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28th February 2018 – FDD's Iran Project

FDD Profiles of Leading Iranian-Backed Militias

David Adesnik

Iran has built a network of Shiite militias, now fighting across the Middle East, whose fighters number in the tens of thousands. These militias include battle-hardened fighters as well as poorly trained recruits. They hail from countries across the Muslim world and have varying motivations and interests, but they have one thing in common: they project the Islamic Republic’s power and promote its revolutionary ideology. Iran’s Shiite foreign legion has played an indispensable role in preserving the Assad regime in Syria, but all the groups have expressed a readiness to wage war against all enemies of the Islamic Republic. more...

5th April 2016 – International Centre for Counter-Terrorism - The Hague

The Islamic State’s Global Propaganda Strategy

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

This Research Paper aims to analyse in depth the global propaganda strategy of the so-called “Islamic State” (IS) by looking at the methods through which this grand strategy is carried out as well as the objectives that IS wants to achieve through it. more...

20th November 2015 – FDD Press

Monumental Fight: Countering the Islamic State’s Antiquities Trafficking

Yaya J. Fanusie

In the four and a half years since the Syrian civil war began, the terrorist group known as Islamic State (IS) has become one of the most destabilizing actors in the Middle East. more...

6th March 2014 – Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Syria Spillover: The Growing Threat of Terrorism and Sectarianism in the Middle East

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The war in Syria has already produced tremendous ripple effects internationally, and they will only widen over time. The impact the Syria war will have on this generation... more...

4th February 2014 – House Armed Services Committee

The Arab Spring and Al-Qaeda’s Resurgence

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Chairman McKeon, Ranking Member Smith, distinguished members of the committee, it is an honor to appear before you to discuss the state of al-Qaeda, its affiliates... more...

3rd February 2013 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in Iraq Launches Suicide Assault in Kirkuk

Bill Roggio

An al Qaeda in Iraq suicide assault team attacked an Iraqi police headquarters in the northern flashpoint city of Kirkuk today. The tactic is being employed with increasing frequency by al Qaeda and its affiliates... more...

4th May 2012 – Briefing for the Joint Chiefs of Staff - Pakistan-Afghanistan FED Forum

The Grand Strategy of Al Qaeda: How the Enemy Learns

Eleven years into this war, we still do not adequately understand the Enemy. AQAM is moving from a kinetic strategy of Guevarist insurgency to a Maoist strategy that incorporates an indirect and non-kinetic approach. more...

30th August 2011 – Wiley

Bin Laden’s Legacy: Why We’re Still Losing the War on Terror

Bin Laden’s Legacy: Why We’re Still Losing the War on Terror

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In the decade since 9/11, the United States has grown weaker: It has been bogged down by costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It has spent billions of dollars on security to protect air travel and other transport, as well as the homeland more generally. more...

14th June 2011 –

The Wave: Man, God, and the Ballot Box in the Middle East

The Wave: Man, God, and the Ballot Box in the Middle East

Reuel Marc Gerecht

The promise of democracy for Muslims offers something historically unparalleled. Where Islamist groups once dreamed of revolution, quietly developed paramilitary cells, and assassinated their secular opponents, mainstream Islamist groups today see elections as a means for society to maintain akhlaq; the mores that define good Muslims. more...

9th October 2008 –

News from the Awakening (Part 6)


30th September 2008 –

News from the Awakening (Part 5)


12th September 2008 – The Long War Journal

Intercepted Letters from al-Qaeda Leaders Shed Light on State of Network in Iraq

Bill Roggio, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Tony Badran

Yesterday, Center for Terrorism Research (CTR) adjunct fellow Bill Roggio posted an important report at the Long War Journal. He noted that a series of letters intercepted by Multinational Forces-Iraq—letters that chronicle the communications between al-Qaeda deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Ayyub al-Masri, and Islamic State of Iraq leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi more...

3rd September 2008 –

News from the Iraqi Awakening

span class="textsmall">Iraq's Awakening movement, which originated in the Anbar province, was one of the keys to the turnaround that the country has experienced since January 2007. This collection of Sunni tribesmen, Iraqi nationalists, ex-Baathists, and others, took great risks to help drive al-Qaeda from their country; many members of the Awakening, and their families, lost their lives in the struggle. Though the Awakening—which remains a potent force in Iraq—is often discussed by Western analysts, often the voice of the movement itself is absent from the discussion.


10th June 2008 –

Signs of Further Progress in Iraq

With the U.S. presidential primaries dominating the headlines in the mainstream media, the continued improvements in Iraq have largely gone unreported. Since General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker last testified before Congress, the Iraqi government and its citizens have continued to take an increasing role in their struggle against extremist groups, and their effort to build a stable and secure state. As many have noted over the past month, the progress form the surge has not regressed and is now stimulating development in the political realm. While much work remains, Iraq is clearly heading in the right direction.


1st April 2008 –

Looking at the President’s Assessment of the Iraq Campaign

President Bush's March 27 assessment of the state of the war in Iraq raised important strategic assertions that warrant greater attention from the public and the defense and national security sectors. The principles announced by the president with regard to the measurement of success and the risks of failure on the Iraqi battlefield constitute a series of components of what I would coin as the next stage in the confrontation against the forces of terror in the region.


10th December 2007 –

The Resiliency of the Anbar Salvation Front


10th December 2007 –

Further Signs of Reconciliation in Iraq


1st November 2007 –

Recent Reductions in Violence in Iraq


25th September 2007 –

Key Statements from General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker

As expected, General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker’s testimonies provided members of Congress with a fair and balanced assessment of the situation on the ground in Iraq. The testimonies, along with Petraeus and Crocker’s responses to Congressional questioning, were ripe with statements detailing successes and shortcomings in Iraq. They covered a broad range of topics, including Iraq’s security forces, issues facing national reconciliation, the influence of foreign countries, and relations between the national government and Iraq’s provinces. Yet, the overriding theme of the two testimonies was military success supplemented by promising signs of political reconciliation at the local and national levels. more...

19th September 2007 –

Opposition to the Webb Amendment

Today, the Senate is considering an amendment to the Defense Authorization Act that would give troops more time between Iraq and Afghanistan deployments. The measure, introduced by Virginia Democratic Senator Jim Webb, requires that troops receive leave time in the US that is equal to or greater than their previous deployment. Webb feels that troops are currently facing extended deployments with insufficient “dwell time” to rest and re-train before being redeployed. Critics argue that the Webb amendment will in fact put troops in greater danger rather than protect them.



Clifford D. May

Founder and President

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Senior Fellow

cia, iran, iraq

John Hannah

Senior Counselor

Bill Roggio

Senior Fellow and Editor of FDD's Long War Journal

Thomas Joscelyn

Senior Fellow

Michael Ledeen

Freedom Scholar


10th November 2016 - 12:00 PM

The Battle for Mosul

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) hosted a lunch discussion on the battle of Mosul. The timely conversation took place Thursday, November 10, from 12:00pm to 1:30pm, and featured Michael Gordon, Military Correspondent for The New York Times and former Writer-in-Residence at FDD, and Thomas Joscelyn, FDD Senior Fellow and Senior Editor of FDD’s Long War Journal. The conversation was moderated by FDD Senior Counselor John Hannah.

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.