Analysis & Commentary


12th October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iranian-linked bomb kills American solider in Iraq

Alexandra N. Gutowski

An explosively formed penetrator (EFP) killed an American soldier in Iraq on Oct. 1. The US and Iraqi governments haven't conclusively fingered a perpetrator, but EFPs have been used by Iranian-backed groups in Iraq in the past.

11th October 2017 - Quoted by Laurie Mylroie - Kurdistan 24

Zalmay Khalilzad: US should mediate between Erbil and Baghdad

John Hannah

Former US ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, called on the US to become “very actively engaged” in negotiating the dispute between Erbil and Baghdad that has followed the independence referendum.

5th October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iraqi troops, Iranian-backed militias eject Islamic State from Hawija

Bill Roggio

Islamic State forces still control a small pocket of villages to the north and east of the town, but are now surrounded.

5th October 2017 - Quoted by Laurie Mylroie - Kurdistan 24

WATCH: Sen. Marco Rubio: US needs to prevent conflict after Kurdistan referendum

John Hannah

Sen. Marco Rubio added his voice to the growing number of figures in Washington, DC who now stress the importance of reducing tensions and preventing conflict in the region, following the Sep. 25 Kurdistan independence referendum.

4th October 2017 - Quoted by Laurie Mylroie - Kurdistan24

Rep. Mike Gallagher: US should promote Erbil-Baghdad talks

John Hannah

Congressman Mike Gallagher, a Republican from Wisconsin, told Kurdistan 24, “The Kurdish people have overwhelmingly spoken” in their independence referendum.

2nd October 2017 - Foreign Policy

The United States Must Prevent Disaster in Kurdistan

John Hannah

You have to hand it to them. U.S. officials nailed it. Prior to the Sept. 25 independence referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan, they couldn’t have been clearer in setting out the parade of horribles that might come to pass if the vote went ahead.

1st October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State claims its ‘soldier’ stabbed two women at Marseille train station

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State's Amaq News Agency claimed that two stabbings at the Saint-Charles train station in Marseille, France were the work of its "soldier." Separately, an attack in Edmonton, Canada is being investigated as a terrorist act.

30th September 2017 - i24 News

Strictly Security

Aykan Erdemir

FDD seior fellow Aykan Erdemir discuss the Kurdish referendum for independence on Strictly Security on i24 News.

29th September 2017 - CGTN

CGTN America

Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir joins a discussion on Kurdistan’s independence referendum on CGTN America.

28th September 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

FAQ after allegations of another ballistic missile test by Tehran

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Getting the right answers on allegations surrounding an alleged Iranian ballistic missile launch requires asking the right questions. The following eight questions make sense of the English and Persian language news reporting surrounding the Khorramshahr ballistic missile.

27th September 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Tensions mount as Iraqi militias boost numbers in contested areas while Kurds hold referendum

Amir Toumaj

As tensions mount between the Iraqi federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government, several Iranian-backed group have deployed more troops to contested areas near Kirkuk and Tuz Khurmatu. As both sides remain steadfast in their claims to the oil rich province, tensions continue to...

26th September 2017 - i24 News

Special Edition

Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellow joins i24 News to discuss the Kurdish referendum.

26th September 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State radio tries to quell controversy over takfir

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State's Al Bayan radio station has released several religious lectures dealing with an internal controversy over takfir, the practice of excommunicating other Muslims and denouncing "polytheists." The so-called caliphate tried to quell the controversy by repealing a problematic...

26th September 2017 - SBS

SBS Radio Turkish

Aykan Erdemir

A former member of the Turkish Parliament Aykan Erdemir is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in USA. Mr Erdemir is talking on Iraqi Kurds' independence referendum and Turkeys anxieties.

24th September 2017 - Quoted by Thomas Seibert - The Arab Weekly

Turkey to launch intervention into Syria — and maybe into Iraq

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey is preparing to send troops into northern Syr­ia, months after ending an intervention that an­gered the United States. At the same time, Ankara is ponder­ing a military response to the Kurd­ish independence vote in Iraq.

21st September 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iraqi forces launch offensive against Islamic State in Hawijah

Thomas Joscelyn

The Iraqi government launched a new offensive against the Islamic State in the Hawijah pocket earlier today. Hawijah is considered one of the group's two remaining strongholds inside Iraq. The other is in the western Anbar province, where the Iraqi government began new operations on Sept....

19th September 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Hezbollah publicizes commander’s role in defending Deir Ezzor city

Amir Toumaj

After pro-Syrian regime forces broke the siege of Deir Ezzor city this month, Lebanese Hezbollah media outlet Al Mayadeen released a rare interview with Hezbollah field commander “al Haj Abu Mustafa,” crediting the gray-bearded, southern Lebanese native with playing a key role in leading...

3rd September 2017 - Interviewed by Laurie Mylroie - Kurdistan 24

John Hannah: US and the Kurdistan Region need to work together closely

John Hannah

John Hannah served as national security advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney, and he is now a senior counselor at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.

1st September 2017 - Quoted by Tom Rogan - The Washington Examiner

How the US military is trolling ISIS

Thomas Joscelyn

31st August 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State ‘finance emir for Mosul’ relocated to Turkey, US says

Thomas Joscelyn

On Aug. 29, the Treasury Department announced that Salim Mustafa Muhammad al-Mansur had been added to the US government's list of specially designated global terrorists. The move was made in conjunction with the Iraqi government. Al-Mansur served as the Islamic State's "finance emir for...

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