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8th February 2014 - CNN

News Update

Jonathan Schanzer

Will a Middle East arms race arise from the Iranian nuclear program and regional instability? FDD's Jonathan Schanzer describes a 'jittery' Middle East.

6th February 2014 - Cited by Caroline B. Glick, The Jerusalem Post

Iran’s Bomb in the Basement

Jonathan Schanzer

It is happening in slow motion, to be sure. But we are witnessing how a nuclear armed Iran is changing the face of the Middle East. For years, US leaders...

3rd February 2014 - Foreign Policy

An Edge in the Desert

Jonathan Schanzer

Weapons are pouring into the Middle East at an unprecedented rate. The Pentagon recently announced that it would sell six tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft to Israel for $1.3 billion...

2nd February 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Launches Another Suicide Attack in Lebanon

Bill Roggio

The Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, an al Qaeda branch in Syria, claimed credit for another suicide attack that targeted Hezbollah

31st January 2014 - NOW

Formalizing the Status Quo

Tony Badran

The talks at the Geneva conference for Syria have gone nowhere. This is hardly surprising, as the regime does not even recognize the stated goal of the conference...

28th January 2014 - National Review Online

In SOTU, National Security Gets Short Shrift

Clifford D. May

And what we find deserves some examination. For example: And it is American diplomacy, backed by pressure, that has halted the progress of Iran’s nuclear program...

27th January 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

The 1994 Argentina Bombing Perpetrators: Where Are They Now?

Toby Dershowitz

One year ago today, on January 27, 2013, Argentina announced a memorandum of understanding with Iran for a “truth commission” to investigate the 1994 Argentine...

23rd January 2014 - National Review Online

‘World Powers Surrender to Iran’

Clifford D. May

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani last week tweeted a declaration of diplomatic victory: “In #Geneva agreement world powers surrendered to Iran’s national will.

23rd January 2014 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon, The Jerusalem Post

Australian Money-Laundering Investigation Reveals Hezbollah Gaining Profits From Drug Money

Jonathan Schanzer

Australia’s largest money-laundering investigation reveals that Hezbollah and other terrorist groups are gaining some of the profits from illegal drug sales. The investigation, called...

22nd January 2014 - Syndicated

Secure Freedom Radio

Orde Kittrie

FDD's Orde Kittrie digs deeper into the meaning of the Iranian Foreign Minister's visit to the grave of Imad Mugniyah, a Hezbollah operative who was responsible for...

20th January 2014 - Christina Radio - SiriusXM Radio

El Mundo

Thomas Joscelyn

Iran's foreign minister laying a wreath at Imad Mugniyah's grave.

18th January 2014 - Now Lebanon

US policy hostage to the hostage-takers

Tony Badran

During his visit to Lebanon on Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif laid a wreath at the grave of Imad Mughniyeh, Hezbollah's notorious military commander. Mughniyeh was responsible for a host of attacks against American targets, including the 1983 bombings of the US embassy...

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...

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