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

21st August 2015 – The Arab Weekly

Iran’s Mounting Losses in Syria Point to Build-Up

Ali Alfoneh

Hardly a week passes without Iranian media coverage of funeral and memorial services held across the Islamic Re­public for Iranian, Iraqi, Afghan and Pakistani fighters killed in Syria.The rising casualty toll is a graph­ic indication of how, despite Tehran denials, Iran’s direct involvement in the 4-1/2-year-old conflict is growing. more...

21st August 2015 – Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

US Claims Airstrike Kills Islamic State’s Second-in-Command

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

U.S. airstrikes raining on Iraq and Syria appear to have killed another top leader of the group known as the Islamic State. Officials said Friday the man thought to be the Islamic State’s second-in-command, Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali, was killed August 18 while traveling near the Iraqi city of Mosul. An Islamic State media operative known as Abu Abdullah also was killed. more...

14th August 2015 – Quoted by Scott Canon - The Kansas City Star

Ammo Made in Independence Ends Up with ‘Islamic State’ Fighters

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

When a fighter with the self-described Islamic State pulls the trigger in a gun battle with an American ally, there’s a chance he’ll unleash a bullet manufactured in suburban Kansas City for U.S. troops. Experts say battlefield victories virtually assured that the jihadists would restock their arsenals with captured firepower made at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in northeast Independence. more...

13th August 2015 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Hillary Clinton Blames Syria Policy for Rise of Islamic State

Jonathan Schanzer

From the Republican opposition research firm America Rising, we get this portion of Hillary Clinton’s interview on Univision: You know, ISIS is a phenomenon and ISIS came out of the terrible turmoil in Syria. 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