Analysis & Commentary


11th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

ISIS Takes Control of Bayji, Tikrit in Lightning Southward Advance

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham continues its lightning advance southward after seizing control of Mosul, the country's second largest city, and the province of...

11th June 2014 - Quoted by Matt Schiavenza, International Business Times

How ISIS Realigns The Middle East

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The self-styled Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has, seemingly overnight, emerged as a major player in the Middle East. On Wednesday, fresh from their stunning capture...

11th June 2014 - Cited by Elias Groll - Foreign Policy

The Beginning Of A Caliphate: The Spread Of ISIS, In Five Maps

Patrick Megahan, Bill Roggio

With Tuesday's seizure of Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria notched a major victory...

11th June 2014 - Cited by Elias Groll - Foreign Policy

The Beginning Of A Caliphate: The Spread Of ISIS, In Five Maps

Bill Roggio, Patrick Megahan

With Tuesday's seizure of Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria notched a major victory...

11th June 2014 - Cited by Sarah Almukhtar, Natasha Perkel, Archie Tse and Karen Yourish - The New York Times

Where ISIS Is Gaining Control in Iraq and Syria

Bill Roggio, Patrick Megahan

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria — the Sunni jihadi organization that was once part of Al Qaeda — has effectively gained control of large swaths of Iraq and Syria over the past year.

10th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Video from ISIS Fighter Shows Aftermath of ‘Liberation’ of Mosul

Bill Roggio, Oren Adaki

A video from a fighter in the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham details the chaos in Mosul after the jihadist insurgent group took control of the city earlier today.

10th June 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

FDD Senior Fellow and Editor of The Long War Journal, Bill Roggio, discusses ISIS' next move.

10th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

ISIS Takes Control Of Mosul, Iraq’s Second Largest City

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham seized control of Mosul, which is the provincial capital of Ninewa and Iraq's second largest city, after five days of heavy fighting with Iraqi forces.

10th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

ISIS Seizes More Towns In Northern And Central Iraq

Bill Roggio, Patrick Megahan

After seizing control of the northern city of Mosul in the past 24 hours, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham has advanced southward and taken control of territory in the provinces of Salahaddin and Kirkuk.

7th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Iraqi Troops Repel ISIS Assault on Mosul

Bill Roggio

Just one day after the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham launched an assault on Samarra and briefly took control of five neighborhoods, the jihadist insurgent group...

6th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

ISIS Touts French, German, and Libyan Suicide Bombers in Syria

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Sham, a former al Qaeda affiliate that operates in Iraq and Syria, praised French, German, and Libyan suicide bombers in the latest release of...

5th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

ISIS Takes Control of Areas in Central Iraqi City

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham seized control of several neighborhoods in the central Iraqi city of Samarra during an assault launched earlier today.

29th May 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Eulogizes 2 Mukallah Prison Escapees

Oren Adaki

Over the past week, a Twitter account linked to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) posted the biographies of two fallen AQAP militants, Abdul Rahman bin Muhammad...

25th May 2014 - The Long War Journal

Zawahiri Again Addresses Jihadist Infighting in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

In a three-page statement released online, al Qaeda head Ayman al Zawahiri again discusses the infighting between jihadist groups in Syria. Zawahiri's missive is addressed...

20th May 2014 - The Long War Journal

ISIS Names Danish, French Suicide Bombers Killed In ‘Ninewa Division’

Bill Roggio

A Frenchman and a Dane were among six foreign suicide bombers who conducted attacks in the Islamic State of Iraq's northernmost administrative unit in Iraq.

11th May 2014 - The Long War Journal

ISIS Executes 20 Iraqi Soldiers

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham captured and then executed 20 Iraqi soldiers yesterday in the north. Iraqi officials said the soldiers...

8th May 2014 - The Long War Journal

ISIS Video Shows Zarqawi Training Camp in Syria

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, the former al Qaeda branch that was disowned by Al Qaeda General Command, has announced...

5th May 2014 - National Post

The Troubling Rise of American ‘Withdrawalism’

Jonathan Kay

Eastern Ukraine is falling to pieces. Suicide bombings remain epidemic in Iraq. Much of eastern Syria now is controlled by an al-Qaeda spin-off group that calls itself...

4th May 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Says it Will Comply with Zawahiri’s Orders

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has issued a statement saying it will comply with Ayman al Zawahiri's orders with...

2nd May 2014 - The Long War Journal

Zawahiri Makes Another Attempt at Reconciliation in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Ayman al Zawahiri, the head of al Qaeda, discusses the infighting in Syria and the history of al Qaeda's branch in Iraq at length in a...

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