Analysis & Commentary


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 - 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.

29th September 2014 - Quoted by Maggie Ybarra - The Washington Times

Algeria, Oklahoma Beheadings Suggest Islamic State Reach Extends Beyond Mideast

Clifford D. May

The Islamic State has become a de facto nation without borders, able to direct people in foreign countries to do its bidding even as the United States is leading a global coalition to combat its army in Iraq and Syria.

29th September 2014 - Quoted by Harriet Sherwood, Sandra Laville, Kim willshire, Ben Knight, Maddy French, and Lauren Gambino - The Guardian

Schoolgirl Jihadis: the Female Islamists Leaving Home to Join ISIS Fighters

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Hundreds of young women and girls are leaving their homes in western countries to join Islamic fighters in the Middle East, causing increasing concern among counter-terrorism investigators.

28th September 2014 - The Wall Street Journal

Iran Makes the Rules

Mark Dubowitz

President Obama sucked up most of the media oxygen at the United Nations last week with his call for collective action against the Islamic State and other jihadists. But if anyone made real news from the General Assembly's green-marble podium, it was Iranian President Hasan Rouhani. The...

28th September 2014 - Quoted by Mavi Marmara - The Jerusalem Post

Turkish activist that participated in Marmara flotilla killed in US strike

Jonathan Schanzer

US-led air strikes against the Islamic State in the Syrian city of Idlib have killed a Turkish activist who participated in the Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) sponsored Mavi Marmara flotilla, Turkish media reported.

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.

26th September 2014 - Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Iran’s Rouhani Calls for Renewed U.S. - Iranian Trust

Mark Dubowitz

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called Friday for renewed trust between his country and the United States and said, "It's not set in stone" that relations between the two countries will always be bad.

26th September 2014 - Quoted by Joe Lauria - The Wall Street Journal

Palestinian Leader Calls for Status Talks

Grant Rumley

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said his government would introduce a resolution here demanding an immediate resumption of talks with a firm timetable toward a final status accord with Israel on land and refugees.

26th September 2014 - Quoted by Cristina Silva - The International Business Times

ISIS Baghdad March: Is Islamic State Targeting The Iraqi Capital?

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State may be refocusing its sights on Baghdad after the extremist group overran an Iraqi military base and executed 300 soldiers Sunday amid ongoing U.S. airstrikes aimed at weakening the militants' infrastructure and resources, according to Middle East analysts.

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.

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.

25th September 2014 - Quoted by Josh Rogin and Eli Lake - The Daily Beast

Will Iran Sell Out Al Qaeda for Nukes?

Thomas Joscelyn

The Iranians want to make a deal with the U.S.: They help us fight terror in exchange for nuclear concessions. Tehran could start by giving up the al Qaeda leaders it’s harboring.

25th September 2014 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - The Daily Beast

Obama’s Arab Backers May Draw the U.S. Deep Into the Mideast Quagmire

Jonathan Schanzer

There are many conflicts going on in the region—and inside Syria. Attacking ISIS is only part of the game, and the monarchs flying with the U.S. have their own agendas.

24th September 2014 - Quoted by Kristina Wong - The Hill

The Khorasan Group: 5 Things to Know

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Khorasan Group, an al Qaeda cell in northern Syrian, has gained attention after U.S. airstrikes Monday night targeted the militants.

24th September 2014 - Quoted by Shane Harris - Foreign Policy

Islamic State Beheadings Beget Beheadings

Thomas Joscelyn

Of the many acts of violence perpetrated in Iraq and Syria by the Islamic State, none have captured the imagination or terrified the public like the gruesome videos showing masked terrorists beheading unarmed Western captives.

24th September 2014 - Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

Why Bombing ISIS Helps al-Qaeda

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

No one was shocked when the US launched airstrikes in Syria against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on Monday.

24th September 2014 - Quoted by Guy Taylor and Maggie Ybarra - The Washington Times

Fears Grow That Obama Has ‘Paper Coalition’ in Arab World

Clifford D. May

The coalition of Arab nations that joined the U.S.-led air campaign in Syria signaled a new war on terror phase in which the Sunni Muslim-led states of the region are showing unprecedented willingness to take on Sunni Muslim extremists in their midst.

24th September 2014 - Cited by Tim Starks - Roll Call

‘Bizarro World’ Indeed: Wall Street Journal Backs Obama on Syria, New York Times Doesn’t

Mark Dubowitz

Mark Dubowitz of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies isn’t wrong: He did wake up in Bizarro World. That said, the split between the editorial pages of the reliably liberal New York Times and reliably conservative Wall Street Journal over President Obama’s bombing campaign in Syria...

24th September 2014 - Quoted by David D. Kirkpatrick - The New York Times

ISIS’ Harsh Brand of Islam Is Rooted in Austere Saudi Creed

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Caliph Ibrahim, the leader of the Islamic State, appeared to come out of nowhere when he matter-of-factly proclaimed himself the ruler of all Muslims in the middle of an otherwise typical Ramadan sermon.

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