Analysis & Commentary

7th November 2016 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State defends Mosul with dozens of suicide bombers

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State carried out 120 “martyrdom operations” in Iraq and Syria in October, according to an infographic posted online by the group’s Amaq News Agency.

6th November 2016 - Quoted by Chris Massaro - Epoch Times

Assault on ISIS Capital Raqqa Could Be Launched Within Weeks

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

U.S. and allied forces say that they could attack the Syrian city of Raqqa—the capital of the ISIS terrorist group’s self-proclaimed caliphate—within weeks, according to U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter.

4th November 2016 - CBN News

Christian World News

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May discusses his article Coming to America, and the genocide of Christians in the Middle East.

3rd November 2016 - The Long War Journal

Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s ‘grand jihad’ against the world

Thomas Joscelyn

For the first time in nearly a year, the Islamic State has released an audio message from its leader, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi.

3rd November 2016 - FDD's Long War Journal

Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s ‘grand jihad’ against the world

Thomas Joscelyn

For the first time in nearly a year, the Islamic State has released an audio message from its leader, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. The audio file was released online late yesterday by Al Furqan Establishment for Media Production, one of the group’s media arms.

2nd November 2016 - Quoted by Vivian Salama - Associated Press

US, Europe at odds over Revolutionary Guard-backed airline

Emanuele Ottolenghi

An Iranian airline, backed by the country's notorious Revolutionary Guard and used to ferry weapons and fighters to support Syria's government, has acquired rights to fly commercial routes in more than a dozen European and Asian countries in spite of U.S. terror-related sanctions.

2nd November 2016 - FDD's Long War Journal

Pentagon: Al Qaeda veteran in Syria was planning attacks against the West

Thomas Joscelyn

The Defense Department announced today that Haydar Kirkan, an al Qaeda veteran who was trained in Afghanistan during the 1990s, was killed in an airstrike in Idlib, Syria on Oct. 17. US intelligence officials concluded that Kirkan was planning attacks against the West.

2nd November 2016 - Quoted by Sean Savage -

New Lebanese president ‘icing on the cake’ of Hezbollah’s consolidation of power

Tony Badran

The Lebanese parliament elected Michael Aoun as its president Oct. 31, ending a two-and-half-year vacuum that threatened to destabilize the highly sectarian country.

31st October 2016 - Quoted by Lee Smith - Tablet Magazine

Assad Regime’s Grotesque PR Conference in Damascus Uses Reporters to Whitewash War Crimes

Tony Badran

Bashar al-Assad’s regime has pulled off a grotesque PR coup by corralling a number of prominent American journalists from outlets like The New York Times, National Public Radio, The Washington Post, and The New Yorker to participate in a conference designed to legitimize the rule of...

31st October 2016 - Quoted by Griff Witte, Carol Morello - The Washington Post

Kerry promises to work ‘to the last moment’ to end Syrian violence

Mark Dubowitz

U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry delivered an impassioned defense of diplomacy Monday, asserting that the nuclear deal he spearheaded with Iran had averted an almost-certain war and vowing to work “to the last moment” to achieve a lasting cease-fire in Syria.

31st October 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellow Thomas Joscelyn comments on the siege of Aleppo.

30th October 2016 - The Long War Journal

Jihadists and other rebels launch new offensive in Aleppo

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda’s rebranded guerrilla army in Syria and its jihadist allies are fighting alongside other rebels in an offensive intended to break the siege of Aleppo. The new effort is aimed at forces loyal to Bashar al Assad’s regime, as well as Assad’s Russian and Iranian-backed partners....

28th October 2016 - The Long War Journal

IRGC commander killed on eve of Aleppo battle

Amir Toumaj

The Jaysh al Fath and Fath Halab coalitions and their allies launched an anticipated major offensive today west of Aleppo in another bid to break the siege of rebel-held eastern Aleppo, according to Reuters.

27th October 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Boris Zilberman, Jonathan Schanzer, Yaya J. Fanusie

FDD Deputy Director of Congressional Relations, Boris Zilberman, discusses Russia in Syria. FDD's VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer comments on China in Israel and Obama's plans for the PA. Director of Analysis for FDD's Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance, Yaya Fanusie, talks on Bitcoin...

26th October 2016 - Quoted by Nick Wadhams - Chicago Tribune

U.S. stuck with nobody left to sanction in Russia over Syria

Eric B. Lorber

The U.S. put sanctions on Russia's main arms exporter, Kremlin aides and the black leather-loving head of a motorcycle gang nicknamed "The Surgeon" after the 2014 invasion of Ukraine.

24th October 2016 - The Long War Journal

IRGC to expand Basij special forces

Amir Toumaj

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) held a commemoration ceremony in Tehran on Friday for members of the Fatehin (“Conquerors”) Special Unit of the Basij paramilitary killed in combat in Syria.

18th October 2016 - The Long War Journal

A ‘lasting defeat’ of the Islamic State will be elusive

Bill Roggio

As the Iraqi government and Coalition forces launched the offensive to retake Mosul, the US military has optimistically said that the campaign will deal a “lasting defeat” to the Islamic State. But, if the recent history of the fight against jihadist groups in the Middle East, Africa,...

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

Russia may be getting ready ‘to level Aleppo to the ground’

Boris Zilberman

Russia announced on Tuesday that it would halt airstrikes on Syria's largest city, Aleppo, in preparation for an eight-hour cease-fire to be implemented later this week. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu made the announcement in a televised meeting with military officials, saying he...

17th October 2016 - The Long War Journal

Town of Dabiq falls to Turkish-backed forces

Thomas Joscelyn

Dabiq, a town in northern Syria that has been central to the Islamic State’s apocalyptic messaging, has fallen to rebel groups backed by Turkey.

15th October 2016 - Fox News

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Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses ISIS, Russia and Syria policies in the context of the upcoming election.


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