Analysis & Commentary


20th July 2016 - Quoted by Stephen Kalin, Phil Stewart - Reuters

Mosul assault in focus two years after Islamic State takeover

Bill Roggio

When Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi pledged in December that Iraq would retake Islamic State's de facto capital Mosul by the end of 2016, the target was greeted with scepticism by Western allies and officials within his own government.

19th July 2016 - Quoted by Ben Watson - Defense One

Weapons of the Syrian War: Suicide Bombers

Jonathan Schanzer

The tactic is often used in offensive operations, just after an artillery barrage and before the advance of hundreds of foot soldiers.

18th July 2016 - The Long War Journal

US troops ‘are a target for us,’ Iraq’s Muqtada al Sadr says

Bill Roggio

Radical Shia cleric Muqtada al Sadr said that US troops supporting the Iraqi military’s offensive to retake Mosul from the Islamic State should be targeted by his militias.

15th July 2016 - The Weekly Standard

The Chilcot Report

Reuel Marc Gerecht

The Chilcot report on the Iraq war ought to elicit two emotions: sympathy and pity for former British prime minister Tony Blair. As was evident by late 2002, when Europeans saw the frightful resolve of George W. Bush and began earnestly debating how evil Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was and...

13th July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Abu Omar al Shishani killed south of Mosul, Islamic State says

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

A propaganda arm of the Islamic State says that Abu Omar al Shishani, the elite Islamic State commander who earned international infamy, was killed fighting south of Mosul in recent days.

12th July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Iraqi forces retake Q-West airbase south of Mosul

Bill Roggio

The Iraqi military seized control of a key airbase that will be instrumental in the campaign to retake the northern city of Mosul from the Islamic State. Their takeover of Qayyarah Airfiled West, or Q-West, coincided with US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s visit to Iraq and the...

8th July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State claims nearly 600 suicide attacks in first six months of 2016

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State claims to have executed 589 “martyrdom operations” in Iraq, Syria and Libya during the first six months of 2016.

7th July 2016 - CTV

CTV News

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer, spoke with CTV yesterday about the UK's involvement in the Iraq war and their ability to gather reliable intelligence.

7th July 2016 - Quoted by Louis Jacobson - Politifact

Was Saddam Hussein good at killing terrorists, as Donald Trump says?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

To the surprise of some observers, Donald Trump has recently given a few campaign-trail shout-outs to Saddam Hussein -- a man the United States twice went to war with.

6th July 2016 - Quoted by Raymond Tanter - Foreign Policy

Iran and its Protégées

Tony Badran, Jonathan Schanzer

What if we understood al Qaeda and the Islamic State as protégées of Iran, rather than merely its rivals?

6th July 2016 - Quoted by The Economist

Islamic state is losing its caliphate, but it remains deadly

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The self-proclaimed caliphate of Islamic State (IS) is weakening fast. In June the jihadists were kicked out of Fallujah by the Iraqi army, then pounded by airstrikes as they fled.

4th July 2016 - Fox News

Happening Now

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellow Thomas Joscelyn discusses the terror attacks in Iraq and Bangladesh.

2nd July 2016 - Quoted by Rukmini Callimachi - The New York Times

ISIS Seems to Tailor Attacks for Different Audiences

Thomas Joscelyn

The first to be killed was a jogger, gunned down last September during his daily run in the leafy diplomatic quarter of Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka.

1st July 2016 - Quoted by Charlie Savage, Scott Shane - The New York Times

U.S. Reveals Death Toll From Airstrikes Outside War Zones

Bill Roggio

Partially lifting the secrecy that has cloaked one of the United States’s most contentious tactics for fighting terrorists, the Obama administration on Friday said that it believed that airstrikes it has conducted outside conventional war zones like Afghanistan have killed 64 to 116...

29th June 2016 - Quoted by Pamela Engel - Business Insider

ISIS just passed a major milestone, but the group looks a lot different than it did 2 years ago

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

But since then, ISIS's self-declared caliphate — the increasingly fractured swath of territory it controls and rules as an Islamic emirate — has shrunk.

27th June 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellow Bill Roggio discusses Jihad winning Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and the Philippines.

23rd June 2016 - The Wall Street Journal - Co-written by Chip Register

Defeating ISIS on the Digital Battlefield

James Woolsey

Clearly, the U.S. and its allies can and should meet Islamic State on the battlefield, whether in Syria or Iraq. But the war with the ISIS “virtual state”—those the terrorist organization inspires over the internet, like Omar Mateen in Orlando—will be much harder to fight and will go...

22nd June 2016 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

End of Islamic State Could Be Start of Larger Anti-Terror Fight

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Slow, steady progress by U.S. and coalition backed forces against the Islamic State terror group in Iraq and Syria could mean little in the wider war against jihadist organizations bent on striking at the West.

17th June 2016 - The Long War Journal

Qods Force general vows to fight in Iraq and Syria until the last jihadist is killed

Bill Roggio, Amir Toumaj

A senior advisor to the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps – Qods Force vowed that Iranian forces would continue to fight in Iraq and Syria until the last Islamic State and “takfiri” fighters are killed.

17th June 2016 - Forbes

What ISIS Is Banking On

Yaya J. Fanusie

As jihadist groups gain control of cities across the Middle East and Africa, preventing their access to the global financial system is increasingly critical to regulators.

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