Analysis & Commentary


15th September 2017 - Quoted by Mosaic Magazine

The U.S. Can Best Restrain Hizballah by Pressuring Beirut

Tony Badran

While Hizballah might now be too involved in Syria to desire conflict with Israel, writes Tony Badran, it is only a matter of time before the organization decides to turn its attention southward.

12th September 2017 - The Cipher Brief

Get Tough on Beirut to Rein in Hezbollah Threat

Tony Badran

Hezbollah – an Iran-backed militia that controls southern Lebanon – boasts a medium-sized army and a whopping arsenal of up to 150,000 rockets and missiles. Since 2011, much of that army has been engaged in Syria supporting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al Assad. While this has...

11th September 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Netanyahu’s Latin America Trip: Another Chance To Talk About Iran

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Michaela Frai

Netanyahu should prod Israel’s Latin American friends to combat the lawlessness and corruption that enable Hezbollah and Iran to thrive in the Western Hemisphere.

9th September 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

As Antisemitism Rises, Germany Labels Hezbollah Right-Wing Extremist Group

Benjamin Weinthal

Anti-Israel related antisemitism increased in 2017.

30th August 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD senior Iran any Behnam Ben Taleblu joins the John Batchelor Show to discuss the possibility of another war between Israel and Hezbollah.

29th August 2017 - Quoted by Fritz Lodge - The Cipher Brief

Israel and Hezbollah Eye Their Next War

Tony Badran

On August 15, Israel’s Channel 2 news revealed satellite photos of an Iranian missile production facility near the town of Baniyas in northwestern Syria, capable of producing long-range rockets. Iran’s formidable military presence in Syria is nothing new, but the revelation of this...

25th August 2017 - Quoted by Barbara Opall-Rome - Defense News

Commander: US-led assault in Iraq ‘incidentally’ benefits Iran-backed militias

Behnam Ben Taleblu

A top commander of the U.S.-led coalition battling the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria has publicly acknowledged that Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces — a loose alliance of Iranian-backed Shiite militias — are “incidentally” benefiting from the extensive support provided to...

25th August 2017 - Infobae

Infobae

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Experto en terrorismo de la Fundación para la Defensa de las Democracias habla con Infobae.

24th August 2017 - Quoted by Lizzie Porter - CNN

Tyre: The Mediterranean’s best-kept secret?

Tony Badran

Tyre has a long history -- and in 2017 it breaks stereotypes that paint Lebanon as a chaotic nation constantly on the brink of conflict.

23rd August 2017 - Quoted by Ben Cohen - The Algemeiner

Syrian Dictator Assad Secretly Hosted Argentine and Iranian Foreign Ministers in AMIA Bombing Coveru

Toby Dershowitz

News outlets in Argentina were abuzz on Wednesday with speculation that the country’s former president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, and her foreign minister, Hector Timerman, may now face charges of treason for secretly negotiating a pact with Iran that exonerated the Tehran regime for...

23rd August 2017 - Citado por La Prensa

Advierten que Hezbollah se mantiene totalmente activa en la Triple Frontera

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Emanuele Ottolenghi, miembro destacado de la Fundación para la Defensa de las Democracias (FDD), dijo que la organización "tiene un presupuesto en dramático crecimiento por su presencia continua en la guerra de Siria".

21st August 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

Hezbollah Fights Alongside LAF Demonstrating its Continuing Control over Lebanon

Tony Badran

Hezbollah and the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) are fighting side by side against ISIS in northeastern Lebanon, further demonstrating the control the Iranian-backed terror group exerts over its host country.

21st August 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: The Syrian regime’s offensive towards Deir Ezzor

Alexandra N. Gutowski

A complete US withdrawal from Afghanistan would have been disastrous. The US government needs to drastically reassess America’s jihadist enemies and avoid the policy pitfalls of the past.

17th August 2017 - Quoted by Ben Evansky - Fox News

UN Security Council considers resolution punishing ISIS for crimes against humanity

Bill Roggio

Thursday's ISIS-claimed terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain — which killed at least 13 people and left many injured — coincided with a new effort to bring the terrorist group to justice for crimes committed against humanity in Iraq.

17th August 2017 - Quoted by The Jerusalem Post

Iran’s Great Game

Mark Dubowitz

The real Iranian threat today is through proxies and influence in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.

20th July 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

US: Iran Remains “Foremost” State Sponsor of Global Terrorism

Toby Dershowitz

Iran remained the “foremost state sponsor of terrorism in 2016,” the U.S. State Department announced in an annual report on global terrorism released this week. Iran was first designated a state sponsor of terrorism in 1984.

12th July 2017 - Quoted by Ben Cohen - The Algemeiner

Iranian Offer to Interpol of ‘Cooperation’ in AMIA Bombing Investigation Just Another Maneuver

Toby Dershowitz

Official Iranian news outlets reported on Wednesday that the Tehran regime has agreed to work with Interpol, the global law enforcement agency, to “resolve” the “dispute” arising from the July 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires, in which 85...

12th July 2017 - WTOP

The National Security Podcast with JJ Green

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Behnam Ben Taleblu, senior Iran analyst at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, joins the program to break down the implications of IS group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadial-Baghdadi's status, his elusiveness and what happens after he and his so-called caliphate pass from the scene....

11th July 2017 - Sirius XM

The Morning Briefing

Clifford D. May

Foundation for Defense of Democracies founder and president Clifford May speaks with Tim Farley about the probability of a new war between Hezbollah and Israel in the near future.

19th June 2017 - Quoted by Tim Hume - Vice News

A Flexing Contest In Syria May Trap The U.S. In An Endless Conflict

Bill Roggio

Russia’s defense ministry didn’t mince words Monday about its willingness to attack U.S. military jets in Syria.

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