Analysis & Commentary


15th January 2014 - The Daily Beast

Iran Honors Al-Qaeda Mentor

Thomas Joscelyn

During his visit to Lebanon on January 13, Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif Khonsari placed a wreath at the tomb of Imad Mugniyah...

15th January 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Foreign Minister Pays Respects to Hezbollah’s Terror Master

Tony Badran

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif laid a wreath on the grave of Imad Mughniyeh on Monday. Hezbollah's infamous military commander, Mughniyeh was...

16th January 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Suicide Bomber Kills 5 in Attack on Hezbollah

Bill Roggio

The Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant claimed credit for today's bombing in the Lebanese city of Hermel. The attack is the latest by al Qaeda...

14th January 2014 - Quoted by Rick Gladstone. The New York Times

Lobbying Picks Up Over Bill to Toughen Antinuclear Sanctions Against Iran

Mark Dubowitz

Partisans in the debate over a Senate bill that would threaten onerous new antinuclear sanctions on Iran escalated their lobbying on Tuesday, with critics...

10th January 2014 - VOA News

News Update

Bill Roggio

An explosion of bloodshed continues in the Middle East as the civil war in Syria spreads violence and extremism to neighboring countries. Sectarian rivalries...

9th January 2014 - NOW

The Open Secret

Tony Badran

Over the past few days, Iranian and Hezbollah-aligned media have dedicated much attention, and animus, to news of the death of Majed al-Majed, the...

8th January 2014 - Forbes

The Daunting Challenge Of Defending Israel’s Multi-Billion Dollar Gas Fields

David Andrew Weinberg

Israel is looking forward to a considerable energy windfall with the development of the Leviathan and Tamar natural gas fields in the eastern Mediterranean.

6th January 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Failure of U.N. Peacekeeping in Lebanon

Claudia Rosett

The Iranian-spawned terrorist group Hezbollah is smuggling advanced guided-missile systems into Lebanon, according to a report last week in The Wall Street...

5th January 2014 - Quoted by Paul Alster, Fox News

Syrian Civil War Bleeds Into Beirut, as Terror Groups Clash

Tony Badran

Syria's bloody civil war has spread to the streets of Beirut, where it threatens to destroy the hard-fought progress Lebanon's capital has made in coming back...

4th January 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Russian Yakhont Missiles in Hezbollah’s Hands

Patrick Megahan

The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that US officials believe the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah is receiving advanced guided-missiles from Syria...

3rd January 2014 - Commentary

The Persian Triangle

Clifford D. May

On November 24, 2013, a “Joint Plan of Action” was concluded in Geneva by Iran and the permanent members of the UN Security Council—the United States...

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.

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