Analysis & Commentary


22nd July 2017 - Quoted by VOA Learning English

West Faces Long War with Islamic State Group

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

“If they are in Raqqa, they’re gonna die in Raqqa.” Those are the words of Brett McGurk, the United States’ top representative to the coalition fighting the Islamic State (IS) group. Last month, McGurk spoke about IS forces in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa. He declared their...

22nd July 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

IRGC tries to appropriate Mosul victory

Amir Toumaj

The Islamic Republic of Iran and its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) are running a propaganda campaign to appropriate victory in Mosul and the broader war against the Islamic State as their own, and omit US military support, which has been critical in the campaign.

17th July 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss what happens now that Mosul has been reclaimed, and what they next generation of the Islamic State might be.

14th July 2017 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - VOA News

Down But Not Out: West Faces Long War Against Islamic State

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

America's top envoy to the coalition battling the Islamic State, Brett McGurk, declared last month open season on the terror group's foreign recruits in the besieged northern Syrian city.

13th July 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iran’s Qods Force chief calls Iraqi militia commander a ‘living martyr’

Amir Toumaj

At a ceremony commemorating a Revolutionary Guard commander recently slain in Iraq, Major General Qassem Soleimani hailed victory in Mosul against the Islamic State on July 10.

13th July 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

The terrorist diaspora: After the fall of the caliphate

Thomas Joscelyn

Thomas Joscelyn’s testimony before the House Homeland Security Committee’s Task Force on Denying Terrorists Entry into the United States.

12th July 2017 - WTOP

The National Security Podcast with JJ Green

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Behnam Ben Taleblu, senior Iran analyst at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, joins the program to break down the implications of IS group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadial-Baghdadi's status, his elusiveness and what happens after he and his so-called caliphate pass from the scene....

11th July 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US military credits Iraqi militias for helping liberate Mosul

Bill Roggio

The US military commended “Iraqi Militia Forces” for their role in helping liberate the city of Mosul from the Islamic State, but warned that the jihadist group remains a threat and still controls areas in Iraq.

10th July 2017 - Fox News

Countdown to the Closing Bell

John Hannah

Foundation for Defense of Democracies Senior Counselor John Hannah on the fight against ISIS in Iraq and the G-20 Summit.

9th July 2017 - Quoted by Cristina Cifuentes - Latercera

¿Se acerca el resurgimiento de Al Qaeda?

La organización terrorista fue eclipsada por el auge del Estado Islámico, pero los analistas señalan que ha cambiado su imagen y que sigue siendo fuerte.

20th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces an ‘important and blessed phenomenon,’ Khamenei says

Amir Toumaj

Iraqi Prime Minister Hayder al Abadi arrived in Tehran today to meet with senior Iranian government officials.

12th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US designates 2 Islamic State leaders tied to chemical weapons

Thomas Joscelyn

The US government has designated two Islamic State figures involved in the group’s chemical weapons program.

12th June 2017 - Quoted Thomas Seibert - The Arab Weekly

As pressure on IS grows, Western officials see terror threat ‘metastasizing’

As forces of an interna­tional coalition squeeze the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, West­ern officials said they are bracing for a heightened terror threat by battle-hardened foreign fighters returning home amid the demolition of the IS caliphate.

9th June 2017 - Quoted by Parisa Hafezi - Reuters

Analysis - Iran attacks expose security gaps, fuel regional tension

Behnam Ben Taleblu

When Islamic State called on members of Iran's Sunni Muslim minority in March to wage a religious war on their Shi'ite rulers, few people took the threat seriously. And yet within three months, militants have breached security at the very heart of the nation, killing at least 17 people.

9th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US military downs UAV, strikes militias in Syria

Bill Roggio

The US military shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that attacked coalition forces in the At Tanf area in southeastern Syria yesterday.

7th June 2017 - Quoted by Tim Hume - Vice News

Why ISIS Just Attacked Its “Mortal Enemy” Iran for the First Time

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for deadly gun and bomb attacks in the heart of Iran’s capital Wednesday that killed at least 12 and injured 42 more. The attacks represent ISIS’ first strike on Iranian soil, providing a significant morale boost for the Islamists and...

6th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US warplanes again strike militias near Syrian-Jordanian border

Bill Roggio

The US military again launched airstrikes against forces loyal to the Syrian government after they entered the “deconfliction zone” near At Tanf in southeastern Syria.

6th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Anti-Islamic State coalition begins Raqqah offensive

Bill Roggio

A coalition of anti-Islamic State groups backed by the United States has officially begun its assault on the jihadist-held city of Raqqah in northern Syria.

4th June 2017 - Radio Free Europe

Majlis Podcast

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir, and research associate Merve Tahiroglu, discuss the state of Central Asians who join extremist groups in Iraq and Syria.

3rd June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iran tests the US in southeastern Syria

Amir Toumaj

Major powers involved in the Syrian war are racing to maximize gains from the crumbling Islamic State in southern and eastern Syria.

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