Analysis & Commentary

9th July 2013 - FDD Policy Brief

Hezbollah Paying A Price For Entering the Syrian Civil War?

Tony Badran

A Nissan SUV packed with 35 Kgs of explosives blew up today in the Hezbollah-controlled Bir al-Abed neighborhood in Beirut's southern suburbs...

4th July 2013 - NOW

Hezbollah and the Army of 12,000

Tony Badran

As Hezbollah’s military involvement in Syria intensified over the past few months, media reports, official statements, and expert analysis has put forward wildly...

1st July 2013 - National Review Online

Europe’s Assist to Hezbollah

Benjamin Weinthal

The new Syrian war death toll of over 100,000 coincided last week with the EU’s postponing a decision to include Hezbollah’s military wing in its terror list until late 2013.

27th June 2013 - NOW

Hezbollah Using LAF to Further Its Own Ends

Tony Badran

In Sidon earlier this week, followers of Salafi leader Ahmad al-Assir challenged the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF), compelling the Army to put down the Assir movement...

23rd June 2013 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon, The Jerusalem Post

Sectarian Clashes in Lebanon Increase in Intensity

Tony Badran

Supporters of the Lebanese Sunni Islamist Sheikh Ahmed al-Assir, who is a fierce critic of Hezbollah's military intervention in neighboring Syria, attacked members...

23rd June 2013 - The Jerusalem Post

German Mosque Groups Raising Funds for Hezbollah

Benjamin Weinthal

The head of Germany’s federal agency for domestic intelligence and the country’s Interior Ministry have recently presented a report showing Hezbollah’s use of German...

14th June 2013 - CNN

Nigeria’s Hezbollah Problem

Nigerian authorities last month arrested four Lebanese nationals in northern Nigeria on suspicion of having ties with Hezbollah. After a raid on one of their residences...

13th June 2013 - NOW Lebanon

Hashem Salman: A Moment of Clarity

Tony Badran

On Sunday, a small group of demonstrators gathered outside the Iranian embassy in Beirut to protest Iran’s role in the war against the Syrian people. Hezbollah thugs deployed...

9th June 2013 - The Jerusalem Post

German Report: Berlin a Hub of Hezbollah Activity

Benjamin Weinthal

Hezbollah has 950 members in Germany, including 250 in the capital, a reported released by Berlin’s domestic intelligence agency released last week showed.

6th June 2013 - Scripps Howard News Service

Al Qaeda vs. Hezbollah

Clifford D. May

Back during the Bush administration, Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage famously called Hezbollah the “A Team of terrorists,” adding, “al-Qaeda is actually the B Team.”

5th June 2013 - House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa

TESTIMONY: Washington’s Syria Policy

Tony Badran

As the Syrian uprising enters its third year, the terrible cost of the Assad’s regime war against the people of Syria is by now well known. Over 80,000 Syrians are dead, more than 1.5 million...

1st June 2013 - CTV News

News Update

Tony Badran

FDD's Tony Badran discusses recent attacks on Hezbollah inside Lebanon which may have come from Syrian rebels and Russia's support for Bashar al-Assad.

30th May 2013 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon, The Jerusalem Post

Report: Hezbollah Orders Hamas Out of Lebanon

Jonathan Schanzer

Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah has ordered Palestinian Sunni group Hamas to have its operatives leave Lebanon effective immediately. A senior Hezbollah security official...

27th May 2013 - The Jerusalem Post

Israel Key to Berlin Hezbollah Terror Label

Benjamin Weinthal

Israeli diplomats traveled recently to Berlin and presented court documents showing Hezbollah’s role in terrorism within the European Union. The meticulous documentation collected...

23rd May 2013 - NOW Lebanon

Hezbollah Slips in Qusayr

Tony Badran

It’s been five days since Hezbollah and Assad regime forces launched their joint offensive on the town of al-Qusayr in the Homs countryside. Hezbollah and regime media...

22nd May 2013 - National Review Online

Time for the EU to Outlaw All of Hezbollah

Benjamin Weinthal

The European Union moved closer on Monday to sanctioning the Lebanese terrorist organization Hezbollah when the United Kingdom announced that it filed a formal request...

22nd May 2013 - The Jerusalem Post

Germany Backs Blacklisting Hezbollah Military Wing

Benjamin Weinthal

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle decided Wednesday to support listing Hezbollah's military wing as a terrorist organization in the European Union, according to German diplomatic sources.

19th May 2013 - NOW Lebanon

Collision Course

Tony Badran

President Obama is on a collision course with his allies on Syria. As Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, France, and Britain call for more aggressive steps to topple Bashar al-Assad...

13th May 2013 - Fox News

Lebanese Man Gets 300 Lashes, 6 Years for Helping Woman Convert to Christianity

Benjamin Weinthal

A Lebanese man was sentenced to 300 lashes with a whip and six years in prison for his role in helping a Saudi woman convert to Christianity and flee the kingdom...

12th May 2013 - The Jerusalem Post

EU Moving Toward Ban of Hezbollah Military Wing

Benjamin Weinthal

The European Union has moved toward a consensus on outlawing the armed wing of Hezbollah, with its inclusion on the EU terror list slated to take place in late 2013.


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