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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 – 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 – 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...

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...

12th April 2017 – New York Daily News

We can’t punish Syria and ignore Iran: Assad’s allies have been complicit in his crimes

Benjamin Weinthal

The Iranian regime’s role in enabling Syrian dictator Bashar Assad’s chemical attacks on civilians last week has sadly been ignored, in part because of Tehran’s accurate assertion that its forces were themselves the victims of nerve agent warfare during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War. more...

12th April 2017 – The Washington Times

The (limited) mission accomplished in Syria

Clifford D. May

If you’re still unsure about whether President Trump did the right thing when he launched 59 cruise missiles at Syria’s Shayrat air base last week, consider the alternative. more...

9th April 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: Syria policy must reflect the complex reality on the ground

Thomas Joscelyn

On the night of Apr. 6, the US opened a third air campaign in Syria, targeting Bashar al-Assad’s air force. The US has been bombing the Islamic State and select al Qaeda targets in Syria since 2014. But the Syrian regime, which is responsible for most of the civilian casualties in the country, was not hit with America’s air power until President Trump drew a new red line over Assad’s use of chemical weapons. more...

7th April 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

How a US citizen became a key player in the Islamic State’s rivalry with al Qaeda

Thomas Joscelyn

Ahmad Abousamra, a US citizen who graduated from the University of Massachusetts in Boston, became one of the Islamic State’s top propagandists and “chief editor” of its English-language magazine. His story is told in the the eighth edition of the Islamic State’s Rumiyah (“Rome”) magazine, which was released online in several languages earlier this week. He is identified as “Abu Sulayman ash-Shami” and “Shaykh Ahmad ‘Abdul-Badi’ Abu Samrah” in Rumiyah. The cover of the publication, seen above, features him. 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...

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...

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...

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

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...


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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?