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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...

22nd September 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Air War Against Jihadists in Syria Begins

Bill Roggio

Airstrikes targeted Islamic State command and control centers in Raqqah, the jihadist group's de facto capital in eastern Syria, as well as arms caches, supply depots, and ground units near the Iraqi border. Also, the US hit al Qaeda's Khorasan Group near Aleppo. more...

21st September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Threatens to Execute 2nd Lebanese Hostage

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has threatened to kill a second Lebanese hostage. The group has already executed a Lebanese soldier who had been held in its custody since August. more...

19th September 2014 – CNN

The Lead with Jake Tapper

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman James Woolsey discusses whether the US underestimated the Islamic State. more...

19th September 2014 – AM 1130 - Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

Up & At ‘Em

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross warns of the dangers of arming Syrian rebels. more...

19th September 2014 – Fox News

America’s Newsroom

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman James Woolsey discusses how US foreign policy contributed to the current situation in Syria. more...

18th September 2014 – Interviewed by John Gizzi - Newsmax

ISIS Is Already An Oil-Rich State, Former Cheney Adviser Says

John Hannah

As Western nations are now poised to take action against ISIS, the Islamic terrorists are already “closer to being an actual state than any American should be comfortable with,” John Hannah, the onetime national security adviser to former Vice President Dick Cheney, told Newsmax. more...

18th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Assaults City in Syrian Kurdistan

Bill Roggio

The border town of Kobane is under siege from the Islamic State, which continues to advance in Aleppo province. more...

18th September 2014 – 104.1 KQTH - Tucson, AZ

The Jon Justice Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the latest video released by IS. more...

18th September 2014 – Now Lebanon

Bigotry Behind The Cassock

Tony Badran

Last week, an indignant audience including prelates and leaders of the Eastern Christian churches, booed Senator Ted Cruz off the stage while he was speaking in Washington at the gala dinner for a conference held by the In Defense of Christians (IDC) organization. more...

18th September 2014 – Quoted by Deborah Haynes - The Times of London

Jihadist in Beheading Video May Have Taken Drugs

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The militant who boasted in a video of beheading the British hostage David Haines slurred his words, in a sign that he may have been intoxicated or stressed, scientific analysis of his voice has suggested. more...

18th September 2014 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Tony Badran

FDD Research Fellow Tony Badran on the continued threat of al Nusrah. more...

17th September 2014 – Radio America

Radio America with Greg Corombos

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May discusses President Obama's IS strategy. 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?