Analysis & Commentary


21st May 2015 - Quoted by Munzer al-Awad, Mike Giglio - Buzzfeed

Smugglers Say Palmyra’s Artifacts Will Be “Good Business”

Jonathan Schanzer

Much of the world is looking on with horror as ISIS storms the ancient city of Palmyra. Smugglers who trade in the booming black market of Syrian antiquities, though, say they sense a lucrative opportunity.

21st May 2015 - Quoted by Ivan Plis - The Daily Caller

Delta’s Recent Raid In Syria May Have Revealed An Inconvenient Truth About Fighting ISIS

Jonathan Schanzer

Last weekend’s special forces raid, which killed a midlevel Islamic State commander, has revived the debate on overt U.S. military ground action in Syria and Iraq.

21st May 2015 - FOX News

Special Report with Bret Baier

John Hannah

FDD Senior Counselor John Hannah comments on ISIS advances in Syria.

20th May 2015 - Forbes

Ramadi Falls—And Iran Will Come To The Rescue?

Michael Ledeen

Experts most everywhere agree that the fall of Ramadi to Islamic State is a disaster. It solidifies IS control over a major east-west route from Ramadi (75-100 miles from Baghdad) to deep into Syria. American military and intelligence officials know all about this route, since anti-American...

20th May 2015 - CTV

CTV News

Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellow Bill Roggio discusses the latest news in Ramadi.

20th May 2015 - The Wall Street Journal

Opinion Journal

John Hannah

Foundation for Defense of Democracies Senior Counselor John Hannah explains the significance of the fall of Ramadi.

20th May 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State, Shiite Militias Square Off East of Ramadi

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State, flush with the success of overrunning Anbar’s provincial capital of Ramadi over the weekend, is advancing eastward in an effort to consolidate its gains and take full control of the Ramadi-Fallujah corridor.

19th May 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Expert: Iran Sees Fall of Ramadi as Chance to Expand, Faults U.S. For Letting Iran “March In”

Jonathan Schanzer

In an appearance on CNN Monday, Jonathan Schanzer, Vice President for Research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, praised the United States for its raids – like the successful raid that killed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) financier Abu Sayyaf in Syria over the weekend...

19th May 2015 - CNN

The Situation Room

Jonathan Schanzer

U.S. officials say ISIS has established outposts in North Africa, which is a source of recruits, weapons and funding.

18th May 2015 - The Long War Journal

‘Strategy to Defeat Islamic State is Working,’ US Department of Defense Claims

Bill Roggio

This Department of Defense news article (reproduced in full below) on the status of the fight against the Islamic State couldn’t have been more poorly timed. Published on May 15, the same day that the Islamic State overran the government center in Ramadi, the report provides a pollyannaish...

18th May 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss the developments in Iraq and Syria.

18th May 2015 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - The Daily Beast

ISIS Counterpunch Stuns U.S. and Iraq

Jonathan Schanzer

U.S. officials are living in a dream world if they think they have got the so-called Islamic State on the run. Whenever the militants are forced back, they bounce straight back.

18th May 2015 - CNN

CNN International

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the fall of Ramadi.

18th May 2015 - CNN

CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses ISIS' takeover of Ramadi.

18th May 2015 - CNN

New Day

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses ISIS' capture of Ramadi

17th May 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Overruns Anbar Operations Command, Takes Full Control of Ramadi

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State has overrun the Anbar Operations Command in Ramadi and has taken effective control of the entire city. Unconfirmed reports indicate that Iraqi forces in the Fallujah-Ramadi corridor are in complete disarray and are withdrawing from Habbaniyah and other areas.

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

Analysts Say Build on Momentum of Syria Raid To Keep ISIS Off Balance

Jonathan Schanzer, John Hannah

Pentagon officials have been understandably keen to talk-up Friday night’s Delta Force strike deep into the terrain of the so-called Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

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

Pentagon Claims ISIS Is on the ‘Defensive,’ Never Mind That City It Just Sacked

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

U.S. military officials insisted Friday that ISIS was on the “defensive”—even as the self-proclaimed Islamic State was taking over the key Iraqi city of Ramadi.

15th May 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Seizes Government Center in Ramadi

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State advanced into the heart of Ramadi, the capital of the western Iraqi province of Anbar, and raised its flag over the government center after launching a complex attack that included six suicide bombers, one a British fighter.

13th May 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Military Denies it Targeted Islamic State’s Deputy Emir in Airstrike on Mosque

Bill Roggio

US Central Command, which is coordinating the air campaign to “degrade and defeat” the Islamic State inside Iraq and Syria, denied that it launched an airstrike on a mosque near the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar that is rumored to have killed the jihadist group’s deputy emir.

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