AF’s Director, Firas Maksad has been quoted in the National:

“Mr Safa also played a lead role in Hezbollah’s occupation of West Beirut and the Druze-dominated area of Aley in May 2008. “He has wielded illegitimate military force to advance Hezbollah’s interests in Lebanon,” said Firas Maksad, director of the Arabia Foundation, a Washington DC-based think tank. “US officials describe people like Mr Sherri like thugs rather than legitimate political actors,” said Mr. Maksad. According to Mr Maksad, Washington’s decision to target Mr Safa came after it became increasingly upset with his role in influencing Lebanese institutions. “Mr Safa is in charge with keeping those institutions in check and within Hezbollah red lines,” he said.

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