Analysis & Commentary

1st October 2015 - Quoted by Chloe Valdary - The Wall Street Journal

Saving Christians From ISIS Persecution

Benjamin Weinthal

In 1975, as desperate Vietnamese sought to escape Communist rule, the U.S. embarked on what remains one of the greatest humanitarian rescue missions in history. Over the span of several weeks, Operation Frequent Wind, Operation Babylift and other missions by air or on sea saved and resettled...

29th September 2015 - The Long War Journal

Treasury Targets Islamic State’s Foreign Fighters in New Designations

Thomas Joscelyn

The US Treasury Department announced 35 new terrorism designations today. The designations target the Islamic State’s (IS) so-called “provinces,” foreign fighter facilitation networks, and several jihadists from Western countries.

29th September 2015 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

Global Efforts Fail to Stem Flow of Foreign Fighters to Syria, Iraq

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Slow progress in the U.S.-led effort to ultimately destroy the Islamic State terror group is being mirrored by equally sluggish progress in the attempt to stem the flow of foreign fighters to the combat zones in Syria and Iraq.

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

‘Network Effect’: ISIS is Still Gaining Foreign Recruits at an Alarming Rate

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Despite Western efforts to counter extremism and terrorism recruiting, tens of thousands of foreigners have traveled to the Middle East to join groups like ISIS, The New York Times reports. The number of people who have traveled to Iraq and Syria to join jihadist groups has doubled in the...

28th September 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss developments across the Middle East.

27th September 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

‘It’s Classic Putin’: Russia’s Big Move in the Middle East Goes Beyond Syria

Tony Badran

Iraq announced on Sunday that it had reached a deal with Russia to begin sharing "security and intelligence" information about ISIS, the Associated Press reported. The announcement came amid reports that Russian, Syrian, and Iranian military advisers had begun building a coordination cell in...

27th September 2015 - Quoted by Nancy A. Youssef - The Daily Beast

The British Punk Rocker Widow Who Wants to Run ISIS’s Hackers

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

A navel-baring British punk rocker turned Islamic State widow is now aiming for a leadership role in the terror group’s cadre of hackers and online recruiters, United States officials believe.

25th September 2015 - Quoted by Pamela Engel - Business Insider

ISIS Has a Cash-Flow Problem

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The ISIS economy is struggling. A little more than a year after declaring an Islamic caliphate in Iraq and Syria, the extremist group is having a hard time keeping the promises it made to those living in its territory, Newsweek reports.

24th September 2015 - The Arab Weekly

Tehran’s Deployment Pattern in Iraq

Ali Alfoneh

“The United States in­tends to preserve Daesh in order to make Muslims dependent on America,” Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani declared using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State (ISIS) in his September 1st report on regional developments to Iran’s powerful Assembly of...

22nd September 2015 - Quoted by Pamela Engel - Business Insider

‘Muslims Are Fleeing in Droves’: ISIS Suddenly Has a Caliphate Problem

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Islamic State terror group has released a barrage of propaganda videos last week targeting refugees and telling them to come join the "caliphate" instead of fleeing to "xenophobic" Europe.

20th September 2015 - Quoted by Howard Altman - The Tampa Tribune

Despite Attention to Islamic State, al-Qaida May Be Bigger Threat, Report Says

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Thanks to its well-publicized savagery, the Sunni jihadi group calling itself Islamic State is gaining the lion’s share of attention given to violent Islamic extremist groups by the military and the media.

19th September 2015 - The Long War Journal

Iraqi Shiite Militia Promotes Training Camp Named After Qods Force General

Bill Roggio

Saraya al Khorasani, an Iranian-backed Shiite militia that operates alongside the Iraqi military, released a short video advertising one of its training camps.

17th September 2015 - AM 970 The Answer

The Joe Piscopo Show

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May comments on ISIS, Vladimir Putin, and the refugee crisis.

17th September 2015 - Quoted by Jeremy Bender - Business Insider

One of ISIS’ Commanders Was a ‘Star Pupil’ of US-special Forces Training In the Country of Georgia

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Aside from ISIS' 'caliph' Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Georgian ex-commando Omar al-Shishani might be the most recognizable and popular of the powerful militant group's leaders.

17th September 2015 - Quoted by Sabria S. Jawhar - Arab News

Saudi Govt’s Humane Policy

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Western critics are stuttering in disbelief that the Saudi government announced it has taken in more than two million Syrians since 2011.

11th September 2015 - ABC KSRO

Morning News

Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellow Bill Roggio discusses the development of terrorist networks post 9/11.

11th September 2015 - Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

The National

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses ISIL's use of mustard gas.

10th September 2015 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

IS Insurgents Say Europe-bound Refugees Are Courting Sin

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Syrians and Libyans fleeing their war-torn countries and seeking to settle in Europe are exposing their children to atheism, drugs, alcohol and sexual permissiveness, Islamic State insurgents say.

10th September 2015 - The Blaze


John Hannah

FDD Senior Counselor John Hannah comments on the fight against ISIS and U.S. intelligence.

3rd September 2015 - War on the Rocks - Co-written by Nathaniel Barr

Extreme Makeover, Jihadist Edition: Al-Qaeda’s Rebranding Campaign

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Since the Islamic State made its dramatic military advance from Syria into Iraq more than a year ago — capturing Mosul and other key cities, and declaring the caliphate’s re-establishment — analysts have reached a near-consensus that the group’s emergence has devastated its parent...

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