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7th April 2017 – Quoted by Matt Kwong - CBC News

Missile attack on Syria might be ‘win-win’ for embattled Trump

Jonathan Schanzer

The impact globally likely won't be known for hours or days. Not until the sun comes up and the dust lifts near the Shayrat airbase in the civil war-scarred country's west, where more than 50 Tomahawk missiles struck Thursday night at the directive of U.S. President Donald Trump. more...

7th April 2017 – Quoted by Tim Hume - Vice News

“Believed to be sarin and chlorine”

Bill Roggio

At least 58 people, including 11 children, were killed in a suspected chemical gas attack believed to have been conducted by Syrian government jets in the rebel-held province of Idlib early Tuesday, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and local health officials. more...

6th April 2017 – Quoted by Bill Powell - Newsweek

The Risks of Trump’s Strike on Assad in Syria

Jonathan Schanzer

In light of President Donald Trump's decision to launch missiles at Syrian military targets on Thursday in response to a sarin gas attack on civilians, here’s a window into the complexity on the ground in Syria. more...

6th April 2017 – Quoted by Anita Kumar, Vera Bergengruen, Franco Ordonez - McClatchy Washington Bureau

U.S. strikes Syrian airbase as Trump signals an end to patience with Assad

Jonathan Schanzer

The U.S. military launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield on Thursday, President Donald Trump’s first major military action since taking office. more...

6th April 2017 – PJ Media

The Real War in ‘Syria’ and the Strategy for Long-Term Victory

Michael Ledeen

Of course I loathe Assad. And of course I despise the Obamans for that phony red line and the subsequent retreat-and-bogus-Russian-deal. But just carrying out vengeance against Assad isn’t good enough. It fails to address the central problem of our time: the global anti-American alliance. more...

6th April 2017 – Quoted by Alex Lockie - Business Insider

Trump is reportedly weighing military strikes on Syria — here are his options

Jonathan Schanzer

US President Donald Trump is reportedly considering military retaliation against Syrian President Bashar Assad after blaming him for a "heinous" chemical attack that killed at least 70 people, including at least a dozen children. more...

6th April 2017 – Quoted by Matt Kwong - CBC News

‘Beyond a red line’: Syria attack tests Trump’s changing foreign-policy attitude

Jonathan Schanzer

Donald Trump's words seemed to be spiked with an implicit threat, one that would signal a sharp turnaround for a president keen to keep America out of messy world affairs. more...

2nd April 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Qassem Soleimani reportedly spotted in Syria’s Hama province

Amir Toumaj

A photo surfaced on Friday claiming to show Major General Qassem Soleimani, chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) extraterritorial branch aka the Qods Force, in the northern countryside of Syria’s central province of Hama. Meanwhile, a senior Guard commander and two Iranians have been announced killed in Syria. more...

30th March 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

EU Delists Syrian Tycoon, Highlighting Global Sanctions Pitfalls

Yaya J. Fanusie, Alex Entz

The European Union’s second-highest court nullified sanctions last week on a businessman with Syrian and Russian citizenship for his role in aiding both the Islamic State (IS) and the Assad regime. more...

30th March 2017 – Quoted by Tim Hume - Vice News

“A lot more civilians are dying”

Bill Roggio

While on the campaign trail in late 2015, Donald Trump pledged to “bomb the shit” out of ISIS if he became president. Now, a couple of months after he took office, reports of civilian deaths from U.S. strikes in Syria and Iraq have hit an all-time high. Why exactly that is, however, remains unclear. more...

29th March 2017 – Quoted by Matthew RJ Brodsky - The Algemeiner

Will America’s Inaction in Syria Help Lead to an Israeli-Hezbollah War?

Tony Badran

That’s the question that many analysts are grappling with in the wake of recent escalations, including an Israeli strike inside Syria that targeted a weapons shipment meant for Hezbollah. more...

28th March 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

IRGC members killed in Syria’s Hama province

Amir Toumaj

At least two Iranians have been killed in combat in the central Syrian province of Hama, according to Iranian officials. The Assad regime and its allies are attempting to counter a major insurgent offensive, which was launched earlier this month in the northern part of the province. more...

27th March 2017 – Quoted by Matt Brodsky - The Hill

Prepare for battle: Israel, Hezbollah on the path to war

Tony Badran

That’s the question many analysts are grappling with in the wake of recent escalations involving an Israeli strike inside Syria that targeted a weapons shipment meant for Hezbollah. more...

24th March 2017 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Saeed Ghasseminejad

FDD associate fellow Saeed Ghasseminejad discusses Iran depopulating Syria and colonizing it with Shia from Lebanon and Afghanistan. more...

24th March 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Assad regime bolstered in Hama province by Iranian-controlled Iraqi militia

Amir Toumaj

The Tehran-controlled Iraqi militia Harakat al Nujaba announced today that it is joining pro-Syrian regime forces in the battle raging in Hama province. Earlier this week, jihadists, Islamists and Free Syrian Army-branded rebels launched an offensive in the northern Hama countryside. This followed a separate battle that began in eastern Damascus, where Harakat al Nujaba has also deployed. more...

24th March 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: Insurgents launch major offensive against Assad regime in Hama province

Thomas Joscelyn

Insurgent organizations — including jihadists, Islamists and rebel groups affiliated with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) — launched a large-scale offensive against Bashar al Assad’s regime in Hama province earlier this week. The battle began on Mar. 21, when the insurgents assaulted more than a dozen towns and villages north of the city of Hama. more...

23rd March 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

IRGC-controlled Iraqi militia deploys to eastern Damascus battle

Amir Toumaj

The Tehran-controlled Iraqi militia Harakat al Nujaba has announced its participation in a battle raging east of Damascus, joining pro-regime forces in the Jobar and Abbasin districts. Earlier this week, jihadists, Islamists and rebels affiliated with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) launched a surprise offensive in the eastern outskirts of the Syrian capital. The al Qaeda-led joint venture Haya’t Tahrir al Sham has a significant role in the insurgent assault and launched several suicide bombings early on in the battle. more...

21st March 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Israel carries out two strikes against Assad Regime, Hezbollah targets in Syria

David Daoud

In the wake of threats by Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, the Israel Air Force (IAF) carried out two strikes against Assad regime and Hezbollah targets in Syria on Sunday and early Monday morning. These latest airstrikes come only two days after an IAF raid on Hezbollah weapons shipments in Palmyra, and seemingly as a response to an attempt by the Syrian Air Defense Forces (SADF) to shoot down the attacking Israeli jets. more...

20th March 2017 – Quoted by Adam Abrams - JNS.org

Jordan’s approach on terrorists brings ties with Israel into question

Jonathan Schanzer

On the surface, Israel and Jordan appear to have peaceful, productive and sometimes even friendly relations. Their 1994 peace treaty and deepening economic ties—including a 15-year, $10 billion natural gas deal inked in 2016—seem to indicate that all is well between the neighbors. more...

19th March 2017 – The Cipher Brief

After Nuclear Deal, Iran Looks to Profit in Syria

Tony Badran, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iran’s powerful, ideological military force, is one of the country’s most influential institutions, with major stakes in key sectors of the economy and supervision of Tehran’s vast network of militias and terrorist proxies in conflicts throughout the Middle East. 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?