Analysis & Commentary


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:

2nd March 2016 - The National Interest

Joining Hezbollah: An Insider’s Account

In late December 2015, Lebanese journalist Carol Malouf held an in-depth interview with two Hezbollah captives of Jabhat al-Nusra. The interview appears to be the first of its kind: Hezbollah members speaking candidly about the group’s organization and methods.

25th February 2016 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Saudis pulling money from Lebanon is a sign the country is lost to Hezbollah

Tony Badran

The moves by Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies on Tuesday to warn their citizens against traveling to Lebanon and the Saudi decision last week to suspend $3 billion in aid to the Lebanese military is a sign the country has fallen squarely into Iran’s orbit.

5th February 2016 - The Long War Journal

Hezbollah tries to shift attention to the West Bank

Israeli security forces announced last week their dismantling of a five-man terror cell from the West Bank city of Tulkarem, jihadists who were recruited by Hezbollah’s secretive Unit 133. The men were instructed to gather intelligence information on Israel Defense Forces (IDF) training...

4th February 2016 - Tablet Magazine

America Makes a U-Turn in the Middle East

Tony Badran

The administration of President Barack Obama seldom missed an opportunity to insist that the alternative to the Iran nuclear deal was a war with Iran, a prospect that has now presumably been kicked further down the road. Middle Easterners are not so lucky: They get to fight their wars with...

6th January 2016 - The Long War Journal

Hezbollah Responds to Israeli Assassination of Commander

Two weeks after the assassination of its notorious member Samir Quntar, Hezbollah finally carried out its repeated threats to retaliate against Israel.

4th January 2016 - The National Interest

Wrong Way: The Problem With Al Qaeda Prisoner Swaps

David Andrew Weinberg

In early December, Qatar mediated the release of thirteen Lebanese policemen and three Lebanese soldiers kidnapped last year by Al Qaeda’s Syrian branch, the Nusra Front. According to Doha, the release last month was arranged “in exchange for twenty-five prisoners, including seventeen...

22nd December 2015 - The Long War Journal

Israeli Air Force Kills Notorious Hezbollah Commander In Syria

The Israeli Air Force reportedly carried out an airstrike in Syria that killed Samir Quntar, a notorious Hezbollah member, and nine others on Dec. 19. Quntar was likely a mid-level Hezbollah operative directing some of the group’s operations in southern Syria.

18th December 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Hezbollah Casts Shadow over Lebanon’s Presidential Vote

Lebanon was scheduled for presidential elections on Wednesday, but for the 32nd time in two years, parliament failed to achieve the necessary quorum to select a president.

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