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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...

29th September 2016 – CNN

New Day

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross on Russia, U.S. and Peace talks in Syria. more...

28th September 2016 – The Long War Journal

US lists Italian rapper turned Islamic State jihadist as global terrorist

Bill Roggio

The State Department added Anas El Abboubi, an Italian-born rapper who doubles as a jidhadist fighting for the Islamic State in Syria, to the US government’s list of specially designated global terrorists earlier today. Abboubi was briefly in Italian custody in June 2013, but fled to Syria after he was released. more...

28th September 2016 – The Washington Times

Coming to America

Clifford D. May

Millions of people want to come to America. Actually, it’s tens of millions or perhaps hundreds of millions. Some Americans believe our borders should be open — that everyone has a “right” to live in the United States. That seems to me both mistaken and impractical. more...

26th September 2016 – Quoted by the Office of House Speaker Ryan

Why does the White House oppose bipartisan Syrian sanctions?

Mark Dubowitz

Last week, Speaker Ryan called out the Obama administration for pressuring House Democrats to abandon a bipartisan bill to sanction the Syrian regime. more...

25th September 2016 – Quoted by Kristina Peterson - The Wall Street Journal

Calls to Expand U.S. Sanctions on Syria’s Assad Grow Louder

Mark Dubowitz

Momentum is growing on Capitol Hill for new sanctions against supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, as many lawmakers’ patience with the Obama administration’s approach wears thin following the collapse of the latest cease-fire agreement. more...

24th September 2016 – The Long War Journal

Terror plots in Germany, France were ‘remote-controlled’ by Islamic State operatives

Thomas Joscelyn

On July 18, an Afghan refugee named Riaz Khan (also known as “Muhammad Riyad”) assaulted passengers on a train in Würzburg, Germany with an ax and a knife. Nearly one week later, on July 24, a Syrian refugee identified as Mohammad Daleel blew himself up outside of a music festival in the German city of Ansbach. more...

22nd September 2016 – Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

Turkey Exerts New Influence in Syria

Merve Tahiroglu

More than five years of relentless war have fragmented Syria like a jigsaw puzzle. The task of reassembling the pieces increasingly seems to rest not with Western policymakers, Gulf princes or Iranian ayatollahs but with Russia and now Turkey, some diplomatic observers say. more...

21st September 2016 – Tablet Magazine

Obama’s Syria Policy Striptease

Tony Badran

America’s settled policy of standing by while half a million Syrians have been killed, millions have become refugees, and large swaths of their country have been reduced to rubble is not a simple “mistake,” as critics like Nicholas D. Kristof and Roger Cohen have lately claimed. more...

16th September 2016 – The Long War Journal

US military kills Islamic State’s ‘Minister of Information’

Bill Roggio

The US military announced today that it killed the Islamic State’s “Minister of Information” and central shura member in an airstrike near Raqqah, the jihadist group’s capital in Syria, ten days ago. more...

13th September 2016 – Foreign Policy

Russia’s Middle East Offensive

John Hannah

Even before Russian bombers launched strikes into Syria from an Iranian air base last month, it was clear that one of President Barack Obama’s more dubious foreign policy legacies would be the resurrection of Moscow’s great power status in the Middle East. more...

10th September 2016 – Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

Obama’s big deal to work with Russia on Syria, explained

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Thomas Joscelyn

Late on Friday, the United States and Russia came to a massively important agreement: After months of seemingly failed negotiations, they agreed to a joint plan for ending the war in Syria. more...

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Events

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?