Analysis & Commentary

16th March 2014 - RadioLive, New Zealand

Sunday Morning with Wallace Chapman

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The ongoing Syria conflict.

15th March 2014 - Quoted by Raed Omari, Al Arabiya

Syria to Remain Unchanged in 2014

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The deadly Syrian crisis has officially entered its fourth year just very recently with nothing changing on the ground except certainly for the number of reported causalities...

14th March 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front, Free Syrian Army Launch Joint Operation

Bill Roggio

The Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, teamed up with a Free Syrian Army unit known as the

13th March 2014 - CBN News


Tony Badran

FDD's Tony Badran discusses the humanitarian crisis in Syria and the country's future.

12th March 2014 - Sirius XM

Washington Al Mundo

David Andrew Weinberg

Saudi Arabia, the Muslim Brotherhood, Syria, and Egypt.

12th March 2014 - Quoted by AFP

No Solutions in Sight as Syria War Enters Fourth Year

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Syrian conflict has claimed more than 140,000 lives, nearly half of the population is displaced, the rebellion has been hijacked by jihadists, and President Bashar...

11th March 2014 - New York Daily News

Not Quiet on the Northern Front

Benjamin Weinthal

The disintegration of the Syrian state into warring enclaves is bringing with it new challenges and threats for Israel. Alarm bells have now been sounded on Israel'’...

11th March 2014 - The Long War Journal

9/11 Recruiter Reportedly Freed in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Mohammed Zammar, the al Qaeda operative responsible for recruiting the suicide-hijack pilots for the 9/11 attacks, has reportedly been freed

11th March 2014 - The New York Times

The World Senses Our Wariness of Power

Reuel Marc Gerecht

With this administration, it’s always tricky, if not impossible, to separate intention from naiveté, and idealism from “realism.” Barack Obama came into office mistrusting American hegemony...

10th March 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda-affiliated Groups Claim Credit for Joint Attack on Hezbollah

Thomas Joscelyn

he Abdullah Azzam Brigades and the Al Nusrah Front in Lebanon have claimed joint responsibility for rocket attacks on Hezbollah's "strongholds."

10th March 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The foreign fighters in Syria.

9th March 2014 - Quoted by Zuber Hewrami, Rudaw

Speakers at US Senate Hearing Warn About Spillover of Syria War

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Speakers at a panel hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee warned about the spillover of the Syrian conflict across borders, the need to strengthen moderate...

7th March 2014 - The Long War Journal

Russian-speaking Jihadists Execute Syrians in Aleppo

Bill Roggio

A video of jihadists executing a group of Syrians in the city of Aleppo has emerged. The execution is carried out by Russian-speaking fighters,

7th March 2014 - Forbes

The Amazing Coincidences of Iran’s Javad Zarif

Claudia Rosett

On Wednesday, in the Red Sea, Israeli commandos intercepted a freighter carrying a secret cargo of munitions loaded in Iran and hidden under bags of cement.

7th March 2014 - Quoted by Zeina Karam, The Associated Press

Militant Grip Transforms, Terrorizes Syrian City

Thomas Joscelyn

Once a vibrant, religiously mixed community, Syria's eastern city of Raqqa is now a shell of its former self, terrorized by hard-line militants who have turned it into...

7th March 2014 - Quoted by Middle East Online

Syria War May Grind on for Decade

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The brutal war in Syria could grind on for a decade as Iran and Russia prop up President Bashar al-Assad's regime and jihadist groups flood the battlefield, experts...

7th March 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Saudi Arabia Moves Against the Muslim Brotherhood

David Andrew Weinberg

Saudi Arabia escalated its campaign against the Muslim Brotherhood today by including the organization on a controversial new list of terrorist movements.

7th March 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Claudia Rosett

The Iranian-Syrian weapon shipment bound for Gaza that was intercepted by the Israeli navy.

7th March 2014 - Quoted by AFP

Syria War May Last 10 More Years: Experts

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The brutal war in Syria could grind on for a decade as Iran and Russia prop up President Bashar al-Assad's regime and jihadist groups flood the battlefield...

6th March 2014 - Hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Syria Spillover: The Growing Threat of Terrorism and Sectarianism in the Middle East

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Chairman Menendez, Ranking Member Corker, and distinguished members of the committee, on behalf of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies,it is an honor to appear before you to discuss the spillover effect of the Syria conflict.


Ali Alfoneh

Senior Fellow

Tony Badran

Research Fellow, Levant

Mark Dubowitz

Executive Director

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Senior Fellow

cia, iran, iraq

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