Analysis & Commentary


5th February 2016 - Quoted by Sharon Behn - Voice of America

Australian Commander: IS Changing Tactics

Jonathan Schanzer

Islamic State extremists fighting in Iraq and Syria have proven themselves experts in modern warfare. They create diversionary fronts, use suicide bombers with devastating effect, and constantly change their offensive and defensive tactics.

4th February 2016 - Tablet Magazine

America Makes a U-Turn in the Middle East

Tony Badran

The administration of President Barack Obama seldom missed an opportunity to insist that the alternative to the Iran nuclear deal was a war with Iran, a prospect that has now presumably been kicked further down the road. Middle Easterners are not so lucky: They get to fight their wars with...

2nd February 2016 - Quoted by Sharon Behn - Voice of America

6,500 Coalition Troops in Iraq; US Wants More

Jonathan Schanzer

Seventeen coalition member countries have sent more than 6,500 soldiers to Iraq to help in the fight against Islamic State – and the United States is calling for more.

25th January 2016 - CNBC

To defeat ISIS, study the antiquity trade

Yaya J. Fanusie

The Islamic State's destruction of ancient sites in Syria and Iraq has dominated the headlines recently, along with claims that the group reaps enormous profits from looted antiquities.

25th January 2016 - The Long War Journal

Before Paris attack, Islamic State terrorists committed grisly executions

Thomas Joscelyn

A new video released by the Islamic State (titled “Kill Them Wherever You Find Them”) features the terrorists responsible for the Nov. 13, 2015 attacks in Paris. Several of the jihadists are shown executing captives in Iraq and Syria. They threaten the West and implore Muslims to join...

22nd January 2016 - The Long War Journal

US officials ‘strongly suspect’ Iranian-backed militia of kidnapping 3 Americans in Baghdad

Bill Roggio

US military and intelligence officials believe an influential and dangerous Iranian-supported militia is responsible for kidnapping three American contractors Iraq’s capital several days ago.

20th January 2016 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

Syrian, Iraqi Tribes Snub Fightback Against Jihadists

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Islamic State group has been losing large swaths of territory to Western-backed Syrian Kurdish fighters and the Iraqi military supported by Shi'ite militias, but a key ingredient in the fightback against jihadists is missing — local tribes are not turning en masse against Islamic...

14th January 2016 - The Cipher Brief

How ISIS Makes Money: Oil Sales

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Islamic State, popularly known as ISIS, is in many ways an innovative economic actor. But its method of bringing oil to market has been anything but cutting-edge. ISIS took advantage of a black market that had been sharpened long ago, when Saddam Hussein’s regime looked for ways to...

13th January 2016 - Quoted by Jonah Bennett - The Daily Caller

Expert: ‘History Won’t Look Kindly’ On Obama’s Foreign Policy, For 3 Crystal Clear Reasons

John Hannah

President Barack Obama’s foreign policy legacy is in danger of being viewed as an unmitigated disaster by future observers, John Hannah, senior counselor at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, wrote in an op-ed Tuesday.

12th January 2016 - Foreign Policy

Obama’s Failed Command

John Hannah

However hard President Barack Obama tries on Tuesday night to convince the American people that his seven years of wartime leadership have left the country safer and stronger, I’d venture to guess that history is not going to look particularly kindly on his tenure as America’s...

7th January 2016 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

Killing the Terror Group That Won’t Die: Islamic State

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

There is growing concern among the ranks of U.S. officials that it could take more than one war to ultimately defeat and destroy the Islamic State terror group.

6th January 2016 - FOX Business

Cavuto: Coast to Coast

John Hannah

FDD senior counselor John Hannah discusses an alleged ISIS weapons lab and the importance of its control of territory.

6th January 2016 - Quoted by Pamela Engel - Business Insider

Rebuilding Cities Reclaimed From ISIS Will Cost an Exorbitant Amount of Money

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

A US-led coalition and ground forces declared victory in Ramadi, Iraq, after they drove ISIS militants out of the city last week.

4th January 2016 - War on the Rocks

Fixing How We Fight the Islamic State’s Narrative

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Over the past couple of years, counter-messaging has been driven to the forefront of countering violent extremism (CVE) efforts undertaken by the United States and its allies.

31st December 2015 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin- Voice of America

Iraqi Forces Find More IS ‘Pockets of Resistance’ in Ramadi

Thomas Joscelyn

Iraqi forces trying to clear Ramadi after seizing the city from Islamic State militants are meeting with heavier resistance than first anticipated.

30th December 2015 - The Long War Journal

Popular Mobilization Force Threatened to Persecute Christian Celebrating Christmas in Baghdad

Bill Roggio, David Daoud

The Popular Mobilization Force (PMF), the command assigned by the Iraqi government with organizing militias to fight the Islamic State, has exceeded the scope of its mission by attempting to impart changes in society and culture through threats and force.

30th December 2015 - CNN

New Day

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on Ramadi and the fights against ISIS.

28th December 2015 - Quoted by Pamela Engel- Business Insider

ISIS’ Major Loss in Iraq is ‘a Vindication’ for US Strategy Against the Terror Group

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

ISIS has been steadily losing territory over the past several months as local and coalition forces ramp up airstrikes and coordinate missions on the ground, which could be a signal that the US-led coalition's underlying strategy in the Middle East is gaining steam.

28th December 2015 - Quoted by Nancy A. Youssef and Shane Harris - The Daily Beast

Is This Big ‘Win’ Over ISIS for Real?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Iraq’s security forces made their biggest advances yet against the self-proclaimed Islamic State on Monday, taking back much of the city of Sunni-dominated city of Ramadi.

28th December 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss their recent articles from The Long War Journal.

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