Analysis & Commentary


20th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces an ‘important and blessed phenomenon,’ Khamenei says

Amir Toumaj

Iraqi Prime Minister Hayder al Abadi arrived in Tehran today to meet with senior Iranian government officials.

12th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US designates 2 Islamic State leaders tied to chemical weapons

Thomas Joscelyn

The US government has designated two Islamic State figures involved in the group’s chemical weapons program.

12th June 2017 - Quoted Thomas Seibert - The Arab Weekly

As pressure on IS grows, Western officials see terror threat ‘metastasizing’

As forces of an interna­tional coalition squeeze the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, West­ern officials said they are bracing for a heightened terror threat by battle-hardened foreign fighters returning home amid the demolition of the IS caliphate.

9th June 2017 - Quoted by Parisa Hafezi - Reuters

Analysis - Iran attacks expose security gaps, fuel regional tension

Behnam Ben Taleblu

When Islamic State called on members of Iran's Sunni Muslim minority in March to wage a religious war on their Shi'ite rulers, few people took the threat seriously. And yet within three months, militants have breached security at the very heart of the nation, killing at least 17 people.

9th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US military downs UAV, strikes militias in Syria

Bill Roggio

The US military shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that attacked coalition forces in the At Tanf area in southeastern Syria yesterday.

7th June 2017 - Quoted by Tim Hume - Vice News

Why ISIS Just Attacked Its “Mortal Enemy” Iran for the First Time

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for deadly gun and bomb attacks in the heart of Iran’s capital Wednesday that killed at least 12 and injured 42 more. The attacks represent ISIS’ first strike on Iranian soil, providing a significant morale boost for the Islamists and...

6th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US warplanes again strike militias near Syrian-Jordanian border

Bill Roggio

The US military again launched airstrikes against forces loyal to the Syrian government after they entered the “deconfliction zone” near At Tanf in southeastern Syria.

6th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Anti-Islamic State coalition begins Raqqah offensive

Bill Roggio

A coalition of anti-Islamic State groups backed by the United States has officially begun its assault on the jihadist-held city of Raqqah in northern Syria.

4th June 2017 - Radio Free Europe

Majlis Podcast

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir, and research associate Merve Tahiroglu, discuss the state of Central Asians who join extremist groups in Iraq and Syria.

3rd June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iran tests the US in southeastern Syria

Amir Toumaj

Major powers involved in the Syrian war are racing to maximize gains from the crumbling Islamic State in southern and eastern Syria.

2nd June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Qassem Soleimani spotted near the Syrian border with Iraqi militias

Amir Toumaj

Major General Qassem Soleimani, the chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ extraterritorial operations branch the Qods Force, has been photographed with Iranian-backed Iraqi militias of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) in the northwestern countryside of Iraq near the Syrian...

30th May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State suicide bombers attack Baghdad during Ramadan

Thomas Joscelyn

Shortly after midnight, a car bomb was detonated near a popular ice cream shop in the Karrada district of Baghdad.

26th May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

CENTCOM: Three senior Islamic State foreign fighters killed

Thomas Joscelyn

US Central Command (CENTCOM) announced today that “three senior foreign fighters” in the Islamic State were killed near the Iraqi-Syrian border in recent weeks. Two of them, Mustafa Gunes and Abu Asim al-Jazaeri, were allegedly involved in planning attacks abroad. And the third,...

29th April 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces launch operation southwest of Mosul

Amir Toumaj

Backed by the Iraqi air force, the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) – an umbrella organization for Iraqi paramilitaries – launched an offensive this week southwest of Mosul in Nineveh Province to capture territory from the Islamic State. Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)...

23rd April 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Qods Force commander to advance Tehran’s influence as ambassador to Iraq

Amir Toumaj

An Iranian general from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) began his new position this week as Tehran’s ambassador to Iraq. The selection of Brigadier General Iraj Masjedi, the senior adviser to the commander of the IRGC extraterritorial branch the Qods Force, highlights...

30th March 2017 - Quoted by Tim Hume - Vice News

“A lot more civilians are dying”

Bill Roggio

While on the campaign trail in late 2015, Donald Trump pledged to “bomb the shit” out of ISIS if he became president. Now, a couple of months after he took office, reports of civilian deaths from U.S. strikes in Syria and Iraq have hit an all-time high. Why exactly that is, however,...

21st March 2017 - Quoted by Howard LaFranchi - The Christian Science Monitor

Defeating ISIS: Is Trump administration ready for the long haul?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

20th March 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn provide an update on the Islamic State in Mosul.

2nd March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iranian sniper embedded in Iraqi militia killed near Mosul

Amir Toumaj

A casket carrying the body of an Iranian sniper killed in combat in Iraq on February 25 was received in Tehran three days ago. An Islamic State mortar killed Ali-Asqar Karimi near Mosul, according to a colleague. A military campaign by Iraqi forces to dislodge Islamic State is underway in...

28th February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

The future of counterterrorism: Addressing the evolving threat to domestic security

Thomas Joscelyn

Chairman King, Ranking Member Rice, and other members of the committee, thank you for inviting me to testify today. The terrorist threat has evolved greatly since the September 11, 2001 hijackings. The U.S. arguably faces a more diverse set of threats today than ever. In my written and oral...

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