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15th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Long Island woman allegedly used Bitcoin to fund ISIS

Thomas Joscelyn

Zoobia Shahnaz allegedly defrauded financial institutions as part of a scheme to fund the Islamic State. She is also accused of seeking to join the so-called caliphate this past summer. Shahnaz was stopped for questioning at JFK International Airport on July 31, but not arrested until this week. more...

3rd December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda’s ‘external communications officer’ weighs in on dispute over Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

A jihadist known as Abu Abdullah has responded to claims made by a senior Hay'at Tahrir al Sham figure. Abu Abdullah identifies himself as al Qaeda's "external communication officer," a previously undisclosed position, and says that al Qaeda's senior leaders are able to communicate with their representatives around the globe on an "almost daily" basis. more...

2nd December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: Ayman al Zawahiri calls for ‘unity’ in Syria amid leadership crisis

Thomas Joscelyn

The jihad in Syria has unleashed another leadership crisis for al Qaeda. 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...

18th November 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Iraqi militia publicizes Iranian Qods Force chief by Syrian border town

Amir Toumaj

The Iraqi Harakat Hezbollah al Nujaba has posted photos of its Iranian commander, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Qods Force chief Qassem Soleimani, inspecting positions near Al Bukamal in Syria near the Iraqi border. 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...

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...

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...

19th October 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Russia and Iran help capture Syria’s al Mayadeen from Islamic State

Amir Toumaj

Iran's Revolutionary Guard and Russia have spearheaded the operation to capture the Islamic State-held city of al Mayadeen in Deir Ezzor province, eastern Syria. 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...

11th October 2017 – The Cipher Brief

Hezbollah Calls the Shots in Iran’s Syria Policy

Tony Badran, Amir Toumaj

President Donald Trump is reportedly about to extend a terrorism designation to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in its entirety. The IRGC is both the dominant force inside Iran and the instrument through which the Islamic Republic projects power abroad. Operating throughout the region, the IRGC is deeply entrenched in Lebanon; the domain of Hezbollah. more...

9th October 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State attacks rival jihadists in Hama province

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State claims to have captured several villages from its jihadist rivals in Hay'at Tahrir al Sham (HTS) in Hama province. The Islamic State's assault on HTS came just days after HTS launched its own offensive against Assad regime positions in Hama. more...

5th October 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: Ayman al Zawahiri argues jihadists can’t deceive America

Thomas Joscelyn

In a new message, Ayman al Zawahiri holds up the Taliban-al Qaeda relationship as a model for jihadists around the globe. He also critiques the jihadists and Islamists in Egypt and Syria who think they can "deceive" America and achieve power by placating the US. more...

1st October 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State claims its ‘soldier’ stabbed two women at Marseille train station

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State's Amaq News Agency claimed that two stabbings at the Saint-Charles train station in Marseille, France were the work of its "soldier." Separately, an attack in Edmonton, Canada is being investigated as a terrorist act. more...

29th September 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US-led coalition kills 3 Islamic State ‘drone experts’ in eastern Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The US-led coalition announced that three Islamic State figures were killed in airstrikes in Mayadin, Syria between Sept. 12 and 14. All three worked for the so-called caliphate's drone program. The US has carried out a targeted air campaign against the group's personnel in or near Mayadin since earlier this year. more...

27th September 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

IRGC promotes more drone strikes against the Islamic State

Amir Toumaj

This week, Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Corps (IRGC) publicized more drone strikes in eastern Syria, allegedly against Islamic State positions by the Iraqi border. more...

27th September 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Preventing a “Fait Accompli” in Syria

Preventing a “Fait Accompli” in Syria

David Adesnik

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with representatives of 17 like-minded nations to discuss the future of Syria last week on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. Following the meeting, Ambassador David Satterfield, acting assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs, said the U.S. and its partners were firmly opposed to “accepting a fait accompli” in which the Assad regime and its Iranian patrons consolidate their grip on Syria with the expected defeat of the Islamic State. more...

26th September 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State radio tries to quell controversy over takfir

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State's Al Bayan radio station has released several religious lectures dealing with an internal controversy over takfir, the practice of excommunicating other Muslims and denouncing "polytheists." The so-called caliphate tried to quell the controversy by repealing a problematic memo earlier this month. more...

21st September 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Iran highlights Qods Force commander killed by the Islamic State

Amir Toumaj

Iran has divulged more details about a senior officer from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) Qods Force who was killed in Syria last month. The 32-year old Col Morteza Hosseinpour-Shalmani (AKA Hossein Qomi) died afteran Islamic State ambush near Jamouna, which is about 37 miles northeast of the US base of Tanf by the Iraqi border in eastern Syria. The operations commander of the Iranian-led Iraqi contingent in Syria, he was leading a unit of Seyyed al Shuhada Brigades that included Iranian-embedded soldiers. more...

Experts

Tony Badran

Research Fellow

Events

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.

13th May 2015 - 11:30 AM

Disputed Borders and the Struggle for Order: Addressing Security Threats in the Middle East

With continued Hezbollah activity emanating from Lebanon, Iran and the IRGC trying to set up a base of operations in the Golan Heights, the decline of the Assad regime in southern Syria, and rising tensions in the Sinai Peninsula, Israel's security situation has become increasingly complex and dangerous. What is the Israeli security outlook for the near and mid-term future?