Analysis & Commentary


2nd July 2014 - Quoted by Awad Mustafa - Defense News

Saudi Arabia Takes a Hardline Stance as Militants Make Gains

David Andrew Weinberg

Saudi Arabia’s appointment of its deputy defense minister as the new intelligence chief on Tuesday — days after sacking him — and the appointment of former spy chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan as a special envoy marks a return to hardliner politics by the kingdom as militants approach...

2nd July 2014 - Forbes

King Crude: How Iraq’s ISIS Crisis Restores Saudi Influence

David Andrew Weinberg

While the world panics over the conquests of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Saudi Arabia, oddly enough, has reason to be thankful.

30th June 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow, Thomas Joscelyn, on recent developments in Iraq.

30th June 2014 - KPAM

The Mark and Dave Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, discusses ISIS' declaration of a caliphate.

29th June 2014 - Arise News

Arise News

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, discusses the current insurgency in Iraq.

29th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Iraqi Troops, Insurgents Battle For Tikrit

Bill Roggio

Reports indicate that Iraqi forces have withdrawn from much of the city after heavy fighting with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham and allied Baathists.

29th June 2014 - Quoted by Maria Abi-Habib - The Wall Street Journal

ISIS Claims Supremacy Among Extremists

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Islamist Radicals Who Have Grabbed Swaths of Territory Demand al Qaeda and Others Adopt Their Harder-Line Approach.

28th June 2014 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - The Daily Beast

Why ISIS Won’t Take Baghdad

Jonathan Schanzer

The jihadist-led Sunni coalition that’s swept through parts of Syria and northwest Iraq strikes where there’s local support and the least resistance. That’s not the Iraqi capital.

28th June 2014 - Quoted by Today's Zaman

Turkish citizens pay the price of government’s faulty foreign policy

Jonathan Schanzer

The foreign policy choices of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) regarding countries such as Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya and Syria are increasingly putting Turkish citizens' lives at risk around the world as kidnappings become more commonplace and economic costs rise.

27th June 2014 - CTV

CTV News

Tony Badran

FDD Research Fellow, Tony Badran, discusses what it will take to provoke U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.

27th June 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Obama’s Dithering Has Put U.S. Security At Risk, And The Public Knows It

Clifford D. May

For President Obama and isolationists on the right and left who insist that we don’t have a dog in fights raging in Iraq and Syria, recent events have not been kind.

27th June 2014 - Now Lebanon

A Hard Sell

Tony Badran

Sunni regional powers are unlikely to embrace a policy that disregards their interests.

25th June 2014 - The Washington Times

Modern Jihadists

Clifford D. May

A secret CIA plot was revealed last week: Beginning almost ten years ago, the agency set in motion a plan to make Osama bin Laden action figures. Over time, the paint on the faces would fleck off, revealing a demon beneath. The idea was to dissuade children in the Muslim world from seeing al...

25th June 2014 - The Wall Street Journal

An Unhelpful Ally

Jonathan Schanzer

ISIS and other violent factions have benefited from Turkey's loose border policies.

25th June 2014 - CTV

CTV News

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, on a possible U.S. airstrike in Iraq.

24th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

ISIS Photos Show Control of Command Center, Execution of Prisoners

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham's Ninewa Division released a set of photographs that details the attack on and capture of an Iraqi military command center, captured...

24th June 2014 - KPAM

Terry Boyd’s World

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, discusses the current situation in Iraq and ISIS' advance.

24th June 2014 - WRC

Andy Parks Show Live From Washington Times

Clifford D. May

FDD expert, Clifford May, discusses his latest column: "Modern Jihadists."

24th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: A Protracted Struggle Ahead For Iraq

Bill Roggio

While Sunni Iraqi support of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham is not monolithic, the security forces of the central government will be unlikely to decisively uproot the terrorist organization from the far flung provinces of Iraq anytime soon.

23rd June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Ansar al Islam Releases Propaganda Photos Showing Operations in Iraq

Thomas Joscelyn, Oren Adaki

Ansar al Islam (AAI), a jihadist group founded in northern Iraq in September 2001, has released a set of photographs purportedly showing its ongoing operations. Since the...

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