Analysis & Commentary


22nd March 2013

FDD Applauds Bipartisan Syria Legislation

During the week marking the two year anniversary of the crisis in Syria, Congress introduced two bills that could potentially change the situation on the ground: The Syria Democratic Transition Act of 2013 and the Free Syria Act of 2013.

20th March 2013 - The Long War Journal

Swedish Jihadist Killed in Syria While Fighting for the Muhajireen Brigade

Bill Roggio

A Swedish Muslim who entered Syria to wage jihad against President Bashir al Assad's regime was killed while fighting alongside the Muhajireen Brigade (Emigrants Brigade), a group of foreign fighters...

19th March 2013

FDD Praises Senators Casey and Rubio for New Syria Legislation

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies congratulates Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) for sponsoring a bipartisan bill which would authorize the Obama administration to sanction any entity conducting significant transactions through...

19th March 2013 - CTV News

News Update

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's Jonathan Schanzer explains the difficulty in getting information out of Syria and whether the U.S. will get involved.

22nd February 2013 - CNN

Flash Brief

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's Jonathan Schanzer weighs in on Secretary of State John Kerry's first trip abroad.

20th February 2013 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon, The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Hezbollah is Acting Just As It Always Has

Tony Badran

Hezbollah and Iran are coordinating closely to keep Syrian President Bashar Assad in power. Hezbollah fighters continue to die in the Syrian civil war as the Syrian opposition claimed on Monday that 43 were killed...

14th February 2013 - Quoted by David Arnold, VOA

Syria’s Civil War Could Drag On Much Longer

For more than a year, Syria experts have been predicting the imminent fall of the 42-year-old Assad regime, but President Bashar al-Assad continues to hold power and shows no sign of giving it up.

13th February 2013 - The Blaze

The White House’s Hesitation to Take on Assad’s Regime

Michael Ledeen

When General Dempsey and Secretary Panetta testified last week that President Obama had opposed plans for American support to the Syrian opposition, my heart sank. The president’s decision...

7th February 2013 - NOW Lebanon

Hollow Praise for the LAF

Tony Badran

On Monday, the US ambassador to Lebanon, Maura Connelly, called the Commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and expressed condolences for the officers killed or injured in last week’s raid...

5th February 2013 - New York Daily News

Iran’s Nuclear Lies

P.T. Barnum is widely attributed for having made the observation that “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.”

28th January 2013 - The Weekly Standard

The Nonexistent Red Line

Last week, we learned of a secret State Department assessment that forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad had recently used chemical weapons. The State Department cable, signed by the U.S. consul...

28th January 2013 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda’s Syrian Affiliate Claims 2 More Suicide Attacks

Bill Roggio

The Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, al Qaeda in Iraq's affiliate in Syria, has claimed credit for two more suicide attacks against Bashar al Assad's military. In a statement released on the Al Nusrah...

24th January 2013 - OpenDemocracy

The Creation of an Unbridgeable Divide

The transformation of the Syrian Revolution from a nonviolent and inclusive pro-democracy protest movement into a civil war, pitting majority-Sunni and majority-Alawite militias against each other in...

15th January 2013 - FDD Policy Brief

Pilgrims or Mercenaries? Iranian Hostages Freed by Free Syrian Army

Ali Alfoneh

The Free Syrian Army last week released forty seven Iranian citizens and their Syrian interpreter in exchange for 2,130 prisoners held by the Syrian government. The exchange of hostages was facilitated...

10th January 2013 - NOW Lebanon

Obama’s Flexible Red Lines

Tony Badran

In response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s latest address, US officials and spokespersons have dismissively described the embattled dictator as someone “detached from reality” and “delusional,”...

10th January 2013 - The Weekly Standard

Assad’s Cabinet

In December, the Obama administration acted on intelligence showing that Bashar al-Assad was preparing to use chemical weapons against his own people. Obama publicly warned the Syrian president...

2nd January 2013 - Quoted by Nathan Guttman, Forward

Laying Groundwork for Life After Syria’s Assad

John Hannah

As the days of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad increasingly look numbered, Jewish and pro-Israel activists are starting to grapple with the question of who will be in power after he’s gone — and whether...

2nd January 2013 - CTV News

News Update

Clifford D. May

FDD's Clifford May explains why the casualty count in Syria will very likely worsen.

27th December 2012 - Scripps Howard News Service

Assad Is So Out of Vogue

Clifford D. May

It seems like only yesterday that Bashar al-Assad was being courted by progressive Western politicians even as he conspired with Iranian jihadists and Kremlin strongmen. And it was less than two years...

19th December 2012 - Quoted by Michael Lipin, VOA

Syrian VP’s Remarks Suggest Regime in Dire Straits

Tony Badran

Syria's Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa is drawing attention for becoming the first senior Syrian official to publicly acknowledge that his government cannot win its battle against a 21-month rebellion.

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