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20th September 2013 - VOA Radio


Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD's Emanuele Ottolenghi tells VOA that by denying it is responsible for launching the chemical weapons attack, the Assad regime is merely "playing for time."

20th September 2013 - Quoted by Adam Kredo, The Washington Free Beacon

Report: Hezbollah Armed with Syria’s Chemical Weapons

Jonathan Schanzer

The terror group Hezbollah has assumed control of at least a portion of Syria’s chemical weapons cache, according to a Syrian military commander, multiple...

19th September 2013 - FDD Policy Brief

Turkey’s Strategy in Syria

Ali Alfoneh

“The Assad regime has not lived up to any of its pledges, it has won time for new massacres and continues to do so,” said Turkish Prime Minister Recep...

17th September 2013 - Quoted by Alana Goodman, Washington Free Beacon

Christians and Syria

Tony Badran

The relationship between Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and his country’s Christian minority is far more complex than the portrait drawn by Assad...

17th September 2013 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer, The Daily Beast

Just How Extremist Are the Rebels in Syria?

Jonathan Schanzer

Nearly half of the rebel forces battling to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are jihadist or hardline Islamists, a British defense consultancy has warned...

13th September 2013 - National Review Online

Syria’s Pals at the Chemical Weapons Convention

Claudia Rosett

With Russia on his side, Syria’s President Bashar Assad has now agreed to sign on to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which is meant...

12th September 2013 - NOW

Obama Soft on Syria, Strengthening Iran

Tony Badran

The Obama administration has maintained that its response to the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons also reflects on the US posture toward Iran.

10th September 2013 - Syndicated

Secure Freedom Radio

FDD's Sebastian Gorka gives insight into a variety of issues in the Middle East, including the ramifications of Russia’s involvement in possible negotiations with the Syrian government.

10th September 2013 - CTV News

News Update

Clifford D. May

FDD's Clifford May discusses Russia's proposal to have Syria hand over its chemical weapons and its role as a protector of the Assad regime.

10th September 2013 - House Committee on Homeland Security

Crisis in Syria: Implications for Homeland Security

Thomas Joscelyn

Chairman McCaul, Ranking Member Thompson and members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me here today to discuss the potential threats to the U.S...

9th September 2013 - CTV News

News Update

Clifford D. May

FDD's Clifford May discusses the impact of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's threat to the US if it strikes Syria.

9th September 2013 - The Atlantic

Will Syria Attack Israel if the U.S. Attacks Syria?

Benjamin Weinthal

Deliberate neutrality and ambiguity have thus far governed Israel’s reaction to the Syrian civil war, but America’s deliberations over whether to strike Assad...

6th September 2013 - The National Interest

Holding Assad Accountable

Orde Kittrie

The United States and possibly allies are preparing to launch military strikes against Syria in response to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical...

6th September 2013 - The Weekly Standard

The Muddle East

Reuel Marc Gerecht

If Congress refuses to support American military action against the Assad regime in Syria, and President Barack Obama declines to strike or strikes meekly...

5th September 2013 - National Post

‘Responsibility to Protect’ is No Basis for Bombing Syria

In the Saturday edition of the National Post, eminent human rights advocate Irwin Cotler wrote that “if mass atrocities in Syria are not a case for R2P...

5th September 2013 - Scripps Howard News Service

Assad Must Pay

Clifford D. May

It’s not just President Obama’s “red line” that Syrian dictator Bashar Assad has crossed. Civilized people have long set limits on armed conflicts. Using chemical...

4th September 2013 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer, VOA News

Syria’s Jihadist Opposition Groups a Dilemma for US

Jonathan Schanzer

The Obama administration is planning to step up its efforts to improve the fighting abilities of Syrian rebels trying to oust President Bashar al-Assad...

30th August 2013 - CNBC

Squawk Box

Reuel Marc Gerecht

FDD's Reuel Marc Gerecht discusses how the US should respond to the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons against the Syria people.

30th August 2013 - Syndicated

The Dennis Prager Show

Michael Ledeen

Should the US overthrow Bashar al-Assad.

29th August 2013 - CNN

All or Nothing in Syria

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The expected military strike in Syria fits well into the end of summer schedule. If we are to believe that the missile salvo will commence before the weekend...


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