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8th September 2016 – Fox News

Happening Now

Tony Badran

FDD senior fellow Tony Badran discusses the US and Russia in Syria. more...

7th September 2016 – The Long War Journal

Soleimani’s presence in Aleppo underscores strategy of crushing rebels

Amir Toumaj

Photos have emerged claiming that Major General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) elite foreign operations unit, the Qods Force, is in Aleppo, Syria. more...

6th September 2016 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State claims more than 700 suicide attacks since beginning of the year

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State claims to have executed 729 “martyrdom operations” in Iraq, Syria and Libya during the first eight months of 2016. more...

4th September 2016 – Fox News

America’s News HQ

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director, Mark Dubowitz, on the struggle behind the U.S.'s dealing with Putin in the attempt of reaching a ceasefire in Syria. more...

2nd September 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Understanding Israel’s Humanitarian Efforts in Southern Syria

John Cappello

Israel has so far been able to insulate itself from the devastating effects of the civil war in Syria, which has been raging since 2011. However, there is a growing understanding within the Israeli security establishment that the status quo is not sustainable and that Israel must reexamine its strategy. more...

30th August 2016 – Quoted by Clare Byrne - Agence France-Presse

Turkey’s operation in Syria fraught with risk: analysts

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey's week-old cross-border operation in Syria could become a drawn-out affair that stokes tensions with Washington if Ankara continues to take the fight to US-backed Kurdish fighters, analysts say. more...

30th August 2016 – New York Post

Team Obama’s appalling smugness on Syrian refugees

Jonathan Schanzer

State Department spokesman John Kirby sang the praises of President Obama’s Syria policy on Monday. And boy, was he tone deaf. more...

26th August 2016 – Quoted by Colin Clarke, Chad Serena - Reuters

Commentary: Why Syria’s war may be about to get even worse

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

How important is a name to a terrorist group’s identity? When the militant organization Nusra Front announced recently that it was calling itself something else, analysts had good reason to be skeptical about whether the new label really did signal a genuine break from its parent organization al Qaeda. In fact, it probably doesn’t matter. Even if symbolic, the mere rebranding of Nusra could be enough to prolong Syria’s civil war. more...

24th August 2016 – Sirius XM

The Arlene Bynon Show

Aykan Erdemir

FDD Senior Fellow Aykan Erdemir discusses Turkey's increased role in Syria. more...

21st August 2016 – Quoted by Linda Qiu - Punditfact

AP’s Julie Pace: Neither Trump nor Clinton has plan to address Syrian civil war

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Viral footage of a stunned 5-year-old boy covered in blood and debris from an airstrike in Aleppo have refocused the world’s attention on the Syrian civil war. more...

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

Syria ‘is being swallowed whole by its clients’: Assad may be losing control over his own militias

Tony Badran

Pro-regime militias that have thrived amid the chaos of Syria's five-year civil war are becoming increasingly powerful and prone to warlordism as the state rapidly loses its ability to reign them in, defense analysts say. more...

18th August 2016 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Boris Zilberman

FDD's Deputy Director of Congressional Relations Boris Zilberman discusses Russia using Iranian airbases in Iran. more...

16th August 2016 – The Long War Journal

Russian Air Force stations bombers in Iranian air base to strike in Syria

Amir Toumaj, Behnam Ben Taleblu

Russian defense officials confirmed on Tuesday that its warplanes are staging from an air base in Iran’s western province of Hamedan to launch sorties against jihadist and rebel groups in Syria. The confirmation follows yesterday’s report by the Arab outlet Al Masdar. more...

9th August 2016 – Quoted by Scott Lucas - The Conversation

American obsession with ‘al-Qaeda in Syria’ is making the conflict there worse

Thomas Joscelyn

The jihadist organisation Jabhat al-Nusra (aka the al-Nusra Front), involved in Syria’s civil war since 2012, announced in a video that it is formally detaching itself from al-Qaeda. The move, which had been negotiated for well over a year, was confirmed on July 28. more...

8th August 2016 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellows Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio discuss Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, al-Nusrah, and the bombings in Yemen. more...

28th July 2016 – Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

Syrian Rebel Realignment Likely as al-Qaida Leader Blesses Split

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Showing his face for the first time since his jihadist group was formed in 2012, the head of Syria's Jabhat al-Nusra, Abu Mohamad al-Jolani, announced that he was breaking ties with al-Qaida in remarks broadcast Thursday by Al-Jazeera news channel. more...

21st July 2016 – The New York Post

Syria just got worse than the ‘worst-case scenario’

Tony Badran

While the Republican National Convention was dominating headlines, the Obama administration’s management of the Syria crisis went from bad to worse. more...

20th July 2016 – Quoted by Stephen Kalin, Phil Stewart - Reuters

Mosul assault in focus two years after Islamic State takeover

Bill Roggio

When Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi pledged in December that Iraq would retake Islamic State's de facto capital Mosul by the end of 2016, the target was greeted with scepticism by Western allies and officials within his own government. more...

19th July 2016 – Quoted by Ben Watson - Defense One

Weapons of the Syrian War: Suicide Bombers

Jonathan Schanzer

The tactic is often used in offensive operations, just after an artillery barrage and before the advance of hundreds of foot soldiers. more...

19th July 2016 – Quoted by Katie Zavadski - The Daily Beast

U.S.-Backed ‘Moderate’ Rebels Behead a Child Near Aleppo

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Thomas Joscelyn

Members of an American-backed rebel group in Syria beheaded a young child in a grisly execution video. 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?