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A death in Damascus, a funeral in Beirut

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 critics. Civil war followed. more...

Analysis & Commentary

20th May 2016 – Quoted by Sean Savage - JNS

Gaza rebuilding falls by the wayside as Arab states leave Palestinians hanging

Jonathan Schanzer

When it comes to the security situation at Israel’s borders in recent years, no border has been more perilous for the Jewish state as its southern boundary with the Gaza Strip. Israel unilaterally withdrew from Gaza in 2005, and the Palestinian terror group Hamas seized control of the coastal enclave in 2007. Since then, Gaza has given Israel three wars, thousands of rocket attacks, and a network of cross-border terror tunnels that Hamas is currently trying to rebuild. more...

20th May 2016 – The Blaze

The Buck Sexton Show

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses radical jihadist groups and militias fighting in Syria on both sides of the ongoing civil war. more...

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 Hezbollah’s military council and veterans of the group and its security apparatus. more...

19th May 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

IMF: Iran Must Stop Funding Terror, Money Laundering if It Wants to Join Global Economy

Mark Dubowitz

Iran’s failure to bring its money-laundering and terror finance laws into compliance with international standards has discouraged foreign banks from doing business with the country, according to a senior International Monetary Fund official. more...