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21st August 2017 – Quoted by Seth J. Frantzman - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: US Strategy Is Missing On Iran’s ‘Land Bridge’

Jonathan Schanzer

Over the last several months the notion that Iran is trying to construct a land bridge or corridor of power from Tehran, via Baghdad and Damascus, to Beirut, has gained traction. more...

21st August 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: The Syrian regime’s offensive towards Deir Ezzor

Alexandra N. Gutowski

A complete US withdrawal from Afghanistan would have been disastrous. The US government needs to drastically reassess America’s jihadist enemies and avoid the policy pitfalls of the past. more...

17th August 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State explosives expert, security official designated as terrorists

Thomas Joscelyn

The US State Department announced today that Islamic State leaders Ahmad Alkhald and Abu Yahya al-Iraqi have been named specially designated global terrorists. Alkhald was the "explosives chief" for the "terrorist cell" that carried out Nov. 2015 assault in Paris and the Mar. 2016 Brussels bombings. Al-Iraqi "oversees ISIS security in Iraq and Syria." more...

17th August 2017 – Quoted by The Jerusalem Post

Iran’s Great Game

Mark Dubowitz

The real Iranian threat today is through proxies and influence in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. more...

16th August 2017 – Seth J. Frantzman - The Jerusalem Post

‘Iran Building Missile Factory In Syria’

Jonathan Schanzer

Report showing construction is ‘significant development’ that poses dilemma for Israel’s response. more...

16th August 2017 – Quoted by The Tower

Report: Iran Smuggling Weapons to Syria in Violation of UN Resolution

Iran is shipping arms to Russia via a smuggling route into Syria, which would violate the terms of United Nations Security Council resolution 2231, which implemented the 2015 nuclear deal, according to Western intelligence agencies. more...

11th August 2017 – Quoted by Alex Rowell - The Daily Beast

Hezbollah Sucks the U.S. Into Its Own War on ISIS

Tony Badran

The Pentagon says it’s absolutely opposed to cooperation with terrorist-branded Hezbollah, but Hezbollah’s leader says the facts on the ground speak for themselves. more...

8th August 2017 – Quoted by Tim Hume and Nick Miriello - VICE News

Al Qaeda is Thriving in Syria’s Chaos

Thomas Joscelyn

In the shadow of ISIS’ barbaric rise in Syria and Iraq, another familiar terror group is experiencing a quiet renaissance: al Qaeda. more...

8th August 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

IRGC-controlled militia accuses US of strike to hide Islamic State raid near Syrian border

Amir Toumaj

The Seyyed al Shuhada Brigades, an Iraqi-Shiite militia controlled by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), claimed yesterday that its forces came under fire from American artillery shells in the vicinity of Jamouna, Syria. more...

7th August 2017 – Quoted by Aymenn jawad Al-Tamimi - The American Spectator

Syria: Assessing the CIA Program

Thomas Joscelyn

There’s more to success in the region than assessing who’s “moderate” and who is not. more...

7th August 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

U.S.-Russian Cooperation in Syria Will Fail Without U.S. Leverage

David Adesnik

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stated last week that the U.S. has “chosen the theater in Syria as a place in which we test our ability to work together” with the Russians. This strategy is at odds with two core objectives of U.S. policy toward Syria, as defined by Tillerson: the replacement of the Assad regime and the end of “the direct presence of Iranian military forces inside Syria,” including proxies. more...

4th August 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Australia disrupts ‘sophisticated’ plot directed by the Islamic State

Thomas Joscelyn

The Australian government has provided more details about a “sophisticated” Islamic State plot that was disrupted late last month. 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...


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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?