Analysis & Commentary


2nd September 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Airstrikes in Amerli Supported Deadly Shia Terror Group

Bill Roggio

The League of the Righteous, which is responsible for killing hundreds of US soldiers, was part of the Iraqi force that liberated Amerli. The group is closely tied to Iran's Qods Force and three of its leaders are Specially Designated Global terrorists.

29th August 2014 - Quoted by Erik Ortiz - NBC News

Should President Obama Have Said There’s No Strategy Yet Against ISIS?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Following reports earlier this week that the U.S. sent spy planes over Syria to survey potential airstrike targets, this latest mixed message is a head scratcher.

29th August 2014 - WSJ Live

Opinion Journal

Clifford D. May

FDD's President, Clifford May, discusses American strategy in the Middle East.

29th August 2014 - Real Clear Defense

In Iraq, the B-1 Bomber Proves Enduring Value

Patrick Megahan

As the air war over northern Iraq expanded earlier this month, Pentagon officials for first time acknowledged that land-based bombers have begun conducting strikes against the Islamic State, or ISIS, as it is formerly known.

28th August 2014 - CNN

CNN Newsroom with Carol Costello

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, discusses how to weaken ISIS.

28th August 2014 - CNN

The Situation Room

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, discusses the radicalization of Americans by ISIS.

28th August 2014 - Standpoint Magazine

Fatal Procrastination

Emanuele Ottolenghi

In his April 2012 speech at the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C., President Obama said: "We must tell our children about how this evil was allowed to happen — because so many people succumbed to their darkest instincts, and because so many others stood silent."

27th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Documents Takeover of Syrian Airbase

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State released photographs that document its recent takeover of the Syrian Air Force's base in Tabqa in Raqqah province.

27th August 2014 - The Washington Times

Jihadism and ‘the language of good and evil’

Clifford D. May

The battle of Waterloo,” the Duke of Wellington is supposed to have said, “was won on the playing fields of Eton.” The battle against the Islamic State could be lost on the campuses of American universities.

26th August 2014 - WRC, Washington, D.C.

Andy Parks Show Live from Washington Times

Clifford D. May

FDD's President, Clifford May, on the need for moral clarity in the global war on terrorism.

26th August 2014 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - The Daily Beast

Obama’s Iraq-Syria Dilemma: No Force Now on the Ground Can Beat ISIS

Jonathan Schanzer

If Washington is counting on the Kurds to defeat the terrorist caliphate with a little support from American drones and warplanes, it had better think again.

26th August 2014 - Newsmax TV

The Steve Malzberg Show

Michael Ledeen

FDD Freedom Scholar, Michael Ledeen, on the threat of ISIS.

26th August 2014 - CCTV

CCTV News

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, on the consequences of US military action in Iraq.

26th August 2014 - CTV

CTV News

Clifford D. May

FDD President, Cliff May, discussing how to take on the ISIS crisis.

25th August 2014 - CNN

The Situation Room

Reuel Marc Gerecht

FDD Senior Fellow, Reuel Marc Gerecht, discusses airstrikes against ISIS.

25th August 2014 - Cited by Nour Malas - The Wall Street Journal

Insurgency Deepens Iraqi Ethnic, Sectarian Divides

Sunni families in northern Iraq are being prevented from returning to their homes, suspected by their neighbors and Kurdish authorities who control the area of collaborating with the extremist group Islamic State.

25th August 2014 - Fox News Online

DefCon 3

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, on the US's options in Iraq.

25th August 2014 - The Weekly Standard

Why Al Qaeda Released An American Hostage

Thomas Joscelyn

Earlier today, the news broke that Peter Theo Curtis, an American who had been held hostage in Syria since 2012, has been released by his captors.

25th August 2014 - Cited by ABC News

ISIS Trail Of Terror

Thomas Joscelyn

Born from an especially brutal al Qaeda faction, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has grown from relative obscurity in recent years to overshadow its extremist patrons. It now terrorizes large swaths of Syria and Iraq, has become the target of the largest U.S. military operation in...

24th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Fighters Assault Last Syrian Stronghold in Raqqah

Bill Roggio

Islamic State fighters are reported to be in control of large areas of the Tabqa military airport, the last major stronghold for the Syrian military in Raqqah province.

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