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US military kills 4 mid-level Islamic State commanders in Iraq and Syria

5th January 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US military kills 4 mid-level Islamic State commanders in Iraq and Syria

Bill Roggio

The US has killed four mid-level Islamic State commanders in airstrikes in both Iraq and Syria since the beginning of December 2016, the military announced over the past week. The Islamic State commanders were involved in military, suicide, chemical, and financial operations, according to the US military. more...

Analysis & Commentary

24th February 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Iraq monument underscores Iranian commander’s role in Qods Force

Amir Toumaj

A monument dedicated to an Iranian general has been erected in Iraq for the first time in the country’s history. The landmark commemorates Hamid Taghavi (also known as “Abu Maryam”), a commander in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) extraterritorial branch the Qods Force, with Taghavi’s legacy highlighting the reach of Tehran’s influence in Iraq. more...

24th February 2017 – The Weekly Standard

Take Two at the NSC

Thomas Joscelyn

It has been a tumultuous start for President Donald Trump’s National Security Council, to put it gently. General Michael Flynn was forced to resign as national security adviser less than a month into the new administration, amid controversy over his contacts with a Russian ambassador. It is clear from press reporting that some NSC staffers have been leaking negative details while others are being heavily scrutinized and criticized in the press. more...

22nd February 2017 – Fox Business

Countdown to the Closing Bell

John Hannah

FDD senior counselor John Hannah comments on the retaking of western Mosul, US foreign policy towards Russia and possible talks with North Korean officials. more...

11th February 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US-led coalition targeted key online operative for Islamic State near Mosul

Thomas Joscelyn

The US-led coalition targeted Rachid Kassim, an aspiring rapper turned Islamic State operative, near Mosul, Iraq earlier this week. Kassim, who is pictured above, has been involved in several terror plots in the West. more...