Analysis & Commentary


16th December 2013 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Drone strikes in Yemen and jihadist groups in Syria.

16th December 2013 - CTV News

News Update

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's Jonathan Schanzer analyzes the recent outbreak of fighting on the Lebanese-Israeli border and reports of jihadist gains in Syria.

14th December 2013 - The Long War Journal

Popular Saudi Cleric Endorses Islamic Front, Calls for Cooperation with al Qaeda

Thomas Joscelyn

Dr. Abdallah Muhammad al Muhaysini, a popular Saudi cleric who has relocated to Syria, has used his highly trafficked social media presence to endorse...

13th December 2013 - The Blaze

Real News

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's Jonathan Schanzer comments on reports that moderate Syrian rebels are losing ground and that extremist groups with ties to al Qaeda are taking...

11th December 2013 - Quoted by Lee Smith, The Weekly Standard

Seymour Hersh and Assad’s Nun Spin a Story

Tony Badran

Over the weekend, Seymour Hersh published an article in the London Review of Books claiming that the Obama administration got it wrong regarding the...

11th December 2013 - The Long War Journal

Islamic Front Brigade Launches Joint Raid with al Qaeda’s Syrian Branches

Bill Roggio

The Ahrar al Sham Islamic Movement, one of six units of the newly formed Islamic Front, conducted a joint raid with al Qaeda's two official branches...

9th December 2013 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda's operations in Syria, Afghanistan, and the broader Middle East.

9th December 2013 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer, The Daily Beast

Syria’s Jihadists Linked to Organized Crime

Jonathan Schanzer

Syria’s insurgent militias are becoming ever more enmeshed with organized crime, blurring the line between insurgents and racketeers and undermining the rebels’...

5th December 2013 - FDD Policy Brief

Who Took Out Hezbollah’s Hassan al-Laqqis?

Tony Badran

Minutes after Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah finished a lengthy televised appearance late Tuesday night, a team of unknown assailants assassinated...

5th December 2013 - The Long War Journal

4 Battalions From Qatar-Backed Islamist Brigade Defect to Wage ‘Armed Jihadist Struggle’

Bill Roggio

Four battalions from the Ahfad al Rasoul Brigade, a large rebel group in Syria that is funded by the Qatari government, defected and vowed to continue to fight...

5th December 2013 - FDD Policy Brief

Saudi Clerics Endorse Jihadists in Syria

David Andrew Weinberg

A group of 72 preachers and religious scholars from Saudi Arabia published a petition yesterday endorsing the Islamic Front in Syria. The Islamic Front was formed...

4th December 2013 - Quoted by David Kenner, Foreign Policy

Afghan Militants Join Syria’s Civil War, As If It Wasn’t Awful Enough

Ali Alfoneh

As Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gained the upper hand over an internal uprising in the past year, he received a major boost from his allies across the...

4th December 2013 - NOW

Radical Rupture

Tony Badran

President Obama is overseeing a radical rupture with past American policy in the Middle East. Now that it has been confirmed that Washington has been...

3rd December 2013 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Michael Ledeen

The Obama Administration's Iran and Syria policies.

3rd December 2013 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer, VOA News

Syrian Rebels Face Pressure on Multiple Fronts

Jonathan Schanzer

Syrian rebels battling to oust President Bashar al-Assad are now facing determined government military offensives on three fronts in the north and west and...

2nd December 2013 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda-linked groups in Syria.

2nd December 2013 - CTV News

News Update

Clifford D. May

FDD's Clifford May provides analysis of a recent United Nations inquiry which found "massive evidence" of war crimes committed by the Syrian regime.

28th November 2013 - The Long War Journal

Islamic Front Endorses Jihad, Says ‘the Muhajireen are Our Brothers’

Bill Roggio

The Islamic Front, a newly formed coalition of Syrian Islamist groups that cooperate with al Qaeda and is estimated at 45,000 fighters, released its charter...

28th November 2013 - The Jerusalem Post

Watchdog Says Syria Most Dangerous Country for Journalists

Benjamin Weinthal

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said on Tuesday that the civil war in Syria posed the greatest danger for working reporters in conflict areas.

27th November 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISIS Praises Slain Commander Who Fought in Iraq, Libya, and Syria

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, one of two official al Qaeda branches operating in Syria, praised a Libyan commander who had fought in Iraq and Libya...

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