Analysis & Commentary

27th July 2015 - Military Review - Co-written by Sterling Jensen, PhD

The Role of Iraqi Tribes After the Islamic State’s Ascendance

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In the midst of a military campaign littered with the bodies of its victims, the jihadist group that dubbed itself the Islamic State (IS) nonetheless managed to shock observers with a series of atrocities it inflicted on the Albu Nimr tribe in Iraq’s Anbar Province during October and...

23rd July 2015 - The Daily Beast

Slam Dunk II: The Persian Version

Jonathan Schanzer

President Obama came to power because of lousy U.S. intelligence that led the country to war in Iraq. Why does he think U.S. intelligence will now keep Iran from getting the bomb?

23rd July 2015 - Quoted Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

ISIS Incorporated: See How the Terror Network is Raising Millions in Sophisticated Scheme

Thomas Joscelyn

They’re known for the grisly, videotaped mass beheadings of Christians and other enemies, but the jihadis running the Islamic State are doing far more than that.

21st July 2015 - Quoted by Shane Harris - The Daily Beast

D.C.’s New Push: Use Saddam’s Men to Fight Obama’s ISIS War

Jonathan Schanzer

The magnificent Chartwell House, a 10,000-square foot mansion surrounded by lush, manicured grounds about 18 miles from central London, might seem an odd place to start a war.

19th July 2015 - Quoted by Shane Harris, Nancy A. Youssef - The Daily Beast

Town Shames ISIS Chief ‘Cersei Lannister-Style’—and Then Executes Him

Thomas Joscelyn

In a scene of medieval brutality, a jihadi group fighting to control a strategically important Libyan port captured ISIS’s local commander there, paraded him through the streets amid the taunts of onlookers, and then walked him to a gallows, where he was hanged.

17th July 2015 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

Progress Seen in Stemming Flow of Foreign Fighters to IS

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Efforts to stem the flow of foreign fighters to Iraq and Syria may be starting to have impact, though there are concerns some would-be jihadists are now looking to join the battle elsewhere.

12th July 2015 - Quoted by Awad Mustafa - Defense News

UAE To Supply Regional Aid in Terror Fight

David Andrew Weinberg

The United Arab Emirates is instituting an armed forces commission to supply financial and military aid to Arab allies for counterterrorism efforts, a UAE source told Defense News.

8th July 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

The ‘Daesh Effect’ is Rekindling a Risky Strategy for Fighting Terrorism

Jonathan Schanzer

When it comes to defeating ISIS without putting boots on the ground, the US-led coalition is running out of ideas.

7th July 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Experts: U.S. Legitimizing Iranian Hegemony Across Middle East

Tony Badran

Citing comments made by White House officials as well as actions taken by the United States, Tony Badran, a fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, concluded that the administration has “recogniz[ed] Iranian zones in the Levant as legitimate spheres of influence” in an...

7th July 2015 - AM 560

Chicago’s Morning Answer

Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellow Bill Roggio comments on U.S. strategy to defeat ISIS. Listen to Bill starting at 3:00.

7th July 2015 - NOW Lebanon

The Sixth Annex

Tony Badran

In Vienna, Secretary of State John Kerry has been racing to put the final touches on the deal over the Iranian nuclear program. The agreement will include a main text and five annexes, each of which will spell out the details of a specific issue.

5th July 2015 - Quoted by James Novogrod - NBC

Animosity Between Sunnis and Shiites Might Doom Iraq’s ISIS Fight

Bill Roggio

A bloody past and centuries of mistrust between two branches of Islam are threatening to derail Iraq's bid to crush ISIS — as well as the American war plan.

29th June 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn comment on conflicts in the Middle East.

26th June 2015 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

Vulnerabilities Exposed, Islamic State is Evolving Again

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Once bent on advancing at all costs to establish its self-declared caliphate, the terror group known as the Islamic State has increasingly been willing to cede territory in battles with Kurdish forces and Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias.

25th June 2015 - The Long War Journal - Co-written by Caleb Weiss

Hezbollah Brigades Flaunts US Equipment in Anbar Operation

Bill Roggio

A video released on a YouTube account linked to the Popular Mobilization Committee or the “People’s Mobilization Units” (PMU), a coalition of largely Shiite militia forces, shows a montage of Hezbollah Brigades footage from its operations in Iraq’s Anbar province. In the video, the...

23rd June 2015 - Quoted by James Novogrod - NBC News

Kurdish Fighters Push Closer to ISIS Caliphate’s Capital in Syria

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Kurdish forces say they seized a military base from ISIS fighters just 30 miles from the self-declared caliphate's capital city in Syria, another gain in an offensive that is pushing deeper into militant strongholds.

23rd June 2015 - Quoted by Ivan Plis - The Daily Caller

Here’s How Many Jihadi Camps Are In Syria And Iraq

A new online map shows 117 jihadi training camps in war-torn Iraq and Syria, including dozens belonging to the Islamic State.

23rd June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Spokesman Calls on Other Factions to ‘Repent,’ Urges Sectarian War

Thomas Joscelyn

22nd June 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss the conflicts in the Middle East.

21st June 2015 - The Long War Journal - Co-written by Caleb Weiss

Over 100 Jihadist Training Camps Identified in Iraq and Syria

Bill Roggio

The number of training camps operated by jihadists inside Iraq and Syria continues to rise. The Long War Journal has identified more than 100 in the two countries. While not all of these facilities may be currently operational, the proliferation of camps by the Islamic State, the Al Nusrah...

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