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5th December 2013 – FDD Policy Brief

Saudi Clerics Endorse Jihadists in Syria

David Andrew Weinberg

A group of 72 preachers and religious scholars from Saudi Arabia published a petition yesterday endorsing the Islamic Front in Syria. The Islamic Front was formed... more...

4th December 2013 – NOW

Radical Rupture

Tony Badran

President Obama is overseeing a radical rupture with past American policy in the Middle East. Now that it has been confirmed that Washington has been... more...

28th November 2013 – The Long War Journal

Islamic Front Endorses Jihad, Says ‘the Muhajireen are Our Brothers’

Bill Roggio

The Islamic Front, a newly formed coalition of Syrian Islamist groups that cooperate with al Qaeda and is estimated at 45,000 fighters, released its charter... more...

28th November 2013 – The Jerusalem Post

Watchdog Says Syria Most Dangerous Country for Journalists

Benjamin Weinthal

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said on Tuesday that the civil war in Syria posed the greatest danger for working reporters in conflict areas. more...

27th November 2013 – The Long War Journal

ISIS Praises Slain Commander Who Fought in Iraq, Libya, and Syria

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, one of two official al Qaeda branches operating in Syria, praised a Libyan commander who had fought in Iraq and Libya... more...

27th November 2013 – The Long War Journal

Chechen-Led Group Swears Allegiance to Head of Islamic State of Iraq and Sham

Thomas Joscelyn

A Chechen-led group of fighters in Syria has sworn allegiance to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, who heads the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS), an official al... more...

20th November 2013 – FDD Policy Brief

The Iranian Embassy Bombing in Beirut: Many Questions Remain

Tony Badran

Two explosions targeted the Iranian Embassy in Beirut yesterday, killing at least 23 people, among them the Iranian cultural attaché, Hojatoleslam Ebrahim... more...

19th November 2013 – FDD Policy Brief

The Abdullah Azzam Brigades and the Attack on Iran’s Embassy in Beirut

The Abdullah Azzam Brigades (AAB), an al-Qaeda-linked group, announced today that its Hussein bin Ali Battalion was responsible for the double suicide... more...

18th November 2013 – The Weekly Standard

The Secret History of Hezbollah

Tony Badran

Thirty years ago last month, Hezbollah blew up the barracks of the U.S Marines and French paratroopers stationed at the Beirut airport, killing 241 U.S. servicemen and 58 Frenchmen. more...

15th November 2013 – The Long War Journal

Palestinian From Gaza Reportedly Killed Fighting for ISIS Near Aleppo

A Palestinian from the Gaza Strip has reportedly died fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) in Syria. Amer Abu Ghoula is said to have died... more...

14th November 2013 – NOW

Obama Knows Best

Tony Badran

America’s allies are troubled. At the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program that took place in Geneva last week, the US administration came close to giving... more...

12th November 2013 – Fox News

Evander Holyfield Joins Fight for Reeling Syrian Refugees

Benjamin Weinthal

Former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield and a 1960s rocker-turned-humanitarian are taking off the gloves to help Syrian refugees make a new... more...

8th November 2013 – NOW

Parting Ways

Tony Badran

During his trip to Saudi Arabia on Monday, US Secretary of State John Kerry sought to offer public reassurances to the Kingdom and minimize the perception... more...

7th November 2013 – Scripps Howard News Service

The Jihad According to Rand Paul

Clifford D. May

Last month, at the Values Voter Summit, a gathering of conservative activists from around the country, Senator Rand Paul gave a speech on what he called... more...

31st October 2013 – Standpoint

Netanyahu, Syria and the Spanish Civil War

Emanuele Ottolenghi

While waiting to hear Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's much anticipated UN speech in September, I read a brilliant essay, "Islamists Assemble", by Michael Weiss on the news website Now Lebanon. more...

25th October 2013 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Denies Emir Killed By Syrian Troops

Bill Roggio

The Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, one of two official al Qaeda branches in Syria, denied a report by Syrian state-run television that its emir... more...

25th October 2013 – CNN

Saudi Arabia, Qatar May Be Playing Dangerous Game Over Syria Rebels

David Andrew Weinberg

Saudi Arabia and Qatar have been working overtime arming rebel groups in Syria. But events of the last month suggest these American allies have been... more...

24th October 2013 – Commentary

The Bizarro Doctrine

Jonathan Schanzer

American foreign policy in the Middle East has now entered Bizarro World–a place made humorously famous by comedian Jerry Seinfeld, describing a parallel... more...

22nd October 2013 – FDD Policy Brief

The Volgograd Suicide Bombing in Context

Boris Zilberman

A female suicide bomber carried out an attack in the southern Russian city of Volgograd on Monday, killing 6 and injuring 33 civilians on a commuter bus. more...

21st October 2013 – The Long War Journal

ISIS Fighter From Kosovo Praises Jihad in Syria

Bill Roggio

A jihadist from Kosovo recently appeared on a video from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (or Levant), one of al Qaeda's two main branches in Syria... more...


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John Hannah

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Tony Badran

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Toby Dershowitz

Vice President, Government Relations and Strategy


7th February 2014 - 12:00 PM

The Levant Unraveling: How the Crisis in Syria is Impacting the Region

A Conversation with Jonathan Spyer, Tony Badran, Michael Doran, Oubai Shahbandar and John Hannah

How has Assad’s strategy evolved? With various factions and stakeholders pitted against each other, how are the competing endgames and tactics of groups like ISIS and Nusra impacting the dynamic of the conflict? How are the reverberations from the ever-bloodier conflict in Syria being felt far beyond its borders in Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan and the Palestinian territories? What will the Montreux talks mean for Syria and the path forward for the international community? How are Iran and Hezbollah influencing the conflict and altering the situation on the ground? What is the way forward?

5th February 2014 - 12:00 PM

Understanding al Qaeda and its Affiliates: A Global Threat or JV Squad?

A Conversation with Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Bruce Hoffman, Thomas Joscelyn and Jonathan Schanzer

Speaking about organizations claiming allegiance to al Qaeda, President Barack Obama stated that "if a JV team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn't make them Kobe Bryant." The president’s remarks have sparked yet another debate about whether al Qaeda is weakened, whether it is resurgent, or whether it was ever weakened in the first place.  Has the Arab Spring spawned a surge in jihadism? Are these organizations taking advantage of the new environment in the region, or is the expansion of jihadist groups largely independent of the revolutions? How well is Washington’s current approach to al Qaeda working? If the group is growing despite U.S. efforts, how do we put our policies on the right track?