Analysis & Commentary

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.

8th October 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

It Looks Like Obama Fell for ‘The Biggest Myth Out There’ in Syria

Tony Badran

President Barack Obama's stance of calling on Syrian President Bashar Assad to transition out of power while maintaining basic government functions after he's ousted is a "fantasy" in the context of how the country works, according to Tony Badran, a researcher at the Foundation for the...

8th October 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

‘Only a Matter of Time’: Russian Pilots are Boarding Helicopters in Syria With AK-74s

Boris Zilberman

Russian pilots manning combat helicopters in Syria can be seen in videos carrying AK-74 assault rifles with them into the cockpit, likely as a precaution in the event they get shot down by rebels.

7th October 2015 - The Blaze


John Hannah

FDD Senior Counselor John Hannah discusses the escalating violence in Syria.

6th October 2015 - Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Putin Is the New Sheriff in Town

Tony Badran

Today, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg confirmed that Russia has violated Turkish airspace for a second time. On Saturday, a Russian plane crossed into Turkish airspace near the Syrian border, and in response the Turks scrambled two F-16s. In a subsequent incident, Ankara said that a...

5th October 2015 - FOX Business

Lou Dobbs Tonight

John Hannah

FDD Senior Counselor John Hannah on a Russian fighter jet’s violation of Turkish airspace, Russian airstrikes in Syria, and the bombing of a hospital in Afghanistan.

2nd October 2015 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

Syria’s Rebels, Regime Allies Gear Up for Fight

Thomas Joscelyn

Rebel groups in Syria are gearing up for a longer, bloodier battle to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad because of Russian airstrikes that they say have been designed to drive them back.

2nd October 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

‘Shut Out’: Turkey Finds Itself ‘In a Very Difficult Position’ With the Russian Moves in Syria

Jonathan Schanzer

The Russian incursion into Syria is hampering one of the region's most important players. Turkey, which has long sought Syrian president Bashar Assad's transition out of power, has been supporting some of the most powerful rebel groups in northern Syria since the civil war erupted in 2011....

2nd October 2015 - AM 860 KPAM

Terry Boyd’s World

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses complex terror networks across the Middle East and the escalating conflict in Syria.

2nd October 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

FDD Journalist-in-Residence discusses the global implications of Russia's entry into the Syrian civil war.

1st October 2015 - ABC KSRO 1350

The Morning News

Boris Zilberman

FDD Deputy Director of Congressional Relations Boris Zilberman discusses Russia's escalation in Syria.

1st October 2015 - AM 560 The Answer

Chicago’s Morning Answer

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford D. May comments on the escalating conflict in Syria.

1st October 2015 - Sirius XM

Everything is Political

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford D. May discusses the war in Syria.

1st October 2015 - Quoted by Nancy A. Youssef, Michael Weiss, and Tim Mak - The Daily Beast

U.S. Admits: We Can’t Protect Syrian Allies From Russia’s Bombs

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

United States officials conceded Thursday that there is little the they could do in Syria to protect CIA-vetted rebels, the very people the American government trained and armed, who are now coming under fire from Russian airstrikes.

30th September 2015 - Quoted by Michael B. Kelley and Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Putin Just Created ‘New Rules of the Game’ in Syria

Boris Zilberman, Jonathan Schanzer

Russia began bombing Syrian rebels apparently unaffiliated with ISIS on Wednesday, in a major escalation of the 54-month war that has the US searching for answers.

30th September 2015 - FOX Business

Varney & Co.

FDD Chairman James Woolsey discusses Iran's nuclear program and Russia's role in Syria.

30th September 2015 - 1070 WINA

The Schilling Show

FDD Journalist-in-Residence Claudia Rosett comments on US, Russia, and Syria.

30th September 2015 - Sirius XM

The Arlene Bynon Show

John Hannah

FDD Senior Counselor John Hannah discusses Russian airstrikes and military action in Syria.

29th September 2015 - The Blaze


John Hannah

FDD Senior Counselor John Hannah comments Russia's military actions in Syria.

22nd September 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Betrand and Pamela Engel - Business Insider

John Kerry is Helping Putin Validate Assad’s Dubious Narrative on the Refugee Crisis

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

US Secretary of State John Kerry said recently that ISIS is "the most significant player" driving the refugee crisis in Europe, which goes against expert opinion and helps support the narrative of a dictator who's desperate to hold onto power in the Middle East.


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