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6th December 2017 – Quoted by Daniel Byman - Lawfare

An al-Qaeda Setback in Syria?

Thomas Joscelyn

Unheralded amid the recent political chaos in Washington and upheavals in the Middle East was a potential bit of good news: revelations that the al-Qaeda core’s split from its Syrian affiliate did not resemble a gentle parting but rather an acrimonious divorce. The revelations, which emerged from a statement by a senior Syrian jihadist, a public chastisement from Ayman Zawahiri, and then and a back-and-forth involving various jihadists in Syria, suggests that al-Qaeda wields less influence than previously feared and that U.S. efforts to isolate al-Qaeda in Syria are bearing some fruit. more...

6th December 2017 – Quoted by Eleena Frisco - Tribu Magazine

Damascus accuses Israel of coordinating airstrikes with ‘terrorists’

David Adesnik

Arab media reported that Israeli warplanes struck the Jamarya military installation and research center on the outskirts of Damascus overnight; this, just days after the destruction of an Iranian weapons facility near the Syrian capital was attributed to Israel. more...

25th November 2017 – Quoted by Natalie Johnson - The Washington Free Beacon

Experts: Trump Must Detail a Clear Syria Strategy to Block Iranian Influence Post-ISIS

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

As the Trump administration winds down the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Iran is gearing up to expand its territorial gains in the region, stoking concern among U.S. allies and partners. more...

13th November 2017 – Quoted by Mosaic Magazine

Has Donald Trump Lost Syria to Iran?

John Hannah

Three weeks ago, the White House released an official strategy for checking the Islamic Republic’s growing influence in the Middle East. more...

13th November 2017 – Quoted by Joel Gehrke - The Washington Examiner

Turkey’s Erdogan: US, Russia should leave Syria

Aykan Erdemir

American and Russian military forces should withdraw from Syria, according to the leader of a key NATO ally. more...

25th October 2017 – Quoted by Hollie McKay - Fox News

Rebuilding Raqqa: Should U.S taxpayers pay to rebuild the ruined former ISIS stronghold?

Tony Badran

The fall of the final ISIS stronghold of Raqqa – the terror group’s self-declared caliphate capital – by the Kurdish-led, U.S-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) last week has heralded much celebration. more...

20th October 2017 – Quoted by Jeff Daniels - CNBC

CIA director: ISIS still ‘enormous threat’ despite group’s battlefield setbacks

CIA Director Mike Pompeo on Thursday said ISIS remains an "enormous threat" despite setbacks the terror group has suffered on the battlefield, including being driven from the group's self-declared capital of Raqqa. more...

18th October 2017 – Quoted by Thomas Watkins - Agence France Presse

After Raqa, what’s next for the US military in Syria

John Hannah

The Islamic State group's defeat in Raqa, their de facto Syrian capital, raises a thorny question for the US forces that have been training and arming the victorious local fighters: What comes next? more...

16th September 2017 – Quoted by Kathy Gannon - The Associated Press

Iran recruits Afghan and Pakistani Shiites to fight in Syria

Amir Toumaj

Thousands of Shiite Muslims from Afghanistan and Pakistan are being recruited by Iran to fight with President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in Syria, lured by promises of housing, a monthly salary of up to $600 and the possibility of employment in Iran when they return, say counterterrorism officials and analysts. more...

12th September 2017 – Quoted by Bozorgmehr Sharafedin and Ellen Francis - Reuters

Iran Strikes Deal With Syria to Repair Power Grid

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Iran signed deals with Damascus on Tuesday to repair Syria's power grid, state media said, a potentially lucrative move for Tehran that points to a deepening economic role after years of fighting in the Syrian conflict. more...

11th September 2017 – Quoted by Sean Savage - Jewish News Service

Syrian airstrike shows Israel’s resolve against Hezbollah

Tony Badran

A recent purported Israeli airstrike against a Syrian chemical weapons facility has added another layer of complexity to an already combustible situation in Syria. more...

1st September 2017 – Quoted by Tom Rogan - The Washington Examiner

How the US military is trolling ISIS

Thomas Joscelyn

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30th August 2017 – Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - VOA News

Syrian Conflict Endgame Presents Dizzying Picture of Temporary Deals

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The latest phase in the long-running Syrian conflict is presenting a dizzying picture of strange bedfellows and temporary battlefield deals as sectarian groups, President Bashar al-Assad and overseas powers, including the United States, Russia and Iran, maneuver to gain an edge or to steer the war to a resolution. more...

24th August 2017 – Quoted by Benny Avni - The New York Post

Meet the new Axis of Evil

Mark Dubowitz

Riddle me this: Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, who’s broke, buys chemical weapons from North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, who needs the cash. So who foots the bill? more...

24th August 2017 – Quoted by Joe Barnes - Express

North Korea shipping weapons of mass destruction to Syria is ‘NIGHTMARE scenario’

Jonathan Schanzer

North Korea had two shipments destined for the Syrian government agency responsible for chemical weapons intercepted in the past six months, according to a United Nations security council report more...

24th August 2017 – Quoted by Ellie Cambridge - The Sun

North Korea is sending ‘chemical weapons and missiles’ to Syria, UN reveals

Jonathan Schanzer

A United Nations report chillingly confirmed the shipments were on their way to an agency responsible for the country's chemical weapons program more...

23rd August 2017 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran Caught Shipping Soldiers to Syria on Commercial Flights in Violation of Nuclear Deal

New photographs obtained by congressional leaders show Iran shipping militant soldiers to Syria on commercial airline flights, a move that violates the landmark nuclear agreement and has sparked calls from U.S. lawmakers for a formal investigation by the Trump administration, the Washington Free Beacon has learned. more...

23rd August 2017 – Quoted by Adam Abrams - Jewish News Service

Netanyahu to Putin: Iran seeks to ‘annihilate Israel,’ control Syria and the region

Jonathan Schanzer

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin Wednesday in the Russian resort town of Sochi to discuss how Iran’s “accelerated” presence in Syria threatens the Jewish state and the Middle East. more...

21st August 2017 – Quoted by Albawaba

Iran’s Land Bridge: A Fait Accompli Along The Iraqi-Syria border?

Jonathan Schanzer

The only country capable of stopping or interdicting that corridor is the United States. Although Europe and Israel and others may play a role, the power and treasure that the US possesses makes it the sole country that could stop up the various linchpins that Iran needs to complete its goal. However, the US is not going to act, not yet at least. more...

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...

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