Syria

9th July 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Jihadists claim to crack down on Islamic State cells in Idlib, Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Hay’at Tahrir al Sham (the “Assembly for the Liberation of the Levant,” or HTS), an insurgent coalition of several groups, claims to have launched security operations targeting Islamic State cells throughout the Syrian province of Idlib. more...

Analysis & Commentary

23rd July 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

State Department: Iran continues to host al Qaeda’s ‘core facilitation pipeline’

Thomas Joscelyn

Since July 2011, the US Treasury and State Departments have repeatedly stated that the Iranian regime allows al Qaeda to maintain a key facilitation network on its soil. more...

22nd July 2017 – Quoted by VOA Learning - English

West Faces Long War with Islamic State Group

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

“If they are in Raqqa, they’re gonna die in Raqqa.” Those are the words of Brett McGurk, the United States’ top representative to the coalition fighting the Islamic State (IS) group. Last month, McGurk spoke about IS forces in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa. He declared their foreign fighters would be targeted. more...

22nd July 2017 – i24 News

Strictly Security

John Hannah

FDD Senior Counselor John Counselor John Hannah discusses the Syrian ceasefire being negotiated by the US and Russia on Strictly Security. more...

21st July 2017 – Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

Graham: Ending Program to Arm Anti-Assad Rebels is ‘Capitulation to Russia’

Thomas Joscelyn

South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham on Thursday blasted the Trump administration's reported decision to cut a CIA program that trained and armed Syrian rebels fighting the Bashar al-Assad regime. more...