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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...

17th April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Hezbollah Brigades Deploys Fighters to Ramadi

Bill Roggio

Hezbollah Brigades, a US-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization, is deploying forces to the western provincial capital of Ramadi to fight off an Islamic State offensive. The Iranian-backed Shiite militia continues to promote past attacks against US forces on its official website.

17th March 2015 - Quoted by Jeremy Bender, Michael B. Kelley - Business Insider

This Sentence Should Cause a Lot of Concern About Iran Taking Over Iraq

Tony Badran

A disturbing sign of Iran's growing influence in Iraq and beyond was highlighted on March 8 during a seminar titled "The Iranian Identity," Bloomberg View reports.

16th March 2015 - Quoted by The Algemeiner

Expert Fears White House Deliberately ‘Whitewashing’ Iran, Hezbollah Terror Threat

Clifford D. May

A recent US Intelligence report which appears to downplay the terrorist activities from Iran and its proxy groups has raised questions about what could have motivated the change from previous similar reports.

13th March 2015 - Quoted by Jamila Trindle - Foreign Policy

Breaking Up Sanctions Is Hard to Do

Jonathan Schanzer

A historic nuclear deal with Iran is in sight, but unraveling the web of financial embargoes, asset freezes, and restricted oil sales won’t be easy.

9th March 2015 - Quoted by Yair Rosenberg - Tablet

Did Netanyahu Put Anti-Semitic Words in Hezbollah’s Mouth?

Tony Badran

Last week, in his address to Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned of the threat posed to the Middle East and to Jews by Iran and its proxies.

6th March 2015 - Business Insider

Iran is Exporting its Islamic Revolution into Syria, Iraq and Yemen Just as it Did in Lebanon

Tony Badran

At a rally last month on the occasion of the 36th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Revolutionary Guard’s Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani gloated: “We are witnessing the export of the Islamic Revolution throughout the region. From Bahrain and Iraq to Syria, Yemen and...

27th February 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Hezbollah: Alive in West Africa

The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced new designations yesterday for several Africa-based individuals and entities connected to Hezbollah’s global terrorist network.

27th February 2015 - Business Insider

The Emerging Nuclear Deal Makes Some Huge Assumptions About Iran’s Future Plans

Tony Badran

Recent reports about the negotiations between the US and Iran indicate that the Obama administration is ready to make remarkable concessions to Tehran on its nuclear program.

26th February 2015 - Quoted by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

The US Caught Two Members of Iran’s Lebanese Proxy Running an Amusement Park in Nigeria

Jonathan Schanzer

The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Asset Control added two individuals to its specially designated nationals list on February 26: Fouzi Reda Darwish Fawaz and Mustapha Reda Darwish Fawaz, two Lebanese men living and working in west Africa.

26th February 2015 - PJ Media

Iran Working as Strategic Partner with Hezbollah Against Israel

Benjamin Weinthal

The recent Hezbollah attack on an Israel Defense Forces convoy in the Har Dov area close to Israel’s border with Lebanon, in which two Israeli soldiers were killed, was the latest move in a dangerous and high stakes game that is now underway on Israel’s northern frontier. Israel and...

20th February 2015 - Now Media

The Weakness of the “Wait and See” Approach

Tony Badran

Even if Israel desired to stay out of the Syrian war, the Iranians, seeing a green light from Washington, have ideas of their own.

20th February 2015 - Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Friend and Foe in Syria

Tony Badran

Last week, outgoing chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces Benny Gantz told an American audience that it’s important the international community defeat both camps of regional extremists.

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