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11th February 2015 - FDD Press Release

U.S. Needs To Avoid Alliances With Iranian Proxies In Middle East, FDD Scholar Tells Congress

Tony Badran

Tony Badran, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told the House Foreign Affairs Committee Wednesday that Iran’s interest in becoming a Middle Easter power extends beyond the goal of nuclear weapons, and the United States must resist forming de facto alliances...

29th January 2015 - Fox News

Happening Now

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer comments on escalating tensions between Israel and Hezbollah.

29th January 2015 - The Blaze

Glenn Beck Program

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer talks with Buck Sexton about the perceptions and goals of Hezbollah in the Middle East.

28th January 2015 - Sun News Network

Straight Talk

Benjamin Weinthal

FDD Research Fellow Benjamin Weinthal shares his reaction to news of a strike on the Israel-Lebanon border by Hezbollah.

18th December 2014 - Business Insider

An Iranian Proxy Still Holds All The Cards In Lebanon

Tony Badran

During his recent visit to Beirut, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Matthew Spence reportedly told Lebanese officials that “the war on terror has created a new reality, which has allowed the state to expand its influence at the expense of Hezbollah’s influence.”

4th November 2014 - Quoted by Hugh Naylor - The Washington Post

Rivals Tehran, Riyadh Pledge Billions to Lebanon’s Army

Tony Badran

Saudi Arabia and Iran have offered apparently competing aid packages to Lebanon’s small and modestly armed military as it confronts rising attacks at home by militants with ties to extremists fighting in Syria’s civil war.

27th October 2014 - Quoted by Armin Rosen, Jeremy Bender, Amanda Macias - Business Insider

The Most Powerful Militaries In The Middle East

Patrick Megahan

The balance of power in the Middle East is in disarray: A three-year civil war has torn apart Syria and opened up a vacuum for the rise of the Islamic State group; Sunni powers led by Saudi Arabia continue to face off against Shi'ite powers led by Iran; other countries are reeling from...

11th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Lebanese Soldier Defects to al Qaeda’s Syrian Branch

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front has announced that a Lebanese soldier, Mohammed Antar, has defected to the jihadist group. Al Nusrah has released a photo and video of Antar, which are part of the organization's ongoing propaganda campaign against Iran, Hezbollah, and the Lebanese government.

9th October 2014 - Now Lebanon

Sooner or later, Hezbollah Will Push Lebanon Over the Edge

Tony Badran

Hezbollah is aggressively putting out the message that it is willing to heat things up on the border.

7th October 2014 - Quoted by Elise Knutsen - The Daily Star

Nusra Fights to Establish Supply Lines

Tony Badran

The Nusra Front was seeking to drain Hezbollah’s resources and secure supply lines in its brazen attack on Hezbollah outposts over the weekend, experts say.

6th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Releases Video, Photos from Battle Against Hezbollah

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front reportedly launched attacks on a number of Hezbollah outposts yesterday. The group has released a video and pictures from one of its raids.

6th October 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn comment on fighting between Al Nusrah and Hezbollah in Lebanon.

2nd October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Propaganda Focuses on Iranian Influence in Lebanon, Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front continues to use its Lebanese hostages in its propaganda campaign against Iran and Hezbollah.

29th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Leader Says Americans and Europeans Will Pay the ‘Tax’ of War

Thomas Joscelyn

Abu Muhammad al Julani seeks to undermine public support for air strikes in Syria by arguing that citizens in the West, and not just their rulers, will pay the price for the war. Julani also discusses Al Nusrah's fight against Hezbollah and urges jihadists not to join the West in the fight...

21st September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Threatens to Execute 2nd Lebanese Hostage

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has threatened to kill a second Lebanese hostage. The group has already executed a Lebanese soldier who had been held in its custody since August.

19th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Threatens Life of Lebanese Soldier Held Hostage Amid Fighting

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has repeatedly threatened to kill a Lebanese soldier in its custody this week. In a tweet earlier today, the group said that the soldier was the "first casualty" in its stalled negotiations with the Lebanese military.

5th September 2014 - Now Media

Minority Report

Tony Badran

For a long time, the conventional narrative about the rise of the Islamic State (IS) has been that the jihadist group owes its rise to financial support from Gulf donors.

28th August 2014 - Now Lebanon

Beheshti Never Came to Tripoli

Tony Badran

This Sunday marks the 36th anniversary of the disappearance of Lebanese-Iranian cleric Musa as-Sadr during a visit to Libya in 1978.

25th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Video Features Captured Members of Lebanese Security Forces

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front is using hostages from Lebanon's security forces in its anti-Hezbollah propaganda. Al Nusrah, an official branch of al Qaeda, is attempting to pressure Hezbollah into withdrawing its forces from Syria.

20th May 2014 - Now Lebanon

US Targets Hezbollah’s Wallet

Mark Dubowitz

A new act of Congress may have significant repercussions on the Party's finances.

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