Analysis & Commentary

29th August 2014 - Quoted by Erik Ortiz - NBC News

Should President Obama Have Said There’s No Strategy Yet Against ISIS?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Following reports earlier this week that the U.S. sent spy planes over Syria to survey potential airstrike targets, this latest mixed message is a head scratcher.

29th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic Front and Al Nusrah Front Promote ‘Liberation’ of Border Crossing

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, and the Islamic Front, a coalition of several rebel groups, are using their social media pages to highlight their involvement in the rebels' assault on the Quneitra border crossing.

29th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Ansar Jerusalem Beheads 4 Egyptians Accused of Being Israeli ‘Spies’

Thomas Joscelyn

A little more than one week after the Islamic State released a video featuring the beheading of an American photojournalist, Ansar Jerusalem has released a video online showing four Egyptian civilians being executed in the same manner. The video marks an escalation in the tactics Ansar...

29th August 2014 - WSJ Live

Opinion Journal

Clifford D. May

FDD's President, Clifford May, discusses American strategy in the Middle East.

29th August 2014 - Quoted by Brett Logiurato - Business Insider

The UK Has A Plan To Cut Off Russian Businesses From The Rest Of The World

Mark Dubowitz

The United Kingdom will push the European Union this weekend to consider the most punitive sanctions yet against Russia for its involvement in escalating the crisis in Ukraine.

29th August 2014 - Real Clear Defense

In Iraq, the B-1 Bomber Proves Enduring Value

Patrick Megahan

As the air war over northern Iraq expanded earlier this month, Pentagon officials for first time acknowledged that land-based bombers have begun conducting strikes against the Islamic State, or ISIS, as it is formerly known.

28th August 2014 - CBN

CBN News

Boris Zilberman

FDD's Boris Zilberman on Russia's advance into Ukraine.

28th August 2014 - CNN

CNN Newsroom with Carol Costello

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, discusses how to weaken ISIS.

28th August 2014 - Now Lebanon

Beheshti Never Came to Tripoli

Tony Badran

This Sunday marks the 36th anniversary of the disappearance of Lebanese-Iranian cleric Musa as-Sadr during a visit to Libya in 1978.

28th August 2014 - CNN

The Situation Room

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, discusses the radicalization of Americans by ISIS.

28th August 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Iran Shenanigans, Obama Capitulation Coming?

Mark Dubowitz

Iran’s leaders seem to have internalized a key lesson: They have nothing to fear from this U.S. president.

28th August 2014 - Standpoint Magazine

Fatal Procrastination

Emanuele Ottolenghi

In his April 2012 speech at the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C., President Obama said: "We must tell our children about how this evil was allowed to happen — because so many people succumbed to their darkest instincts, and because so many others stood silent."

28th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Boko Haram Focuses on Seizing Territory

Laura Grossman, Thomas Joscelyn

Boko Haram is seeking to hold territory in northeastern Nigeria. In a recent video, Boko Haram's leader declared that his jihadists rule over the town of Gwoza as a "state among the Islamic states." This was widely interpreted to mean an Islamic caliphate, but that does not appear to be the...

28th August 2014 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Turkey Hosting at Least 12 Hamas Operatives

Jonathan Schanzer

At least 12 Hamas operatives, including a senior leader and others convicted of murder, have enjoyed safe haven in Turkey, a country that regional experts say is quickly becoming “a very hospitable environment” for Hamas terrorists to plan operations.

28th August 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Countering Gaza’s Mortars

Patrick Megahan

Hours before the latest ceasefire was announced between Hamas and Israel, two Israeli civilians were killed and five others wounded near the Gaza border by Palestinian mortar fire.

28th August 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Gaza Polls Show Abbas Popularity

Grant Rumley

In a recent poll in Gaza, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas garnered a favorability of 54 percent.

28th August 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's Vice President for Research, Jonathan Schanzer, discusses Turkey's support of ISIS.

28th August 2014 - Sun News Network

The Source with Ezra Levant

Boris Zilberman

FDD's Boris Zilberman on Russian troop movements into Ukraine.

27th August 2014 - 93.1 FM WIBC, Indianapolis, IN

Garrison Radio

Michael Ledeen

FDD's Freedom Scholar, Michael Ledeen, on the threat of radical Islamic doctrine.

27th August 2014 - Quoted by Carol Guensburg - VOA News

Details Emerging About American Jihadist Killed in Syria

Clifford D. May

Douglas McAuthor McCain, the the first known American to be killed while fighting alongside Islamic militants in Syria, was an undistinguished 33-year-old raised in Minnesota who most recently worked as a caregiver in California.


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