Analysis & Commentary

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.

29th April 2013 - Fox News

Happening Now

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's Jonathan Schanzer discusses the potential use of chemical weapons in Syria and the need for US action.

25th April 2013 - NOW Lebanon

Assad Reading the Signs

Tony Badran

On Monday, the pro-Assad regime Lebanese newspaper As-Safir reported that Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad hosted a large delegation of loyalist Lebanese parties in Damascus.

25th April 2013 - National Review Online

The Syrian Conundrum

Clifford D. May

President Obama warned the Assad regime not to use chemical weapons against the rebels. To do so, he said, would be to cross a “red line.” So now that it’s been crossed the consequences are . . . unclear.

18th April 2013 - NOW Lebanon

Protracted Syria War Not in US Interests

Tony Badran

Thirty years ago today, at Iran’s behest and supported by Hafez al-Assad’s regime, Hezbollah attacked the US embassy in Beirut, killing 63 people. The embassy bombing, which took place...

22nd March 2013

FDD Applauds Bipartisan Syria Legislation

During the week marking the two year anniversary of the crisis in Syria, Congress introduced two bills that could potentially change the situation on the ground: The Syria Democratic Transition Act of 2013 and the Free Syria Act of 2013.

20th March 2013 - The Long War Journal

Swedish Jihadist Killed in Syria While Fighting for the Muhajireen Brigade

Bill Roggio

A Swedish Muslim who entered Syria to wage jihad against President Bashir al Assad's regime was killed while fighting alongside the Muhajireen Brigade (Emigrants Brigade), a group of foreign fighters...

19th March 2013

FDD Praises Senators Casey and Rubio for New Syria Legislation

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies congratulates Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) for sponsoring a bipartisan bill which would authorize the Obama administration to sanction any entity conducting significant transactions through...

19th March 2013 - CTV News

News Update

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's Jonathan Schanzer explains the difficulty in getting information out of Syria and whether the U.S. will get involved.

22nd February 2013 - CNN

Flash Brief

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's Jonathan Schanzer weighs in on Secretary of State John Kerry's first trip abroad.

20th February 2013 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon, The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Hezbollah is Acting Just As It Always Has

Tony Badran

Hezbollah and Iran are coordinating closely to keep Syrian President Bashar Assad in power. Hezbollah fighters continue to die in the Syrian civil war as the Syrian opposition claimed on Monday that 43 were killed...

14th February 2013 - Quoted by David Arnold, VOA

Syria’s Civil War Could Drag On Much Longer

For more than a year, Syria experts have been predicting the imminent fall of the 42-year-old Assad regime, but President Bashar al-Assad continues to hold power and shows no sign of giving it up.

13th February 2013 - The Blaze

The White House’s Hesitation to Take on Assad’s Regime

Michael Ledeen

When General Dempsey and Secretary Panetta testified last week that President Obama had opposed plans for American support to the Syrian opposition, my heart sank. The president’s decision...


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