Analysis & Commentary


18th April 2014 - The Long War Journal

ISIS’ ‘Diyala Division’ Lauds Foreign Suicide Bombers, Including Dane

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham's "Diyala Division" recently praised 26 suicide bombers, including 24 foreign fighters who...

14th April 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Official Explains al Qaeda’s Strategy, Conflict with Former Branch

Thomas Joscelyn

Abu Sulayman al Muhajir, a high-ranking sharia official in the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has released a video...

9th April 2014 - The Long War Journal

ISIS’ ‘Southern Division’ Praises Foreign Suicide Bombers

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham's "Southern Iraq Division" praised eight foreign fighters who conducted suicide attacks in the province...

8th April 2014 - The Long War Journal

Jordan Rearrests Ex-Gitmo Detainee Once Deemed a ‘High’ Risk

Thomas Joscelyn

Jordanian authorities have arrested nine members of the Salafi jihadist trend, including a former Guantanamo detainee named Osama...

1st April 2014 - The Long War Journal

ISIS Parades on Outskirts of Baghdad

Bill Roggio

Less than two weeks ago, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, or ISIS, held a military parade in Fallujah and another parade in Abu

1st April 2014 - Cited by Christopher Bedford, The Daily Caller

Terrorists parade through Abu Ghraib, Fallujah

Bill Roggio

A video of a brazen, 8-minute terrorist parade in Abu Ghraib, Iraq, just two miles from Baghdad, was published to YouTube Tuesday. The parade received no visible...

28th March 2014 - Fox News

Surrendering America

Clifford D. May

FDD's Clifford D. May discusses how President Obama's foreign policy is weakening America's hand abroad and invites aggression by adversaries.

26th March 2014 - Iraqiya TV

News Update

David Andrew Weinberg

The President’s trip and Saudi support for jihadi extremists.

24th March 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Video Features Veteran al Qaeda Military Leader

Thomas Joscelyn

An Al Nusrah Front video released on March 23 features Abu Hammam al Shami, an al Qaeda operative who swore bayat (an oath of

17th March 2014 - Cited by Robert Sibley, Ottawa Citizen

Terrorism of the Mundane: Al Qaeda’s Shift to Street Jihad Tactics

Thomas Joscelyn

I’ve often wondered when the Islamists would bring the kind of IED tactics that were deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq against western soldiers to the cities of North America.

8th March 2014 - The Long War Journal

Dane, Uzbek Among 30 Suicide Bombers Eulogized by ISIS

Bill Roggio

A Danish citizen and an Uzbek are among the 30 suicide bombers who were recognized by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham just two

6th March 2014 - Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Syria Spillover: The Growing Threat of Terrorism and Sectarianism in the Middle East

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The war in Syria has already produced tremendous ripple effects internationally, and they will only widen over time. The impact the Syria war will have on this generation...

5th March 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Drones Kill al Qaeda Operative Who Fought in Iraq

Bill Roggio

Today the US launched the second drone strike in Yemen in three days. The strike, which took place in northern Yemen, killed a jihadist who

4th March 2014 - The Long War Journal

ISIS Suicide Assault Team Strikes Government Complex in Samarra

Bill Roggio

An Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham suicide assault team dressed in Iraqi military uniforms stormed a government complex in the city of Samarra

27th February 2014 - NOW

The Latest Iraqi-Syrian Rivalry

Tony Badran

On Monday, Abu Muhammad al-Jawlani, the leader of the Syrian jihadist group Jabhat al-Nusra, issued an ultimatum to the other main jihadist group in Syria, the...

25th February 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Emir Issues Ultimatum to ISIS

Bill Roggio

The leader of the Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, al Qaeda's branch in Syria, warned the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham to end

25th February 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Obama About to Repeat Iraq Disaster

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Reuters is reporting “U.S. President Barack Obama has told the Pentagon to prepare for the possibility that the United States will not leave behind any troops in...

5th February 2014 - The Long War Journal

ISIS Confirms Death of Senior Leader in Syria

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, the jihadist group that was denounced by al Qaeda's General Command just days ago, has confirmed that

5th February 2014 - Voice of Russia

News Update

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

On February 2, al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri announced he has broken ties with the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, better known as ISIS. ISIS was...

5th February 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Understanding Al-Qaeda’s ISIS Expulsion

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Al-Qaeda announced on Sunday that it was no longer affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). The statement shunning this former Iraqi affiliate...

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