Analysis & Commentary


17th October 2014 - PJ Media

The Iraqi WMDs and Other Disgraces

Michael Ledeen

We are beginning to learn that the Bush administration declined to talk about the discovery of thousands of WMDs in Iraq.

16th October 2014 - CBC

Power & Politics

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May comments on the Islamic State's continued advance.

16th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Photos Highlight Group’s Grip on Ramadi

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State has released two separate photo collections detailing its presence in Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar. More than half of Ramadi is said to be under the control of Islamic State.

15th October 2014 - War on the Rocks

The Fight Goes on in Anbar: ISIL vs the World

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Over the past week, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has been able to build on its previous gains in Iraq’s Anbar province.

14th October 2014 - Cited by Michael Knights - Politico

Why the Islamic State Is Losing

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Many in the world media seem to be concluding, with alarm, that the group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is at the gates of Baghdad

14th October 2014 - Quoted by Bill Gertz - The Washington Free Beacon

Islamic State Commander Key Figure Behind Recent Military Gains

Bill Roggio, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

A Chechen jihadist is emerging as a key Islamic State military commander credited with a series of recent military gains in central Iraq that has left the capital of Baghdad increasingly vulnerable to attack.

13th October 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellow and Editor of the Long War Journal Bill Roggio discusses the fall of Iraq's Anbar province to the Islamic State.

13th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Germany’s Islamic State problem

Benjamin Weinthal

Chancellor Angela Merkel's government faces daunting challenges due to the growth of the Islamic State and other extremist groups. Many of these challenges have arisen from Germany's own problematic counterterrorism policies.

12th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Assassinates Anbar Province Police Chief

Bill Roggio

Today's assassination of the Anbar chief of police is the latest in a series of setbacks for Iraqi security forces in the province, which is mostly under the Islamic State's control.

11th October 2014 - Quoted by Taylor Tyler - Headlines & Global News

Chechen ISIS Fighters Have Sights Set on Putin

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

After taking Mosul in Iraq, the Islamic State commander Omar al-Shishani, also known as Omar the Chechen, called his father to tell him the news, but what he also said Russia was next on the group's list.

10th October 2014 - Quoted by Sam Jones - Financial Times

Isis Still on the Front Foot in Iraq

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

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9th October 2014 - CNN

New Day

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the Islamic State's advance on Kobane and Kassig’s mother’s plea to ISIS leader

9th October 2014 - Quoted by Selcan Hacaoglu - Bloomberg

Kurdish Ammo Runs Low in Kobani as Turkey Controls Exit

Merve Tahiroglu

Kurds defending Kobani risk running out of ammunition as Islamic State surrounds the town and Turkey controls their only outlet, according to a Kurdish lawmaker in Turkey and observers of the fighting in Syria.

9th October 2014 - Cited by Michael Winfrey - Bloomberg

Islamic State Grooms Chechen Fighters Against Putin

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

When the Islamic State commander known as “Omar the Chechen” called to tell his father they’d routed the Iraqi army and taken the city of Mosul, he added a stark message: Russia would be next.

9th October 2014 - War On The Rocks

The Islamic State’s Anbar Offensive and Abu Umar al-Shishani

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The recent gains in Iraq’s Anbar province by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have, justifiably, garnered a great deal of media attention.

8th October 2014 - Quoted by Maurizio Molinari - La Stampa

Raid contro l’Isis poco efficaci. L’America prova ad accelerare

Jonathan Schanzer

Dopo i successi a Mosul e Sinjar le bombe non sono riuscite a fermare i jihadisti a Kobani e Baghdad. Ora la Turchia chiede truppe di terra, ed entrano i campo elicotteri Apache e istruttori. Basteranno?

8th October 2014 - CNN

The Situation Room

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on the possibility of American fighters in ISIL

5th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Group Urges Jihadists in Iraq and Syria ‘to Reconcile’

Bill Roggio

Omar Khalid al Khorasani, a top leader in Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, offered to help mediate the dispute between the Islamic State and the Al Nusrah Front and other jihadist rivals.

3rd October 2014 - Quoted by James Gordon Meek - ABCNews

From Bang to Whimper, ISIS Propaganda Withers Under US Strikes

Thomas Joscelyn

As explosions erupted from airstrikes in Iraq and Syria over the past 12 days in the U.S.-led military campaign against terrorists there, the sounds of silence from jihadi propagandists also have intensified.

3rd October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Beheads Another Brit, Threatens American Aid Worker

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State carried through on its threat to execute British aid worker Alan Henning, and said former US Army Ranger Peter Edward Kassig is next.

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