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.

Not Quiet on the Northern Front

11th March 2014 – New York Daily News

Not Quiet on the Northern Front

Benjamin Weinthal

The disintegration of the Syrian state into warring enclaves is bringing with it new challenges and threats for Israel. Alarm bells have now been sounded on Israel'’... more...

Analysis & Commentary

1st July 2015 – Quoted by Orhan Coskun and Ercan Gurses - Reuters

Talk of Syria Action May be Erdogan’s Latest Gambit to Pressure the West

Jonathan Schanzer

Alarmed by Syrian Kurds' advances against Islamic State, and irked by Western reluctance to tackle Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, President Tayyip Erdogan has once again raised the prospect of a Turkish military intervention in Syria. more...

29th June 2015 – Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

Is ISIS’s Capital City Under Threat?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

ISIS is in trouble: Kurdish forces have advanced to within 35 miles of the Syrian city of Raqqa, the Islamic State's capital. more...

29th June 2015 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Celebrates 9/11 Attacks in New Video

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, has released a 43-minute documentary titled, “The Heirs of Glory.” The video tells the history of Islam from Al Nusrah’s perspective, culminating in video footage of the 9/11 attacks and audio clips from Osama bin Laden’s speeches. more...

26th June 2015 – NOW Lebanon

Not Fooling Anyone

Tony Badran

The agitation in the Druze community in Israel over the situation of their coreligionists in Syria turned bloody on Monday. A Druze mob near Majdal Shams attacked a military ambulance carrying wounded Syrians for treatment in Israel, killing one of them and critically injuring another, while also lightly injuring two Israeli soldiers. The deadly attack followed another attempted assault earlier in the day in the town of Hurfeish in the Galilee. more...

From the Hill:
In the News

17th December 2013 – Reuters

West Signals to Syrian Opposition Assad May Stay

30th September 2013 – Reuters

Amid Rare Unity, UN Security Council Mulls Action on Syria Aid

29th September 2013 – The New York Times

Swift Movement Is Seen on Syria After UN Action

16th September 2013 – The Wall Street Journal

Suspected Recruiter of Jihadists Arrested in Spain

16th September 2013 – Reuters

Turkish Warplanes Shoot Down Syrian Helicopter

10th September 2013 – The New York Times

Obama Delays Syria Strike to Focus on a Russian Plan

8th September 2013 – The Wall Street Journal

Obama Hones Pitch on Syria As Opposition Rises at Home

4th September 2013 – The Wall Street Journal

Senate Panel Backs Use of Force Against Syria

28th August 2013 – The New York Times

Strike on Syria Would Lead to Retaliation on Israel, Iran Warns

28th August 2013 – The New York Times

Britain to Press UN Members to Authorize Action in Syria