Analysis & Commentary


18th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Retakes Baiji After Iraqi Forces Withdraw

Bill Roggio

Iraqi forces withdrew from the city yesterday just one month after retaking it from the Islamic State with the help of Iranian-backed Shiite militias.

11th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Overruns Badr Brigade Position Near Samarra

Bill Roggio

The jihadist group also launched suicide attacks and assaults in towns around the central Iraqi city.

3rd December 2014 - Rudaw

Inside America

Merve Tahiroglu

FDD Research Associate Merve Tahiroglu participates in a panel, discussing the role Turkey plays in Iraq's oil disputes.

1st December 2014 - 77 WABC-AM - New York, New York

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss recent Taliban attacks in Afghanistan, jihadist training camps in Iraq and Syria, and more with John Batchelor.

27th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

Jihadists Tout Training Camps for Children in Iraq and Syria

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State, the Al Nusrah Front, the Islamic Front, and Junud al Sham have been showcasing camps in Iraq and Syria that are used to indoctrinate and train children to wage jihad.

25th November 2014 - Cited by Ruth Sherlock - The Telegraph

Jihadist Training Camps Expand Across Syria and Iraq

Jihadist organisations in Iraq and in Syria are operating at least 46 military training camps, designed to indoctrinate and train recruits, an investigation has found.

25th November 2014 - War on The Rocks

The Islamic State’s Stalled Offensive in Anbar Province

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In September, the Islamic in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) launched a devastatingly effective offensive in Iraq’s Anbar province that for a time masked the losses the group was experiencing elsewhere (see two previous WOTR reports on ISIL’s Anbar campaign).

24th November 2014 - Cited by Ruth Sherlock - The Telegraph

Islamic State Relaxes Vetting of Foreign Jihadists in a Bid to Boost Recruits

The Islamic State in the Levant has relaxed "vetting" procedures for foreign jihadists joining the group, and expanded military training camps in a drive to build its "Caliphate", safe house operatives and defectors have told The Telegraph.

23rd November 2014 - The Long War Journal

More Jihadist Training Camps Identified in Iraq and Syria

Bill Roggio

Four new training camps in Iraq and Syria, three of them operated by the Islamic State, have been identified, including one used by a so-called jihadist "special forces" unit. The Long War Journal has identified 46 jihadist training camps in Iraq and Syria.

16th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Releases New Execution Video, Purportedly Kills American

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot that controls large portions of Iraq and Syria, has released a new video showing the mass beheadings of Syrian soldiers. The video also includes a scene purportedly showing the severed head of Peter Kassig, who was kidnapped in late 2013. Kassig is a...

14th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

Iraqi Forces, Iranian-Supported Militias Report Success in Baiji

Bill Roggio

The Iraqi military and Iranian-backed Shiite militias are reported to have liberated the central city of Baiji from the Islamic State and are close to breaking the siege on the nearby oil refinery. The Shiite militias, which are heavily supported by Iran's Qods Force, are playing a key role...

13th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Leader Claims ‘Caliphate’ Has Expanded in New Audio Message

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State has released a new audio message from its leader, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, who claims the group has expanded its "caliphate" into Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen.

11th November 2014 - Fox News

Happening Now

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses the Islamic State and recent violence in Israel.

10th November 2014 - Quoted by Bryan Bender - The Boston Globe

US Shouldering Brunt of ISIS Air Campaign

Bill Roggio

The military coalition attacking the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has been heralded by President Obama as “almost unprecedented,” especially for the participation of Arab air forces. Indeed, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, and Bahrain have helped carry out strikes...

10th November 2014 - KFI AM 640 - Los Angeles, CA

The Bill Handel Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross analyses President Obama's decision to send more troops to Iraq.

8th November 2014 - BBC

Newshour

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May discusses the possible effects of an increase in the number of American forces in Iraq.

7th November 2014 - Cited by Reuters and Armin Rosen - Business Insider

Obama Just Doubled Down on the Battle Against ISIS

The US military has drawn up plans to significantly increase the number of American forces in Iraq, which now total around 1,400, as Washington seeks to bolster Iraqi forces battling the Islamic State, US officials told Reuters on Friday.

6th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Tweets Photos Allegedly Showing Aftermath of Coalition Airstrikes

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has tweeted a series of photos purportedly showing the aftermath of the US-led coalition's airstrikes in Idlib. Prior to today, the coalition had not announced any airstrikes against Al Nusrah since the first day of the bombing...

28th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

French Warplanes Bomb Islamic State Camp in Iraq

Bill Roggio

French warplanes hit an Islamic State training facility, recruitment center, and IED factory in Hawijah in Salahaddin province on Oct. 23.

27th October 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn chat with John Batchelor about their latest pieces for the Long War Journal.

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