Analysis & Commentary

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.

17th September 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Iran Still Operating U.S.-Sanctioned Airline in Support of Assad, IRGC

Benjamin Weinthal, Emanuele Ottolenghi

An Iranian airline is still operating in Europe, which it uses as a base to provide arms, fighters, and logistical support to the Syrian regime despite American sanctions against it. Benjamin Weinthal and Emanuele Ottolenghi, fellows at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, reported...

17th September 2015 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: What Are Europe’s Options in War-Torn Syria?

Benjamin Weinthal

With European leaders scrambling to contain a growing Syrian refugee crisis within EU borders, there are now fresh initiatives for military intervention in Syria. France’s Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced Wednesday that his country will launch military strikes “in the coming...

14th September 2015 - Quoted by Charles Hoskinson - The Washington Examiner

Critics: U.S. Reaps Harvest of Its Inertia in Syria

Benjamin Weinthal

The lack of a coherent Syria policy has come back to bite the Obama administration in the form of hundreds of thousands of refugees pouring into Europe, putting pressure on Western countries to resettle them.

11th September 2015 - AM 770 CHQR

Kingkade and Breakenridge

Tony Badran

FDD Senior Fellow Tony Badran comments on Russia's involvement in defending Assad.

11th September 2015 - Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

The Putin Solution

Tony Badran

A photograph of a drowned 3-year-old boy washed up on a Turkish beach after his family failed to find refuge from the war in Syria seems to have finally gotten the world’s attention. The conflict has been an unfolding humanitarian catastrophe for more than four years. A quarter of a...

10th September 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

We’re Reportedly About to See Some Familiar Russian Faces in Syria — and That’s Trouble

Boris Zilberman

Some of the Russian troops reportedly being sent to Syria are from the same brigade that helped annex Crimea, according to a lengthy investigation conducted by Ruslan Leviev, a specialist in social-media intelligence.

10th September 2015 - BBC Radio 5

Up All Night

Tony Badran

FDD Senior Fellow Tony Badran comments on Russia presence in the Syrian conflict and its implications for Europe.

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...


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