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1st October 2014 - The Washington Times

Iran Rising

Clifford D. May

In his address to the UN General Assembly last week, President Obama called the conflict in the Middle East “a fight no one is winning.” I think the evidence suggests he’s wrong. I think Iran is making significant gains.

30th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Leader Claims Key Operative in So-Called ‘Khorasan Group’ Was Killed

Thomas Joscelyn

A senior al Qaeda leader known as Sanafi al Nasr has tweeted that Muhsin al Fadhli was killed in the bombing raids in Syria last week. Both Nasr and al Fadhli are part of the so-called "Khorasan group." Al Fadhli may have been killed, but his death has not been confirmed. And there are sound...

30th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Photos Details Rout of Iraqi Army at Camp Saqlawiya

Bill Roggio

The Islamic state seized or destroyed at least one M1 Abrams tank, four M113 armored personnel carriers, 15 Iraqi Army Humvees, a BMP infantry fighting vehicle, and other trucks.

30th September 2014 - Cited by Elizabeth Dickinson - Foreign Policy

The Case Against Qatar

Jonathan Schanzer

The tiny, gas-rich emirate has pumped tens of millions of dollars through obscure funding networks to hard-line Syrian rebels and extremist Salafists, building a foreign policy that punches above its weight. After years of acquiescing -- even taking advantage of its ally's meddling --...

30th September 2014 - Fox News

Happening Now

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn explains how the Khorosan group has evolved from al Qaeda.

30th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Adds Harakat-ul-Mujahideen’s Emir to Terrorism List

Bill Roggio

Fazle-ur-Rahman Khalil, Harakat-ul-Mujahideen's founder and leader, signed Osama bin Laden's infamous 1998 fatwa that declared war on the US and Israel. HUM was added to the list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations 18 years ago.

30th September 2014 - WRC, Washington, D.C.

Andy Parks Show Live from Washington Times

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May discusses his latest column: "Iran Rising."

30th September 2014 - 104.1 KQTH - Tucson, AZ

The Jon Justice Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross explains how a recent attack in Oklahoma was inspired by IS.

30th September 2014 - Cited by Andrew Hart - The Huffington Post

The 9 Biggest Myths About ISIS Debunked

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

When it comes to the Islamic State, the extremist group that has seized large swaths of Iraq and Syria using horrifying tactics, there is no shortage of speculation about its history and ambitions.

30th September 2014 - Fox News

America’s Newsroom

James Woolsey

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

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.

30th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Ambushes Iraqi Military Column Near Ramadi

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State was able to destroy an Iraqi military position near Ramadi in Anbar Province, as well as take over an Iraqi police checkpoint.

30th September 2014 - Gooya News

Pressure On the IRGC Increases the Chance of a Nuclear Agreement

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

پيام غرب به ايران بايد واضح باشد: مذاکره به قصد مذاکره منجر به کنار گذاشتن تحريم‌ها نمی‌شود. تحريم امپراتوری اقتصادی سپاه، توافق موقت با ايران را نقض نمی‌کند،...

29th September 2014 - Fox News

Happening Now

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD Vice President for Research Jonathan Schanzer shares his reaction to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech at the UN.

29th September 2014 - Foreign Policy

Déjà Vu in the West Bank and Gaza

Grant Rumley

Six months ago, the Palestinians' warring factions, Hamas and Fatah, surprised the world by announcing a new unity government after years of trying to overcome their difference

29th September 2014 - KPAM, Portland, Oregon

Terry Boyd’s World

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross on the recent violence in Oklahoma.

29th September 2014 - The Jerusalem Post

Barbarism of Iranian Militias Based in Iraq, Syria Being Seriously Overlooked

Benjamin Weinthal

The US’s deadly strike on the al-Qaida-linked Khorasan group leader Mohsin al-Fadhli shone a spotlight on Iran’s nefarious activities in Syria and Iraq.

29th September 2014

David Weinberg - Pictures

29th September 2014 - The Weekly Standard

Misunderstanding al Qaeda

Thomas Joscelyn

On Tuesday, September 23, the U.S. government announced that a new bombing campaign was under way in Syria.

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...

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