Analysis & Commentary


9th September 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Coalition-backed forces push into Syria’s Kahbur River valley

Thomas Joscelyn

The US-led coalition has announced a new offensive against the Islamic State in eastern Syria. The offensive, named “Operation Jazeera Storm,” aims to clear the so-called caliphate out of territory north of the city of Deir Ezzor.

9th September 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

The IRGC touts drone strikes against the Islamic State

Amir Toumaj

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has promoted its drone strikes against the Islamic State near the Iraqi border in Syria. The IRGC says the strikes were carried out as “revenge” for an Iranian soldier who was beheaded by the so-called caliphate.

8th September 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

The Assad Regime’s Chemical Weapons Problem

David Adesnik

Israeli warplanes struck a suspected chemical weapons facility yesterday morning in northwest Syria. Local observers said the airstrikes also targeted an adjacent military site where Iranian and Hezbollah personnel had previously been spotted.

7th September 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US says 2 more senior Islamic State leaders killed near Mayadin, Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The US-led coalition announced today that two more senior Islamic State leaders were killed near Mayadin, which has become a hub for the self-declared caliphate in eastern Syria. The US has announced the deaths of at least fourteen key Islamic State figures in the area since April.

7th September 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Israeli airstrikes target suspected chemical weapons facility in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Israel struck a suspected chemical weapons facility near Masyaf, Syria earlier today. The facility may have been run by the Syrian regime's Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC), which has been sanctioned by the US government for its role in producing chemical weapons and the means...

6th September 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State loses more ground in Raqqa, Deir Ezzor

Thomas Joscelyn

As US-backed forces seize the city of Raqqa, the Syrian regime moves to retake ground in Deir Ezzor, where the Islamic State has laid siege to Bashar al Assad's forces since 2014. Assad's regime has received a boost from Iranian-sponsored militias, as well as the Russians, during its recent...

3rd September 2017 - Interviewed by Laurie Mylroie - Kurdistan 24

John Hannah: US and the Kurdistan Region need to work together closely

John Hannah

John Hannah served as national security advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney, and he is now a senior counselor at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.

3rd September 2017 - Quoted by Paul D. Shinkman - U.S. News & World Report

Al-Qaida on the Rise in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The group that launched the Sept. 11 attacks, waged insurgent war against U.S. forces in Afghanistan, catalyzed extremist movements in places like Iraq, Yemen, Somalia and North Africa, and was supposed to have been all but "decimated" and hiding in Pakistan's tribal regions has found new...

1st September 2017 - Quoted by Tom Rogan - The Washington Examiner

How the US military is trolling ISIS

Thomas Joscelyn

1st September 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

Iran’s Hold on Syria and its Threat to Israel are Direct Results of Nuclear Deal

John Hannah

The former Obama administration ambassador to Syria said this week that Iran’s presence in Syria is “the new reality that we have to accept, and there isn’t much we can do about it,” and that this reality “has made the situation worse for Israel.”

31st August 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Clifford D. May

FDD president Clifford May joins the John Batchelor Show to talk about how Iran recruits Afghans to fight for Assad in Syria.

30th August 2017 - C-SPAN

Iran’s Nuclear, Regional and Proxy Challenges (Heritage Center event)

Mark Dubowitz

Since the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, Tehran has continued its malign policies in the Middle East, particularly in Iraq, Syria and Yemen.

30th August 2017 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - VOA News

Syrian Conflict Endgame Presents Dizzying Picture of Temporary Deals

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The latest phase in the long-running Syrian conflict is presenting a dizzying picture of strange bedfellows and temporary battlefield deals as sectarian groups, President Bashar al-Assad and overseas powers, including the United States, Russia and Iran, maneuver to gain an edge or to steer...

30th August 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US airstrike prevents Islamic State fighters from reaching eastern Syria

Amir Toumaj

The US-led coalition carried out an air strike to block Islamic State fighters from reaching eastern Syria after they were evacuated from Lebanon. As part of the deal, the Islamic State was to hand over the body of an IRGC fighter who has become a household name in Iran.

24th August 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Mark Dubowitz

Iran is suspected paying for North Korean chemical weapons to Syria. FDD CEO Mark Dubowitz joins the John Batchelor Show to discuss this development.

24th August 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Mark Dubowitz

FDD's Mark Dubowitz discusses Iran's suspected funding for North Korean chemical weapons to Syria.

24th August 2017 - i24 News

Crossroads

Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir joins Crossroads on i24 News to discuss the Kurdish referendum

24th August 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

Photos Show Iran Flying Soldiers to Syria in Civilian Craft, Violating Nuclear Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Pictures have emerged of troops headed to Syria to fight in support of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad in planes marked with the insignia of Iran Air, Iran’s national airline.

24th August 2017 - Quoted by Lara Marlowe - The Irish Times

Islamic State adds a layer of sophistication in Europe

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Though Islamic State claimed responsibility for twin attacks that killed 15 people in Spain last week, the level of involvement by the “caliphate” is not yet clear.

24th August 2017 - Quoted by Benny Avni - The New York Post

Meet the new Axis of Evil

Mark Dubowitz

Riddle me this: Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, who’s broke, buys chemical weapons from North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, who needs the cash. So who foots the bill?

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