Analysis & Commentary


26th April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Captures Dam, Overruns Base in Western Iraq

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State seized control of a dam and overran a military barracks in the Thar Thar area in western Iraq over the past several days.

22nd April 2015 - Quoted by Nancy A. Youssef - The Daily Beast

ISIS Now Says It Didn’t Bomb Afghanistan

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

ISIS loyalists may have claimed credit for Saturday bombing that killed at least 35 people in eastern Afghanistan. But U.S. officials now believe that Taliban fighters—not the Middle East-based extremist group—carried out the strike. Had ISIS been responsible, it would have been among...

17th April 2015 - The Arab Weekly

The Islamic World’s Thirty Years War

Ali Alfoneh

Even as Iran’s Islamic revolutionaries were toppling the Shah in 1979, at the core of their thinking was that their Shia revolution should not be limited to their homeland but expand to the entire Muslim world. This approach would not only secure Tehran’s dominance but would also keep...

17th April 2015 - Quoted by Joanna Paraszczuk - Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

What’s Next For Islamic State?

In 2014, the Islamic State (IS) extremist group emerged as one of the most powerful jihadi groups, rivaling even Al-Qaeda.

17th April 2015 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - The Daily Beast

He Served Saddam. He Served ISIS. Now Al Douri May Be Dead.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

He’s been on the loose since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and despite a $10 million bounty for his capture always managed to stay one step ahead of his pursuers, but now Iraqi officials are fairly confident that the King of Clubs can finally be crossed off the U.S. “kill or...

17th April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Hezbollah Brigades Deploys Fighters to Ramadi

Bill Roggio

Hezbollah Brigades, a US-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization, is deploying forces to the western provincial capital of Ramadi to fight off an Islamic State offensive. The Iranian-backed Shiite militia continues to promote past attacks against US forces on its official website.

16th April 2015 - Quoted by Nancy A. Youssef - The Daily Beast

ISIS’ Attack on Ramadi Just Upended U.S. War Plans

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

ISIS is reportedly marching on key Iraqi city of Ramadi—upending the momentum that the U.S.-led military coalition seemed to have just days ago, and threatening to shatter an already delicate recent power shift that both the U.S. and Iraq hoped to exploit.

14th April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Overruns Iraqi Army Headquarters Near Thar Thar

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State overran the headquarters of an Iraqi Army brigade stationed in the Thar Thar area northwest of Baghdad two days ago. The suicide assault marks the second time that the jihadist group has taken over an Iraqi military headquarters in the region in two months.

10th April 2015 - The Long War Journal - Co-written by Caleb Weiss

Islamic State Launches Assault on Ramadi

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State launched a new offensive in Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s western province of Anbar, and took control of an outlying district north of the city after heavy fighting with Iraqi troops.

6th April 2015 - Quoted by Kristina Wong - The Hill

Kurdish Official Hits Administration Over Delayed Weapons

John Hannah

Kurdish peshmerga forces fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are only receiving a fraction of promised U.S. military support, a top Kurdish official warned on Monday.

4th April 2015 - Quoted by Michael B. Kelley - Business Insider

The US and Iran are Closer in Iraq Than People Realize — and Things are Getting Ugly

Tony Badran

The Obama administration is no longer hiding the fact that the US is serving as the air force for Iran-backed Shia militias fighting ISIS in Iraq.

2nd April 2015 - Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

ISIS Just Suffered its Worst Defeat Yet — Losing the Iraqi City of Tikrit

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Tikrit, Saddam Hussein's hometown, had been an ISIS stronghold for almost a year. On Wednesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi marched through the city's center holding an Iraqi flag. Though fighting continued in some neighborhoods, the core of the city had been liberated from ISIS....

1st April 2015 - Quoted by Mitch Potter - thestar.com

Don’t Believe Talk of an Islamic State Truce

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Every day is April Fool’s when it comes to Dabiq, the slick propaganda sheet the Islamic State uses to play with the minds of English readers.

31st March 2015 - The Long War Journal - Co-written by Caleb Weiss

Shiite Militias, Iraqi Troops Enter Central Tikrit

Bill Roggio

Iraqi troops and Iranian-backed Shiite militias entered central Tikrit alongside Iraqi troops today after days of US airstrikes weakened Islamic State forces holed up in the city. The militias entered Tikrit despite US military officials’ claims the the groups had disengaged from the...

31st March 2015 - JNS.org News Service

Amid Nuclear Talks, Iran Forges Ahead with Middle East Power Play

Emanuele Ottolenghi

As the world awaits the results of nuclear negotiations in Switzerland, the Middle East continue to struggle with various conflicts across the region.

28th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

US continues airstrikes in Tikrit despite involvement of Iranian-backed Shiite militias

Bill Roggio

The US military continues to launch airstrikes in Tikrit against the Islamic State despite the presence of Iranian-backed Shiite militias. Claims, including those from US military commanders, that the militias have withdrawn are incorrect, and have even been rebutted by a Pentagon spokesman....

25th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

US begins airstrikes against Islamic State in Tikrit, supports Shiite militias

Bill Roggio

The US-led military Coalition in Iraq is openly supporting Iranian-backed Shiite militias and Iraqi forces who are battling Islamic State fighters entrenched in Tikrit.

24th March 2015 - NewsChannel 8

New Terror Threat: Countdown

Clifford D. May

NewsChannel 8 on Tuesday evening hosted a live Your Voice, Your Future town hall roundtable discussion with top experts entitled "The New Terror Threat: The Countdown."

20th March 2015 - Mentioned by The Tower

Report: Iran-Backed Shiite Militias Went on Anti-Sunni Rampage After Freeing Key Iraqi Town

Bill Roggio

After freeing the city of the Iraqi town of Amerli, which had been under siege by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Iranian-backed Shiite militias rampaged through the area carrying out reprisal raids against Sunnis in the area.

19th March 2015 - The National Interest

Oil Prices Cripple Iraq’s ISIS War

David Andrew Weinberg

Iraq had a miserable 2014. The Islamic State (IS) reentered the country in large numbers early in the year, routing the Iraqi security forces in June with its swift territorial conquests and gaining tacit support from a large segment of Iraq’s Sunnis in the process.

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