Analysis & Commentary

11th January 2014 - National Review Online

Ariel Sharon: Soldier, Strategist, Prickly Pear

Clifford D. May

Ariel Sharon was an intrepid soldier and a brilliant military strategist. He was a sabra, a word used to describe those born in the land of Israel but which literally...

10th January 2014 - VOA News

News Update

Bill Roggio

An explosion of bloodshed continues in the Middle East as the civil war in Syria spreads violence and extremism to neighboring countries. Sectarian rivalries...

9th January 2014 - NOW

The Open Secret

Tony Badran

Over the past few days, Iranian and Hezbollah-aligned media have dedicated much attention, and animus, to news of the death of Majed al-Majed, the...

6th January 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Failure of U.N. Peacekeeping in Lebanon

The Iranian-spawned terrorist group Hezbollah is smuggling advanced guided-missile systems into Lebanon, according to a report last week in The Wall Street...

5th January 2014 - Quoted by Paul Alster, Fox News

Syrian Civil War Bleeds Into Beirut, as Terror Groups Clash

Tony Badran

Syria's bloody civil war has spread to the streets of Beirut, where it threatens to destroy the hard-fought progress Lebanon's capital has made in coming back...

4th January 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Russian Yakhont Missiles in Hezbollah’s Hands

Patrick Megahan

The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that US officials believe the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah is receiving advanced guided-missiles from Syria...

3rd January 2014 - Commentary

The Persian Triangle

Clifford D. May

On November 24, 2013, a “Joint Plan of Action” was concluded in Geneva by Iran and the permanent members of the UN Security Council—the United States...

1st January 2014 - Quoted by The Daily Star - Lebanon

Ghosn Denies Remarks on Al-Qaeda-linked Chief’s Arrest

Bill Roggio

Lebanon's caretaker defense minister denied Wednesday he had confirmed the arrest of Majid bin Mohammad al-Majid, a Saudi who heads an Al-Qaeda...

1st January 2014 - The Long War Journal

Emir of Abdullah Azzam Brigades Detained in Lebanon

Bill Roggio

Lebanese security forces have captured Majid bin Muhammad al Majid, a Saudi jihadist who leads the al Qaeda-associated Abdullah Azzam Brigades...

1st January 2014 - Quoted by Anne Barnard, The New York Times

Lebanon Arrests Leader of Qaeda-Linked Group, Reports Say

Bill Roggio

The Lebanese military authorities have detained the Saudi leader of a Sunni militant group linked to Al Qaeda that claimed responsibility for a double suicide...

31st December 2013 - Cited by Reuters

Leader of Group Linked to Al-Qaeda Held in Lebanon: Sources

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

A Saudi militant who allegedly leads a group linked to al Qaeda which operates throughout the Middle East has been arrested by military authorities in Lebanon...

19th December 2013 - NOW

Hiding Behind the LAF

Tony Badran

Lebanon came close to instigating a conflict with Israel on Sunday when a member of the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) shot and killed an Israeli sergeant...

18th December 2013 - Quoted by Guy Taylor, The Washington Times

US Adds al Qaeda-Linked Lebanon Militant Leader to Global Terrorist List

Thomas Joscelyn

The State Department named a key leader of a Lebanon-based militant group with ties to al Qaeda factions in Syria as a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist”...

18th December 2013 - The Long War Journal

State Department Designates Head of Al Nusrah Front Branch in Lebanon

Thomas Joscelyn

The US State Department today announced the designation of Usamah Amin al Shihabi, who has "recently been appointed head of Syria-based al Nusrah...

16th December 2013 - CTV News

News Update

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's Jonathan Schanzer analyzes the recent outbreak of fighting on the Lebanese-Israeli border and reports of jihadist gains in Syria.

12th December 2013 - NOW

A Taste of What’s to Come

Tony Badran

For all the speculation about who was responsible for the assassination of Hezbollah senior military commander Hassan al-Laqis last Tuesday, the likelihood...

9th December 2013 - National Review Online

Why Is the Obama Administration Courting Hezbollah?

Benjamin Weinthal

Evidence has recently emerged suggesting that the U.S. has opened a line of direct communication with the Lebanese Shia Islamist organization Hezbollah.

5th December 2013 - FDD Policy Brief

Who Took Out Hezbollah’s Hassan al-Laqqis?

Tony Badran

Minutes after Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah finished a lengthy televised appearance late Tuesday night, a team of unknown assailants assassinated...

4th December 2013 - BBC Radio 5

Up All Night

Tony Badran

The assassination of Hezbollah Commander Hassan Lakkis.

21st November 2013 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Tony Badran

The attack on the Iranian embassy in Beirut, Lebanon.


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