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9th October 2014 – Quoted by Selcan Hacaoglu - Bloomberg

Kurdish Ammo Runs Low in Kobani as Turkey Controls Exit

Merve Tahiroglu

Kurds defending Kobani risk running out of ammunition as Islamic State surrounds the town and Turkey controls their only outlet, according to a Kurdish lawmaker in Turkey and observers of the fighting in Syria. more...

8th October 2014 – Quoted by Charles Hoskinson - The Washington Examiner

Fatal Flaw in Obama ISIS Strategy?

Tony Badran

As the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria makes gains on the battlefield despite two weeks of punishing airstrikes, potential U.S. allies are frustrated by the weak spot in President Obama's Syria strategy — how to handle Syrian President Bashar Assad. more...

8th October 2014 – KFI AM 640 - Los Angeles, CA

The Bill Handel Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross on the Islamic State's advance towards Kobane. more...

8th October 2014 – CNN

The Situation Room

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on the possibility of American fighters in ISIL more...

7th October 2014 – Cited by Ayla Albayrak - The Wall Street Journal

Turkey’s President Calls for Ground Troops to Fight Islamic State

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday the besieged Syrian city of Kobani was in imminent danger of falling to Islamic State and called on the U.S.-led coalition fighting the radical group to bolster its air raids with ground operations. more...

3rd October 2014 – Quoted by James Gordon Meek - ABCNews

From Bang to Whimper, ISIS Propaganda Withers Under US Strikes

Thomas Joscelyn

As explosions erupted from airstrikes in Iraq and Syria over the past 12 days in the U.S.-led military campaign against terrorists there, the sounds of silence from jihadi propagandists also have intensified. more...

3rd October 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Beheads Another Brit, Threatens American Aid Worker

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State carried through on its threat to execute British aid worker Alan Henning, and said former US Army Ranger Peter Edward Kassig is next. more...

2nd October 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Propaganda Focuses on Iranian Influence in Lebanon, Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front continues to use its Lebanese hostages in its propaganda campaign against Iran and Hezbollah. more...

1st October 2014 – The Long War Journal

AQAP Official Calls on Rival Factions in Syria to Unite Against West

Oren Adaki, Thomas Joscelyn

Nasser bin Ali al Ansi, an AQAP leader, is featured in a new video calling on rival jihadists in Iraq and Syria to unite against their common enemies. Al Ansi says the jihadists should form a "coalition" to strike America. more...

30th September 2014 – Fox News

America’s Newsroom

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman James Woolsey discusses whether US intelligence underestimated the threat of IS. more...

30th September 2014 – Now Lebanon

Is a Buffer Zone on the Israeli-Syrian Border Feasible?

Tony Badran

With the US still unwilling to lead efforts to create buffer zones around Syria, complicated challenges remain for neighboring states. more...

29th September 2014 – 960 AM - Phoenix, AZ

The Seth Leibsohn Show

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow and Editor of the Long War Journal Thomas Joscelyn discusses the lack of an overarching US strategy for combating IS. more...

29th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Leader Says Americans and Europeans Will Pay the ‘Tax’ of War

Thomas Joscelyn

Abu Muhammad al Julani seeks to undermine public support for air strikes in Syria by arguing that citizens in the West, and not just their rulers, will pay the price for the war. Julani also discusses Al Nusrah's fight against Hezbollah and urges jihadists not to join the West in the fight against the Islamic State. more...

29th September 2014 – AM 1070, Houston, TX

Sam Malone Show

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May on Iran's contributions to instability in the Middle East. more...

27th September 2014 – Cited by Kathleen Caulderwood - International Business Times

Islamic State: Chechen Militants Outnumber Other Foreign Fighters, Experts Say

Bill Roggio

More than 15,000 citizens from 80 countries have joined the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, estimates from U.S. intelligence indicate. Of these, one particular group has become especially prominent. more...

27th September 2014 – MilitaryEdge.org

The Coalition’s High Wire Act in Syria: Striking ISIS and Avoiding the Regime

Patrick Megahan

When coalition pilots penetrated Syrian airspace early Tuesday morning, it was unclear if they would just strike Islamic State targets or clash with the Syrian regime. more...

26th September 2014 – CNN

New Day

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on IS threats to the US. more...

26th September 2014 – Quoted by Greg Botelho and Chelsea Carter - CNN

Latest Rout Raises Questions About Iraqi Military’s Ability to Defeat ISIS

Bill Roggio

This is what an ISIS rout looks like in Iraq: Up to 300 troops killed. Others missing, possibly dead or having fled. Dozens of military vehicles, from tanks to ambulances, destroyed or seized. more...

26th September 2014 – Quoted by Mike Eckel - VOA

Battle-Tested Chechens Drive Islamic State Gains

Bill Roggio

Among the legions of foreign fighters who have turned the Islamic State into the world’s most dangerous terrorist organization, the Chechens stand out. more...

26th September 2014 – AM 1070, Houston, TX

Sam Malone Show

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman James Woolsey discusses possible strategies to counter IS. more...

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Tony Badran

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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?