Analysis & Commentary


8th June 2017 - Quoted by David Des Roches - War on the Rocks

A Base is More Than Buildings: The Military Implications of the Qatar Crisis

Mary Beth Long

The Gulf Cooperation Council is a military alliance that aspires to be a Middle Eastern NATO, but lately it looks more like a fraternity expelling a chronically misbehaving brother. Since Donald Trump departed Riyadh with a strong message of solidarity and support from most Sunni Muslim...

8th June 2017 - Quoted by Micah Meadowcroft - The Washington Free Beacon

U.S. Support of Syrian Kurds Has Not Hurt U.S.-Turkish Relations

The U.S. arming of the Kurdish YPG fighters who are pushing to take Raqqa, Syria, has not damaged relations between Turkey and the United States, said experts at a Wednesday panel at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

8th June 2017 - Quoted by Anna Ahronheim, Michael Wilner - The Jerusalem Post

What makes US-Israel Defense Ties so ‘Rock Solid’?

Jonathan Schanzer

Three years into his tenure as chief of staff of the Israeli military, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot has a "rock solid" relationship with his American counterpart, General Joseph Dunford, sources around the general say.

8th June 2017 - Quoted by Micah Meadowcroft - The Washington Free Beacon

U.S. Support of Syrian Kurds Has Not Hurt U.S.-Turkish Relations

Aykan Erdemir, John Hannah

The U.S. arming of the Kurdish YPG fighters who are pushing to take Raqqa, Syria, has not damaged relations between Turkey and the United States, said experts at a Wednesday panel at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

8th June 2017 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iranian Drone Shadows U.S. Forces In Syria Day Before Attack

Tony Badran

Iran released video footage showing a drone shadowing U.S. military forces operating in Syria just a day before an unmanned aerial vehicle launched a strike on American forces in the war-torn country, a move that has raised concerns among U.S. officials about the Islamic Republic's...

7th June 2017 - Quoted by Guy Taylor, Carlo Munoz - The Washington Times

Islamic State claims deadly attacks in Tehran, but Iran points fingers at Saudi Arabia and Trump

Brazen terrorist attacks against Iran’s parliament and the mausoleum of the Islamic republic’s founding ayatollah escalated tensions across the Middle East on Wednesday, with Iranian officials quickly blaming rival Saudi Arabia, even though the Islamic State group claimed responsibility...

7th June 2017 - Quoted by Tim Hume - Vice News

Why ISIS Just Attacked Its “Mortal Enemy” Iran for the First Time

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for deadly gun and bomb attacks in the heart of Iran’s capital Wednesday that killed at least 12 and injured 42 more. The attacks represent ISIS’ first strike on Iranian soil, providing a significant morale boost for the Islamists and...

7th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Afghan Fatemiyoun Division operative killed near US base in southeastern Syria

Amir Toumaj

Iranian media announced the death of an Afghan militiaman in the vicinity of Tanf military base in southeastern Syria on Monday, where coalition forces are training Syrian insurgents fighting the Islamic State.

6th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US warplanes again strike militias near Syrian-Jordanian border

Bill Roggio

The US military again launched airstrikes against forces loyal to the Syrian government after they entered the “deconfliction zone” near At Tanf in southeastern Syria.

6th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Anti-Islamic State coalition begins Raqqah offensive

Bill Roggio

A coalition of anti-Islamic State groups backed by the United States has officially begun its assault on the jihadist-held city of Raqqah in northern Syria.

4th June 2017 - Radio Free Europe

Majlis Podcast

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir, and research associate Merve Tahiroglu, discuss the state of Central Asians who join extremist groups in Iraq and Syria.

3rd June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iran tests the US in southeastern Syria

Amir Toumaj

Major powers involved in the Syrian war are racing to maximize gains from the crumbling Islamic State in southern and eastern Syria.

2nd June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Qassem Soleimani spotted near the Syrian border with Iraqi militias

Amir Toumaj

Major General Qassem Soleimani, the chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ extraterritorial operations branch the Qods Force, has been photographed with Iranian-backed Iraqi militias of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) in the northwestern countryside of Iraq near the Syrian...

1st June 2017 - Quoted by Louis Jacobson - Politifact

Is ISIS ‘infiltrating America and using Syrians to do it’?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In the hard-fought special election to fill a vacant, Atlanta-area congressional seat, a Republican group’s ad blares the alarm about terrorism on U.S. soil.

26th May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

CENTCOM: Three senior Islamic State foreign fighters killed

Thomas Joscelyn

US Central Command (CENTCOM) announced today that “three senior foreign fighters” in the Islamic State were killed near the Iraqi-Syrian border in recent weeks. Two of them, Mustafa Gunes and Abu Asim al-Jazaeri, were allegedly involved in planning attacks abroad. And the third,...

20th May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: Hezbollah redeploys forces after withdrawal from Syrian-Lebanese border positions

David Daoud

Last week, Hezbollah’s Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah gave a televised speech on Al-Manar on the anniversary of the assassination of the group’s commander, Mustafa Badreddine. In addition to his usual anti-Israel and anti-Saudi diatribes, Nasrallah announced the withdrawal of...

19th May 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Tony Badran

FDD senior fellow Tony Badran discusses the US expeditionary force on the Syria-Jordan border.

17th May 2017 - Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

U.S. extends Iran nuclear sanctions relief, adds other sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration Wednesday issued a temporary waiver for sanctions involving the Iran nuclear deal, but added new names to a growing list of Iranian and Syrian targets accused of supporting Iran’s illicit missile programs, human rights abuses or terrorism.

17th May 2017 - Quoted by Kimberly Dozier - The Daily Beast

U.S. Slaps New Sanctions on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration announced a series of punitive moves Wednesday against Iranian defense officials to send a signal that Iran’s ballistic missile program and support for terrorism won’t be tolerated, a senior administration official told The Daily Beast Tuesday.

16th May 2017 - Tablet Magazine

Assad’s Industrial Killing Machine

Tony Badran

On Monday, the State Department revealed that it possessed evidence that Syria’s Bashar al-Assad regime was operating an industrial crematorium at the Saydnaya military prison outside Damascus. Stuart Jones, acting assistant secretary for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, said that the...

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