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14th October 2015 - Militaryedge.org

Russian Forces Shield Hezbollah’s Arms Supply From Israeli Strikes

Patrick Megahan

The sudden appearance of Russian forces in Syria in recent weeks is raising concerns about inadvertent conflicts with the U.S.-led coalition. But while much of the spotlight may be on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s bid to prop up the Assad regime and the escalating diplomatic tensions...

7th October 2015 - The Huffington Post

Can Obama Counter Hezbollah After The Nuclear Deal?

Jonathan Schanzer

Washington, for all of its assurances that it has blocked every path to a nuclear Iran, has done little to block the pathway to a devastating regional conflict.

27th September 2015 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Despite Nuclear Deal, Iran Remains Dangerous for European Banks

Benjamin Weinthal

The closure by Commerzbank this month of an account belonging to supporters of Hezbollah and the Tehran regime opens a window into the challenges faced by financial institutions seeking to re-enter the Iranian market.

26th September 2015 - Forbes

We’re Losing The War, Do Something

Michael Ledeen

What will it take to get pundits and pols to stop looking at the current crisis as a random collection of national and regional issues, rather than what it is: a global war? They ought to be able to see it easily by taking a snapshot of current events in and around Syria.

15th September 2015 - The Jerusalem Post

German Bank Closes Account of Pro-Iran, Pro-Hezbollah Supporters

Benjamin Weinthal

The German Commerzank has shut down the account of the al-Quds day demonstration—an annual march in German cities calling for the destruction of Israel—according to the bank’s spokesman.

8th September 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Kuwait’s Espionage Revelations Could Disrupt Rapprochement with Iran

David Andrew Weinberg

Kuwaiti authorities recently disrupted an alleged terror cell linked to Iran and Hezbollah, and have begun exploring punitive steps against Tehran over allegations that two Iranian embassy officials are linked to the group.

5th September 2015 - New York Daily News

Europe Should Take Syria’s Assad to War

Benjamin Weinthal

The photograph of a drowned 3-year-old boy washed up on a Turkish beach put the Syrian refugee crisis front and center of Europe’s immigration policy.

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.

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...

21st August 2015 - The Huffington Post

The Iran Nuclear Deal Means War Between Israel and Hezbollah

Jonathan Schanzer

The debate over President Obama's Iran nuclear deal has grown increasingly bitter inside the Beltway. The acrimony is unavoidable, and not just because of the hyper-partisanship that is ripping Washington apart from within.

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.

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...

26th June 2015 - Quoted by Dexter Filkins - The New Yorker

Why Aren’t We Asking Iran for More?

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Last January, on a visit to Beirut, Lebanon, Javad Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister, laid a wreath of white flowers on the tomb of Imad Mughniyeh.

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...

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.

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.

10th June 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

With Eyes on Iran Talks, U.S. Halts Funding of Lebanese Moderates Opposing Hezbollah

Mark Dubowitz

The United States has cut funding to a program “intended [to] foster an independent moderate Shiite voice” in Lebanon, leading critics to fault the move as an effort to appease Iran, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

5th June 2015 - Quoted by Jacob Siegel - The Daily Beast

The Myth of Iran’s Military Mastermind

Tony Badran

He’s been called the “single most powerful operative in the Middle East today” and nicknamed “Supermani,” but is Qasem Suleimani, the suddenly omnipresent commander of Iran's expeditionary Quds Force, suddenly coming down to earth?

4th June 2015 - Quoted by Sean Savage - The Christian Post

As Syria’s Assad Suffers Civil War Setbacks, What’s the Best Outcome for Israel?

Tony Badran

With the Syrian civil war well into its fifth year, President Bashar al-Assad's government has outlasted many observers' predictions of his demise.

1st June 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Ya’alon: Hezbollah Arrest in Cyprus is Part of Iran-Backed European Terror Network

Benjamin Weinthal, Tony Badran

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon stated that last Friday’s arrest of a Hezbollah terrorist in Cyprus pointed to a large-scale terror campaign by the Iranian-backed terror group against Israeli targets in Europe, Reuters reported today.

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