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28th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Top Iraqi-Shiite cleric endorses incorporation of PMF into the state

Amir Toumaj

Iraqi-Shiite Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani announced his support of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) and "requested that all weapons come under government's control." more...

19th December 2017 – Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

North Africa Braces for Impact as Islamic State Fighters Return

North African officials say a large number of foreign recruits who joined the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq have returned to their countries and remain loyal to the extremist organization. They fear the returnees are planning to unleash terrorist attacks in the coming months, adding to a jihadist menace that includes well-entrenched al-Qaida affiliates. more...

19th December 2017 – Quoted by Sean Savage - Jewish News Service

Jerusalem protests, study on migrants show ‘potent recipe’ for anti-Semitism in Germany

Benjamin Weinthal

Due to the wars in Syria and Iraq as well as other conflicts in Asia and Africa, Germany took in more than 1 million migrants in 2015 and 2016, fundamentally reshaping the country. While the migration has significantly slowed in 2017, to around 200,000, Germany has been grappling with backlash from anti-immigration political parties and the threat of Islamic terrorism. more...

22nd November 2017 – The Washington Times

The battle for the lands of the caliphate

Clifford D. May

Soon after taking office, President Trump ordered his national security advisers to provide “a complete strategic review of our policy toward the rogue regime in Iran.” Last month, based on that review, he announced a new strategy “to confront the Iranian regime’s hostile actions,” including its development of missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads, its support for terrorists, and its neo-imperialist aggressions. This month that strategy is facing its first serious test. more...

18th November 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Understanding al Qaeda through the massive trove of Osama bin Laden’s files

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

On Nov. 17, The Foundation for Defense of Democracies and FDD's Long War Journal held an event to discuss the findings from the recently released documents from Osama bin Laden’s compound. more...

15th November 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Coalition kills 2 Islamic State external operations commanders in Iraq and Syria

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

Coalition forces killed 15 senior and mid-level Islamic State leaders and commanders, including two external operations planners, in a series of airstrikes that have taken place in eastern Syria and Western Iraq over the past two months. more...

15th November 2017 – Quoted by Seth J. Frantzman - The Jerusalem Post

Is The US Supporting Iranian-Backed Militias In Iraq?

Jonathan Schanzer

Crossed alliances have brought forth new tensions in the US fight against ISIS - and the effort to quell Iranian influence from spreading across the region. more...

13th November 2017 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

U.S. Admits Possible Role in Arming Iranian-Backed Militants in Iraq

Bill Roggio

U.S. officials acknowledged Iranian-backed forces in Iraq could be using American-made arms, an admission that comes amid growing concern on Capitol Hill the U.S. government is quietly working with militia fighters in Iraq who are directly tied to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), according to multiple sources familiar with the situation. more...

8th November 2017 – Foreign Policy

Does Trump Realize That His New Iran Strategy Could Suffer a Fatal Blow in Syria?

John Hannah

Note to President Trump: The new Iran strategy that you announced just three weeks ago is hanging by a thread. Its fate will likely be decided in the next few months on the Syria-Iraq border. more...

8th November 2017 – Foreign Affairs

Kurd Your Enthusiasm

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Merve Tahiroglu

On October 16, the world woke to footage of the Iraqi army barreling toward Kirkuk, several hundred miles north of Baghdad. Their mission was to reclaim the city, but not from jihadists; rather, they planned to win it back from the Kurds. Three years ago, as the Islamic State (ISIS) tore into Iraq, the country’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) fought back against the fundamentalists and captured Kirkuk for itself. more...

7th November 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Hamza bin Laden lionizes his father and incites ‘rebellion’ in new audio message

Thomas Joscelyn

In a newly released audio message, Hamza bin Laden praises his father for spreading jihadism and attacking the US. Hamza calls on Muslims to rise up against "tyrant" rulers and wage jihad until sharia is imposed. The message was posted online just days after the CIA released a video from Hamza's wedding. The video was recovered in Osama bin Laden's Abbottabad compound. more...

3rd November 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State suffers defeats in Iraq and Syria

Bill Roggio

The Syrian military has taken full control of Deir Ezzour, while Iraqi troops and Iranian supported militias ejected the Islamic State from Al Qaim. more...

1st November 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: CIA releases massive trove of Osama bin Laden’s files

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

The CIA is releasing hundreds of thousands of documents, images, and computer files recovered during the May 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The newly-available material provides invaluable insights into the terrorist organization that struck America on September 11, 2001. more...

25th October 2017 – The Washington Times

The Kurdish test

Clifford D. May

It’s essential that President Trump make clear that further threats to the security and integrity of the Kurdish region will not be countenanced, that any advance on Erbil will be met with stiff sanctions and, if necessary, force. The U.S. should insist that all military operations cease immediately and that negotiations between Baghdad and Kurdish leaders commence under American auspices. more...

20th October 2017 – Quoted by Jeff Daniels - CNBC

CIA director: ISIS still ‘enormous threat’ despite group’s battlefield setbacks

CIA Director Mike Pompeo on Thursday said ISIS remains an "enormous threat" despite setbacks the terror group has suffered on the battlefield, including being driven from the group's self-declared capital of Raqqa. more...

19th October 2017 – Quoted by The Associate Press

CIA boss says IS can attack US even after losing Raqqa

Islamic State militants are capable of orchestrating and carrying out an attack against the United States, possibly downing an airplane, even after being evicted from their self-declared Syrian capital of Raqqa, the CIA director said Thursday. more...

16th October 2017 – Quoted by Laurie Mylroie - Kurdistan 24

Trump claims neutrality in Iraqi-Kurdish clash, but meets substantial criticism

John Hannah

US President Donald Trump held a press conference in the White House Rose Garden on Monday, following a lunch with Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell aimed at repairing the President’s tattered relations with Congressional Republicans. more...

16th October 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

CJTF-OIR: Kirkuk a ‘misunderstanding’ attributed to ‘limited visibility conditions’

Bill Roggio

CJTF-OIR made the statement despite the fact that it was abundantly obvious that the Iraqi government sought to seize Kirkuk from the Kurdish Peshmerga, and had signaled its intentions days before. more...

16th October 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Iraqi forces recapture contentious Kirkuk in overnight offensive

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

The Iraqi government quickly capitalized on its victory against the Islamic State in the adjacent city of Hawija and turned its energy on the secessionist Kurds in Kirkuk. The rapid offensive exposes deep fault lines in the anti-Islamic State coalition and within Kurdish politics. more...

12th October 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Iranian-linked bomb kills American solider in Iraq

Alexandra N. Gutowski

An explosively formed penetrator (EFP) killed an American soldier in Iraq on Oct. 1. The US and Iraqi governments haven't conclusively fingered a perpetrator, but EFPs have been used by Iranian-backed groups in Iraq in the past. more...

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Events

10th November 2016 - 12:00 PM

The Battle for Mosul

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) hosted a lunch discussion on the battle of Mosul. The timely conversation took place Thursday, November 10, from 12:00pm to 1:30pm, and featured Michael Gordon, Military Correspondent for The New York Times and former Writer-in-Residence at FDD, and Thomas Joscelyn, FDD Senior Fellow and Senior Editor of FDD’s Long War Journal. The conversation was moderated by FDD Senior Counselor John Hannah.

9th June 2016 - 4:00 PM

Genocide by ISIS: The Plight of Yazidis in Iraq & Syria

When ISIS began attacking the Yazidi community in Iraq’s Sinjar Mountains in 2014, Ms. Dakhil brought international attention to the catastrophe through an impassioned parliamentary address, pleading for protection and assistance for a civilian population facing enslavement or execution.