Analysis & Commentary

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.

9th May 2013 - NOW Lebanon

Israel’s Strategic Clarity in Syria

Tony Badran

It was perhaps fitting that the multiple Israeli strikes in Damascus last week followed Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah’s address from Tehran. Nasrallah had warned last Tuesday...

26th April 2013 - The Huffington Post

HuffPost Live

Tony Badran

FDD's Tony Badran joins a discussion on whether or not the drone reported over Israel was in fact a PR stunt.

26th April 2013 - FDD Policy Brief

Hezbollah’s Drone to Israel: Calculated Adventurism

Tony Badran

On Thursday, Israeli fighter jets shot down a drone off of Haifa’s coastline. The drone, according to a statement from the Israeli military, was identified as it flew north to south along...

25th April 2013 - The Long War Journal

Israeli Air Force Intercepts Hezbollah Drone Off Coast of Israel

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) intercepted an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) this afternoon. The drone, which Israeli officials say belonged to Hezbollah and took off from Lebanon...

24th April 2013 - Quoted by al Arabiya

US Targets Hezbollah’s Financial Arms in Lebanon

Jonathan Schanzer

A move by the United States to designate two Lebanese exchange agencies as primary money launderers seeks to prevent Hezbollah from abusing the country’s financial system...

22nd April 2013 - The Tower

Europe Has a Serious Hezbollah Problem

Benjamin Weinthal

The legendary World War I British intelligence officer T.E. Lawrence—now forever known as Lawrence of Arabia—once described his commander, Brigadier-General Gilbert Clayton, as being...

18th April 2013 - NOW Lebanon

Protracted Syria War Not in US Interests

Tony Badran

Thirty years ago today, at Iran’s behest and supported by Hafez al-Assad’s regime, Hezbollah attacked the US embassy in Beirut, killing 63 people. The embassy bombing, which took place...

17th April 2013 - The Atlantic

In Europe, a Growing Case for Banning Hezbollah

Benjamin Weinthal

In the wake of several recent high-profile cases incriminating Hezbollah in Europe, there are growing cracks in the European Union's policy on the Lebanese terror group.

12th April 2013 - Longitude

Israel Still Stable Amidst the Chaos

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Israeli policymakers, much like diplomats, have never been fond of drastic change in their neighborhood. “Better the devil you know…” could be Israel’s foreign policy motto.

11th April 2013 - NOW Lebanon

Iran Uses Lebanese to Project Its Regional Power

Tony Badran

Last week, Saudi Arabia announced that the spy cell it had arrested in March, and which included a reportedly key Lebanese member, had “direct links” to Iranian intelligence.


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