Analysis & Commentary

27th May 2015 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

Changing Under Pressure, IS ‘Potent’ as Ever

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Thomas Joscelyn

Nearly 10 months since the first U.S. airstrikes rained down on Islamic State (IS) targets in Iraq, the terror group has been subject to a persistent, if not relentless, assault on multiple fronts. Yet the campaign to degrade and ultimately destroy the self-declared caliphate appears to have...

26th May 2015 - Sinclair Broadcast Group

My News 4

John Hannah

FDD Senior Counselor John Hannah discusses ISIS.

26th May 2015 - Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s ISIS Gaffe is Even Worse Than You Think

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Most people take Memorial Day weekend as a time for beaches and family barbecues. US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter spent it being publicly, frighteningly wrong about a key front in America's war against ISIS.

26th May 2015 - KRNV

Human Rights Violations by ISIS

John Hannah

The Islamic State is not only making gains militarily. The terrorist organization has also been re-asserting its ideals, with horrific actions committed nearly every day.

26th May 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Defeating the Islamic State’s Suicide Drivers

Patrick Megahan

The Pentagon announced last week that it will deliver 2,000 AT-4 anti-tank rockets to help Iraqi forces combat the Islamic State (IS), after the jihadist group seized Ramadi, the strategically important Anbar province capital. While not a sophisticated or expensive weapon, the AT-4 could...

26th May 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Obama Blames the Victim, Looks for Excuses on Iraq

Jonathan Schanzer

First, the president did it in an interview last week, asserting, “If the Iraqis themselves are not willing or capable to arrive at the political accommodations necessary to govern, if they are not willing to fight for the security of their country, we cannot do that for them.” The...

25th May 2015 - Quoted by Margaret Coker - The Wall Street Journal

How Islamic State’s Win in Ramadi Reveals New Weapons, Tactical Sophistication and Prowess

Bill Roggio

In late April, a commander for Islamic State said his forces were ready to launch an offensive to take Ramadi, and the group called for fighters to redeploy to Iraq from Syria.

25th May 2015 - BBC Radio 5

5 Live Drive

Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellow Bill Roggio comments on the ISIS takeover in Ramadi.

24th May 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Human Rights Group: With Capture of Palmyra, ISIS Controls Half of Syria

Jonathan Schanzer

With the capture of the ancient city of Palmyra and the town of Al-Tanaf on the border with Iraq, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) now controls half of the territory in Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

24th May 2015 - The Long War Journal

Iranian-Backed Militias Lead Iraqi Counteroffensive to Retake Ramadi

Bill Roggio

Iranian-backed Shiite militias, including Hezbollah Brigades, a US-listed Foreign Terrorist Organization, are leading the Iraqi government’s counteroffensive to regain control of Ramadi, which was lost to the Islamic State last week. The militias are now eclipsing Iraq’s security forces...

23rd May 2015 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - The Daily Beast

ISIS and the New ‘Army of Conquest’ in Syria Are Headed for a Showdown

Jonathan Schanzer

Two successive months and two stunning battlefield reversals for the embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad—one dealt him in the east by the so-called Islamic State, the other in the north by a new coalition of rebel forces that includes an affiliate of al Qaeda in a leading role....

22nd May 2015 - The Long War Journal

2 French Suicide Bombers Used in Islamic State Assault on Haditha

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State used two French suicide bombers in today’s coordinated assault on the western Iraqi town of Haditha. One of the bombers has been featured in the past in an Islamic State propaganda film calling for more French recruits.

22nd May 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

This Border Post Shows How Turkey’s ISIS Problem Keeps Getting Worse

Jonathan Schanzer

Pipes, ammonium nitrate, and other bomb-making materials are being transported across Turkey's border into Syria by agents of ISIS while Turkish border guards look the other way, Jamie Dettmer of The Daily Beast reports.

21st May 2015 - Quoted by Munzer al-Awad, Mike Giglio - Buzzfeed

Smugglers Say Palmyra’s Artifacts Will Be “Good Business”

Jonathan Schanzer

Much of the world is looking on with horror as ISIS storms the ancient city of Palmyra. Smugglers who trade in the booming black market of Syrian antiquities, though, say they sense a lucrative opportunity.

21st May 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses ISIS after the attack in Ramadi.

21st May 2015 - Quoted by Ivan Plis - The Daily Caller

Delta’s Recent Raid In Syria May Have Revealed An Inconvenient Truth About Fighting ISIS

Jonathan Schanzer

Last weekend’s special forces raid, which killed a midlevel Islamic State commander, has revived the debate on overt U.S. military ground action in Syria and Iraq.

21st May 2015 - FOX News

Special Report with Bret Baier

John Hannah

FDD Senior Counselor John Hannah comments on ISIS advances in Syria.

20th May 2015 - Forbes

Ramadi Falls—And Iran Will Come To The Rescue?

Michael Ledeen

Experts most everywhere agree that the fall of Ramadi to Islamic State is a disaster. It solidifies IS control over a major east-west route from Ramadi (75-100 miles from Baghdad) to deep into Syria. American military and intelligence officials know all about this route, since anti-American...

20th May 2015 - CTV

CTV News

Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellow Bill Roggio discusses the latest news in Ramadi.

20th May 2015 - The Wall Street Journal

Opinion Journal

John Hannah

Foundation for Defense of Democracies Senior Counselor John Hannah explains the significance of the fall of Ramadi.

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