Analysis & Commentary

12th November 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Tony Badran

FDD research fellow Tony Badran comments on Russia's incursion into Syria.

11th November 2015 - The Canadian Jewish News

How Canada Can Help Stem The Syrian Refugee Crisis

Sheryl Saperia

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing the complexities of implementing his laudable campaign pledge to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by the end of the year.

11th November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Assad Regime, Allies Break Islamic State’s Siege of Air Base in Aleppo

Thomas Joscelyn

The Syrian Army and allied forces have broken the Islamic State’s siege of the Kweiris air base in Aleppo province, according to Bashar al Assad’s regime and independent sources.

9th November 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellow Bill Roggio discusses Russian strikes in Syria, IRGC deaths in Syria, and Afghanistan.

9th November 2015 - CNBC

The Rundown

Tony Badran

FDD fellow Tony Badran comments on the crisis in Syria, Benjamin Netanyahu's visit, and Iran's role in regional turmoil.

6th November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Russian Airstrikes Target Islamic State in Multiple Locations Throughout Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

In the past week, the Islamic State released dozens of pictures allegedly depicting the aftermath of recent Russian airstrikes in Syria. At least two photosets focus on the city of Raqqa, the de facto home of the “caliphate.” The images from Raqqa show buildings reduced to rubble,...

5th November 2015 - Newsmax TV`

The Hard Line

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi, senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, and Jess McHugh, International Business Times journalist, discuss Russia's continued influence in the Middle East, Vladimir Putin's attempt to broker a Syrian conflict peace deal in Moscow, and the...

5th November 2015 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Iranian Commanders Refuse Orders to Fight in Syria, Report Says

Iran's increasing military involvement in Syria to sustain President Bashar Assad’s regime is costing more and more casualties and top commanders of the elite Revolutionary Guards force have been charged with mutiny and treason for refusing orders to fight there, a pan-Arab daily newspaper...

5th November 2015 - FOX Business

Lou Dobbs Tonight

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford D. May comments on Russia, Syria, and U.S. foreign policy.

5th November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Front Group Claims Success in Key Syrian Town

Thomas Joscelyn

Jund al Aqsa, an al Qaeda front group in Syria, claims to have seized much of the town of Morek from Bashar al Assad’s regime. The town sits on a major highway connecting the cities of Aleppo and Hama. The group posted celebratory photos (seen above and below) on its official Twitter feed...

5th November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Senior IRGC Officers Killed During Fighting in Syria

Bill Roggio

A brigadier general and a colonel from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) were killed while fighting jihadists and rebels in Syria over the past several weeks. Nine other IRGC members were also killed during that time.

3rd November 2015 - Sirius XM

The Arlene Bynon Show

Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD senior fellow Emanuele Ottolenghi discusses the conflict in Syria.

3rd November 2015 - The Blaze


James Woolsey

FDD Chairman R. James Woolsey discusses Obama saying he didn't break his promise sending troops to Syria.

2nd November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Chief Calls for Jihadist Unity to ‘Liberate Jerusalem’

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda has released a new audio message from Ayman al Zawahiri, who addresses recent events at the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. The audio speech is embedded in a video that is nearly 16 minutes long and features archival footage of Osama bin Laden, a still image of Zawahiri, and scrolling...

2nd November 2015 - Quoted by VICE News

Al Qaeda Leader Calls for Jihadist Unity to Fight ‘Satanic Alliance’

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri released a new message late on Sunday that called for a united jihadist front against "the satanic alliance that attacks Islam."

30th October 2015 - Tablet Magazine

Obama Licenses Iran To Ship Missiles to Hezbollah

Tony Badran

The logical endgame of President Obama’s Iran policy and his “roundtable” approach to Syria has always been to offer American protection for Iranian missile shipments to Hezbollah.

30th October 2015 - FOX News

Happening Now

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses U.S. strategy in Syria and the arrest of Siamak Namazi.

30th October 2015 - Quoted by Nancy A. Youssef - The Daily Beast

Pentagon Throws Shade on New ISIS War Plan

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The U.S. is sending a small group of Special Operation Forces advisers to Syria to help its stalled allies in the war on the self-proclaimed Islamic State. But even before they get there, there is already skepticism within parts of the Pentagon about what impact they can have.

30th October 2015 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

US Eyes Military Thrust With Islamic State Vulnerable

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The entry of U.S. special operations forces into northern Syria to energize the fight against the Islamic State comes as intelligence officials see the terror group as the most vulnerable it has been in some time.

29th October 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

The IRGC Transforms into an Expeditionary Force

The deployment of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its proxy Shi’ite militias to Syria have saved the Assad regime.


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