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17th February 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Qatari Fatwa Justified Burning of Jordanian Pilot

David Andrew Weinberg, Oren Adaki

Qatar may be an active participant in the coalition campaign against the Islamic State (IS), but it also appears have provided religious justification for one of the Islamic State’s most brutal atrocities to date: the recent immolation of Jordanian pilot Moaz Kasasbeh. more...

17th February 2015 – 770 WABC-AM - New York, New York

The John Batchelor Show

Michael Ledeen

FDD Freedom Scholar Michael Ledeen discusses his recent piece in the Wall Street Journal, "A Chance for Italy to Distinguish Itself." more...

17th February 2015 – 640 AM NBC Sports

The Sid Rosenberg Show

Benjamin Weinthal

FDD Research Fellow Benjamin Weinthal talks with Sid Rosenberg about the latest in foreign policy, including Netanyahu's upcoming speech to Congress. more...

17th February 2015 – Quoted by Guy Benson - Townhall

Expert: ISIS is Very Much Islamic, West Stunningly Ignorant

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Graeme Wood's lengthy piece on the roots, goals and motivations of ISIS in The Atlantic has gone viral this week, and deservedly so. more...

17th February 2015 – CNN

New Day

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses new Egyptian airstrikes against the Islamic State. more...

17th February 2015 – CBC

Power & Politics with Evan Solomon

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer on Hezbollah's role in the fight against the Islamic State. more...

17th February 2015 – Quoted by Ivan Plis - The Daily Caller

Egypt Strikes Back Against ISIS In Libya — At Least For Now

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Sunday’s release of an ISIS video showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya prompted a swift military reprisal from Egypt, despite a messy civil war and potentially limited fighting capacity. more...

16th February 2015 –

FBI Had Spy in Bedroom of German Rapper Turned ISIS Poster Boy, Says Report

Benjamin Weinthal

The German rapper who became a grisly poster boy for ISIS fell for the oldest trick in the book, according to a report that said the woman "Deso Dogg" thought was his wife was an FBI spy. more...

16th February 2015 – Quoted by Jennifer G. Hickey - Newsmax

ISIS’ Sources of Revenue Unclear, But Group Well Financed

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

During a Feb. 3 briefing, Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby told reporters that "we know that oil revenue is no longer the lead source of [the Islamic State's] income in dollars." more...

16th February 2015 – Quoted by Lucas Tomlinson -

ISIS Empire: Smuggling, Shakedowns, Donations Feed Swelling Terror Budget

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

As the Islamic State seeks to export its brand of barbaric terror to would-be affiliates, the U.S. faces a growing challenge to find the sources of ISIS funding and blunt its flow to allied militants. more...

13th February 2015 – CNN

CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross on the Islamic State's advance towards the US airbase in Iraq. more...

12th February 2015 – Fox News

The O’Reilly Factor

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer on President Obama's counterterrorism strategy. more...

12th February 2015 – Cited by Matthew Rosenberg, Eric Schmitt - The New York Times

U.S. Is Escalating a Secretive War in Afghanistan

As an October chill fell on the mountain passes that separate the militant havens in Afghanistan and Pakistan, a small team of Afghan intelligence commandos and American Special Operations forces descended on a village where they believed a leader of Al Qaeda was hiding. more...

11th February 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Military Confirms It Killed Islamic State, Shabaab Leaders in Airstrikes

Bill Roggio

Mullah Khadim was the Islamic State's deputy emir for Khorasan province while Yusu Dheeq was the head of Shabaab's Amniyat. The US continues to rely on airstrikes as the core of its effort to defeat jihadist groups worldwide. more...

11th February 2015 – Huffington Post

Huff Post Live

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross on the approaching decline of the Islamic State. more...

11th February 2015 – 93.1 FM - Indianapolis, IN


Michael Ledeen

FDD Freedom Scholar Michael Ledeen discusses how the Jordan offensive against the Islamic State affects Iran. more...

11th February 2015 – Quoted by Eli Lake - Bloomberg View

Foreign Recruits Are Islamic State’s Cannon Fodder

Thomas Joscelyn

Aspiring jihadists looking to join the Islamic State army are often lured to the front lines with promises of changing the course of history and reclaiming a lost Islamic empire. more...

11th February 2015 – CNN

New Day

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross on estimates of the number of foreign fighters with the Islamic State. more...

11th February 2015 – Cited by Antje Schippmann - Bild

Kämpfen 200 000 Terroristen für ISIS?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Zwischen 20 000 und 31 500 Männer und Frauen sollen sich ISIS in Syrien und im Irak angeschlossen haben. Diese Angabe wurde Ende 2014 vom US-Geheimdienst CIA veröffentlicht. Sie gilt als offizielle Schätzung zur Stärke der Terrormiliz. more...

11th February 2015 – The Washington Times

Worse Than No Strategy

Clifford D. May

It seems like only yesterday that President Obama was being criticized for having no strategy to counter the jihadi threat. more...


Bill Roggio

Senior Fellow and Editor of The Long War Journal

Thomas Joscelyn

Senior Fellow


5th February 2014 - 12:00 PM

Understanding al Qaeda and its Affiliates: A Global Threat or JV Squad?

A Conversation with Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Bruce Hoffman, Thomas Joscelyn and Jonathan Schanzer

Speaking about organizations claiming allegiance to al Qaeda, President Barack Obama stated that "if a JV team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn't make them Kobe Bryant." The president’s remarks have sparked yet another debate about whether al Qaeda is weakened, whether it is resurgent, or whether it was ever weakened in the first place.  Has the Arab Spring spawned a surge in jihadism? Are these organizations taking advantage of the new environment in the region, or is the expansion of jihadist groups largely independent of the revolutions? How well is Washington’s current approach to al Qaeda working? If the group is growing despite U.S. efforts, how do we put our policies on the right track?

11th December 2013 - 9:00 AM

Terrorist, Regime and Western Media

The War of Ideas in the Disinformation Age

The Newseum, Washington, DC