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16th November 2015 - FOX News

The O’Reilly Factor

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman Jim Woolsey discusses U.S. strategy after the Paris attacks.

16th November 2015 - FOX Business

Varney & Co.

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman R. James Woolsey on how the U.S. and Europe should deal with ISIS.

16th November 2015 - FOX Business

Lou Dobbs Tonight

John Hannah

FDD senior counselor John Hannah on the fight against ISIS and President Obama’s strategy for defeating the terror group.

16th November 2015 - FOX Business

Lou Dobbs Tonight

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman R. James Woolsey on the fight against ISIS and President Obama's strategy for defeating the terror group.

16th November 2015 - AM 970

The Joe Piscopo Show

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer comments on how to target ISIS moving forward.

16th November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Key Suspect in Paris Attacks Has Been Featured in Islamic State Propaganda

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

European officials have identified Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a Belgian man whose parents are from Morocco, as a key suspect in last week’s coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris. Abaaoud has been featured by the Islamic State in its propaganda for plotting terrorist attacks in Europe in the...

16th November 2015 - Quoted by Nadan Feldman - Haaretz

How ISIS Became the World’s Richest Terror Group

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The decapitated body of Khaled al-Asaad was hung in Palmyra last August, after he’d been brutally tortured for a month. The senior archaeologist, who served for 40 years as head of the ancient Syrian city’s antiquities authority, was taken to the central square of the new city of Palmyra...

16th November 2015 - Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

Obama Was Right That ISIS Is “Contained.” But That Makes the Group More Dangerous.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

On Thursday, one day before terrorists who appear to have been linked to ISIS launched a series of devastating attacks across Paris, President Obama went on ABC and made a comment that now looks pretty bad: What is true is that from the start, our goal has been first to contain, and we have...

16th November 2015 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Will France Invoke NATO’s Article 5 to Declare War on Islamic State?

Benjamin Weinthal

To confront comprehensively the Islamic State terrorist attacks on French soil, there have been calls for France’s President François Hollande to invoke Article 5 of the NATO Treaty, which ensures mutual defense for its members, but neither Hollande nor the military alliance has activated...

16th November 2015 - Quoted by Tracey Samuelson - Marketplace

Marketplace World

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on where ISIS gets its money.

15th November 2015 - Quoted by Lauren Carroll - Politifact

What Barack Obama Said About ISIS Being Contained

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Last week, President Barack Obama said the Islamic State is "contained" -- a comment that has been scrutinized in the wake of the deadly attacks in Paris that have been attributed to the terrorist group.

15th November 2015 - KKNT 960

The Lisa Benson Show

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman R. James Woolsey discusses the aftermath of the attacks in Paris.

15th November 2015 - Forbes

After Paris, We Need A Strategy To Fight Islamic Jihad

Michael Ledeen

I do not know for sure who masterminded and organized the terrorist assault on Paris, although most evidence points to ISIS.

15th November 2015 - Foreign Affairs

Iran’s ISIS Trap

Reuel Marc Gerecht

The choice seems simple. On one side are regally attired mullahs, the type that have protected Persia’s pre-Islamic treasures and even tweet in English.

14th November 2015 - NPR

All Things Considered

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman R. James Woolsey argues why the U.S. and its allies need to take more forceful action against ISIS.

13th November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Kurdish Forces Push Into Sinjar, Claim Progress Against Islamic State

Thomas Joscelyn

The Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) announced yesterday that its fighters have pushed their way into Sinjar, which the Islamic State overran in August 2014.

12th November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Iraqi Shiite Militia Leader Says He Would Overthrow Government If Ordered by Iran’s Supreme Leader

Bill Roggio

Akram al Kaabi, the leader of the Iranian-supported Harakat al Nujaba militia that is based in Iraq and is an integral part of the Popular Mobilization Forces, has said that he would and could depose the Iraqi government if ordered to do so by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader....

6th November 2015 - The Weekly Standard

An Iraqi Abroad

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, my friend Ahmad Chalabi would often carry fat tomes about America’s occupations of Germany and Japan. An Iraqi exile after 1958 who lived mainly in London and Georgetown and maintained an off-and-on, love-hate relationship with Western intelligence...

5th November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Senior IRGC Officers Killed During Fighting in Syria

Bill Roggio

A brigadier general and a colonel from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) were killed while fighting jihadists and rebels in Syria over the past several weeks. Nine other IRGC members were also killed during that time.

4th November 2015 - FOX News

Happening Now

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses the U.S. cutting funding to Iraq.

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