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

31st July 2015 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda’s Branch in Syria Says it Captured US-backed Rebels

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, has released a statement claiming that it has captured US-trained rebels belonging to a group called “Division 30.” The statement, seen below, was released today on one of the group’s official Twitter feeds. more...

30th July 2015 – Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

Map: ISIS Has Lost 9.4 Percent of Its Territory This Year

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

SIS has lost almost 10 percent of its territory so far in 2015, yet another indication that the group, for all the terror it has sown in Syria and Iraq, is losing the war. Defense analysis group IHS Jane's 360 detailed the territorial loss in a report, which includes this map below estimating the change in ISIS's territory between January 1 and June 29 of this year. more...

28th July 2015 – The Long War Journal

Jihadist-led Coalition Launches New Offensive Against Assad Regime in Strategic Plain

Thomas Joscelyn

Jaysh al Fateh (the “Army of Conquest”), a coalition of anti-Assad forces that overran much of the Idlib province earlier this year, has launched a new offensive against the Assad regime. The jihadist-led alliance is using its stronghold in Idlib to push south into the Al Ghab plain, which is considered strategically important for both the Syrian government and its opposition. more...

23rd July 2015 – Quoted Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

ISIS Incorporated: See How the Terror Network is Raising Millions in Sophisticated Scheme

Thomas Joscelyn

They’re known for the grisly, videotaped mass beheadings of Christians and other enemies, but the jihadis running the Islamic State are doing far more than that. 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