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27th April 2016 - BBC

Newsday

Tony Badran

FDD fellow Tony Badran joined BBC to discuss the cessation of hostilities in Syria and the discussions on the conflict in Geneva.

27th April 2016 - Tablet Magazine

Why Bashar al-Assad, the ‘Teflon Don’ of the Middle East, Can’t Be Touched

Tony Badran

John Gotti may have once held the title, but the late Gambino crime family boss had nothing on the “Teflon Don” of the Middle East, Bashar Assad. Had Gotti lived to see it, he would be astounded by how easily the two-bit head of a Syrian crime family is getting away with mass murder....

22nd April 2016 - Quoted by Sean Savage - JNS

As Israel asserts Golan control, the move is a civil war’s one point of agreement

Jonathan Schanzer

With Syria’s civil war raging on in its sixth year, neighboring Israel has largely managed to keep a comfortable distance from the bloody conflict, in no small part thanks to the Jewish state’s strong presence in the strategic Golan Heights—a territory that has belonged to Israel for...

22nd April 2016 - Quoted by Shane Harris - The Daily Beast

Parents Sue Assad for Son’s Beheading by ISIS

Thomas Joscelyn

There may be some justice after all for Steven Sotloff, the journalist whose gruesome killing at the hands of an ISIS executioner was seen around the world in a propaganda video in 2014.

7th April 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Report: Hezbollah Doubles Down on Support for Assad, Building Fortified Base in Syria

Tony Badran

Hezbollah is building a fortified base in Syria, the global intelligence company Stratfor reported Wednesday.

29th March 2016 - The Long War Journal

Syrian Army, allies retake Palmyra from the Islamic State

Thomas Joscelyn

The Syrian Army and its Iranian-backed allies have retaken the ancient city of Palmyra from the Islamic State. After several days of heavy fighting, Bashar al Assad’s regime claimed victory over the so-called caliphate’s fighters.

27th March 2016 - BBC

BBC World News

Tony Badran

FDD fellow Tony Badran discusses the battle to retake Palmyra from ISIS.

17th March 2016 - Quoted by Kyle Orton - The New Arab

What Kurdish federalism means for Syria

Tony Badran

The PKK has very deep and old connections with Russia and the Assad regime.

17th March 2016 - Quoted by Sean Savage - JNS

With the Russian drawdown in Syria, Israel seeks reassurances

Emanuele Ottolenghi

On March 14, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a surprise announcement that he would withdraw the “main part” of Russian forces from Syria, shocking many of the countries concerned about the ongoing conflict in the country, including Israel. Putin’s move came as peace talks began...

10th February 2016 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

A new UN report ‘shatters’ one of the biggest myths about Syria and Assad

Tony Badran

A UN report detailing the "massive and systematized" violence perpetrated by Syrian President Bashar Assad against his own people "shatters the notion that the regime is somehow a lesser evil" than ISIS.

9th February 2016 - Quoted by Ishaan Tharoor - The Washington Post

What the fall of Aleppo would mean for Syria and the world

Patrick Megahan

Over the past week, forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have nearly encircled the city of Aleppo, once the war-torn country's most populous urban center.

8th February 2016 - Quoted by Selcan Hacaoglu, Henry Meyer and Dana Khraiche - Bloomberg

Advantage Assad After Five Years of War in Syria

Patrick Megahan

After five years of war and a quarter-million dead, President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian and Iranian allies now have the upper hand in Syria, and they’re seeking to drive home a growing battlefield advantage rather than negotiate.

8th February 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Strategic Expert: Assad, Backed by Russia & Iran, Making Gains Due to U.S. Betrayal of Rebels

Tony Badran

2016 will be a year when Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad “will lock in significant political and military gains” due to the U.S.’s betrayal of anti-Assad rebels, Emile Hokayem, a Senior Fellow for Middle East Security at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, wrote Friday...

4th February 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Expert: U.S. Must Ground Iranian Airline that Transports Troops, Weapons to Syria

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The United States’ failure to ground a sanctioned Iranian airline that provides logistical support to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Syria underscores a severe loss of American credibility, which the Obama administration should immediately act to restore by penalizing...

4th February 2016 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Kerry is the only one who couldn’t see that Syria talks were fruitless

Jonathan Schanzer

Talks on the future of Syria predictably have stalled. Just a few days after they began, the United Nations “suspended” the proceedings.

4th February 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

World Pledges Over $10 Billion to Help Syrian Refugees as Peace Talks Stall

Tony Badran

International donors pledged over $10 billion to assist refugees fleeing from Syria’s civil war, the Associated Press reported on Thursday.

27th January 2016 - Quoted by Jeremy Bender and Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Unnervingly clear drone footage shows the toll Syria’s war has taken on one of its oldest cities

Boris Zilberman

Unnervingly clear drone footage shows the Damascus suburb of Darayya in ruins nearly five years after the city served as the site of some of the earliest anti-government protests in Syria's civil war.

27th January 2016 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Russia holds the ‘highest value card’ in Syria, but is nowhere near ready to play it

Boris Zilberman, Tony Badran

Two Western intelligence sources told the Financial Times last week that Russia sent an envoy to Syria late last year to ask Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down, raising questions about whether Moscow's support for the embattled leader has dwindled over the past four months.

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.

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