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17th January 2016 - Quoted by Josh Rogin - Bloomberg

Prisoner Swap May Help Iran Arm Assad

Emanuele Ottolenghi

In exchange for the release of four American prisoners, the Barack Obama administration agreed to free seven Iranians in U.S. custody and stop trying to arrest 14 others, two of whom the U.S. government had accused of funneling weapons to the Bashar al-Assad regime and Hezbollah in Syria....

15th January 2016 - CNN

The Lead with Jake Tapper

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses Iran's capture of 10 sailors and sanctions relief.

11th January 2016 - The Huffington Post

In Dangerous Gamble, the Obama Administration Is Abandoning Decades-Old Mideast Alliances

Tony Badran

In response to the crisis in relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran, following the latter's assault on the Saudi consulate and embassy in Iran, the Obama administration has taken to the media to unleash a furious rebuke.

11th January 2016 - i24 News

Morning Edition

Benjamin Weinthal

FDD fellow Benjamin Weinthal comments on the refugee crisis in Europe.

11th January 2016 - FDD Press Release

New Report by FDD Details Iran’s Military Assistance to the Assad Regime

As parties under the auspices of the United Nations prepare for a new rounds of talks on Syria, a new report published by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) explores the deepening and disturbing relationship between Iran and the Assad regime and provides policy recommendations...

7th January 2016 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

This Was the Moment Obama Decided Not to Intervene in Syria

Tony Badran

US President Barack Obama decided to delay launchign airstrikes against the Syrian government in 2013 during a walk in the White House garden with his chief of staff, Denis McDonough, according to an in-depth profile of McDonough from Politico Magine's Glenn Thrush.

18th December 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Obama’s Former Defense Secretary Confirmed A Suspicion About The White House’s Approach To Syria

Tony Badran

Two years after the war in Syria had broken out, the Obama administration had still not formulated a coherent policy response to the crisis that has now claimed more than 200,000 lives.

18th December 2015 - Tablet Magazine

All in the Assad Family

Tony Badran

Everyone loves Christmas in New York City, and Ribal al-Assad, the first cousin of the genocidal Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, is no exception.

7th December 2015 - Hoover Institution

“Fighting” The Islamic State

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Can the United States stop the Syrian refugee crisis and destroy the Islamic State without sending tens of thousands of soldiers into Syria and Iraq? Hillary Clinton and the Republican presidential candidates—with the notable exception of Senator Lindsey Graham—have so far studiously...

4th December 2015 - Militaryedge.org

Putin’s S-400 Power-Play in Syria

Patrick Megahan

Russia is upping the ante in the Eastern Mediterranean in response to the downing of its fighter jet by Turkish F-16s last week.

4th December 2015 - Quoted by Lee Smith - Tablet Magazine

Special Treatment for Mideast Christians Is Un-American, and Dumb

Tony Badran

Jeb Bush says he’s not sorry that he thinks Middle East Christians warrant special attention and protection from America. He’s defending himself against President Barack Obama who says that the former governor of Florida is wrong to say Christians deserve preferential treatment since...

19th November 2015 - Quoted by Saeed Kamali Dehghan - The Guardian

How Paris Attacks Have Strengthened Iran’s Position Over Syria

The attacks in Paris may have postponed Hassan Rouhani’s highly-anticipated visit to the Élysée Palace, which was scheduled for this week, but the Iranian president will soon travel to France with a better bargaining position over Syria.

18th November 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

BREMMER: The Paris Attacks Put Russia and Iran ‘In a Stronger Position’

Jonathan Schanzer

France has declared war on the Islamic State, and it is looking for partners.

17th November 2015 - Berlin Policy Journal

The Twisted Tehran-Moscow Axis

11th November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Assad Regime, Allies Break Islamic State’s Siege of Air Base in Aleppo

Thomas Joscelyn

The Syrian Army and allied forces have broken the Islamic State’s siege of the Kweiris air base in Aleppo province, according to Bashar al Assad’s regime and independent sources.

29th October 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

The IRGC Transforms into an Expeditionary Force

The deployment of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its proxy Shi’ite militias to Syria have saved the Assad regime.

29th October 2015 - Standpoint Magazine

Flirting With Disaster

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Syrian refugee crisis has so far elicited both solidarity and anxiety in Europe. Neither response offers a policy solution.

21st October 2015 - Newsmax TV

The Hard Line

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies discusses Bashir al-Assad's surprise trip to Moscow to meet with Vladimir Putin.

9th October 2015 - AM 860 KPAM

Terry Boyd’s World

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the conflict in Syria, U.S. foreign policy, and Russian intervention.

9th October 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Claims Gains in Aleppo Province During Chaotic Fight

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State has issued a statement (seen above) claiming that is fighters have seized key several towns north of the city of Aleppo. In addition, the group’s propaganda arm has released a series of photos documenting its newly-gained territory. The photos can be seen below.

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