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9th September 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand and Michael B. Kelley - Business Insider

The US Just Called Out Putin Over ISIS as Russian Soldiers Join the Fight in Syria

Boris Zilberman

A Reuters report confirms that Russians are taking part in the fighting on the side of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

7th September 2015 - The Long War Journal

Prime Minister Says 2 British Nationals Killed in Airstrikes Were Plotting Attacks

Thomas Joscelyn

In a speech before the UK parliament today, Prime Minister David Cameron addressed the Syrian refugee crisis, the counterterrorism measures being taken to combat the Islamic State, and other related issues.

6th September 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Expert: Nuclear Deal Will Worsen Europe’s Refugee Crisis

Benjamin Weinthal

The nuclear deal with Iran will give Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a “fresh economic shot in the arm,” which will strengthen the dictator and add to Europe’s growing refugee crisis, Benjamin Weinthal, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, wrote Saturday in...

5th September 2015 - Quoted by Michael Weiss - The Daily Beast

Exposing Russia’s Secret Army in Syria

Tony Badran

Russian military officers are now in Damascus and meeting regularly with Iranian and Syrian counterparts, according to a source with close contacts in the Bashar al-Assad regime. “They’re out in restaurants and cafes with other high officials in the Syrian Army,” the source told The...

13th August 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Hillary Clinton Blames Syria Policy for Rise of Islamic State

Jonathan Schanzer

From the Republican opposition research firm America Rising, we get this portion of Hillary Clinton’s interview on Univision: You know, ISIS is a phenomenon and ISIS came out of the terrible turmoil in Syria.

11th August 2015 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Iran Moving to Capitalize on Diplomatic Gains From Nuclear Accord

Tony Badran

Iran appears to be trying to leverage the momentum gained from the conclusion of the nuclear deal, and improved relations with the West, in order to achieve some kind of deal that safeguards its interests in Syria and Lebanon.

28th July 2015 - The Long War Journal

Jihadist-led Coalition Launches New Offensive Against Assad Regime in Strategic Plain

Thomas Joscelyn

Jaysh al Fateh (the “Army of Conquest”), a coalition of anti-Assad forces that overran much of the Idlib province earlier this year, has launched a new offensive against the Assad regime. The jihadist-led alliance is using its stronghold in Idlib to push south into the Al Ghab plain,...

28th July 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Senior Western Official: Links Between Turkey and ISIS Are Now ‘Undeniable’

Jonathan Schanzer

A US-led raid on the compound housing the Islamic State's "chief financial officer" produced evidence that Turkish officials directly dealt with ranking ISIS members, Martin Chulov of the Guardian reported recently.

20th July 2015 - Quoted by Sean D. Naylor - Foreign Policy

Will Curbing Iran’s Nuclear Threat Boost Its Proxies?

Ali Alfoneh

The nuclear deal with Iran defers one looming confrontation with Tehran, but it may accelerate others by emboldening and enriching Hezbollah and the other proxy forces that the Islamic Republic uses to advance its interests across the Middle East and beyond.

16th July 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Expert: Flawed Nuclear Deal Allows Iran to Emerge As “Regional Power”

Tony Badran

The flawed nuclear deal reached yesterday “maps Iran’s emergence as a regional power, with the full blessing … of the United States,” Robert Satloff, the executive director of the Washington Institute of Near East Policy, wrote in an op-ed published today in The New York Daily News....

16th July 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand, Michael B. Kelley - Business Insider

Obama May Now Have to Do Some ‘Mullah-Coddling’ in Syria

Tony Badran

President Obama’s signature foreign policy achievement — a comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran — was finalised this week after more than a decade of coercive diplomacy and 20 months of grueling negotiations.

15th July 2015 - Quoted by Michael Weiss and Nancy A. Youssef - The Daily Beast

Syria’s Butcher Really Won the Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

There’s one person ecstatic about the Iran deal and Washington would probably prefer he just keep his mouth shut: Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. Professing in a cable to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that the newly agreed upon nuclear accord between the world’s major powers was...

8th July 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Defense Secretary: Obama Administration Will Not Oust Assad

Tony Badran

In an exchange yesterday at a Senate Armed Forces Committee hearing, Sen. Lindsey Graham asked Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter if he thought that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would remain in power after President Barack Obama leaves office, Foreign Policy reported.

8th July 2015 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

Syrian Rebels, Government Forces Renew Fight in South

Thomas Joscelyn

A southern rebel alliance is making another a big push to try to capture Dara’a city, and Syrian government warplanes are lashing back with intensive air raids.

6th July 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Suicide Bomber Targets Assad Regime in Aleppo

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, has released its first series of propaganda photos from the newly-launched offensive in Aleppo. The group posted more than 20 images online today, including several that feature the explosion caused by a suicide bomber known as Abu...

26th June 2015 - NOW Lebanon

Not Fooling Anyone

Tony Badran

The agitation in the Druze community in Israel over the situation of their coreligionists in Syria turned bloody on Monday. A Druze mob near Majdal Shams attacked a military ambulance carrying wounded Syrians for treatment in Israel, killing one of them and critically injuring another, while...

18th June 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Tony Badran

FDD Research Fellow Tony Badran comments on the conflict in Syria.

18th June 2015 - NOW Lebanon

Assad Wants the Druze for Cannon Fodder

Tony Badran

Apologists for the Assad regime and its dupes in the West claim the regime is the protector of minorities.

4th June 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand, Michael B. Kelley - Business Insider

The Startlingly Simple Reason Obama Ignores Syria

Tony Badran

While the US embassy in Syria accuses Syrian President Bashar Assad of acting as an air force for the Islamic State, the Obama administration does not seem to be concerning itself with the Syrian regime.

21st May 2015 - FOX News

Special Report with Bret Baier

John Hannah

FDD Senior Counselor John Hannah comments on ISIS advances in Syria.


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