Analysis & Commentary


21st March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Israel carries out two strikes against Assad Regime, Hezbollah targets in Syria

David Daoud

In the wake of threats by Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, the Israel Air Force (IAF) carried out two strikes against Assad regime and Hezbollah targets in Syria on Sunday and early Monday morning. These latest airstrikes come only two days after an IAF raid on Hezbollah weapons...

21st March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Israel carries out two strikes against Assad Regime, Hezbollah targets in Syria

In the wake of threats by Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, the Israel Air Force (IAF) carried out two strikes against Assad regime and Hezbollah targets in Syria on Sunday and early Monday morning. These latest airstrikes come only two days after an IAF raid on Hezbollah weapons...

20th March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Insurgents launch new offensive in outskirts of Damascus

Thomas Joscelyn

Jihadists, Islamists and rebels affiliated with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) launched an offensive in the eastern outskirts of the Syrian capital yesterday. The sudden attack began in the Jobar district of Damascus and then spread into a nearby area.

20th March 2017 - Quoted by Adam Abrams - JNS.org

Jordan’s approach on terrorists brings ties with Israel into question

Jonathan Schanzer

On the surface, Israel and Jordan appear to have peaceful, productive and sometimes even friendly relations. Their 1994 peace treaty and deepening economic ties—including a 15-year, $10 billion natural gas deal inked in 2016—seem to indicate that all is well between the neighbors.

19th March 2017 - The Cipher Brief

After Nuclear Deal, Iran Looks to Profit in Syria

Tony Badran, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iran’s powerful, ideological military force, is one of the country’s most influential institutions, with major stakes in key sectors of the economy and supervision of Tehran’s vast network of militias and terrorist proxies in conflicts throughout...

18th March 2017 - Quoted by Matthew RJ Brodsky - The National Interest

Can Trump Refrain from Repeating His Predecessor’s Mistakes in Syria?

Tony Badran

The case of the president’s self-inflicted wound from his self-imposed red line provides a rather illustrative example of being outmaneuvered.

17th March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Israel’s airstrikes in Palmyra likely targeted Hezbollah weapons shipments


David Daoud

Rocket alert sirens sounded in north eastern Israel Thursday night, shortly past midnight. News reports Friday morning revealed that the Israel Air Force had carried out strikes against several targets in the city of Palmyra, the deepest such raid into Syrian territory since the beginning of...

16th March 2017 - Fox News

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John Hannah

FDD senior counselor John Hannah comments on the Syrian civil war and the role of Assad.

16th March 2017 - MilitaryEdge.org

The Six-Day War, Air Supremacy, and the F-35

John Cappello

On the morning of June 5, 1967 Israel conducted a preemptive air strike on Egypt, initiating what was to be known as the Six-Day War. By the end of the week, Israel had taken the Sinai Peninsula and Gaza Strip from Egypt, the West Bank from Jordan, and the Golan Heights from Syria. - See...

12th March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda front group claims responsibility for suicide attacks in Damascus

Thomas Joscelyn

Hay’at Tahrir al Sham (HTS), a group formed by al Qaeda’s branch in Syria and several other organizations, has claimed responsibility for two suicide bombings in Damascus yesterday. Dozens were killed and many more wounded when the bombers struck Shiite pilgrims visiting holy sites in...

12th March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

IRGC-controlled Iraqi militia forms ‘Golan Liberation Brigade’

Amir Toumaj

The Iranian-controlled Iraqi militia Harakat al Nujaba this week announced the formation of its “Golan Liberation Brigade.” While it is not uncommon for entities to name themselves after areas they aim to “liberate,” the militia’s spokesman has said that the unit could assist the...

8th March 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Gauging the North Korea-Iran Relationship

Anthony Ruggiero

A new report alleges that North Korea is helping Iran continue development of a nuclear weapon in violation of the 2015 nuclear deal. If true, the allegations would mark a dangerous development in the two rogue states’ efforts to advance each other’s illicit nuclear weapons and ballistic...

6th March 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellow and editor of FDD's Long War Journal, Thomas Joscelyn, discusses two al-Qaeda VIPs killed in US airstrikes in Yemen and Syria.

3rd March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Zawahiri’s deputy sought to ‘unify’ Syrian rebels

Thomas Joscelyn

On Feb. 26, jihadist social media sites reported that Abu al Khayr al Masri, one of al Qaeda’s top leaders, had been killed in a US drone strike in Idlib, Syria.

2nd March 2017 - Quoted by Benny Avni - The New York Post

To annihilate ISIS, Trump will have to cross Putin

Saeed Ghasseminejad

So how’s President Trump doing on his promise to defeat ISIS? Well, it’s complicated.

28th February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

The future of counterterrorism: Addressing the evolving threat to domestic security

Thomas Joscelyn

Chairman King, Ranking Member Rice, and other members of the committee, thank you for inviting me to testify today. The terrorist threat has evolved greatly since the September 11, 2001 hijackings. The U.S. arguably faces a more diverse set of threats today than ever. In my written and oral...

25th February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Syrian military intelligence official killed in suicide assault in Homs

Thomas Joscelyn

A senior military intelligence official who was reportedly close to Syrian president Bashar al Assad was killed during a complex suicide assault in the city of Homs earlier today. The official, General Hassan Daabul, died after a suicide bomber penetrated security and made his way into...

24th February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Treasury, UN sanction 2 senior leaders in al Qaeda’s Syrian branch

Thomas Joscelyn

The US Treasury Department and the United Nations have designated two senior jihadists in Syria as terrorists. Both of them were leaders in Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official arm in Syria.

22nd February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda-linked Uzbek groups advertise operations in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Two al Qaeda-linked Uzbek jihadist groups have released videos touting their operations inside Afghanistan. The two groups, Katibat Imam al Bukhari (aka the Imam Bukhari Jamaat) and the Islamic Jihad Union, have claimed attacks in eastern and northern Afghanistan.

20th February 2017 - FDD Press Release

Despite Recent Losses, Islamic State Still Threatens North and West Africa, FDD Study Finds

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The decline of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria may paradoxically help the group in Africa, particularly as state and non-state actors shift resources from combating ISIL to other urgent issues, giving the group breathing room to regenerate, according to a report issued today by the...

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