Hezbollah, a U.S.-designated terrorist organization, is systematically taking over Arab countries. From killing Sunnis in Syria to providing weapons in Egypt, Hezbollah has gone to war with the Arab nations and is becoming a larger presence in the region. As it receives training and support from Iran, Hezbollah’s influence and strength continue to grow in Lebanon and Syria.
Arab media outlets are taking notice, calling Hezbollah "a cancer" and blaming Hezbollah for risking a regional sectarian war. A recent study by the Intelligence and Terrorism Center exposes the size of Hezbollah's role in Syria, estimating that at least 100 Hezbollah fighters have been killed in the battles in Syria. In addition, through Iran's financial backing, Hezbollah has trained armed militias and gangs of the Assad regime.
Levant Fellow Tony Badran joined The Israel Project to discuss what this means for regional stability and U.S. relations with Lebanon and Syria.
About The Speaker
Tony Badran is a Research Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) in Washington, D.C. He focuses on Lebanon, Syria and Hezbollah. His research includes U.S. policy towards Lebanon and Syria; Syrian foreign policy, with a focus on its regional relations with Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Israel and Lebanon; Syria’s ties to militant non-state actors and terrorist groups; and Syria’s international relations, especially with Russia and the European Union. Mr. Badran’s other research has dealt with Syria’s use of information warfare, as well as with the Syrian opposition movement. Mr. Badran also specializes in Lebanese affairs and has authored original work on the military history of the Lebanese civil war and on Hezbollah. Mr. Badran also works on Islamist groups in the Levant. He has held briefings with U.S. and EU government officials, and was invited to testify at a hearing on Syria in the European Parliament. Mr. Badran also is the author of a well-respected blog, Across the Bay, where he reports and comments on developments in the Levant and U.S. policy in the region. Born and raised in Lebanon, Mr. Badran is currently completing his doctorate at New York University.