Analysis & Commentary


22nd August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front attempts to thwart Islamic State’s advances north of Aleppo

Thomas Joscelyn, Oren Adaki

A video released by the Al Nusrah Front features three fighters shortly before they head off to fight the Islamic State's jihadists, who have advanced on rebel positions north of Aleppo.

21st August 2014 - Now Lebanon

The U.S. Is Following Iran’s Lead In Both Syria and Iraq

Tony Badran

President Obama has made clear that the purpose of his limited intervention in Iraq is to shore up the central government in Baghdad such that all Iraqis will combat the Islamic State (IS).

21st August 2014 - Quoted by Aisha Chowdhry - Roll Call

How Obama Could Respond to James Foley’s Murder

Bill Roggio

President Barack Obama sent a tough message after an American journalist was murdered by the extremist group, Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL), but the actions that the administration will take in response to the murder, and the timeline for them, are still not fully known.

21st August 2014 - Quoted by James Warren - NY Daily News

U.S. options for retribution are limited in the wake of James Foley’s murder

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

President Obama voiced visible anger and ordered more U.S. airstrikes in Iraq to shock and awe ISIS forces who shocked the world with their savagery.

21st August 2014 - Quoted by Shane Harris - Foreign Policy

The Re-Baathification of Iraq

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Islamic State has conquered broad swaths of Iraq thanks to a surprising alliance with secular veterans of Saddam Hussein's military.

20th August 2014 - KPAM, Portland, Oregon

Terry Boyd’s World

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, discusses the beheading of American journalist James Foley.

20th August 2014 - The Washington Times

Gen. Flynn’s Warning

Clifford D. May

Two recent interviews have been the topic of lively debate within the so-called foreign policy community.

20th August 2014 - Fox News

Special Report with Bret Baier

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow, Thomas Joscelyn, discusses ISIS response to US airstrikes.

20th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Launched Raid in Syria To Rescue American Hostages Held By Islamic State

Bill Roggio

The raid failed to rescue "a number of American hostages held in Syria" by the Islamic State, the Department of Defense's spokesman said today.

20th August 2014 - KPAM, Portland, Oregon

The Mark and Dave Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, on the true threat of ISIS.

20th August 2014 - The Wall Street Journal

WSJ Live

Thomas Joscelyn

Foundation for Defense of Democracies Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn on the terrorist group ISIS’s beheading of an American journalist.

19th August 2014 - CNN

The Situation Room

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman, James Woolsey, discusses the latest developments regarding ISIS.

19th August 2014 - Cited by Tamer El-Ghobashy and Safa Majeed - The Wall Street Journal

Iraqi Military Launches Major Offensive to Reclaim Tikrit from Militants

The Iraqi military launched a major air and ground offensive early Tuesday to reclaim Tikrit from Islamist militants, who had taken control of the city best known as being the hometown of former dictator Saddam Hussein, officials said.

19th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Repels Iraqi Military’s 3rd Attempt to Retake Tikrit

Bill Roggio

Iraqi forces broke off their advance on Tikrit after taking heavy fire from Islamic State fighters based in and around the capital of Salahaddin province.

19th August 2014 - AM 1070, Houston, TX

The Sam Malone Show

Clifford D. May

FDD President, Clifford May, on the power vacuum left by America's disengagement in the Middle East.

19th August 2014 - Fox News

Special Report with Bret Baier

Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellow, Bill Roggio, on ISIS's outing of Middle Eastern intelligence sources.

19th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Beheads American Reporter

Bill Roggio

James Wright Foley, a journalist who was captured in Syria by the Islamic State in November 2012, was executed on camera. The Islamic State threatened to kill another captive American reporter if the US military does not halt its air campaign against the jihadist group in northern Iraq.

19th August 2014 - The Weekly Standard

An Appalling Propaganda Ploy

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot, has released a grisly video of one of its fighters beheading a man who appears to be James Foley, an American journalist who was kidnapped in Syria on Thanksgiving Day 2012.

18th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Airpower Supports Peshmerga, Iraqi Forces to Retake Mosul Dam

Bill Roggio

President Obama expanded the US military mission in Iraq to include protecting "critical infrastructure" and supporting Iraqi Army and Peshmerga offensive military operations in northern Iraq.

18th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Adds Islamic State, Al Nusrah Front Leaders to List of Global Terrorists

Bill Roggio

Abu Muhammed al Adnani is the Islamic State's controversial spokesman. Said Arif is a seasoned jihadist who has traveled to several battlefields and is now with the Al Nusrah Front in Syria.

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