Analysis & Commentary


29th September 2014 - AM 1070, Houston, TX

Sam Malone Show

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May on Iran's contributions to instability in the Middle East.

26th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Trainer Suspected of Plotting Against 2004 NATO Summit Killed in US Airstrikes

Thomas Joscelyn

One of the first reported casualties of the US-led bombing campaign earlier this week was an Al Nusrah Front commander known as Abu Yusuf al Turki. He had been training al Qaeda snipers in Syria. He was previously suspected of plotting to attack the 2004 NATO summit in Turkey.

26th September 2014 - Quoted by Cristina Silva - The International Business Times

ISIS Baghdad March: Is Islamic State Targeting The Iraqi Capital?

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State may be refocusing its sights on Baghdad after the extremist group overran an Iraqi military base and executed 300 soldiers Sunday amid ongoing U.S. airstrikes aimed at weakening the militants' infrastructure and resources, according to Middle East analysts.

26th September 2014 - CNN

New Day

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on IS threats to the US.

26th September 2014 - Quoted by Greg Botelho and Chelsea Carter - CNN

Latest Rout Raises Questions About Iraqi Military’s Ability to Defeat ISIS

Bill Roggio

This is what an ISIS rout looks like in Iraq: Up to 300 troops killed. Others missing, possibly dead or having fled. Dozens of military vehicles, from tanks to ambulances, destroyed or seized.

26th September 2014 - Quoted by Mike Eckel - VOA

Battle-Tested Chechens Drive Islamic State Gains

Bill Roggio

Among the legions of foreign fighters who have turned the Islamic State into the world’s most dangerous terrorist organization, the Chechens stand out.

26th September 2014 - AM 1070, Houston, TX

Sam Malone Show

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman James Woolsey discusses possible strategies to counter IS.

25th September 2014 - CNN

CNN Tonight

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses radicalization in the West.

25th September 2014 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - The Daily Beast

Obama’s Arab Backers May Draw the U.S. Deep Into the Mideast Quagmire

Jonathan Schanzer

There are many conflicts going on in the region—and inside Syria. Attacking ISIS is only part of the game, and the monarchs flying with the U.S. have their own agendas.

24th September 2014 - Quoted by Shane Harris - Foreign Policy

Islamic State Beheadings Beget Beheadings

Thomas Joscelyn

Of the many acts of violence perpetrated in Iraq and Syria by the Islamic State, none have captured the imagination or terrified the public like the gruesome videos showing masked terrorists beheading unarmed Western captives.

24th September 2014 - Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

Why Bombing ISIS Helps al-Qaeda

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

No one was shocked when the US launched airstrikes in Syria against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on Monday.

24th September 2014 - Syndicated

John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellow Bill Roggio details US airstrikes in Syria and the designation of a Chechen group by the State Department.

24th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Senior Islamic State Military Commander, ‘Emir of Suicide Bombers’ Among Treasury’s Terrorism Design

Bill Roggio

Islamic State military leader Omar al Shishani and 'emir of suicide bombers' Tariq Bin Al Tahar Bin Al Falih Al 'Awni Al Harzi were among five members of the group added to the terrorism list today.

24th September 2014 - Standpoint

A Devil’s Pact

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Since Syria's vicious sectarian war spilled over into Iraq, the mood has been mounting in Washington to cooperate with Iran.

24th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Targets Islamic State in 8 Strikes in Syria, Iraq

Bill Roggio

The most recent attacks did not hit the Khorasan group, al Qaeda's leadership cadre inside Syria that is plotting to attack the West.

24th September 2014 - CNN

The Lead with Jake Tapper

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the roots of lone wolf terrorism.

24th September 2014 - Foreign Policy

Thank You for Bombing

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Washington says its air war on the Islamic State (IS) militant group in Syria is part of a strategy to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the organization. It may have another effect: swelling al Qaeda's ranks and giving the jihadist group that Osama bin Laden founded a new lease on life.

24th September 2014 - Al Jazeera America

Consider This

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman James Woolsey dissects President Obama's IS strategy.

24th September 2014 - Quoted by David D. Kirkpatrick - The New York Times

ISIS’ Harsh Brand of Islam Is Rooted in Austere Saudi Creed

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Caliph Ibrahim, the leader of the Islamic State, appeared to come out of nowhere when he matter-of-factly proclaimed himself the ruler of all Muslims in the middle of an otherwise typical Ramadan sermon.

24th September 2014 - Quoted by Alex Rowell - Now Lebanon

ISIS, Nusra and “Khorasan”: What’s the Difference?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) jihadist faction – or “The Islamic State,” as it has called itself since declaring the establishment of a caliphate spanning eastern Syria and western Iraq in June – has been the target of over 190 American air strikes on the Iraqi side of...

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