Analysis & Commentary


1st July 2016 - Quoted by Charlie Savage, Scott Shane - The New York Times

U.S. Reveals Death Toll From Airstrikes Outside War Zones

Bill Roggio

Partially lifting the secrecy that has cloaked one of the United States’s most contentious tactics for fighting terrorists, the Obama administration on Friday said that it believed that airstrikes it has conducted outside conventional war zones like Afghanistan have killed 64 to 116...

29th June 2016 - Quoted by Pamela Engel - Business Insider

ISIS just passed a major milestone, but the group looks a lot different than it did 2 years ago

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

But since then, ISIS's self-declared caliphate — the increasingly fractured swath of territory it controls and rules as an Islamic emirate — has shrunk.

27th June 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellow Bill Roggio discusses Jihad winning Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and the Philippines.

23rd June 2016 - The Wall Street Journal - Co-written by Chip Register

Defeating ISIS on the Digital Battlefield

James Woolsey

Clearly, the U.S. and its allies can and should meet Islamic State on the battlefield, whether in Syria or Iraq. But the war with the ISIS “virtual state”—those the terrorist organization inspires over the internet, like Omar Mateen in Orlando—will be much harder to fight and will go...

22nd June 2016 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

End of Islamic State Could Be Start of Larger Anti-Terror Fight

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Slow, steady progress by U.S. and coalition backed forces against the Islamic State terror group in Iraq and Syria could mean little in the wider war against jihadist organizations bent on striking at the West.

17th June 2016 - The Long War Journal

Qods Force general vows to fight in Iraq and Syria until the last jihadist is killed

Bill Roggio, Amir Toumaj

A senior advisor to the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps – Qods Force vowed that Iranian forces would continue to fight in Iraq and Syria until the last Islamic State and “takfiri” fighters are killed.

17th June 2016 - Forbes

What ISIS Is Banking On

Yaya J. Fanusie

As jihadist groups gain control of cities across the Middle East and Africa, preventing their access to the global financial system is increasingly critical to regulators.

16th June 2016 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

Islamic State Caliphate Staring Into ‘Death Spiral’

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

For the United States and its coalition partners, it is the sound of progress – the dull roar of engines as Iraqi Humvees kick up dust and dirt on the outskirts of Fallujah. In the distance, smoke rises as Iraqi forces push on with a slow but steady advance.

16th June 2016 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

US Efforts Doing Little to Dent Islamic State’s Global Reach

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Despite losing critical ground in Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State terror group has no intention of slowly fading away, and instead it has been shifting its focus to ensure it remains the world's top terror organization, according to a top U.S. intelligence official.

15th June 2016 - Quoted by Louis Jacobson - Politifact

Donald Trump suggests Barack Obama supported ISIS, but that’s a conspiracy theory

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In a series of comments designed to cast doubt on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump has charged that the Obama administration has actively supported the Islamic extremist group that became ISIS.

13th June 2016 - The Journal of International Security Affairs

An Opening for Al-Qaeda

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Since the Islamic State (IS) made its dramatic military advance in Iraq more than a year ago—capturing Mosul and other key cities and declaring the caliphate’s re-establishment—analysts have been near-unanimous that the group’s emergence has devastated its parent organization,...

9th June 2016 - Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

US Tax Dollars Will Help Subsidize Iran’s Massive Military Build Up

Saeed Ghasseminejad

A $1.7 billion U.S. government payment to Iran will be included in the Islamic Republic’s 90 percent military spending increase for the country’s 2016-2017 budget.

8th June 2016 - The Long War Journal

The Islamic State’s prolific ‘martyrdom’ machine

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State claims to have executed 489 “martyrdom operations” in Iraq, Syria and Libya during the first five months of 2016. The figure comes from monthly data published by Amaq News Agency, a propaganda arm of the so-called caliphate that releases infographics summarizing the...

7th June 2016 - The Long War Journal

Qods Force commander an official advisor to government, Iraq’s foreign minister says

Bill Roggio, Amir Toumaj

Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s Qods Force, serves as an official advisor to the Iraqi government, the foreign minister confirmed yesterday. Soleimani and Qods Force have provided advice and support for the Popular Mobilization Forces and its component militias.

7th June 2016 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Istanbul bombing another sign Syria, Iraq war spreading to Turkey

Aykan Erdemir

The war raging in neighboring Syria and Iraq continues to destabilize Turkey as spillover violence and increased fighting with the Kurds risks plunging the country into deeper instability.

7th June 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

WATCH: In Latest Sign of Expanding Influence, Iranian IRGC Soldier Embeds with Iraqi Troops

Footage has emerged on Twitter of an Iranian soldier from the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) embedded among Iraqi troops, the latest indication of direct Iranian involvement in its neighboring country’s internal affairs.

1st June 2016 - Quoted by Pamela Engel - Business Insider

A new US plan against ISIS might be ‘dangerously counterproductive’

Thomas Joscelyn

US-backed forces are finally moving toward Raqqa, ISIS' de facto capital in Syria.

31st May 2016 - Quoted by Alex MacDonald - Middle East Eye

Fears grow for Fallujah residents caught in the crossfire

Amir Toumaj

Concerns that the end of a siege on the Iraqi city of Fallujah could see retribution attacks on Sunni residents or leave a humanitarian catastrophe are growing as Iraqi army and the allied Popular Mobilisation Units (PMUs) troops delve further into the Islamic State-controlled city.

31st May 2016 - Quoted by Neville Teller - The Jerusalem Post

The jihadist civil war

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The bloodthirsty jihadist organization that calls itself Islamic State (IS) sprang from the loins of al-Qaeda, once the supreme bane of the western world, which achieved its apogee with the destruction of the twin towers in New York.

27th May 2016 - The Long War Journal

Iranian-backed Iraqi militias signal readiness to enter Fallujah

Bill Roggio, Amir Toumaj

Abu Mahdi al Muhandis, the leader of Iranian-backed Iraqi militia Kata’ib Hezbollah (Hezbollah Brigades) and also the umbrella Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), said that the second phase of the Fallujah operation will be launched “within a few hours.”

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