Analysis & Commentary

23rd May 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss the military operation to oust ISIS from Fallujah and Gitmo detainees.

23rd May 2016 - The Long War Journal

Iraqi forces, militias launch operation to recapture Fallujah

Bill Roggio

Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), backed by tribal fighters and Iranian-backed militias, have officially begun the operation to dislodge the Islamic State from the city of Fallujah in Anbar province. Fallujah is the last major city held by the Islamic State in the province.

19th May 2016 - The Long War Journal

Iran-backed militia prepares ‘special forces’ for Fallujah offensive

Bill Roggio, Amir Toumaj

The leadership of Harakat al Nujaba, or Movement of the Noble, an Iranian-supported Shiite militia which operates in both Iraq and Syria, said it is clearing a road in eastern Anbar province in preparation for an upcoming offensive to retake Fallujah from the Islamic State.

18th May 2016 - The Long War Journal

Iraqi forces report recapturing city in western Anbar

Bill Roggio

The Iraqi military has claimed that it, along with “tribal forces,” have recaptured the western city of Rutbah. Rutbah sits within the desert and has long been an Islamic State stronghold.

17th May 2016 - Fox News

Special Report with Bret Baier

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses the unrest in Iraq.

17th May 2016 - FOX News

Happening Now

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for research Jon Schanzer discusses the U.S.'s fight against ISIS and today's attack in Baghdad.

17th May 2016 - The Long War Journal

Sadr’s ‘Peace Brigades’ prepares for Mosul offensive

Bill Roggio

Muqtada al Sadr, the radical Shia cleric who battled US forces during the Iraqi occupation, is preparing his militia to participate in an offensive to retake the northern city of Mosul from the Islamic State.

10th May 2016 - The Long War Journal

US kills Islamic State’s military emir for Anbar province

Bill Roggio

The US military killed Abu Wahib, the notorious Islamic State military commander who was responsible for overrunning much of Anbar province in 2014. Abu Wahib (above, center) waged jihad with al Qaeda during the US occupation and escaped from an Iraqi prison in 2012 to rejoin the fight.

2nd May 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn the latest attack in Iraq.

2nd May 2016 - The Long War Journal

Series of deadly operations named after fallen Islamic State leader

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State has named a series of deadly attacks throughout Iraq and Syria in honor of one of its most senior leaders: Abu Ali al Anbari. Suicide bombers and other fighters have killed dozens of people since the campaign was launched on Apr. 30.

30th April 2016 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State claims dozens of troops killed in suicide assault in western Anbar

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State took responsibility for the killing of dozens of Iraqi security personnel in a suicide assault on a police station in a western Anbar province town which was recently liberated from the jihadist organization.

28th April 2016 - War on the Rocks

How the Islamic State’s Propaganda Feeds Into Its Global Expansion Efforts

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Even before the dramatic blitzkrieg the Islamic State launched through northern Iraq in June 2014, the group had been focused on expanding its presence beyond Syria and Iraq. The group has by now declared wilayats (provinces) in West Africa (Wilayat Ifriqiyah, the organization formerly known...

27th April 2016 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

IS at Weakest Point Since Start of Bombing Campaign, US Says

Thomas Joscelyn

Efforts to squeeze the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria have put the self-declared caliphate on shaky ground, leaving the terror group in perhaps its most vulnerable state since the start of the U.S.-led bombing campaign, according to U.S. officials.

27th April 2016 - Jamestown Foundation

Recent Attacks Illuminate the Islamic State’s Europe Attack Network

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The recent major terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels represent a watershed moment not just for the Islamic State (IS), but for the entire jihadist movement.

26th April 2016 -

The Saudi-Led Coalition Is Not Ready To Fight The Islamic State

Patrick Megahan

President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter visited Saudi Arabia last week hoping to reassure nervous Gulf allies that American security commitments remain in force in the wake of last year’s Iran nuclear deal. In exchange, the White House was hoping to encourage the Gulf...

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).

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