Analysis & Commentary


19th April 2016 - Quoted by Jim Randle - Voice of America

IS Terror Group Raises Millions from Plundered Relics

Yaya J. Fanusie

The Islamic State (IS) may have raised as much as $100 million by digging up and selling priceless antiquities from territory it controls, according to experts consulted by a U.S. congressional panel.

18th April 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss the spring offensive in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria.

15th April 2016 - Quoted by Perry Chiaramonte, Hollie McKay - Fox News

Peshmerga troops running on empty in fight against ISIS

Kurdish Peshmerga forces – arguably the most effective ground troops battling the Islamic State terror group in Iraq – have been fighting for the past three months without a paycheck, according to experts and a top official from the region.

15th April 2016 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin, Sharon Behn - Voice of America

Despite Coalition Military Gains, No End in Sight in Anti-IS Campaign

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Kurdish Peshmerga commander sat on a couch at his headquarters in Sulaymaniyah. On a nearby table there was a bowl of dried fruit and nuts. Two large sniper rifles lay on the floor by his desk.

14th April 2016 - Quoted by Rudaw

Kurdistan Region needs $100 million per month - Talabani

The Deputy Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region Qubad Talabani said Erbil needs $100 million per month to continue the fight against Islamic State (ISIS).

13th April 2016 - Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

One Of The Most Important Forces Fighting ISIS Hasn’t Been Paid For Months

The Kurdish Peshmerga, one of the premier forces fighting Islamic State in northern Iraq, is buckling under budget deficits to the point it hasn’t been able to pay its troops for months.

13th April 2016 - Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

Former Top US General In Iraq Says Beating ISIS Would Require 50,000 Troops

Retired Army Gen. Ray Odierno believes it will take around 50,000 troops to destroy Islamic State, and as the former commander of U.S. forces in Iraq for several years during the wave and occupation, he knows what it takes to fight terrorism.

13th April 2016 - Quoted by Catherine Herridge - Fox News

Top general: 50,000-troop coalition needed in order to crush ISIS

It will take a coalition of 50,000 troops on the ground to defeat the Islamic State, according to the former army chief of staff who spent more than four years serving in Iraq and who is credited, along with retired General David Petraeus, with being the architect of the successful 2007...

13th April 2016 - Interviewed by The Cipher Brief

A Dire Situation in Iraq

John Hannah

With Iraq’s political crisis worsening as chaos erupted in parliament on Wednesday over Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi plan to reshuffle his cabinet and combat corruption, The Cipher Brief sat down with John Hannah, a senior counselor at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and former...

13th April 2016 - Quoted by David Francis - Foreign Policy

Odierno: 50,000 Troops Needed To Defeat the Islamic State

It will take around 50,000 troops to destroy the Islamic State, according to the Army’s recently retired chief, but they don’t necessarily all have to be American.

13th April 2016 - Quoted by Matthew Rosenberg, Helene Cooper, and Nicholas Kulish - The New York Times

ISIS Expands Reach Despite Military and Financial Setbacks

Jonathan Schanzer

American airstrikes have killed 25,000 Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria and incinerated millions of dollars plundered by the militants, according to Pentagon officials.

9th April 2016 - FOX News

America’s News HQ

John Hannah

FDD senior counselor John Hannah comments on the Iraqi army and sectarian divisions in Iraq.

8th April 2016 - The Long War Journal

US military kills 2 Swedish Islamic State fighters in Iraq

Bill Roggio

The US military said it killed two Swedish nationals who were part of the Islamic State’s “cadre of foreign fighters” in separate airstrikes. One of the two Swedes killed in the strikes served as the deputy emir of the Islamic State’s “Anwar Awlaki brigade.” Swedish jihadists...

5th April 2016 - International Centre for Counter-Terrorism - The Hague

The Islamic State’s Global Propaganda Strategy

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

This Research Paper aims to analyse in depth the global propaganda strategy of the so-called “Islamic State” (IS) by looking at the methods through which this grand strategy is carried out as well as the objectives that IS wants to achieve through it.

30th March 2016 - Quoted by Klint Finley - WIRED

It’d Be Great To Kick ISIS Offline - If It Were Possible

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

ISIS is notorious for its alarmingly effective use of social media to recruit fighters, inspire acts of terrorism, and project an image of unwavering confidence to the West. That requires a sophisticated public relations strategy. It also requires a working Internet connection.

28th March 2016 - FOX News

America’s Newsroom

James Woolsey

Chairman of FDD's Leadership Council R. James Woolsey says ISIS can't be defeated with the Obama administration's 'PR-focused' attitude.

25th March 2016 - The Long War Journal

Iran deploys Army Special Forces to Syria and Iraq

Amir Toumaj

A senior commander in Iran’s Army told reporters Wednesday that Special Forces would be deployed as “advisors” to Syria and Iraq.

23rd March 2016 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin and Sharon Behn - Voice of America

Islamic State Losing Ground, But Not the War

Thomas Joscelyn

While Brussels was reeling from the bloodshed after Islamic State (IS) bombed civilians in the airport and a metro station, Iraqi forces were piling up body bags from multiple suicide bombings across central, western and northern Iraq.

18th March 2016 - The Long War Journal

‘Hezbollah and Harakat al Nujaba are the twins of resistance,’ Iraqi militia spokesman says

Bill Roggio, David Daoud

An influential Iranian-backed Iraqi militia said that it and Hezbollah “are the twins of resistance that cannot ever be loosened or separated.”

16th March 2016 - The Wall Street Journal

After Saddam Was Hanged

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, no voice arguing for the overthrow of Saddam Hussein had greater moral weight than that of Kanan Makiya. As Dexter Filkins put it in a 2007 New York Times Magazine profile of the Iraqi-American intellectual, he “made the case for invading because it was...

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