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29th April 2017 – Newsweek

Russia Risks a Showdown with Israel Over Hezbollah in Syria

Jonathan Schanzer

Back in 1967, Moscow shrugged when Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser closed the Straits of Tiran, cutting shipping routes to the Israeli port of Eilat—Israel’s only one in the Red Sea. Egyptian and Syrian troop movements on the Israeli border — coupled with Nasser’s fiery rhetoric threatening mass slaughter — paved the way for war. All the while, Moscow fed the Egyptians and Syrians erroneous information about Israeli troop movements. more...

28th April 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State battles rival jihadists for control of Yarmouk camp in southern Damascus

Thomas Joscelyn

Hay’at Tahrir al Sham (“Assembly for the Liberation of the Levant”) and the Islamic State have released competing propaganda claims from the Yarmouk camp in the southern part of Damascus this week. The two sides have battled each other for control of the camp, which was once home to more than 100,000 Syrians and Palestinian refugees, for more than two years. But the fighting continues to rage on. more...

27th April 2017 – Fox News

Fox News Digital

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD Senior VP Jonathan Schanzer discusses sanctions against Syria after chemical attack. more...

26th April 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Syria Chemical Weapons Sanctions Send Clear Message

Alex Entz

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on Monday designated 271 Syrians in response to Bashar al-Assad’s use of sarin nerve gas in the town of Khan Sheikhoun on April 4. more...

26th April 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Why the UK launched its first targeted drone strike ever

Thomas Joscelyn

On Aug. 21, 2015, the UK government launched its first targeted drone strike ever. The jihadist in the drone’s crosshairs was Reyaad Khan, a UK national who was remotely directing recruits to carry out terrorist attacks in his home country. Khan, also known as Abu Dujana al Hindi, was operating in the Islamic State’s de facto capital of Raqqa, Syria at the time. The UK had used unmanned aerial bombers in the past as part of larger military campaigns. But the 21-year-old Khan, pictured above, was the first jihadist to be specifically hunted in such a fashion. more...

24th April 2017 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran, Russia Boost Military Ties Amid U.S. Action In Syria

Boris Zilberman, Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran and Russia are moving closer together in their military alliance, working to boost ties and coordination in Syria and elsewhere in the region following the U.S. decision to launch a military strike in Syria, according to regional reports and experts. more...

23rd April 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Ayman al Zawahiri warns against ‘nationalist’ agenda in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda’s propaganda arm, As Sahab, released an audio message from emir Ayman al Zawahiri earlier today. The audio file, which was spliced together with images from the Sunni jihad in Syria, is just over six minutes long. It was released via social media, including on As Sahab’s Telegram channel. more...

20th April 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Ohio man pleads guilty to terror charges after posting Islamic State hit list

Thomas Joscelyn

Terrence McNeil, a 24 year-old man from Akron, Ohio, pleaded guilty to terror-related charges yesterday after authorities alleged that he posted an Islamic State hit list online. Prosecutors did not charge McNeil with plotting to commit an attack himself. Instead, he pleaded guilty to soliciting the murder of American military personnel. more...

20th April 2017 – Fox News

Syria’s chemical program: Rubio ‘gravely concerned’ about Iran & Russia complicity

Benjamin Weinthal

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio told Fox News he’s “gravely concerned” about Iran’s role in helping Syria develop its chemical warfare program that ended up killing dozens of people weeks ago. more...

18th April 2017 – Quoted by The Tower

Expert: Iran Played Key Role in Syria’s Chemical Weapons Program

Benjamin Weinthal

Iran was crucial in helping Syria develop its chemical weapons program, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies wrote Monday. “What the rapid-fire news cycle didn’t say early this month was that Tehran and Damascus jump-started a program to develop a sophisticated Syrian chemicals arsenal as early as 2004,” Benjamin Weinthal observed. more...

18th April 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Indonesian authorities hunt Islamic State operative’s cyber recruits

Thomas Joscelyn

On Mar. 30, the US Treasury Department designated Bahrun Naim, a senior Islamic State figure from Indonesia, as a terrorist. It was the latest in a series of US government designations targeting the self-declared caliphate’s network in Southeast Asia. more...

17th April 2017 – The Jerusalem Post

How Iran Enables Syria’s Chemical Warfare Against Civilians

Benjamin Weinthal

The 59 Tomahawk missiles the US fired at the Shayrat Air Base served to punish dictator Bashar Assad for his use of chemical weapons against civilians. more...

17th April 2017 – Fox News

Journal Editorial Report

Clifford D. May

FDD President and Founder Clifford D. May discusses the impact of US missile strikes in Syria, and the implications for US-Russia relations. more...

17th April 2017 – The Hill

Trump’s Syria strategy must target Assad’s chief protector: Iran

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The strikes ordered on April 6 by President Trump to respond to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons attack helped restore America’s credibility in the region after years of retreat. more...

16th April 2017 – Quoted by Josh Rogin - The Washington Post

Trump isn’t sure what to do next on Syria. Congress has some ideas.

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration is working hard to come up with a comprehensive strategy for Syria after striking the forces of Bashar al-Assad earlier this month. To that end, congressional leaders are preparing a new push to get their old ideas for pressuring the Syrian president, Russia and Iran to the president’s desk. more...

14th April 2017 – Quoted by Andrew C. McCarthy - PJ Media

Republican Congress AWOL on Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Where is the Republican-controlled Congress on Syria? By all accounts, it is busy cheerleading the president's firing of 59 Tomahawk missiles at a foreign sovereign -- an offensive attack that was unprovoked and unauthorized by Congress, rendering it unconstitutional. more...

14th April 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Reading Iran’s Reaction To US Missile Strikes In Syria

Behnam Ben Taleblu

On the evening of Thursday April 6, Washington time, President Donald Trump ordered the US military to respond to the Assad regime’s recent use of chemical weapons which had “choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children.” In so doing, the US launched 59 Tomahawk Land Attack Cruise Missiles at the Shayrat Airfield in Homs belonging to the Syrian government. The strikes, according to a Pentagon press statement, were delivered from two US destroyers stationed in the Eastern Mediterranean. According to a more recent Department of Defense evaluation, “20 percent of Syria’s operational aircraft” were wrecked by the strike. more...

14th April 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

State Department designates 2 Canadian citizens for joining jihadist groups

Thomas Joscelyn

The State Department announced yesterday (Apr. 13) that two Canadian citizens have been added to the US government’s list of designated terrorists. more...

13th April 2017 – Quoted by The Tower

Expert: Iran’s Defense of Assad Raises Questions About Its Own Chemical Weapons Program

Benjamin Weinthal

Iran’s support of the Syrian regime in the wake of a gas attack against civilians in northern Syria raises questions about its own chemical weapons program, a research fellow at the Foundation for Foundation of Democracies wrote Wednesday in the New York Daily News. more...

13th April 2017 – Fox News

The O’Reilly Factor

Clifford D. May

FDD's President Clifford D. May comments on the impact of recent Syria strikes and re-establishing US deterrence. 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?