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.

A death in Damascus, a funeral in Beirut

18th May 2016 – The Washington Times

A death in Damascus, a funeral in Beirut

Clifford D. May

Five years ago, during the hopefully named Arab Spring, Syrians staged peaceful protests against the ruling dynasty that had long oppressed them. President Bashar al Assad responded brutally: In May 2011, he sent tanks into the suburbs of Damascus, Deraa, Homs and other cities to crush his critics. Civil war followed. more...

Analysis & Commentary

21st July 2016 – The New York Post

Syria just got worse than the ‘worst-case scenario’

Tony Badran

While the Republican National Convention was dominating headlines, the Obama administration’s management of the Syria crisis went from bad to worse. more...

19th July 2016 – Quoted by Katie Zavadski - The Daily Beast

U.S.-Backed ‘Moderate’ Rebels Behead a Child Near Aleppo

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Thomas Joscelyn

Members of an American-backed rebel group in Syria beheaded a young child in a grisly execution video. more...

12th July 2016 – Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

State Department officials are ‘baffled’ by John Kerry’s latest comments

Tony Badran

The State Department is reportedly trying to walk back comments that Secretary of State John Kerry made about Syria during an appearance in Aspen, Colorado, last month. more...

28th June 2016 – The Long War Journal

Jihadists and other rebels attack Syrian regime positions in Latakia province

Thomas Joscelyn

The jihadist-led Jaysh al Fateh (“Army of Conquest”) coalition and its allies launched a new assault on Syrian regime positions in the coastal province of Latakia on June 27. The offensive, named the “Battle of Yarmouk,” involves a mix of jihadists and fighters affiliated with the Free Syrian Army (FSA). more...

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