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26th October 2016 – Quoted by Nick Wadhams - Chicago Tribune

U.S. stuck with nobody left to sanction in Russia over Syria

Eric B. Lorber

The U.S. put sanctions on Russia's main arms exporter, Kremlin aides and the black leather-loving head of a motorcycle gang nicknamed "The Surgeon" after the 2014 invasion of Ukraine. more...

18th October 2016 – The Long War Journal

A ‘lasting defeat’ of the Islamic State will be elusive

Bill Roggio

As the Iraqi government and Coalition forces launched the offensive to retake Mosul, the US military has optimistically said that the campaign will deal a “lasting defeat” to the Islamic State. But, if the recent history of the fight against jihadist groups in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia is any indicator, a lasting defeat of the Islamic State will remain elusive. more...

18th October 2016 – Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Russia may be getting ready ‘to level Aleppo to the ground’

Boris Zilberman

Russia announced on Tuesday that it would halt airstrikes on Syria's largest city, Aleppo, in preparation for an eight-hour cease-fire to be implemented later this week. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu made the announcement in a televised meeting with military officials, saying he expected Syrian rebels inside Aleppo to use the pause in the fighting to leave the city through two special corridors. more...

17th October 2016 – The Long War Journal

Town of Dabiq falls to Turkish-backed forces

Thomas Joscelyn

Dabiq, a town in northern Syria that has been central to the Islamic State’s apocalyptic messaging, has fallen to rebel groups backed by Turkey. more...

15th October 2016 – Fox News

America’s News HQ

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses ISIS, Russia and Syria policies in the context of the upcoming election. more...

15th October 2016 – Quoted by Saagar Enjeti - The Daily Caller

Just How Much Of An Ally Is Jordan Against ISIS?

Bill Roggio

When the Islamic State burned a Jordanian pilot to death in a cage in February 2015, King Abdullah of Jordan vowed to crush ISIS until his military runs “out of fuel and bullets.” more...

14th October 2016 – The Long War Journal

Russian influence evident in Palestinian militia in Syria

Amir Toumaj

Senior commanders in the Sunni Palestinian Quds Brigade, known as the Liwa al Quds or the Syrian Arab Army Fedayeen, have been photographed receiving medals from Russian military officers for battlefield action. more...

13th October 2016 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Clifford D. May, David Andrew Weinberg

FDD President Clifford May discusses the risks surrounding Syrian Christians, accompanied by FDD senior fellow David Weinberg commenting on Houthi missiles off of Yemen. more...

12th October 2016 – CCTV

The Heat

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the Syrian war and foreign actors role in the ongoing conflict. more...

10th October 2016 – Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

Why Aren’t Coalition Forces Planning Raqqa Assault?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Which city is more important for the Islamic State, Syria's Raqqa, the capital of the terror group's self-styled caliphate, or Iraq's Mosul, the much bigger city where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced more than two years ago the creation of his caliphate straddling Iraq and Syria? more...

10th October 2016 – The Long War Journal

Number of suicide attacks claimed by the Islamic State dipped in September

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency claims that the group launched 53 “martyrdom operations” in Iraq and Syria during the month of September. more...

10th October 2016 – The Long War Journal

Qassem Soleimani: Islamic State was created to fight Iran

Amir Toumaj

The top commander and clerical representative of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) external operations wing, the Qods Force, recently delivered speeches in Tehran and Damascus commemorating the first anniversary of the death of Brigadier General Hossein Hamedani, the most senior IRGC commander killed in the Syrian civil war. more...

7th October 2016 – KOA Denver

The Mandy Connely Show

Clifford D. May

FDD president Clifford May discusses immigration policy. more...

6th October 2016 – Quoted by Brian Bennett, W.J. Hennigan, Nabih Bulos - The Los Angeles Times

Al Qaeda-founded rebel group’s growth underscores U.S. challenges in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

As Islamic State has lost fighters and territory over the last year, an Al Qaeda-founded militant group in Syria has grown in strength, establishing a reputation as the most ferocious fighting force against Bashar Assad’s government. more...

5th October 2016 – The Weekly Standard

The Potential of a Chinese Terror Threat

Jonathan Schanzer

Eighteen billion dollars in new contracts were signed during the fifth China-Eurasia Expo held in China's western Xinjiang region last week, reported the Chinese news agency Xinhua. The contracts are part of China's push to pursue President Xi Jinping's One Belt One Road initiative, which aims to establish a new "silk road" between China, Eurasia, and the Middle East. more...

4th October 2016 – Faith Radio

The Bill Maier Show

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May discusses the Syrian refugee crisis. more...

3rd October 2016 – Quoted by Nancy Youssef - The Daily Beast

Russia and Assad Regime’s Destruction in Aleppo Likely to Leave Only Extremists Standing

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The U.S. quickly is running out of options to stop the regime and Russia on Syria’s eastern Aleppo, U.S. officials concede, and they fear that abandoned U.S.-backed rebels could increasingly turn to jihadists groups, like al Qaeda, for protection. more...

3rd October 2016 – The Long War Journal

US airstrike targets Egyptian al Qaeda veteran in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Jabhat Fath al Sham (“Conquest of the Levant Front”), al Qaeda’s rebranded branch in Syria, announced earlier today that Ahmed Salama Mabrouk has been killed in an airstrike in the Idlib province. Mabrouk, an Egyptian al Qaeda veteran, was also known as Abu Faraj al Masri. more...

3rd October 2016 – Quoted by Paul D. Shinkman - U.S. News & World Report

Al-Qaida on the Rise in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The group that launched the Sept. 11 attacks, waged insurgent war against U.S. forces in Afghanistan, catalyzed extremist movements in places like Iraq, Yemen, Somalia and North Africa, and was supposed to have been all but "decimated" and hiding in Pakistan's tribal regions has found new life in the conflict in Syria, and according to the Defense Department is on the rise there. more...

1st October 2016 – The Long War Journal

IRGC Special Forces officer’s death highlights involvement in Syria

Amir Toumaj

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has confirmed the death of a senior Iranian Special Forces officer in Syria. more...


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9th June 2016 - 4:00 PM

Genocide by ISIS: The Plight of Yazidis in Iraq & Syria

When ISIS began attacking the Yazidi community in Iraq’s Sinjar Mountains in 2014, Ms. Dakhil brought international attention to the catastrophe through an impassioned parliamentary address, pleading for protection and assistance for a civilian population facing enslavement or execution.

13th May 2015 - 11:30 AM

Disputed Borders and the Struggle for Order: Addressing Security Threats in the Middle East

With continued Hezbollah activity emanating from Lebanon, Iran and the IRGC trying to set up a base of operations in the Golan Heights, the decline of the Assad regime in southern Syria, and rising tensions in the Sinai Peninsula, Israel's security situation has become increasingly complex and dangerous. What is the Israeli security outlook for the near and mid-term future?