Analysis & Commentary


20th July 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Hezbollah has ‘about 7,000 fighters’ in Syria, US says

Thomas Joscelyn

A newly released report by the State Department underscores the degree to which Iran and its terrorist proxies have expanded their footprint in Syria during the war.

19th July 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

Fmr. Israeli Security Chief: Iranian Land Corridor, Bases in Syria Biggest Threats to Israel

Jonathan Schanzer

Iran’s efforts to build a “direct corridor” from Baghdad to the Mediterranean Sea and further entrench itself militarily in Syria are two of Israel’s most pressing concerns, Israel’s former national security adviser said Monday.

18th July 2017 - Quoted by Max Boot - Commentary

Trump’s Naïveté on Display in Syria

Eric S. Edelman

In point of fact, the Syrian ceasefire agreement between the U.S. and Russia did nothing more than ratify a unilateral truce announced the previous week by the Syrian government in this area so that Bashar Assad could focus his hard-pressed forces on other parts of the country.

17th July 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss what happens now that Mosul has been reclaimed, and what they next generation of the Islamic State might be.

14th July 2017 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - VOA News

Down But Not Out: West Faces Long War Against Islamic State

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

America's top envoy to the coalition battling the Islamic State, Brett McGurk, declared last month open season on the terror group's foreign recruits in the besieged northern Syrian city.

13th July 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

The terrorist diaspora: After the fall of the caliphate

Thomas Joscelyn

Thomas Joscelyn’s testimony before the House Homeland Security Committee’s Task Force on Denying Terrorists Entry into the United States.

12th July 2017 - WTOP

The National Security Podcast with JJ Green

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Behnam Ben Taleblu, senior Iran analyst at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, joins the program to break down the implications of IS group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadial-Baghdadi's status, his elusiveness and what happens after he and his so-called caliphate pass from the scene....

10th July 2017 - Quoted by Russ Read - Daily Caller

How Trump’s Syria Ceasefire Could Backfire In Iran’s Favor

Jonathan Schanzer

he U.S. hopes the agreement will stop cross-border issues between Israel and Syria, but the Israelis are concerned that this potential short-term gain will enable Iran to bolster its proxies in the region, most notably Hezbollah, creating a long-term problem.

10th July 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn discusses the US's successful push against the Islamic State in Raqqa.

9th July 2017 - Quoted by Cristina Cifuentes - Latercera

¿Se acerca el resurgimiento de Al Qaeda?

La organización terrorista fue eclipsada por el auge del Estado Islámico, pero los analistas señalan que ha cambiado su imagen y que sigue siendo fuerte.

9th July 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Jihadists claim to crack down on Islamic State cells in Idlib, Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Hay’at Tahrir al Sham (the “Assembly for the Liberation of the Levant,” or HTS), an insurgent coalition of several groups, claims to have launched security operations targeting Islamic State cells throughout the Syrian province of Idlib.

5th July 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US citizen pleaded guilty to training with al Qaeda in Syria, plotting attack

Thomas Joscelyn

On June 29, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, a 25-year-old US citizen and resident of Columbus, Ohio, pleaded guilty to various terror-related charges.

4th July 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US-backed forces enter Islamic State stronghold within Raqqa

Thomas Joscelyn

Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have entered the Old City of Raqqa, according to the US military and posts on the SDF’s social media.

1st July 2017 - Fox News

Journal Editorial Report

Clifford D. May

FDD president Clifford May discusses Trump administration warning about Syria launching chemical attacks.

29th June 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Tony Badran

FDD senior fellow Tony Badran discusses Syria as ISIS disappears.

28th June 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

Syrian Opposition: Assad Visited Iranian Chemical Weapons Facility

Benjamin Weinthal

A Syrian opposition website claimed on Wednesday that President Bashar al-Assad recently visited an Iranian-run chemical weapons and missile production facility, The Time of Israel reported.

27th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Qods Day commemorations highlight Tehran’s global reach

Amir Toumaj

The Islamic Republic of Iran and its allies abroad on Friday commemorated Qods (Jerusalem) Day, an annual event held on the last Friday of Ramadan and established by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to express support for Palestinians and opposition to Israel.

27th June 2017 - Quoted by Shoshana Bryen - Gatestone Institute

Looking the Wrong Way on Iran

Emanuele Ottolenghi

We have been looking in the wrong direction. While the West was hoping temporarily to check Iran's nuclear aspirations, Iran was making plans to advance on the ground and in the water -- and the plans are unfolding nicely. For Iran.

23rd June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Key Islamic State ‘finance emir’ killed in eastern Syria, US says

Thomas Joscelyn

US Central Command (CENTCOM) announced today that Fawaz Muhammad Jubayr al-Rawi, a facilitator who handled millions of dollars for the Islamic State, was killed in a June 16 airstrike in Abu Kamal, Syria.

22nd June 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD Senior Iran Analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu discusses Iran ballistic missile fire in Syria.

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