Analysis & Commentary


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.

21st November 2013 - NOW

An Explosive Proxy War

Tony Badran

It appears that the Iranian Embassy in Bir Hassan may have narrowly escaped even bigger devastation on Tuesday as the two suicide bombers failed to penetrate...

20th November 2013 - Cited by Aryn Baker, Time

The Abdullah Azzam Brigades: Behind the Terrorist Group That Bombed Iran’s Beirut Embassy

The al-Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades took responsibility for Tuesday’s suicide-bomb attack on the Iranian embassy in Lebanon, raising fears...

20th November 2013 - FDD Policy Brief

The Iranian Embassy Bombing in Beirut: Many Questions Remain

Tony Badran

Two explosions targeted the Iranian Embassy in Beirut yesterday, killing at least 23 people, among them the Iranian cultural attaché, Hojatoleslam Ebrahim...

19th November 2013 - FDD Policy Brief

The Abdullah Azzam Brigades and the Attack on Iran’s Embassy in Beirut

The Abdullah Azzam Brigades (AAB), an al-Qaeda-linked group, announced today that its Hussein bin Ali Battalion was responsible for the double suicide...

18th November 2013 - The Weekly Standard

The Secret History of Hezbollah

Tony Badran

Thirty years ago last month, Hezbollah blew up the barracks of the U.S Marines and French paratroopers stationed at the Beirut airport, killing 241 U.S. servicemen and 58 Frenchmen.

17th October 2013 - Scripps Howard News Service

The Other Long War

Clifford D. May

The Muslim world needs democracy and economic reform — on that, almost everyone agrees. As Rami Khouri, columnist for the Daily Star of Beirut...

20th September 2013 - Quoted by Adam Kredo, The Washington Free Beacon

Report: Hezbollah Armed with Syria’s Chemical Weapons

Jonathan Schanzer

The terror group Hezbollah has assumed control of at least a portion of Syria’s chemical weapons cache, according to a Syrian military commander, multiple...

19th September 2013 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Strategy in Syria

“We must possess Syria. If the chain from Lebanon to here is cut, bad things will happen,” former Iranian president Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said...

29th August 2013 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Tony Badran

Hezbollah's role in the Syria crisis and potential US intervention.

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