Analysis & Commentary


10th July 2016 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: 10 years after latest Lebanon War, next one will be far more brutal

Tony Badran

As the 10th anniversary of the July 2006 Lebanon War approaches, tensions remain high in Lebanon in anticipation of a next round, which could much more severely disrupt the country as a functioning state this time around.

23rd June 2016 - Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Amid Dissent at State, Obama Stays the Bloody Course on Syria

Tony Badran

Last week, an internal State Department memo criticizing the administration's Syria policy was leaked to the press. Fifty-one American officials variously involved with Middle East policy signed a letter calling for military action against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. "A judicious use...

15th June 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Iranian News Agency Threatened Lebanese Banks Hours Before Beirut Bombing

Tony Badran

A semi-official Iranian news agency issued a report threatening Lebanon’s banking sector if it complied with a U.S. sanctions law targeting Hezbollah just hours before a bomb exploded outside a Beirut bank on Sunday, NOW Media news reported on Monday.

13th June 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Hezbollah’s Incendiary Threat to Lebanon’s Banks

Tony Badran

On Sunday night, a bomb detonated outside the Banque du Liban et d’Outre-Mer (BLOM), in the Verdun neighborhood of Beirut.

1st June 2016 - The Washington Times

Putting Hezbollah ‘out of business’

Jonathan Schanzer

“After many years of sanctions targeting Hezbollah, today the group is in its worst financial shape in decades,” stated Adam Szubin, the acting Treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence before a congressional hearing last week. “And I can assure you that,...

25th May 2016 - NOW Lebanon

Hezbollah doesn’t want a President – Because it doesn’t want a Lebanese Republic

Hezbollah appears to have switched loyalties in Lebanon’s never-ending presidential race. Despite maintaining long-standing support for the candidacy of the pro-Syrian former general Michel Aoun, the Shiite movement is reportedly now backing his rival for the post, Sleiman Frangieh.

25th May 2016 - Quoted by Gareth Smyth - The Guardian

‘A kind of death’: life on the US Treasury blacklist

Tony Badran, Matthew Levitt

Put aside any image of a global terrorist in an Afghan cave or an armed camp in Pakistan’s tribal areas.

25th May 2016 - The National Interest

Iran and Hezbollah Avoid Blaming Israel for Terrorist Commander’s Death

Amir Toumaj

Mustafa Badreddine, the head of Hezbollah’s military operations in Syria, was recently killed in an explosion near Damascus International Airport.

20th May 2016 - The Weekly Standard

How Iran Shapes Hezbollah

Tony Badran

Following the mysterious death of Hezbollah senior military commander Mustafa Badreddine in Syria last week, speculation continues to swirl over the identity of his possible successor. The prevailing theory holds that this role will fall to Ibrahim Aqil and/or Fuad Shukr, ranking members of...

19th May 2016 - Quoted by Mosaic Magazine

A Terrorist Mastermind’s Career Comes to an End

Clifford D. May

Last week, one of Hizballah’s highest-ranking military commanders, Mustafa Badreddine, was killed in Damascus under mysterious circumstances.

18th May 2016 - The Washington Times

A death in Damascus, a funeral in Beirut

Clifford D. May

Five years ago, during the hopefully named Arab Spring, Syrians staged peaceful protests against the ruling dynasty that had long oppressed them. President Bashar al Assad responded brutally: In May 2011, he sent tanks into the suburbs of Damascus, Deraa, Homs and other cities to crush his...

14th May 2016 - The Long War Journal

Syrian rebels deny Hezbollah’s military commander killed in ‘artillery shelling’

Bill Roggio

Hezbollah said an investigation shows that its military commander, Mustafa Badreddine, died on May 12 in rebel “artillery shelling” at Damascus International Airport. However, an independent news organization that diligently monitors the Syrian civil war said that rebel groups have not...

13th May 2016 - The Long War Journal

Storied Hezbollah commander killed in Syria

Hezbollah announced the death of Mustafa Badreddine, its notorious senior military commander, in Syria early Friday morning.

19th April 2016 - Quoted by Teresa Welsh - U.S. News & World Report

Why Lebanon Could Be the Next Middle East Hot Spot

Tony Badran

Saudi Arabia has made a gamble in its regional proxy war with longtime foe Iran by retreating from Lebanon, an arena where the two have long competed for influence.

7th April 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Hezbollah’s Sunni Support Network

Tony Badran

Hezbollah announced the death this weekend of seven of its fighters in Syria during fighting in southern Aleppo. Among them was a curious name: 19-year old Muhammad al-Kabash, a Sunni from Sidon.

24th March 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Expert: Hezbollah Arms Buildup in Civilian Areas Puts “Big Target” on All of Lebanon

Tony Badran

Experts on the Iran-backed terrorist organization Hezbollah discussed its increased dominance in Lebanon at a House hearing on Tuesday, including how the group’s activities and strategies increase the likelihood of a future, more deadly war with Israel.

19th March 2016 - The National Interest

Iran’s Power Play in Lebanon

Lebanon defied its fellow Arab League members this week by rejecting a Saudi-sponsored vote labeling Hezbollah a terrorist organization. The move comes on the heels of Riyadh reversing its decades-long support for the Lebanese government by suspending a four-billion-dollar security-aid...

18th March 2016 - Quoted by Teresa Welsh - US News and World Report

Why Lebanon Could Be the Next Middle East Hot Spot

Tony Badran

Saudi Arabia has made a gamble in its regional proxy war with longtime foe Iran by retreating from Lebanon, an arena where the two have long competed for influence.

9th March 2016 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran Breaks With Arab States, Continues Backing Hezbollah

Jonathan Schanzer

Iranian leaders publicly broke ranks this week with major Arab Gulf nations in a series of statements criticizing these regional powers for formally designating Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.

3rd March 2016 - Quoted by Mosaic Magazine

How Hizballah Maintains Its Grip on Lebanon

In December, a Lebanese journalist was able to interview two Hizballah fighters held captive by Nusra Front, a Syrian affiliate of al-Qaeda. David Daoud explains what this interview reveals about Hizballah’s influence in Lebanon and its current war in Syria:

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