The Syria Project

The Syria Project

Promoting Regime Change in Syria

Over the past two years, the Syrian Civil War has claimed an estimated 60,000 lives as the regime of Bashar al-Assad battles opposition groups to retain its hold on power. The Syrian National Coalition, a coalition of opposition organizations, is now considered by the Obama administration and many in Europe and the Middle East as the “legitimate representative” of the Syrian people.

FDD’s experts are in close contact with secular, liberal elements within the Syrian opposition and dissident communities to analyze the changing situation and operational environment, and to identify the optimum policy options.

Obama Tries to Pin his Syria Policy on Trump

17th November 2016 – Tablet Magazine

Obama Tries to Pin his Syria Policy on Trump

Tony Badran

Talking to reporters in Germany on Thursday, President Barack Obama expressed the hope that President-elect Donald Trump will be “willing to stand up to Russia where they are deviating from our values and international norms.” more...

Analysis & Commentary

14th November 2016 – Tablet Magazine

How the Syria Echo Chamber Works

Tony Badran

Over the past five-and-a-half years, the Obama White House has used the Syria echo chamber it created in the American press and on social media to defend and advance the president’s policy of nonintervention against the Assad regime. After the White House’s attempt to negotiate a deal to cooperate militarily with Russia in Syria fell apart last month, one of the administration’s most experienced Syria echo-chamber hands—Steven Simon—sprang into action. more...

10th November 2016 – Tablet Magazine

Taking Dictation From a Dictator

Tony Badran

Last week, Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, through his father-in-law’s organization in Britain, invited a number of correspondents for American media outlets—including The New York Times, the L.A. Times, The New Yorker and NPR—to attend a conference in Damascus, where they could meet with the great man and his aides. The regime was looking, in the words of The New Yorker’s Dexter Filkins, “to argue their case.” more...

3rd November 2016 – FDD's Long War Journal

Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s ‘grand jihad’ against the world

Thomas Joscelyn

For the first time in nearly a year, the Islamic State has released an audio message from its leader, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. The audio file was released online late yesterday by Al Furqan Establishment for Media Production, one of the group’s media arms. more...

2nd November 2016 – Quoted by Vivian Salama - Associated Press

US, Europe at odds over Revolutionary Guard-backed airline

Emanuele Ottolenghi

An Iranian airline, backed by the country's notorious Revolutionary Guard and used to ferry weapons and fighters to support Syria's government, has acquired rights to fly commercial routes in more than a dozen European and Asian countries in spite of U.S. terror-related sanctions. more...

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