Analysis & Commentary


23rd July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic Front rejects rival’s caliphate, as well as proposed emirate in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic Front, a coalition of several leading insurgent groups in Syria, has issued a statement rejecting any attempt by its fellow insurgency groups to unilaterally create a new government.

23rd July 2014 - The Washington Times

Barbarians at Jordan’s Gate 

Clifford D. May

The terrorist army formerly known as ISIS has conquered about a third of Syria and much of western Iraq.

23rd July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Ansar al Islam Claims New Attacks on Official Twitter Feed

Thomas Joscelyn

Ansar al Islam (AAI), a jihadist group based in northern Iraq, claimed a string of new attacks in a series of tweets between July 13 and July 21.

19th July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Storms Camp Speicher, Routs Iraqi Forces

Bill Roggio

The large military base fell just two days after the retreat of the Iraqi military and allied militias following their failure to recapture Tikrit.

17th July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Australian Islamic State Suicide Bomber Attacks Shia Shrine in Baghdad

Bill Roggio

The Baghdad Division of the Islamic State claimed that Abu Bakr al Australi detonated his vest at a Shia mosque in the Shorja district.

16th July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State, Allies Blunt Iraqi Offensive to Retake Tikrit

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State and its Baathist allies have forced Iraqi forces that were attempting to retake Tikrit to withdraw from the city just one day after launching a much touted offensive.

14th July 2014 - Quoted by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

The Most Extreme Faction Of Al Qaeda Is Winning, And It’s Leading To The Destruction Of Iraq

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) has now controlled much of Iraq for over a month.

14th July 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss the establishment of the Islamic State.

13th July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Routs Iraqi Armored Column in Anbar

Bill Roggio

Fighters from the newly established Islamic State ambushed and destroyed an Iraqi armored column in the western province of Anbar.

12th July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Leaked Audio Features Al Nusrah Front Emir Discussing Creation of an Islamic Emirate

Thomas Joscelyn

A leaked recording of Abu Muhammad al Julani, the emir of the Al Nusrah Front, giving an impassioned speech to his fighters surfaced online late yesterday.

11th July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Calls for Reconciliation in Syria, Avoids Mentioning Islamic State’s Caliphate

Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban has released a statement calling on rival jihadist factions in Syria to reconcile. The Taliban avoids any mention of the Islamic State, which recently decreed...

10th July 2014 - 104.1 FM

The Jon Justice Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, on ISIS' weapons.

8th July 2014 - CTV

CTV News

Tony Badran

Foundation for Defense of Democracies' Tony Badran discusses whether an independent Kurdistan is viable amid the crisis in Iraq.

8th July 2014 - KPAM, Portland, Oregon

Terry Boyd’s World

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, discusses the latest developments involving ISIS.

7th July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Popular Australian Cleric Arrives in Syria, Joins Islamic State

Bill Roggio

Musa Cerantonio, a popular cleric, announced he was traveling to Syria the just after the Islamic State declared the formation of the caliphate.

7th July 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss the recently released video of the Islamic State's "caliph."

7th July 2014 - The Blaze

Real News

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, discusses the reach of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

5th July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Islamic State’s ‘Caliph’ Leads Prayers in Mosul

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State's video of Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, now known as 'Caliph Ibrahim', is intended to answer critics of the newly-announced caliphate.

3rd July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Consolidates Gains In Eastern Syria

Bill Roggio

With the fall of Mayadin as well as Shujail, the home town of the Al Nusrah Front's emir, the Islamic State controls contiguous territory along the Euphrates River Valley from the town of Jarabulus, which borders Turkey, in Syria's northern Aleppo province to the town of Anah in Anbar...

3rd July 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, discusses the current situation in Iraq.

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