Analysis & Commentary

22nd August 2013 - The Atlantic

How Syria’s Jihadists Win Friends and Influence People

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

As the mellifluous sounds of a jihadist nasheed -- an Islamic chant -- washed over the excited spectators, two lines of bearded salafists, including masked...

21st August 2013 - Quoted by Abdulrahman al-Masri and Louise Osborne, USA Today

Syria Opposition Claims Hundreds Dead in ‘Gas’ Attack

Tony Badran

Government forces loyal to President Bashar Assad have carried out a "poisonous gas" attack near the capital Damascus that has left hundreds dead...

5th August 2013 - The Atlantic

Iran’s ‘Moderate’ New President Still Supports Assad

Mark Dubowitz, Tony Badran

In Iran and abroad, the election of President Hassan Rouhani has created an atmosphere of optimism not seen since Mohammad Khatami's presidency, which...

31st July 2013 - House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa

The Iran-Syria Nexus and its Implications for the Region

Mark Dubowitz

Thank you for having this hearing specifically on the topic of the Iran-Syria nexus. The more we talk about Iran’s machinations in Syria as a window...

18th June 2013 - Commentary

Focus on Chemical Weapons in Syria

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Two and half years into the Syrian civil war, with 93,000 confirmed deaths and counting, more than 5 million displaced civilians (that’s 25 percent of the entire population)...

13th June 2013 - The Long War Journal

US to Arm Syrian Rebels After Chemical Weapons ‘Red Line’ is Crossed

Bill Roggio

After determining that President Bashir al Assad's regime crossed the "red line" by using chemical weapons, the Obama administration has decided to increase aid to Syrian...

12th June 2013 - Commentary

Neither Assad Nor the Jihadists

Emanuele Ottolenghi

After two years of assuming that while “Assad must go” there is no need for Western powers to do anything much to facilitate that outcome, recent events in Syria...

5th June 2013 - House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa

TESTIMONY: Washington’s Syria Policy

Tony Badran

As the Syrian uprising enters its third year, the terrible cost of the Assad’s regime war against the people of Syria is by now well known. Over 80,000 Syrians are dead, more than 1.5 million...

1st June 2013 - CTV News

News Update

Tony Badran

FDD's Tony Badran discusses recent attacks on Hezbollah inside Lebanon which may have come from Syrian rebels and Russia's support for Bashar al-Assad.

31st May 2013 - Politix

The Growing Role of Hezbollah in the Syrian Civil War

Tony Badran

The joint offensive of Hezbollah and Assad regime forces on the town of al-Qusayr in the Homs countryside in western Syria has been long in the making. Assad's forces, limited in manpower...

30th May 2013 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon and Tovah Lazaroff, The Jerusalem Post

Assad: Arab World Ready to Join Fight Against Israel

Jonathan Schanzer

Syrian President Bashar Assad told Al-Manar TV on Thursday that “there is pressure by the people to open a new front on the Golan.” “Even among the Arab world there is a clear...

29th May 2013 - The Long War Journal

Egyptian Jihadists Call for Attacks in Shiite Countries

Thomas Joscelyn

Twenty Egyptian jihadists have issued a statement calling upon Sunnis to launch attacks in Shiite-led countries in response to the Assad regime's offensive in Qusayr, a city in western Syria...

29th May 2013 - Quoted by Adam Kredo, The Washington Free Beacon

Hezbollah on the Move

Tony Badran

Iranian-backed Hezbollah forces are now leading the ground offensive in Syria on behalf of embattled President Bashar al-Assad, according to regional experts.

23rd May 2013 - NOW Lebanon

Hezbollah Slips in Qusayr

Tony Badran

It’s been five days since Hezbollah and Assad regime forces launched their joint offensive on the town of al-Qusayr in the Homs countryside. Hezbollah and regime media...

19th May 2013 - NOW Lebanon

Collision Course

Tony Badran

President Obama is on a collision course with his allies on Syria. As Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, France, and Britain call for more aggressive steps to topple Bashar al-Assad...

9th May 2013 - NOW Lebanon

Israel’s Strategic Clarity in Syria

Tony Badran

It was perhaps fitting that the multiple Israeli strikes in Damascus last week followed Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah’s address from Tehran. Nasrallah had warned last Tuesday...

9th May 2013 - Scripps Howard News Service

The Unbearable Lightness of Syria Policy

Clifford D. May

“Arming the rebels — that’s an option. You look at and rethink all options. It doesn’t mean you do or you will. . . . It doesn’t mean that the president has decided on anything.”

6th May 2013 - Commentary

Has Assad Already Lost Control of Syria’s Chemical Weapons?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

While the debate continues on the administration’s apparent slip of tongue that is causing some much confusion about President Obama’s Syria policy or rather, lack thereof...

6th May 2013 - CTV News

News Update

Clifford D. May

FDD's Clifford D. May says the Israelis aren't terribly worried of retaliation from Syria, but it is possible.

30th April 2013 - New York Daily News

America’s Inexcusable Inaction

Twenty-five years ago last month, the small, northern Iraqi town of Halabja became irrevocably associated with places like Auschwitz, Srebrenica and other sites of human depravity.


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