Analysis & Commentary


24th August 2016 - The Long War Journal

Turkey’s Operation Euphrates Shield is a message to the Kurds

Merve Tahiroglu

Turkey launched its largest military operation into Syria today, sending tanks, planes and ground forces into Jarabulus in an effort to clear the Islamic State from its last remaining frontier with Turkey.

24th August 2016 - The Long War Journal

Turkey’s Operation Euphrates Shield is a message to the Kurds

Merve Tahiroglu

Turkey launched its largest military operation into Syria today, sending tanks, planes and ground forces into Jarabulus in an effort to clear the Islamic State from its last remaining frontier with Turkey.

23rd August 2016 - BBC

BBC Newsday

Aykan Erdemir

FDD Senior fellow Aykan Erdemir discusses Gulen and Turkey's current conflicts in Syria.

23rd August 2016 - BBC

BBC World News

Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir discusses Turkey and Kurdish forces in Syria.

21st August 2016 - Quoted by Linda Qiu - Punditfact

AP’s Julie Pace: Neither Trump nor Clinton has plan to address Syrian civil war

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Viral footage of a stunned 5-year-old boy covered in blood and debris from an airstrike in Aleppo have refocused the world’s attention on the Syrian civil war.

18th August 2016 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Syria ‘is being swallowed whole by its clients’: Assad may be losing control over his own militias

Tony Badran

Pro-regime militias that have thrived amid the chaos of Syria's five-year civil war are becoming increasingly powerful and prone to warlordism as the state rapidly loses its ability to reign them in, defense analysts say.

18th August 2016 - Wall Street Journal Video

Opinion Journal

Tony Badran

FDD senior fellow Tony Badran discusses his recent report on Hezbollah, and why the next Isreali-Hezbollah confrontation may provoke regional conflict.

18th August 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Boris Zilberman

FDD's Deputy Director of Congressional Relations Boris Zilberman discusses Russia using Iranian airbases in Iran.

17th August 2016 - The Weekly Standard

Hezbollah’s Strategy in Syria Won’t Help Against Israel

David Daoud

Over the last three years of the Syrian Civil War, Hezbollah has increasingly operated as a regular army rather than in its traditional, decades-long role as a guerrilla force.

16th August 2016 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

‘A pretty big deal’: With Iran’s help, Russia’s air campaign in Syria is about to get much deadlier

Boris Zilberman

Russia has begun using an Iranian air base to launch airstrikes against rebel groups and militants inside Syria, the Russian defense ministry confirmed on Tuesday.

16th August 2016 - The Long War Journal

Russian Air Force stations bombers in Iranian air base to strike in Syria

Amir Toumaj, Behnam Ben Taleblu

Russian defense officials confirmed on Tuesday that its warplanes are staging from an air base in Iran’s western province of Hamedan to launch sorties against jihadist and rebel groups in Syria. The confirmation follows yesterday’s report by the Arab outlet Al Masdar.

9th August 2016 - Quoted by Scott Lucas - The Conversation

American obsession with ‘al-Qaeda in Syria’ is making the conflict there worse

Thomas Joscelyn

The jihadist organisation Jabhat al-Nusra (aka the al-Nusra Front), involved in Syria’s civil war since 2012, announced in a video that it is formally detaching itself from al-Qaeda. The move, which had been negotiated for well over a year, was confirmed on July 28.

8th August 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellows Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio discuss Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, al-Nusrah, and the bombings in Yemen.

8th August 2016 - WHUT-TV

The Mimi Geerges Show

Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir discusses terrorism, syrian refugees, and Turkey's relations with the rest of the world.

3rd August 2016 - The Long War Journal

Iranian military involvement in the battle for Aleppo

Amir Toumaj

The jihadist-led Jaish al Fatah launched a major offensive in southwestern Aleppo on July 31 to break the siege of the rebel-held part of the city. The offensive comes after the last supply route north of Aleppo was severed on July 28 by pro-regime forces encompassing the Syrian Arab Army,...

3rd August 2016 - Quoted by Rukmini Callimachi - The New York Times

How a Secretive Branch of ISIS Built a Global Network of Killers

Thomas Joscelyn

Believing he was answering a holy call, Harry Sarfo left his home in the working-class city of Bremen last year and drove for four straight days to reach the territory controlled by the Islamic State in Syria.

3rd August 2016 - New York Post

Bogus foreign-policy debates: How we’re helping our enemies fool us

Jonathan Schanzer

Abu Mohammed al-Julani, the leader of the Syrian al Qaeda affiliate group known as Jabhat al-Nusra, announced last week that his organization will henceforth be known as Jabhat Fath Al-Sham, and it will splinter from the al Qaeda constellation of terrorist organizations.

28th July 2016 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

Syrian Rebel Realignment Likely as al-Qaida Leader Blesses Split

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Showing his face for the first time since his jihadist group was formed in 2012, the head of Syria's Jabhat al-Nusra, Abu Mohamad al-Jolani, announced that he was breaking ties with al-Qaida in remarks broadcast Thursday by Al-Jazeera news channel.

28th July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Al Nusrah Front rebrands itself as Jabhat Fath Al Sham

Thomas Joscelyn

Abu Muhammad al Julani, the emir of Al Nusrah Front, delivered a short statement today concerning his organization’s future. He read his message in a video that was rebroadcasted by television stations throughout the Middle East, publicly showing his face for first time. In previous...

21st July 2016 - The New York Post

Syria just got worse than the ‘worst-case scenario’

Tony Badran

While the Republican National Convention was dominating headlines, the Obama administration’s management of the Syria crisis went from bad to worse.

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