Analysis & Commentary


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

Will Curbing Iran’s Nuclear Threat Boost Its Proxies?

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.

8th May 2015 - Newsmax TV

The Hard Line with Ed Berliner

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn discusses the latest developments in Syria.

6th May 2015 - Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

Bashar al-Assad is Losing Ground in Syria

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

For most of the past two years, it looked like Bashar al-Assad's campaign to hold on in Syria was working. Syria's weak, uncoordinated, and increasingly Islamist rebels were being gradually pushed back. And while ISIS had seized vast parts of the country, it and Assad appeared to tolerate...

4th May 2015 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Despite Iranian-Hezbollah Support, ‘In the Long Run it is Hard to See How Assad Can Survive’

Tony Badran

The balance of power between Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces and the rebels seems to be leaning in the rebels’ favor in the long-run, but the regime is not at risk of collapsing in the coming weeks, experts told The Jerusalem Post.

19th March 2015 - Now Media

Kerry’s Assad Accommodation

Tony Badran

On the fourth anniversary of the Syrian uprising, Secretary of State John Kerry reminded everyone—in case anyone still harbored doubts—that the Obama administration had no intention of removing Syria’s dictator, Bashar al-Assad, from power.

18th March 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Kerry’s Remarks on Assad Widen Gap Between U.S. and Turkey

Merve Tahiroglu

“Collapse of U.S. policy in Syria as Assad continues massacres,” thundered the headline of the government-aligned Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah on Tuesday, in an apparent response to Secretary of State John Kerry’s remarks two days prior contemplating possible negotiations with Syrian...

20th February 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Obama Blew it on Syria, By His Own Admission (Sort Of)

Clifford D. May

The Wall Street Journal reports: “President Barack Obama suggested Thursday that U.S. and international efforts to degrade and ultimately destroy the Islamic State militant group may only be achieved after a political transition in Syria.”

19th February 2015 - Cited by Michael B. Kelley - Business Insider

Turkey ‘Created a Monster and Doesn’t Know How to Deal With It’

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkey's notoriously lax border policies during the Syrian war are starting to catch up with Ankara and its allies who are trying to counter ISIS, Yaroslav Trofimov of The Wall Street Journal reports.

11th December 2014 - Now Lebanon

Exploding the Israel-Assad Myth

Tony Badran

To this day, some even remain convinced that Israel’s supposed preference for the Assad regime stands behind Washington’s de facto pro-Assad policy

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