Analysis & Commentary

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...

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.

28th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Killed 2 ‘Arabs’ in First Drone Strike in South Waziristan in More Than a Year

Bill Roggio

The US has not launched a drone strike in South Waziristan since mid-April 2013.

27th September 2014 - Qualitative Military Edge

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. Though Syria was warned prior to the attack, it was unclear if Bashir al-Assad would follow through on his threat to...

27th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Kills 2 AQAP Fighters in Al Jawf

Bill Roggio, Oren Adaki

The strike, the second in two days, took place in a northern province where top al Qaeda leaders have been targeted and killed in the past.

27th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Official Warns Against Islamic State in New Speech

Thomas Joscelyn

A senior al Qaeda official known as Abu Dujana al Basha urges jihadists not to join the Islamic State, a former branch of al Qaeda that was disowned by al Qaeda's senior leaders in February.

27th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

2 AQAP Commanders Reported Killed in Shabwa Drone Strike

Oren Adaki

Arabic media reports claim that two al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leaders were killed in a US drone strike in Shabwa province yesterday. One was reported to have been "rehabilitated."

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 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Trainer Suspected of Plotting Against 2004 NATO Summit Killed in US Airstrikes

Thomas Joscelyn

One of the first reported casualties of the US-led bombing campaign earlier this week was an Al Nusrah Front commander known as Abu Yusuf al Turki. He had been training al Qaeda snipers in Syria. He was previously suspected of plotting to attack the 2004 NATO summit in Turkey.

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 - CNN

New Day

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

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


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