Analysis & Commentary


31st October 2016 - Quoted by Lee Smith - Tablet Magazine

Assad Regime’s Grotesque PR Conference in Damascus Uses Reporters to Whitewash War Crimes

Tony Badran

Bashar al-Assad’s regime has pulled off a grotesque PR coup by corralling a number of prominent American journalists from outlets like The New York Times, National Public Radio, The Washington Post, and The New Yorker to participate in a conference designed to legitimize the rule of...

31st October 2016 - Quoted by Griff Witte, Carol Morello - The Washington Post

Kerry promises to work ‘to the last moment’ to end Syrian violence

Mark Dubowitz

U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry delivered an impassioned defense of diplomacy Monday, asserting that the nuclear deal he spearheaded with Iran had averted an almost-certain war and vowing to work “to the last moment” to achieve a lasting cease-fire in Syria.

31st October 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellow Thomas Joscelyn comments on the siege of Aleppo.

30th October 2016 - The Long War Journal

Jihadists and other rebels launch new offensive in Aleppo

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda’s rebranded guerrilla army in Syria and its jihadist allies are fighting alongside other rebels in an offensive intended to break the siege of Aleppo. The new effort is aimed at forces loyal to Bashar al Assad’s regime, as well as Assad’s Russian and Iranian-backed partners....

28th October 2016 - The Long War Journal

IRGC commander killed on eve of Aleppo battle

Amir Toumaj

The Jaysh al Fath and Fath Halab coalitions and their allies launched an anticipated major offensive today west of Aleppo in another bid to break the siege of rebel-held eastern Aleppo, according to Reuters.

27th October 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Boris Zilberman, Jonathan Schanzer, Yaya J. Fanusie

FDD Deputy Director of Congressional Relations, Boris Zilberman, discusses Russia in Syria. FDD's VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer comments on China in Israel and Obama's plans for the PA. Director of Analysis for FDD's Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance, Yaya Fanusie, talks on Bitcoin...

26th October 2016 - Quoted by Nick Wadhams - Chicago Tribune

U.S. stuck with nobody left to sanction in Russia over Syria

The U.S. put sanctions on Russia's main arms exporter, Kremlin aides and the black leather-loving head of a motorcycle gang nicknamed "The Surgeon" after the 2014 invasion of Ukraine.

24th October 2016 - The Long War Journal

IRGC to expand Basij special forces

Amir Toumaj

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) held a commemoration ceremony in Tehran on Friday for members of the Fatehin (“Conquerors”) Special Unit of the Basij paramilitary killed in combat in Syria.

18th October 2016 - The Long War Journal

A ‘lasting defeat’ of the Islamic State will be elusive

Bill Roggio

As the Iraqi government and Coalition forces launched the offensive to retake Mosul, the US military has optimistically said that the campaign will deal a “lasting defeat” to the Islamic State. But, if the recent history of the fight against jihadist groups in the Middle East, Africa,...

18th October 2016 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Russia may be getting ready ‘to level Aleppo to the ground’

Boris Zilberman

Russia announced on Tuesday that it would halt airstrikes on Syria's largest city, Aleppo, in preparation for an eight-hour cease-fire to be implemented later this week. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu made the announcement in a televised meeting with military officials, saying he...

17th October 2016 - The Long War Journal

Town of Dabiq falls to Turkish-backed forces

Thomas Joscelyn

Dabiq, a town in northern Syria that has been central to the Islamic State’s apocalyptic messaging, has fallen to rebel groups backed by Turkey.

15th October 2016 - Fox News

America’s News HQ

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses ISIS, Russia and Syria policies in the context of the upcoming election.

15th October 2016 - Quoted by Saagar Enjeti - The Daily Caller

Just How Much Of An Ally Is Jordan Against ISIS?

Bill Roggio

When the Islamic State burned a Jordanian pilot to death in a cage in February 2015, King Abdullah of Jordan vowed to crush ISIS until his military runs “out of fuel and bullets.”

13th October 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Clifford D. May, David Andrew Weinberg

FDD President Clifford May discusses the risks surrounding Syrian Christians, accompanied by FDD senior fellow David Weinberg commenting on Houthi missiles off of Yemen.

12th October 2016 - CCTV

The Heat

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the Syrian war and foreign actors role in the ongoing conflict.

10th October 2016 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

Why Aren’t Coalition Forces Planning Raqqa Assault?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Which city is more important for the Islamic State, Syria's Raqqa, the capital of the terror group's self-styled caliphate, or Iraq's Mosul, the much bigger city where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced more than two years ago the creation of his caliphate straddling Iraq and Syria?

10th October 2016 - The Long War Journal

Number of suicide attacks claimed by the Islamic State dipped in September

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency claims that the group launched 53 “martyrdom operations” in Iraq and Syria during the month of September.

10th October 2016 - The Long War Journal

Qassem Soleimani: Islamic State was created to fight Iran

Amir Toumaj

The top commander and clerical representative of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) external operations wing, the Qods Force, recently delivered speeches in Tehran and Damascus commemorating the first anniversary of the death of Brigadier General Hossein Hamedani, the most...

10th October 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellow Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio discuss the decline of IS suicide attacks, the Taliban's offensive and al Qaeda in Syria.

6th October 2016 - Quoted by Brian Bennett, W.J. Hennigan, Nabih Bulos - The Los Angeles Times

Al Qaeda-founded rebel group’s growth underscores U.S. challenges in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

As Islamic State has lost fighters and territory over the last year, an Al Qaeda-founded militant group in Syria has grown in strength, establishing a reputation as the most ferocious fighting force against Bashar Assad’s government.

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