Analysis & Commentary


16th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Releases New Execution Video, Purportedly Kills American

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot that controls large portions of Iraq and Syria, has released a new video showing the mass beheadings of Syrian soldiers. The video also includes a scene purportedly showing the severed head of Peter Kassig, who was kidnapped in late 2013. Kassig is a...

14th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

Iraqi Forces, Iranian-Supported Militias Report Success in Baiji

Bill Roggio

The Iraqi military and Iranian-backed Shiite militias are reported to have liberated the central city of Baiji from the Islamic State and are close to breaking the siege on the nearby oil refinery. The Shiite militias, which are heavily supported by Iran's Qods Force, are playing a key role...

13th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Leader Claims ‘Caliphate’ Has Expanded in New Audio Message

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State has released a new audio message from its leader, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, who claims the group has expanded its "caliphate" into Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen.

11th November 2014 - Fox News

Happening Now

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses the Islamic State and recent violence in Israel.

10th November 2014 - Quoted by Bryan Bender - The Boston Globe

US Shouldering Brunt of ISIS Air Campaign

Bill Roggio

The military coalition attacking the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has been heralded by President Obama as “almost unprecedented,” especially for the participation of Arab air forces. Indeed, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, and Bahrain have helped carry out strikes...

10th November 2014 - KFI AM 640 - Los Angeles, CA

The Bill Handel Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross analyses President Obama's decision to send more troops to Iraq.

8th November 2014 - BBC

Newshour

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May discusses the possible effects of an increase in the number of American forces in Iraq.

7th November 2014 - Cited by Reuters and Armin Rosen - Business Insider

Obama Just Doubled Down on the Battle Against ISIS

The US military has drawn up plans to significantly increase the number of American forces in Iraq, which now total around 1,400, as Washington seeks to bolster Iraqi forces battling the Islamic State, US officials told Reuters on Friday.

6th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Tweets Photos Allegedly Showing Aftermath of Coalition Airstrikes

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has tweeted a series of photos purportedly showing the aftermath of the US-led coalition's airstrikes in Idlib. Prior to today, the coalition had not announced any airstrikes against Al Nusrah since the first day of the bombing...

28th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

French Warplanes Bomb Islamic State Camp in Iraq

Bill Roggio

French warplanes hit an Islamic State training facility, recruitment center, and IED factory in Hawijah in Salahaddin province on Oct. 23.

27th October 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn chat with John Batchelor about their latest pieces for the Long War Journal.

26th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Iraqi forces, Kurds claim success against Islamic State near Baghdad and Mosul

Bill Roggio

The Iraqi military and the Kurdish Peshmerga said their forces have driven the Islamic State from Jurf al Sahkar south of Baghdad and the town of Zumar northwest of Mosul over the weekend. The two towns have changed hands several times over the past few months.

24th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Jihadist Training Camps Proliferate in Iraq and Syria

Bill Roggio

More than 30 training camps have been established by the Islamic State, al Qaeda, and allied jihadist groups in both Iraq and Syria since 2012.

24th October 2014 - Quoted by Nicole Gaouette - Bloomberg

Lone-Wolf Attacks Duel With Airstrikes in New Warfare Era

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Six needle-nosed CF-18 fighter jets took off from the Canadian Forces base in Cold Lake, Alberta, Oct. 21 to join the coalition fighting Islamic State.

23rd October 2014 - Quoted by Louis Jacobson - Politifact

Could Terrorists Use Ebola to Attack the United States?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The possibility that terrorists could attack the United States using Ebola as a bioweapon -- the mutant spawn of Americans’ two biggest fears -- has been catnip for some politicians and commentators.

23rd October 2014 - Business Insider

Obama Is Trying To Impose A Radical New Order On The US’s Middle Eastern Allies

Tony Badran

The Center for New American Security, a Washington think tank close to the Obama administration, has produced a strategy for the war against the Islamic State (ISIS).

23rd October 2014 - The National Interest

The Long Shadow of the Iran-Iraq War

Behnam Ben Taleblu

"No single event has defined Iran’s revolutionary ideology, politics, perspectives on society, and security more than the Iran-Iraq War."

21st October 2014 - Interviewed by Joel Wing - Business Insider

Interview: This Is The ISIS Mastermind Responsible For The Group’s Advance Through Western Iraq

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and an adjunct assistant professor at Georgetown University.

20th October 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio discuss the Islamic State's advance in Iraq.

17th October 2014 - PJ Media

The Iraqi WMDs and Other Disgraces

Michael Ledeen

We are beginning to learn that the Bush administration declined to talk about the discovery of thousands of WMDs in Iraq.

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