Analysis & Commentary


11th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Strategy Against Islamic State to Mirror Counterterrorism Efforts in Yemen, Somalia

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Obama described the counterterrorism strategy in Yemen and Somalia as "one that we have successfully pursued ... for years." However, several years of cooperation with willing partners have yielded questionable results.

11th September 2014 - Cited by Ishaan Tharoor - The Washington Post

Yemen and Somalia Are Examples of U.S. Mission Creep, Not Success

In his speech Wednesday night, President Obama laid out in somewhat unclear terms the planned U.S. campaign to combat the Islamic State, a murderous terrorist organization that has gained strength in the midst of political chaos in Iraq and Syria.

11th September 2014 - Quoted by Bruce Wallace - PRI

ISIS Has Mastered High-End Video Production in its New Propaganda Wing

The terrorist group ISIS is known for its sophisticated social media outreach. Now it seems they are bringing that sophistication to their video propaganda, too.

11th September 2014 - Fox Business

After the Bell

Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD Senior Fellow Emanuele Ottolenghi discusses sources of funding for the Islamic State.

10th September 2014 - Fox News

Happening Now

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn discussing Obama's potential strategy to tackle ISIS.

10th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Aided Hezbollah Brigades in Breaking Islamic State Siege of Iraqi Town

Bill Roggio

Hezbollah Brigades, which was listed by the US as a Foreign Terrorist Organization in 2009, now controls access to Amerli.

10th September 2014 - BBC Persian

BBC Persian News

Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD Senior Fellow Emanuele Ottolenghi discusses America's IS strategy.

10th September 2014 - The Weekly Standard

Don’t Forget About Al Qaeda

Thomas Joscelyn

President Obama is set to discuss his plan for confronting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in a primetime speech this evening.

10th September 2014 - Cited by Julian E. Barnes and Siobhan Gorman - The Wall Street Journal

U.S. to Rely on Local Forces to Fight Islamic State

A cornerstone of the expanded U.S. military campaign against Islamic State militants will be reliance on U.S.-trained local forces to confront the group head on.

10th September 2014 - Quoted by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

ISIS Doesn’t Have Much Of An Ability To Strike The Continental US — At Least For Now

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Tonight, President Barack Obama will lay out a strategy for countering the rise of ISIS in a prime-time address from the White House.

10th September 2014 - Cited by Mark Landler - The New York Times

Obama, in Speech on ISIS, Promises Sustained Effort to Rout Militants

President Obama on Wednesday authorized a major expansion of the military campaign against rampaging Sunni militants in the Middle East, including American airstrikes in Syria and the deployment of 475 more military advisers to Iraq.

9th September 2014 - 104.1 KQTH, Tucson

The Jon Justice Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses what President Obama might say in his upcoming speech on ISIS.

9th September 2014 - Quoted by Jeff Schogol - Army Times

13 Years After Sept. 11, Jihadists Control More Territory

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Three years ago, the U.S. killed Osama bin Laden and it looked like al-Qaida was on the ropes.

8th September 2014 - CTV

CTV News

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD Vice President for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses President Obama's upcoming speech on ISIS strategy.

8th September 2014 - Cited by Kristina Wong - The Hill

ISIS is Spreading, Experts Warn

Experts say the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is spreading to other countries and inspiring terrorist groups toward greater acts of brutality.

8th September 2014 - AM 970, WNYM - New York, New York

The Joe Piscopo Show

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May discusses the lack of US strategy in the Middle East.

8th September 2014 - Fox News

Shepard Smith

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman James Woolsey discusses the next steps to counter the ISIS threat.

8th September 2014 - Cited by Joe Parkinson and Adam Entous - The Wall Street Journal

How Kurds Came to Play Key Role in U.S. Plans to Combat Islamic State

The anti-Islamic State strategy the U.S. is developing first began to take shape a month ago after a series of increasingly urgent phone calls from this Kurdish city.

8th September 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellows Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio discuss IS, the Al Nusrah Front, and the killing of al-Shabaab's leader in Somalia.

7th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Airstrikes Target Islamic State at the Haditha Dam

Bill Roggio

The US air campaign against the Islamic State has expanded into Anbar province.

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