Analysis & Commentary

24th September 2014 - Syndicated

John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellow Bill Roggio details US airstrikes in Syria and the designation of a Chechen group by the State Department.

24th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Senior Islamic State Military Commander, ‘Emir of Suicide Bombers’ Among Treasury’s Terrorism Design

Bill Roggio

Islamic State military leader Omar al Shishani and 'emir of suicide bombers' Tariq Bin Al Tahar Bin Al Falih Al 'Awni Al Harzi were among five members of the group added to the terrorism list today.

24th September 2014 - Standpoint

A Devil’s Pact

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Since Syria's vicious sectarian war spilled over into Iraq, the mood has been mounting in Washington to cooperate with Iran.

24th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Targets Islamic State in 8 Strikes in Syria, Iraq

Bill Roggio

The most recent attacks did not hit the Khorasan group, al Qaeda's leadership cadre inside Syria that is plotting to attack the West.

24th September 2014 - CNN

The Lead with Jake Tapper

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the roots of lone wolf terrorism.

24th September 2014 - Foreign Policy

Thank You for Bombing

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Washington says its air war on the Islamic State (IS) militant group in Syria is part of a strategy to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the organization. It may have another effect: swelling al Qaeda's ranks and giving the jihadist group that Osama bin Laden founded a new lease on life.

24th September 2014 - Al Jazeera America

Consider This

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman James Woolsey dissects President Obama's IS strategy.

24th September 2014 - Quoted by David D. Kirkpatrick - The New York Times

ISIS’ Harsh Brand of Islam Is Rooted in Austere Saudi Creed

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Caliph Ibrahim, the leader of the Islamic State, appeared to come out of nowhere when he matter-of-factly proclaimed himself the ruler of all Muslims in the middle of an otherwise typical Ramadan sermon.

24th September 2014 - Quoted by Alex Rowell - Now Lebanon

ISIS, Nusra and “Khorasan”: What’s the Difference?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) jihadist faction – or “The Islamic State,” as it has called itself since declaring the establishment of a caliphate spanning eastern Syria and western Iraq in June – has been the target of over 190 American air strikes on the Iraqi side of...

23rd September 2014 - KFI AM 640 - Los Angeles, CA

Thompson & Espinosa

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross reveals the vulnerabilities of the Islamic State.

23rd September 2014 - Quoted by Josh Gerstein - Politico

Syria strikes complicate Obama’s U.N. diplomacy

David Andrew Weinberg

The first wave of airstrikes by U.S. and Arab military forces against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fighters inside Syria is sure to change the dynamics of President Barack Obama’s diplomacy this week as he and scores of other world leaders converge on the United Nations in New York...

22nd September 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Air War Against Jihadists in Syria Begins

Bill Roggio

Airstrikes targeted Islamic State command and control centers in Raqqah, the jihadist group's de facto capital in eastern Syria, as well as arms caches, supply depots, and ground units near the Iraqi border. Also, the US hit al Qaeda's Khorasan Group near Aleppo.

19th September 2014 - CNN

The Lead with Jake Tapper

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman James Woolsey discusses whether the US underestimated the Islamic State.

18th September 2014 - Interviewed by John Gizzi - Newsmax

ISIS Is Already An Oil-Rich State, Former Cheney Adviser Says

John Hannah

As Western nations are now poised to take action against ISIS, the Islamic terrorists are already “closer to being an actual state than any American should be comfortable with,” John Hannah, the onetime national security adviser to former Vice President Dick Cheney, told Newsmax.

18th September 2014 - Quoted by Louis Jacobson -

Have Three Detainees Swapped for Bowe Bergdahl Now Joined ISIS?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

A reader recently sent us a link to a rather startling claim -- that three of the five Guantanamo detainees released by the United States in late May in exchange for Taliban prisoner Bowe Bergdahl have now taken up arms for the Islamic State.

18th September 2014 - 104.1 KQTH - Tucson, AZ

The Jon Justice Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the latest video released by IS.

17th September 2014 - CNN

The Situation Room

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross analyzes IS's latest recruitment video release.

17th September 2014 - The Washington Times

Faith, Fanaticism and Fantasy in the Middle East

Clifford D. May

“God created war,” theorized Mark Twain, “so that Americans would learn geography.” That’s as true today as it was two centuries ago. How many of us would be able to find Yemen, Somalia and Mali on a map if not for the conflicts raging in those lands?

17th September 2014 - Radio America

Radio America with Greg Corombos

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May discusses President Obama's IS strategy.

17th September 2014 - Quoted by Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

Like A Sibling Spat for Attention, Islamic State-al Qaeda ‘Competition’ Could Prompt U.S. Strikes

Bill Roggio

Islamic State militants may now be engaged in a competition with al Qaeda to be the successors to Osama bin Laden’s terrorist empire, with disastrous implications for Americans’ safety, top security officials said Wednesday.

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