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

25th May 2016 – Quoted by Louis Jacobsen - Politifact

Donald Trump’s Pants on Fire claim that US is letting in ‘tens of thousands’ of terrorists now

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Donald Trump has advocated for a "temporary" ban on Muslims coming into the United States to prevent any terrorists from crossing the border. But are there already tens of thousands of terrorists coming into the country now? That’s what he claimed in an interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly. more...

20th May 2016 – The Blaze

The Buck Sexton Show

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses radical jihadist groups and militias fighting in Syria on both sides of the ongoing civil war. more...

18th May 2016 – Quoted by Lisa Daftari - The Foreign Desk

Iran using commercial airliner to fly fighters, weapons to Syria

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Iran is using a commercial airliner with ties to the country’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to ferry fighters and weapons to Syria. more...

8th May 2016 – The Long War Journal

Ayman al Zawahiri discusses al Qaeda’s goal of building an Islamic emirate in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda has released a new audio message from Ayman al Zawahiri entitled, “Go Forth to the Levant.” Zawahiri is known for his long-winded lectures. By his standard, the new audio is mercifully short at just over ten minutes long. It was disseminated via social media yesterday. more...

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