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3rd August 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Russian Troops Deploy Near Syria-Israel Border

Alexandra N. Gutowski

In late July, Russia deployed four military police battalions to monitor a pair of safe zones in Syria, including a southwestern zone negotiated with the United States. The 5,500-km2 zone, roughly the size of Delaware, shares lengthy borders with both the Golan Heights and Jordan. more...

1st August 2017 – Quoted by Yochanan Visser - Western Journalism

ANALYSIS: Trump Was Right To Cut U.S. Support For Syrian Rebel Groups

Thomas Joscelyn

President Donald Trump has been harshly criticized over his decision to end military aid to the so-called anti-Assad “moderate” rebels in Syria, but new information about what led him to the controversial decision shows that “Trump got this one right,” The Weekly Standard said. more...

31st July 2017 – Quoted by MINA Report

Trump cut aid to jihadis after CIA backed group beheaded a child

Thomas Joscelyn

While we've carefully documented the dynamics in play behind Trump's decision to end the CIA's covert Syria program, as well as the corresponding fury this immediately unleashed among the usual hawkish DC policy wonks, new information on what specifically impacted the president's thinking has emerged. more...

28th July 2017 – The Weekly Standard

Trump Got This One Right

Thomas Joscelyn

Earlier this year, President Donald Trump was shown a disturbing video of Syrian rebels beheading a child near the city of Aleppo. It had caused a minor stir in the press as the fighters belonged to the Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement, a group that had been supported by the CIA as part of its rebel aid program. more...

27th July 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US identifies Islamic State propagandists killed in airstrikes

Thomas Joscelyn

The US military released a statement today naming seven senior Islamic State “propagandists and facilitators” killed in airstrikes in Iraq and Syria this year. more...

25th July 2017 – Quoted by The Tower

Hezbollah, Backed by Lebanese Military, Claims Advances Near Syrian Border

The Shiite terrorist group Hezbollah recently claimed several victories against Sunni jihadists in the Lebanon-Syria border region, with the help of the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF). more...

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...

20th July 2017 – Quoted by Tim Hume - Vice News

Trump ends covert CIA program and puts Syria’s rebels in jeopardy

Thomas Joscelyn

President Trump’s decision to wind down a covert CIA program that had trained and equipped anti-regime Syrian rebels all but guarantees that Syrian President Bashar Assad will remain in power and leaves the fate of the rebels under a cloud, according to analysts. more...

20th July 2017 – Quoted by Hollie McKay - Fox News

Syria ceasefire brokered by US, Russia holding, but with flaws, ‘tricks’ in play

Tony Badran

The ceasefire brokered by the Putin and Trump administrations went into effect earlier this month and has – for the most part – brought peace to a small strip of war-torn southwestern Syria. But the accord is vulnerable. more...

20th July 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Hezbollah has ‘about 7,000 fighters’ in Syria, US says

Thomas Joscelyn

A newly released report by the State Department underscores the degree to which Iran and its terrorist proxies have expanded their footprint in Syria during the war. more...

19th July 2017 – Quoted by The Tower

Fmr. Israeli Security Chief: Iranian Land Corridor, Bases in Syria Biggest Threats to Israel

Jonathan Schanzer

Iran’s efforts to build a “direct corridor” from Baghdad to the Mediterranean Sea and further entrench itself militarily in Syria are two of Israel’s most pressing concerns, Israel’s former national security adviser said Monday. more...

18th July 2017 – Quoted by Max Boot - Commentary

Trump’s Naïveté on Display in Syria

Eric S. Edelman

In point of fact, the Syrian ceasefire agreement between the U.S. and Russia did nothing more than ratify a unilateral truce announced the previous week by the Syrian government in this area so that Bashar Assad could focus his hard-pressed forces on other parts of the country. more...

17th July 2017 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss what happens now that Mosul has been reclaimed, and what they next generation of the Islamic State might be. more...

14th July 2017 – Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - VOA News

Down But Not Out: West Faces Long War Against Islamic State

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

America's top envoy to the coalition battling the Islamic State, Brett McGurk, declared last month open season on the terror group's foreign recruits in the besieged northern Syrian city. more...

13th July 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

The terrorist diaspora: After the fall of the caliphate

Thomas Joscelyn

Thomas Joscelyn’s testimony before the House Homeland Security Committee’s Task Force on Denying Terrorists Entry into the United States. more...

12th July 2017 – WTOP

The National Security Podcast with JJ Green

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Behnam Ben Taleblu, senior Iran analyst at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, joins the program to break down the implications of IS group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadial-Baghdadi's status, his elusiveness and what happens after he and his so-called caliphate pass from the scene. more...

10th July 2017 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn discusses the US's successful push against the Islamic State in Raqqa. 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?