Analysis & Commentary


28th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Video Shows Hezbollah Brigades Convoy Transporting American M1 Tank

Bill Roggio

A video posted online shows the Iranian-backed Hezbollah Brigades, a designated terrorist organization, transporting an American-made M1 Abrams tank and other US military equipment in Iraq.

27th January 2015 - Quoted by Steve Contorno - Politifact

Barack Obama Says America ‘Is Stopping’ Islamic State’s Progress in Iraq and Syria

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

President Barack Obama briefly updated Americans on the state of the Islamic State during his State of the Union address.

8th January 2015 - The Spectator

The Truth About ISIS… They’re Better at Twitter Than War

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

At this point in the war between the jihadist group known as the Islamic State and a US-led international coalition, many observers are wondering how Isis keeps winning.

6th January 2015 - The Atlantic

ISIS Is Losing Its Greatest Weapon: Momentum

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

There was a time when the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria appeared unstoppable.

3rd January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Assaults Iraqi Army Base in Anbar

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State claims to have breached the perimeter of Camp Habbaniyah. The attack is reported to have been repelled by the Iraqi Army.

28th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Jihadists Continue to Advertise Training Camps in Iraq and Syria

Bill Roggio

Several jihadist groups operating in Iraq and Syria continue to showcase facilities used to train their fighters. Since Dec. 1, seven new camps have been identified by The Long War Journal. Of the seven, six are in Syria and one is in Iraq. This brings the total number of training camps...

28th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Kills Qods Force General in Central Iraq

Bill Roggio

Brigadier General Hamid Taqavi served as an "adviser to the [Iraqi] Army and the popular mobilization of the Iraqi people," a reference to the Shiite militias.

24th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Shoots Down Jordanian Warplane in Raqqah, Captures Pilot

Bill Roggio

The Jordanian Armed Forces confirmed that one of its aircraft has been shot down over Syria and its pilot is in the hands of the Islamic State.

23rd December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Routs Hezbollah Brigades Unit North of Baghdad

Bill Roggio

The Northern Baghdad Belt remains contested ground between the Islamic State and Iraqi government forces and their Shiite militia allies.

22nd December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Leader of Iranian-Backed Militia Killed in Eastern Iraq

Bill Roggio

The leader of the Mukhtar Army, who was also the secretary-general of Hezbollah in Iraq, was killed in Diyala province. Supporters of the Islamic State claimed the group is responsible for his death.

22nd December 2014 - 77 WABC-AM - New York, New York

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio discuss US boots on the ground in Iraq, released Guantanamo detainees, and much more with John Batchelor.

19th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Kills Islamic State Deputy Emir, 2 Senior Commanders in Recent Airstrikes

Bill Roggio

Among those killed was Abu Musallam al Turkumani, a top deputy of Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. Turkumani served in Saddam Hussein's military before joining the Islamic State.

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.

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