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21st August 2014 – Quoted by Lucas Tomlinson - FoxNews.com

Enemy of My Enemy: Are airstrikes against ISIS putting US on same side as Assad?

Tony Badran

A year after his "red line" was crossed in the deadly chemical attack against Syrian rebels and civilians -- including hundreds of children -- allegedly by Syrian government forces, President Obama finds himself in the awkward position of being on the same side as the Assad regime in the fight to keep Islamic State militants from gaining more ground in Iraq. more...

20th August 2014 – KPAM, Portland, Oregon

Terry Boyd’s World

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, discusses the beheading of American journalist James Foley. more...

20th August 2014 – The Washington Times

Gen. Flynn’s Warning

Clifford D. May

Two recent interviews have been the topic of lively debate within the so-called foreign policy community. more...

20th August 2014 – Fox News

Special Report with Bret Baier

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow, Thomas Joscelyn, discusses ISIS response to US airstrikes. more...

20th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Launched Raid in Syria To Rescue American Hostages Held By Islamic State

Bill Roggio

The raid failed to rescue "a number of American hostages held in Syria" by the Islamic State, the Department of Defense's spokesman said today. more...

20th August 2014 – KPAM, Portland, Oregon

The Mark and Dave Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, on the true threat of ISIS. more...

19th August 2014 – CNN

The Situation Room

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman, James Woolsey, discusses the latest developments regarding ISIS. more...

19th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Beheads American Reporter

Bill Roggio

James Wright Foley, a journalist who was captured in Syria by the Islamic State in November 2012, was executed on camera. The Islamic State threatened to kill another captive American reporter if the US military does not halt its air campaign against the jihadist group in northern Iraq. more...

19th August 2014 – The Weekly Standard

An Appalling Propaganda Ploy

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot, has released a grisly video of one of its fighters beheading a man who appears to be James Foley, an American journalist who was kidnapped in Syria on Thanksgiving Day 2012. more...

15th August 2014 – Quoted by Glenn Johnson - The New Zealand Herald

ISIS Brutality Proves Potent Weapon

Tony Badran

The heads are stuck on thin metal poles above a wrought iron fence in the Islamic State's Syria stronghold, Raqqa. more...

14th August 2014 – Quoted by Matt Kwong - CBC News

ISIS Child Recruitment Push Hints At Long-Term Ambitions

Bill Roggio

The voice pledging jihad in the video is brash, prideful and chillingly juvenile. more...

13th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Advances Against Jihadist Foes in Aleppo

Bill Roggio

The jihadist group ejected the rival Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's branch in Syria, and allied jihadist groups from five towns and villages in Aleppo province. more...

13th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Spokesman Explains Differences with Islamic State in Video Appearance

Thomas Joscelyn

In a video released on Aug. 8, Abu Firas al Suri, a senior al Qaeda operative who currently serves as the Al Nusrah Front's spokesman, discusses al Qaeda's approach to waging jihad in Syria. Al Suri denies that Al Nusrah seeks to unilaterally establish an Islamic emirate. more...

12th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Chechen-Led Jihadist Group in Syria Releases Video of Training Camp

Bill Roggio

Jamaat Ahadun Ahad, or the Group of the One and Only, is led by a Chechen commander and its fighters include "many Chechens, Turks, Arabs, Europeans, and even several former members of the Taliban." more...

6th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Overruns Syrian Artillery Regiment in Hasakah

Bill Roggio

The jihadist group seized a large amount of military hardware and munitions after overrunning Regiment 121. Chechen commander Omar al Shishani was spotted at the fighting. more...

31st July 2014 – 104.1 KQTH, Tucson

The Jon Justice Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, discusses the Middle East's descent into chaos. more...

24th July 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Describes Its Seizure of Central Syrian Gas Field

Oren Adaki

The Islamic State's media office in Homs province released a report earlier this week detailing the terror group's takeover of a large gas facility in central Syria. more...

23rd July 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic Front rejects rival’s caliphate, as well as proposed emirate in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic Front, a coalition of several leading insurgent groups in Syria, has issued a statement rejecting any attempt by its fellow insurgency groups to unilaterally create a new government. more...

23rd July 2014 – The Washington Times

Barbarians at Jordan’s Gate 

Clifford D. May

The terrorist army formerly known as ISIS has conquered about a third of Syria and much of western Iraq. more...

23rd July 2014 – Quoted by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

The Remarkable Story Of A Rising Terrorism Analyst Who Got Too Close To His Subjects

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Ayman Al Tamimi's career came apart in public last week. more...

Experts

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

Events

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?