amerli.

8th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Releases English-Language Summary of Monthly Operations

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has released an English-language pamphlet highlighting its activities throughout the month of August. The publication focuses on the group's military operations, including targeting Assad's forces and Hezbollah fighters, as well as...

25th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Video Features Captured Members of Lebanese Security Forces

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front is using hostages from Lebanon's security forces in its anti-Hezbollah propaganda. Al Nusrah, an official branch of al Qaeda, is attempting to pressure Hezbollah into withdrawing its forces from Syria.

18th August 2014 - The National Interest

Time for the EU to Outlaw All of Hezbollah

Benjamin Weinthal, Emanuele Ottolenghi

On July 18, barely two years after a Hezbollah suicide bomber murdered five Israeli tourists and their Bulgarian bus driver outside a Bulgarian airport, investigators announced that they had identified him as the Lebanese-French dual national Mohamad Hassan El-Husseini.

13th August 2014 - The Washington Times

America Needs an ‘Overarching Strategy’

Clifford D. May

Here’s the dilemma: How do we stop the Islamic State without strengthening the Islamic Republic?


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