Analysis & Commentary


7th December 2016 - FDD's Long War Journal

British captive John Cantlie appears in new propaganda video from Mosul

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency has released a new video featuring British journalist John Cantlie, who has been held captive since he was kidnapped in Syria in 2012.

6th December 2016 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State has claimed more than 1,000 suicide attacks thus far in 2016

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency releases an infographic summarizing the total number of “martyrdom operations” (suicide attacks) carried out by its followers each month. The latest infographic, which was released yesterday and can be seen below, indicates that 132 suicide bombings...

19th November 2016 - The History Channel

ISIS: Rise of Terror

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellow Thomas Joscelyn helps analyze the rise of the Islamic State.

18th November 2016 - Quoted by David Gerstman - The Tower

Week in Review—Oberlin Ousts Anti-Semitic Professor; Hezbollah Rising; Israeli Tech Takes Off

David Daoud

The recent election of Michel Aoun as president of Lebanon has one again raised concerns about the intentions of the Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah, which had prevented the election of anyone other than Aoun for the post.

8th November 2016 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iraqi militia leader says Qassem Soleimani is in Iraq

Amir Toumaj

Major General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Qods Force, has returned to Iraq, according to Akram al Kabi, a cleric who is head of the Iranian-backed Harakat al Nujaba (HN).

7th November 2016 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State defends Mosul with dozens of suicide bombers

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State carried out 120 “martyrdom operations” in Iraq and Syria in October, according to an infographic posted online by the group’s Amaq News Agency.

6th November 2016 - Defense News

Defense News TV

John Hannah

FDD senior counselor John Hannah discusses Turkey's role in the battle to retake Mosul.

4th November 2016 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iraqi PMF attempts to cut off Islamic State in Mosul

Amir Toumaj

Two weeks after the operation to liberate Mosul began, Iraqi security forces have reached the eastern outskirts of the city in Ninevah province with the help of US-led coalition airpower, as reported by journalists embedded with Iraqi forces.

3rd November 2016 - The Long War Journal

Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s ‘grand jihad’ against the world

Thomas Joscelyn

For the first time in nearly a year, the Islamic State has released an audio message from its leader, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi.

3rd November 2016 - FDD's Long War Journal

Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s ‘grand jihad’ against the world

Thomas Joscelyn

For the first time in nearly a year, the Islamic State has released an audio message from its leader, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. The audio file was released online late yesterday by Al Furqan Establishment for Media Production, one of the group’s media arms.

3rd November 2016 - Quoted by Nancy A. Youssef, Kimberly Douzier - The Daily Beast

Pentagon Walks Back Promise to Attack ISIS Capital ASAP

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s claim last week that the assault on Raqqa, the capital of the so-called Islamic State, was “within weeks” was a surprise to the commanders planning the war, who believe local troops will not enter the city for months, three defense officials told The...

1st November 2016 - Quoted by Justin Salhani - Think Progress

After the battle for Mosul, the future of ISIS and the lands they occupied

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

A coalition of forces has surrounded the northern city of Mosul in Iraq and is working to push ISIS out of its base in the country, effectively spelling an end to the militant group’s reign in Iraq. Meanwhile in Libya, ISIS’ presence is nearing the brink as fighters flee their base in...

28th October 2016 - WINA 98.9FM

The Schilling Show

Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellow Bill Roggio discusses the battle for Mosul.

28th October 2016 - The Long War Journal

Hezbollah Brigades hurries troops to Mosul fight

Bill Roggio

Hezbollah Brigades (also known as Kata’ib Hezbollah), an Iranian-backed Shiite militia in Iraq, is transporting forces, including troops and artillery, to participate in the operation to retake Mosul from the Islamic State. Hezbollah Brigades is a US-designated Foreign Terrorist...

28th October 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

In the Battle for Mosul and Iraq’s Future, U.S. Must Heed the Iranian Threat

Tyler Stapleton

With the battle for Mosul underway, and Iraqi, Kurdish, Turkish, American, and Shiite militia forces engaging the Islamic State in the towns surrounding Mosul, the fate of Iraq in a post-ISIS world will come into swift focus.

28th October 2016 - The Cipher Brief

Iraq’s Grim Prospects Post ISIL

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In the coming months, and possibly weeks, the Iraqi Security Forces, with the help of a diverse group of fighters spanning the Iraqi political spectrum, will raise the Iraqi flag atop the Ninevah Provincial Government Center in Mosul.

26th October 2016 - The Washington Times

The Battle of Mosul

Clifford D. May

Ayman al-Zawahiri was correct. Believed to be ensconced in the tribal lands of Pakistan, the leader of what’s sometimes called al Qaeda Central has dedicated his life to a jihad that he hopes and prays will lead to the founding of a new and mighty Islamic empire. But he understands the...

25th October 2016 - Fox News

Happening Now

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellow Tom Joscelyn discusses Mosul offensive and Implications for ISIS.

25th October 2016 - Sirius XM

The Arlene Bynon Show

John Hannah

FDD's John Hannah joined the Arlene Bynon Show to discuss the coalition offensive in Mosul.

25th October 2016 - Fox News

Special Report with Bret Baier

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellow Thomas Joscelyn comments on Turkey fighting ISIS in Iraq.

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