Analysis & Commentary


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.

31st May 2015 - The Jerusalem Post

Will Europe be Pushed to Fully Ban Hezbollah?

Benjamin Weinthal

The arrest of an alleged Hezbollah operative planning an attack on Israelis in Cyprus shines a new spotlight on the Lebanese militia’s activities in Europe.

20th May 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

New Hezbollah Legislation In A New Sanctions Environment

Tony Badran

The House of Representatives last week passed H.R. 2297, the “Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015,” tightening sanctions on the Iranian-sponsored terrorist group.

14th May 2015 - Voice of America Persian

VOA Persian Coverage of FDD Event

Clifford D. May, Oren Kessler , Jonathan Schanzer

With continued Hezbollah activity emanating from Lebanon, Iran and the IRGC trying to set up a base of operations in the Golan Heights, the decline of the Assad regime in southern Syria, and rising tensions in the Sinai Peninsula, Israel's security situation has become increasingly complex...

10th May 2015 - Quoted by Sharona Schwartz - The Blaze

Hezbollah Says Its Mission Is to Eliminate Israel. It Sure Has Strayed Far From That Goal.

Jonathan Schanzer

Hezbollah’s commander of special ops was reportedly killed in Syria along with dozens of his fighters Friday, during a fierce battle between the Lebanese Shiite group and Sunni rebels aiming to remove Syrian President Bashar Assad from power.

7th May 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Obama and Power, AWOL on Syria

Jonathan Schanzer

In an interview with Charlie Rose, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and human rights advocate, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power intoned that the problem of the Islamic State in Syria could not be dealt with unless Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was removed.

6th May 2015 - The Weekly Standard

How Hezbollah Sees the Iran Nuclear Deal: We Win, You Lose

Tony Badran

Last week, the Israeli Air Force struck a cache of long-range missiles belonging to Hezbollah and put the Shia militia on notice. As air force chief Major-General Amir Eshel explained, "Our ability today to attack targets on a large scale and with high precision is about 15 times greater...

4th May 2015 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Despite Iranian-Hezbollah Support, ‘In the Long Run it is Hard to See How Assad Can Survive’

Tony Badran

The balance of power between Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces and the rebels seems to be leaning in the rebels’ favor in the long-run, but the regime is not at risk of collapsing in the coming weeks, experts told The Jerusalem Post.

28th April 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Analyst: Hezbollah Exploiting Power Vacuum in Syria to Escalate Violence on Israeli Border

Benjamin Weinthal

Hezbollah has been taking taking advantage of the power vacuum in Syria to try and create a “deterrent balance” against Israel, according to an analysis written by Avi Issacharoff and published Monday in The Times of Israel.

22nd April 2015 - Mentioned by the Office of Congressman Dennis A. Ross

Iran is the Terrorist Central Bank

Jonathan Schanzer

U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip and member of the bipartisan Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing, today participated in the Task Force’s first hearing entitled, “A Survey of Global Terrorism and Terrorist Financing.” During this hearing, Ross...

21st April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Lebanese Army Defector Portrayed as ‘Martyr’ in Al Nusrah Front Video

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, has released a video honoring a man who defected from the Lebanese Army to the jihadists’ cause before he was killed. The video, which was posted online last week, is part of Al Nusrah’s ongoing attempt to rally Sunnis to its...

21st April 2015 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Saudi-Funded French Weapons Arrive in Lebanon

Tony Badran

The first shipment of French weapons and military equipment arrived in Lebanon on Monday under a Saudi-funded deal worth $3 billion. The arms and supplies will supposedly bolster the Lebanese army’s fight against Sunni terrorists encroaching from Syria, though thoughts of countering...

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