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28th June 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

Syrian Opposition: Assad Visited Iranian Chemical Weapons Facility

Benjamin Weinthal

A Syrian opposition website claimed on Wednesday that President Bashar al-Assad recently visited an Iranian-run chemical weapons and missile production facility, The Time of Israel reported.

19th June 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn discusses US air-to-air combat and Al-Qaeda, ISIS attack and Assad.

19th June 2017 - Quoted by Nahal Toosi - Politico

Trump still doesn’t have a strategy for dealing with Assad

Mark Dubowitz

With tensions escalating between the United States and Russia, the White House still has no larger strategy on how to deal with fresh conflicts sure to arise in parts of Syria once the Islamic State is pushed out.

12th June 2017 - Quoted by Alex Lockie - Business Insider

Trump is breaking all of Obama’s rules in Syria — and it seems to be working

Jonathan Schanzer

As US President Donald Trump enjoyed chocolate cake with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago in April, he ordered the military to do something his predecessor hadn't dared: directly strike Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime.

8th June 2017 - Quoted by Anna Ahronheim, Michael Wilner - The Jerusalem Post

What makes US-Israel Defense Ties so ‘Rock Solid’?

Jonathan Schanzer

Three years into his tenure as chief of staff of the Israeli military, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot has a "rock solid" relationship with his American counterpart, General Joseph Dunford, sources around the general say.

7th June 2017 - Quoted by Tim Hume - Vice News

Why ISIS Just Attacked Its “Mortal Enemy” Iran for the First Time

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for deadly gun and bomb attacks in the heart of Iran’s capital Wednesday that killed at least 12 and injured 42 more. The attacks represent ISIS’ first strike on Iranian soil, providing a significant morale boost for the Islamists and...

20th May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: Hezbollah redeploys forces after withdrawal from Syrian-Lebanese border positions

Last week, Hezbollah’s Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah gave a televised speech on Al-Manar on the anniversary of the assassination of the group’s commander, Mustafa Badreddine. In addition to his usual anti-Israel and anti-Saudi diatribes, Nasrallah announced the withdrawal of...

17th May 2017 - Quoted by Kimberly Dozier - The Daily Beast

U.S. Slaps New Sanctions on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration announced a series of punitive moves Wednesday against Iranian defense officials to send a signal that Iran’s ballistic missile program and support for terrorism won’t be tolerated, a senior administration official told The Daily Beast Tuesday.

16th May 2017 - Tablet Magazine

Assad’s Industrial Killing Machine

Tony Badran

On Monday, the State Department revealed that it possessed evidence that Syria’s Bashar al-Assad regime was operating an industrial crematorium at the Saydnaya military prison outside Damascus. Stuart Jones, acting assistant secretary for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, said that the...

16th May 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

German Neo-Nazi Party Builds Alliance with Assad and Hezbollah

Benjamin Weinthal

Stronger alliances are growing between the German neo-Nazi party Der Dritte Weg and the Assad regime, as well as the Syrian dictator’s strategic partner Hezbollah in Lebanon.

9th May 2017 - Tablet Magazine

The Lebanese Prime Minister Is Stuck, and He’s Improvising

Tony Badran

A high-level delegation of Lebanese politicians and bankers reportedly will visit Washington later this month to try and convince Congress to soften impending sanctions legislation designed to squeeze the Iranian proxy, Hezbollah. Already, there have been visitors from Lebanon in recent...

17th April 2017 - The Hill

Trump’s Syria strategy must target Assad’s chief protector: Iran

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The strikes ordered on April 6 by President Trump to respond to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons attack helped restore America’s credibility in the region after years of retreat.

12th April 2017 - New York Daily News

We can’t punish Syria and ignore Iran: Assad’s allies have been complicit in his crimes

Benjamin Weinthal

The Iranian regime’s role in enabling Syrian dictator Bashar Assad’s chemical attacks on civilians last week has sadly been ignored, in part because of Tehran’s accurate assertion that its forces were themselves the victims of nerve agent warfare during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War.

10th April 2017 - Quoted by Masood Farivar - Voice of America

Surgical Strikes Have Spotty History of Success

Bill Roggio

One-off surgical strikes like the kind carried out by the U.S. against the Syrian regime on Thursday have had a spotty record of effectiveness, raising questions over the latest assault’s ability to alter the course of the six-year-old Syrian conflict, according to military experts.

8th April 2017 - Quoted by Natalie Johnson - The Washington Free Beacon

Foreign Policy Experts Praise Trump’s Decision to Strike Assad Airbase

Jonathan Schanzer

The American military strike on a Syrian government airbase Thursday was lauded by foreign policy experts as a necessary and proportionate response to Syrian leader Bashar al Assad's chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians earlier in the week.

7th April 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Michael Ledeen

FDD's Michael Ledeen joins Mary Kissel to expand on his recent article covering Syria and the Assad regime.

7th April 2017 - Quoted by Tim Hume - Vice News

“Believed to be sarin and chlorine”

Bill Roggio

At least 58 people, including 11 children, were killed in a suspected chemical gas attack believed to have been conducted by Syrian government jets in the rebel-held province of Idlib early Tuesday, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and local health officials....

6th April 2017 - PJ Media

The Real War in ‘Syria’ and the Strategy for Long-Term Victory

Michael Ledeen

Of course I loathe Assad. And of course I despise the Obamans for that phony red line and the subsequent retreat-and-bogus-Russian-deal. But just carrying out vengeance against Assad isn’t good enough. It fails to address the central problem of our time: the global anti-American alliance....

6th April 2017 - Quoted by Alex Lockie - Business Insider

Trump is reportedly weighing military strikes on Syria — here are his options

Jonathan Schanzer

US President Donald Trump is reportedly considering military retaliation against Syrian President Bashar Assad after blaming him for a "heinous" chemical attack that killed at least 70 people, including at least a dozen children.

16th March 2017 - Fox News

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John Hannah

FDD senior counselor John Hannah comments on the Syrian civil war and the role of Assad.

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