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24th September 2014 – Syndicated

John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellow Bill Roggio details US airstrikes in Syria and the designation of a Chechen group by the State Department. more...

24th September 2014 – CNN

CNN Tonight

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on the newest round of airstrikes in Syria. more...

24th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Senior Islamic State Military Commander, ‘Emir of Suicide Bombers’ Among Treasury’s Terrorism Design

Bill Roggio

Islamic State military leader Omar al Shishani and 'emir of suicide bombers' Tariq Bin Al Tahar Bin Al Falih Al 'Awni Al Harzi were among five members of the group added to the terrorism list today. more...

24th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Targets Islamic State in 8 Strikes in Syria, Iraq

Bill Roggio

The most recent attacks did not hit the Khorasan group, al Qaeda's leadership cadre inside Syria that is plotting to attack the West. more...

24th September 2014 – CNN

The Lead with Jake Tapper

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the roots of lone wolf terrorism. more...

24th September 2014 – Foreign Policy

Thank You for Bombing

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Washington says its air war on the Islamic State (IS) militant group in Syria is part of a strategy to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the organization. It may have another effect: swelling al Qaeda's ranks and giving the jihadist group that Osama bin Laden founded a new lease on life. more...

24th September 2014 – Quoted by Guy Taylor and Maggie Ybarra - The Washington Times

Fears Grow That Obama Has ‘Paper Coalition’ in Arab World

Clifford D. May

The coalition of Arab nations that joined the U.S.-led air campaign in Syria signaled a new war on terror phase in which the Sunni Muslim-led states of the region are showing unprecedented willingness to take on Sunni Muslim extremists in their midst. more...

24th September 2014 – Al Jazeera America

Consider This

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman James Woolsey dissects President Obama's IS strategy. more...

24th September 2014 – Cited by Tim Starks - Roll Call

‘Bizarro World’ Indeed: Wall Street Journal Backs Obama on Syria, New York Times Doesn’t

Mark Dubowitz

Mark Dubowitz of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies isn’t wrong: He did wake up in Bizarro World. That said, the split between the editorial pages of the reliably liberal New York Times and reliably conservative Wall Street Journal over President Obama’s bombing campaign in Syria isn’t so much a simple “yes/no.” more...

24th September 2014 – Quoted by Alex Rowell - Now Lebanon

ISIS, Nusra and “Khorasan”: What’s the Difference?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) jihadist faction – or “The Islamic State,” as it has called itself since declaring the establishment of a caliphate spanning eastern Syria and western Iraq in June – has been the target of over 190 American air strikes on the Iraqi side of the border since US President Barack Obama launched what has officially become a campaign to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the group on 7 August. more...

23rd September 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Airstrikes Target Al Nusrah Front, Islamic State in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Jihadists on Twitter have posted pictures of Al Nusrah Front locations struck in the US bombing campaign in Syria. The strikes are aimed at the so-called Khorasan group, which has been planning attacks against the US and its interests, as well as a number of other targets. Jihadists claim that al Qaeda veterans have been killed in the bombings. more...

23rd September 2014 – KFI AM 640 - Los Angeles, CA

The Bill Handel Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the latest US airstrikes in Syria. more...

23rd September 2014 – KFI AM 640 - Los Angeles, CA

Thompson & Espinosa

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross reveals the vulnerabilities of the Islamic State. more...

23rd September 2014 – CNN

New Day

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discussed the latest U.S. airstrikes in Syria and the threat ISIL poses to the US. more...

23rd September 2014 – Quoted by Rosie Gray - Buzzfeed

How “Khorasan” Went From Nowhere To The Biggest Threat To The U.S.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

An Al-Qaeda-connected group that the Obama administration has targeted with airstrikes alongside ISIS was almost totally unknown to the American public until the U.S. started bombing them, though sources say the group has been known to the administration and to Congress for some time. more...

23rd September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Posts Photos Showing Aftermath of US Bombings

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has posted a series of photos purportedly showing sites struck by the US. more...

23rd September 2014 – Fox News

Special Report with Bret Baier

Thomas Joscelyn

US takes action against Al Qaeda offshoot group in Syria: Assessing threat posed by Khorasan more...

23rd September 2014 – Quoted by Josh Gerstein - Politico

Syria strikes complicate Obama’s U.N. diplomacy

David Andrew Weinberg

The first wave of airstrikes by U.S. and Arab military forces against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fighters inside Syria is sure to change the dynamics of President Barack Obama’s diplomacy this week as he and scores of other world leaders converge on the United Nations in New York for the year’s highest-profile diplomatic gathering. more...

23rd September 2014 – Sun News Network


Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD Senior Fellow Emanuele Ottolenghi discusses President Obama's speech on American strikes in Syria. more...

23rd September 2014 – Quoted by Eli Lake - The Daily Beast

Al Qaeda Plotters in Syria ‘Went Dark,’ U.S. Spies Say

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

U.S. intelligence agencies learned this summer of a plot from al Qaeda veterans in Syria to attack European and American airplanes. Then the Khorasan Group went dark. more...


Mark Dubowitz

Executive Director

Jonathan Schanzer

Vice President for Research

John Hannah

Senior Fellow

Tony Badran

Research Fellow, Levant

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Senior Fellow

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Senior Fellow

cia, iran, iraq

Toby Dershowitz

Vice President, Government Relations and Strategy


7th February 2014 - 12:00 PM

The Levant Unraveling: How the Crisis in Syria is Impacting the Region

A Conversation with Jonathan Spyer, Tony Badran, Michael Doran, Oubai Shahbandar and John Hannah

How has Assad’s strategy evolved? With various factions and stakeholders pitted against each other, how are the competing endgames and tactics of groups like ISIS and Nusra impacting the dynamic of the conflict? How are the reverberations from the ever-bloodier conflict in Syria being felt far beyond its borders in Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan and the Palestinian territories? What will the Montreux talks mean for Syria and the path forward for the international community? How are Iran and Hezbollah influencing the conflict and altering the situation on the ground? What is the way forward?

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?