Analysis & Commentary

21st May 2015 - Quoted by Ivan Plis - The Daily Caller

Delta’s Recent Raid In Syria May Have Revealed An Inconvenient Truth About Fighting ISIS

Jonathan Schanzer

Last weekend’s special forces raid, which killed a midlevel Islamic State commander, has revived the debate on overt U.S. military ground action in Syria and Iraq.

21st May 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Seizes Syrian City of Palmyra

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State captured the central Syrian city of Palmyra, routing Syrian Arab Army forces and killing and capturing hundreds of soldiers. The jihadist group is now estimated to control half of Syria.

21st May 2015 - The Long War Journal

Coalition Airstrikes Kill 14 Al Nusrah Front Members

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, has released a series of photos purportedly showing the aftermath of coalition airstrikes in Syria. The group claims that 14 members were killed. The photos can be seen below.

21st May 2015 - FOX News

Special Report with Bret Baier

John Hannah

FDD Senior Counselor John Hannah comments on ISIS advances in Syria.

19th May 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Expert: Iran Sees Fall of Ramadi as Chance to Expand, Faults U.S. For Letting Iran “March In”

Jonathan Schanzer

In an appearance on CNN Monday, Jonathan Schanzer, Vice President for Research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, praised the United States for its raids – like the successful raid that killed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) financier Abu Sayyaf in Syria over the weekend...

18th May 2015 - The Long War Journal

Veteran Jihadist Served Al Qaeda for 17 Years, ‘Martyred’ in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

In late March, a coalition of jihadist groups named Jaysh al Fateh overran Bashar al Assad’s forces in the provincial capital of Idlib. Their victory was one of the insurgents’ most significant accomplishments to date.

18th May 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss the developments in Iraq and Syria.

18th May 2015 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - The Daily Beast

ISIS Counterpunch Stuns U.S. and Iraq

Jonathan Schanzer

U.S. officials are living in a dream world if they think they have got the so-called Islamic State on the run. Whenever the militants are forced back, they bounce straight back.

18th May 2015 - CNN

At This Hour

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman James Woolsey comments on the Abu Sayyaf raid.

16th May 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Special Operations Forces Kill Islamic State commander in Syrian Raid

Bill Roggio

US Special Operations Forces killed an Islamic State military and financial leader and captured his wife during a raid in eastern Syria last night, the US military confirmed today.

16th May 2015 - FOX News

America’s News HQ

John Hannah

FDD Senior Counselor John Hannah discusses the Abu Sayyaf raid.

14th May 2015 - The Jewish Chronicle

Royal Snub Signals US Disarray on Iran

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Last Saturday, White House officials were boasting about the significance of Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud's presence at a summit of Gulf leaders at Camp David, Maryland. A few hours later, the king pulled out.

14th May 2015 - Voice of America Persian

VOA Persian Coverage of FDD Event

Clifford D. May, Oren Kessler , Jonathan Schanzer

With continued Hezbollah activity emanating from Lebanon, Iran and the IRGC trying to set up a base of operations in the Golan Heights, the decline of the Assad regime in southern Syria, and rising tensions in the Sinai Peninsula, Israel's security situation has become increasingly complex...

13th May 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Military Denies it Targeted Islamic State’s Deputy Emir in Airstrike on Mosque

Bill Roggio

US Central Command, which is coordinating the air campaign to “degrade and defeat” the Islamic State inside Iraq and Syria, denied that it launched an airstrike on a mosque near the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar that is rumored to have killed the jihadist group’s deputy emir.

10th May 2015 - Quoted by Sharona Schwartz - The Blaze

Hezbollah Says Its Mission Is to Eliminate Israel. It Sure Has Strayed Far From That Goal.

Jonathan Schanzer

Hezbollah’s commander of special ops was reportedly killed in Syria along with dozens of his fighters Friday, during a fierce battle between the Lebanese Shiite group and Sunni rebels aiming to remove Syrian President Bashar Assad from power.

8th May 2015 - Newsmax TV

The Hard Line with Ed Berliner

Thomas Joscelyn

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

7th May 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Obama and Power, AWOL on Syria

Jonathan Schanzer

In an interview with Charlie Rose, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and human rights advocate, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power intoned that the problem of the Islamic State in Syria could not be dealt with unless Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was removed.

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...

5th May 2015 - Quoted by Zlatica Hoke - Voice of America

Experts: Radical Groups Thrive on Popular Discontent

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Islamist terrorism is surging in many places worldwide, including in Western societies. Governments are fighting to curb the spread of radical groups in the Arab world, and their influence on mainstream Muslim communities, but the official methods so far have failed to eliminate radical...

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.


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