Analysis & Commentary

23rd June 2015 - Quoted by James Novogrod - NBC News

Kurdish Fighters Push Closer to ISIS Caliphate’s Capital in Syria

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Kurdish forces say they seized a military base from ISIS fighters just 30 miles from the self-declared caliphate's capital city in Syria, another gain in an offensive that is pushing deeper into militant strongholds.

23rd June 2015 - Quoted by Ivan Plis - The Daily Caller

Here’s How Many Jihadi Camps Are In Syria And Iraq

A new online map shows 117 jihadi training camps in war-torn Iraq and Syria, including dozens belonging to the Islamic State.

23rd June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Spokesman Calls on Other Factions to ‘Repent,’ Urges Sectarian War

Thomas Joscelyn

22nd June 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss the conflicts in the Middle East.

21st June 2015 - The Long War Journal - Co-written by Caleb Weiss

Over 100 Jihadist Training Camps Identified in Iraq and Syria

Bill Roggio

The number of training camps operated by jihadists inside Iraq and Syria continues to rise. The Long War Journal has identified more than 100 in the two countries. While not all of these facilities may be currently operational, the proliferation of camps by the Islamic State, the Al Nusrah...

18th June 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

ISIS Just Lost ‘Its Most Important Back Door’

Jonathan Schanzer

The Islamic State lost a crucial "back door" into Turkey earlier this week when Kurdish forces ran the militants out of Tal Abyad, cutting off a the terror army's supply route of weapons, cash, and foreign fighters into Syria.

17th June 2015 - BBC

BBC World News

Ali Alfoneh

FDD Senior Fellow Ali Alfoneh discusses Iran's presence in Iraq.

17th June 2015 - Interviewed by Gulan Magazine

Developing a Truly Strategic Partnership Between the United States and KRG

John Hannah

John Hannah: Developing a truly strategic partnership between the United States and a strong, prosperous, reforming KRG should be a major goal of U.S. policy

15th June 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio & Thomas Joscelyn comment on the newest developments in Middle Eastern conflicts.

14th June 2015 - The Long War Journal - Co-written by Caleb Weiss

Islamic State Utilizes 7 Foreigners in Baiji Suicide Assaults

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State has publicized a number of photos that show suicide bombers that were used against Iraqi forces in and around the central city of Baiji on June 13. The foreign suicide bombers are part of what the jihadist group is dubbing “The Battle of Abdul Razzaq al Mashadani,”...

10th June 2015 - FOX Business

The Intelligence Report with Trish Regan

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman James Woolsey discusses the U.S. strategy to combat ISIS.

10th June 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

A ‘Major’ Shift in Iraq or a Useless Gesture?

Clifford D. May

The New York Times eagerly reports a “major” shift in U.S. strategy in Iraq. But wait: It’s 450 troops on a new training base in Anbar Province? There must be some mistake. For that would be a useless, token gesture meant to assuage the media and critics, yet another lame effort to win...

10th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Iraqi Security Forces, Shiite Militias Make Gains in Baiji

Bill Roggio

Iraqi troops and several Iranian-supported Shiite militias have entered Baiji and are vying for control of the central Iraqi city with the Islamic State. Baiji has changed hands twice since the Islamic State launched its invasion of central and northern Iraq in June 2014.

10th June 2015 - Quoted by Jacob Siegel - The Daily Beast

Iraq Militias Threaten U.S. Over Friendly Fire Incident—but Did It Ever Happen?

Bill Roggio

There were two rumors about the U.S. military in Iraq making the rounds Tuesday night.

10th June 2015 - Quoted by Nancy A. Youssef - The Daily Beast

Obama’s New Plan to Save Iraq: Tear It Apart

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

President Obama’s decision to send another 450 troops to Iraq is the latest example of a strategy mired in double paradox. The U.S. wants to save a unified Iraq—by strengthening the ethnic and religious militias that could tear the country apart.

10th June 2015 - BBC Radio 4

The World Tonight

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on the U.S. strategy to combat ISIS.

10th June 2015 - Quoted by Indira Lakshmanan

Mafia-Like Islamic State Taxes and Extorts Like a Drug Cartel

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Juan Zarate

In the last year, a once-obscure extremist group has overrun some of Iraq’s major cities, seized control of oil wells, industries and banks and emerged as the world’s richest and most feared terrorist force.

9th June 2015 - The Huffington Post

HuffPost Live

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses counterterrorism and the G7 summit.

9th June 2015 - Quoted by James Warren - The New York Daily News

Obama’s Incomplete ISIS Strategy is ‘Policy Failure’: Expert

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

It was shockingly and depressingly candid. “We don’t have, yet, a compete strategy” to deal with ISIS, President Obama conceded Monday. “The details are not worked out.”

9th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Iraqi Shiite Militia Commander Threatens to Attack US

Bill Roggio

The leader of a powerful Iraqi Shiite militia that is operating against the Islamic State has threatened to attack the US after members of allied militia were killed in a blast in Anbar province over the weekend. Shiite militias have claimed that the US killed the militiamen in an airstrike,...

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