Analysis & Commentary

14th March 2016 - Quoted by Shane Dixon Kavanaugh - Vocativ

Did Jihadists In Syria Just Seize Another Cache Of US-Made Weapons?

Thomas Joscelyn

A trove of U.S.-supplied weapons and military equipment may have, once again, fallen into the hands of Islamist fighters following a clash between rival groups in northern Syria.

13th March 2016 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front raids rebel group’s headquarters in Idlib province, seizes weapons

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Nusrah Front and the 13th Division, a Syrian rebel group that has received US-made anti-tank TOW missiles, clashed in the past two days. The two sides have fought in Maarat al Numan, a town in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province, as well as in the surrounding area.

12th March 2016 - FOX News

America’s News HQ

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses ISIS violence against Christians.

10th March 2016 - Quoted by Sean Savage - JNS

Does the Syrian civil war make Hezbollah less or more of a threat to Israel?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The seemingly endless five-year-old Syrian civil war has presented Israel with a number of complex threats, including the rise of the Islamic State terror group. Yet most Israeli leaders believe that the Iranian-funded Lebanese terrorist organization Hezbollah remains by far the Jewish...

10th March 2016 - Quoted by Katherine Gypson, Jeff Seldin, Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

Concerns Dampen Hopes of Major Break in IS Data Breach

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Nagging doubts are tempering expectations that a purported trove of data files stolen from Islamic State will help unmask the terror group's foreign fighter network and perhaps lead to a crippling blow against the self-declared caliphate.

9th March 2016 - The Long War Journal

US targeted senior Islamic State military commander in airstrike in Syria

Bill Roggio

The US military said it targeted and may have killed a senior military commander in an airstrike on March 4 in northern Syria. The commander, Tarkhan Tayumurazovich Batirashvili, who is better known as Omar al Shishani (the Chechen), played an important role in the Islamic State’s military...

4th March 2016 - Quoted by Mosaic

What Is the U.S. Doing in Syria?

Tony Badran

According to Tony Badran, Washington has been pressuring the rebel forces fighting Bashar al-Assad to give in, and pressuring the Sunni states to reduce their backing of these forces.

2nd March 2016 - Tablet Magazine

What the United States Is Really Doing in Syria

Tony Badran

Whether they support or oppose it, most observers converge on viewing President Barack Obama’s Syria policy as generally marked by passive detachment. After all, the president ignored the recommendations of many of his cabinet members and close advisers to arm Syrian rebels in 2012, or to...

2nd March 2016 - Foreign Policy

If the Kurds Go Broke, It’s Lights Out for Obama’s War on the Islamic State

John Hannah

Here’s a worrying bit of news: America’s best ally in the war against the Islamic State, Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), is nearly broke. That’s a major problem, especially as the U.S.-led coalition gears up for its most difficult battle yet: the effort to liberate Mosul,...

1st March 2016 - Standpoint

Syria: Barack’s Boomerang?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Barack Obama no doubt views his foreign policy legacy as a list of successes. He disentangled the US from the imbroglio of Iraq. He turned the page with Cuba. And he sealed the nuclear deal with Iran. Yet this list of seemingly impressive achievements — many of which, like the Iran deal,...

29th February 2016 - CTV

CTV News

Tony Badran

Tony Badran, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, discusses the Syrian cease-fire.

27th February 2016 - Quoted by Deniz Arslan - Today's Zaman

Turkey needs to readjust Syria policy to avoid further damage

Turkey's policies concerning Syria have eroded the country's international position more than any other factor due to their encouragement of radical jihadists in the fight against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, stirring up of sectarian conflicts and mismanagement of relations with the...

26th February 2016 - 105.1 WAVA

The Don Kroah Show

Clifford D. May

FDD President Cliff May discusses his Washington Times Column "Bystanders to Genocide."

26th February 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

David Andrew Weinberg

FDD senior fellow David Andrew Weinberg discusses Saudi Arabia, possible intervention in Syria, and more.

25th February 2016 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Russia says there is no ‘plan B’ for Syria - but its airstrikes tell a different story

Tony Badran

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters on Thursday that there is no "plan B" on Syria's ceasefire agreement and will not be one, according to Reuters.

25th February 2016 - Quoted by Michael Weiss - The Daily Beast

Does Obama Want to Carve Up Syria?

Tony Badran

A stray comment by John Kerry this week—laying out a last-ditch, now-don’t-hold-me-to-this prescription for ending a modern and globally transformative holocaust—acknowledges an unfolding reality.

24th February 2016 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

The Saudis are ‘drawing lines in the sand’ — and showing they are serious about confronting Iran

Tony Badran

Saudi Arabia warned its citizens against traveling to Lebanon on Tuesday after one of its biggest allies, the United Arab Emirates, banned travel to Lebanon altogether.

24th February 2016 - CBC Radio

The Current with Anna Tremonti

Merve Tahiroglu

FDD research associate Merve Tahiroglu joins a panel to discuss the actions of the major players in Syria and their end goal.

23rd February 2016 - Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

Beyond Syria and Iraq: ISIS is losing ground around the world

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Libyan fighters are celebrating a major victory on Tuesday: They've driven ISIS out of parts of Benghazi, eastern Libya's largest city, building on advances in and around the city on Sunday.

23rd February 2016 - Quoted Michael Rubin - Commentary

Are Syria’s Kurds Really Pro-Assad?

Tony Badran

Among supporters of the Syrian opposition, there is increasing cynicism (if not occasional disdain) toward the People’s Protection Units, better known by their Kurdish acronym the YPG.


Tony Badran

Research Fellow

John Cappello

Senior Fellow

Eric S. Edelman

Senior Advisor

Aykan Erdemir

Senior Fellow


More Experts...

No results matched your query.

More Events...