Analysis & Commentary


7th May 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

ISIS targets elections in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

Since late April, the Islamic State has claimed a string of operations targeting elections in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. The group's spokesman, Abu al-Hasan al-Muhajir, threatened Iraq's upcoming election on May 12 and the jihadists are carrying out operations accordingly.

24th April 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: Islamic State spokesman says ‘new phase’ of jihad has begun

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s Al-Furqan Media released a lengthy speech from its spokesman, Abu al-Hasan al-Muhajir, on Apr. 22. In the 49-minute message, titled “So Follow Their Guidance,” al-Muhajir summarizes his organization’s war against its many enemies, both in the region and abroad....

6th April 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

US-led coalition says ‘much work remains to defeat’ to ISIS

Thomas Joscelyn

Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR), which oversees the coalition to defeat the Islamic State, warned today that “much work remains to defeat” Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s organization in Iraq and Syria. The US-led coalition’s statement is at odds with the...

6th April 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: A premature declaration of victory in Syria?

Thomas Joscelyn

The White House declared on Apr. 4 that the "military mission to eradicate ISIS in Syria is coming to a rapid end, with ISIS being almost completely destroyed." But ISIS continues to operate in several areas of Syria, as well as in Iraq, which wasn't even mentioned in the White House's...

16th March 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

US military helicopter crash in western Iraq kills all aboard

Bill Roggio

The helicopter that crashed is used to conduct search and rescue as well as Air Force special operations missions.

12th February 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

US Inspector General acknowledges Iran-backed militias obtained Abrams tanks

Bill Roggio

The report also notes that the US State Department has pressed the Iraqi government for the return of the tanks, but this has not happened.

25th January 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iranian-backed Iraqi militias form coalition ahead of parliamentary elections

Romany Shaker

Ahead of Iraq’s May parliamentary elections, Iranian-backed militias this month announced a coalition called al-Fatah al Mubin (Manifest Victory). It is led by Hadi al Ameri, the chief of the Badr Organization and current parliamentarian with close ties to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary...

18th January 2018 - Quoted by Louis Jacobson - PolitiFact

Fact-checking Donald Trump’s ‘results’ from his fake news awards

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

As part of his much-hyped "fake news awards," President Donald Trump offered 10 pieces of news he said the media was ignoring. "While the media spent 90 percent of the time focused on negative coverage or fake news, the President has been getting results," he wrote.

28th December 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Top Iraqi-Shiite cleric endorses incorporation of PMF into the state

Iraqi-Shiite Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani announced his support of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) and "requested that all weapons come under government's control."

22nd November 2017 - The Washington Times

The battle for the lands of the caliphate

Clifford D. May

Soon after taking office, President Trump ordered his national security advisers to provide “a complete strategic review of our policy toward the rogue regime in Iran.” Last month, based on that review, he announced a new strategy “to confront the Iranian regime’s hostile actions,”...

18th November 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Understanding al Qaeda through the massive trove of Osama bin Laden’s files

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

On Nov. 17, The Foundation for Defense of Democracies and FDD's Long War Journal held an event to discuss the findings from the recently released documents from Osama bin Laden’s compound.

15th November 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Coalition kills 2 Islamic State external operations commanders in Iraq and Syria

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

Coalition forces killed 15 senior and mid-level Islamic State leaders and commanders, including two external operations planners, in a series of airstrikes that have taken place in eastern Syria and Western Iraq over the past two months.

15th November 2017 - Quoted by Seth J. Frantzman - The Jerusalem Post

Is The US Supporting Iranian-Backed Militias In Iraq?

Jonathan Schanzer

Crossed alliances have brought forth new tensions in the US fight against ISIS - and the effort to quell Iranian influence from spreading across the region.

13th November 2017 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

U.S. Admits Possible Role in Arming Iranian-Backed Militants in Iraq

Bill Roggio

U.S. officials acknowledged Iranian-backed forces in Iraq could be using American-made arms, an admission that comes amid growing concern on Capitol Hill the U.S. government is quietly working with militia fighters in Iraq who are directly tied to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps...

8th November 2017 - Foreign Policy

Does Trump Realize That His New Iran Strategy Could Suffer a Fatal Blow in Syria?

John Hannah

Note to President Trump: The new Iran strategy that you announced just three weeks ago is hanging by a thread. Its fate will likely be decided in the next few months on the Syria-Iraq border.

8th November 2017 - Foreign Affairs

Kurd Your Enthusiasm

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Merve Tahiroglu

On October 16, the world woke to footage of the Iraqi army barreling toward Kirkuk, several hundred miles north of Baghdad. Their mission was to reclaim the city, but not from jihadists; rather, they planned to win it back from the Kurds. Three years ago, as the Islamic State (ISIS) tore...

7th November 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Hamza bin Laden lionizes his father and incites ‘rebellion’ in new audio message

Thomas Joscelyn

In a newly released audio message, Hamza bin Laden praises his father for spreading jihadism and attacking the US. Hamza calls on Muslims to rise up against "tyrant" rulers and wage jihad until sharia is imposed. The message was posted online just days after the CIA released a video from...

3rd November 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State suffers defeats in Iraq and Syria

Bill Roggio

The Syrian military has taken full control of Deir Ezzour, while Iraqi troops and Iranian supported militias ejected the Islamic State from Al Qaim.

2nd November 2017 - Quoted by Aria Teresa - The Inquisitr

Osama Bin Laden Planned To Kill Prince Harry During His Deployment In Iraq, CIA Files Reveal

Bill Roggio

Newly released CIA files on Osama bin Laden revealed that the Al-Qaeda leader planned to assassinate Prince Harry, tracking the royal’s proposed movements and activities for his deployment to Iraq.

2nd November 2017 - Quoted by Ananya Roy - International Business Times

Latest Osama bin Laden documents released by CIA show Iran-al-Qaeda relationship and Isis threats

The CIA said on Wednesday (1 November) that they released a massive tranche of files related to the 2011 US raid on Osama bin Laden's hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The al-Qaeda founder was killed in that raid.

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