Analysis & Commentary


19th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Beheads American Reporter

Bill Roggio

James Wright Foley, a journalist who was captured in Syria by the Islamic State in November 2012, was executed on camera. The Islamic State threatened to kill another captive American reporter if the US military does not halt its air campaign against the jihadist group in northern Iraq.

19th August 2014 - The Weekly Standard

An Appalling Propaganda Ploy

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot, has released a grisly video of one of its fighters beheading a man who appears to be James Foley, an American journalist who was kidnapped in Syria on Thanksgiving Day 2012.

18th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Airpower Supports Peshmerga, Iraqi Forces to Retake Mosul Dam

Bill Roggio

President Obama expanded the US military mission in Iraq to include protecting "critical infrastructure" and supporting Iraqi Army and Peshmerga offensive military operations in northern Iraq.

18th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Adds Islamic State, Al Nusrah Front Leaders to List of Global Terrorists

Bill Roggio

Abu Muhammed al Adnani is the Islamic State's controversial spokesman. Said Arif is a seasoned jihadist who has traveled to several battlefields and is now with the Al Nusrah Front in Syria.

18th August 2014 - Cited by Joe Parkinson - The Wall Street Journal

Iraq Crisis: Kurds Push to Take Mosul Dam as U.S. Gains Controversial Guerrilla Ally

U.S. jets, drones and bombers pounded Sunni insurgent positions to ease the siege of the strategically vital Mosul Dam, as Washington and its Kurdish allies turned up pressure on the radical group Islamic State.

18th August 2014 - Cited by Clare Lopez - The Washington Times

Islam’s Dilemma Over the Islamic State

Clifford D. May

The jihadist forces of the Islamic State are strewing a path of atrocities, destruction and conquest across the heartland of the Middle East.

18th August 2014 - CTV

CTV News

Clifford D. May

FDD President, Clifford May, discusses the retaking of the Mosul dam.

16th August 2014 - Fox News

America’s News HQ

Mark Dubowitz

FDD's Executive Director, Mark Dubowitz, on the latest US airstrikes in Iraq.

15th August 2014 - CTV

CTV News

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, on the challenges facing Iraq's next prime minister.

15th August 2014 - Quoted by Glenn Johnson - The New Zealand Herald

ISIS Brutality Proves Potent Weapon

Tony Badran

The heads are stuck on thin metal poles above a wrought iron fence in the Islamic State's Syria stronghold, Raqqa.

13th August 2014 - Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

How America Lost the Middle East

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Every Friday, the people of Kafranbel, Syria, send a message to the world.

13th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Advances Against Jihadist Foes in Aleppo

Bill Roggio

The jihadist group ejected the rival Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's branch in Syria, and allied jihadist groups from five towns and villages in Aleppo province.

13th August 2014 - Quoted by Cristina Corbin - Foxnews.com

Islamic State’s Shocking Barbarity Prompts Calls For World To Act

Thomas Joscelyn

Shocking accounts of medieval brutality — including video of kneeling Iraqis being gunned down, a Twitter image of a young jihadist holding a severed head and threats by ISIS to take its savagery to the White House — have prompted desperate calls for the international community to stop...

12th August 2014 - KPAM, Portland, Oregon

Terry Boyd’s World

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses recent developments in Iraq.

12th August 2014 - WRC, Washington, D.C.

Andy Parks Show Live from Washington Times

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May discusses why America needs an "overarching strategy."

12th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Chechen-Led Jihadist Group in Syria Releases Video of Training Camp

Bill Roggio

Jamaat Ahadun Ahad, or the Group of the One and Only, is led by a Chechen commander and its fighters include "many Chechens, Turks, Arabs, Europeans, and even several former members of the Taliban."

11th August 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellow Bill Roggio on US airstrikes in Iraq.

10th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Airstrikes Against Islamic State Continue in Northern Iraq

Bill Roggio

The US launched four airstrikes on Aug. 9 and five more on Aug. 10 against the Islamic State in the Sinjar area, where the Yazidi minority is facing a humanitarian crisis, and near Irbil.

7th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Iraq’s Largest Christian Town Falls to Islamic State

Bill Roggio, Oren Adaki

Qaraqosh, as well as Tal Kayf, Bartella, and Karamlesh, fell to the Islamic State after Kurdish Peshmerga abandoned the towns without a fight.

7th August 2014 - PJ Media

Who Are These ISIS Guys and Why is Obama Willing to Bomb Them?

Michael Ledeen

It may well be that ISIS is one of at least two too-clever-by-half operations masterminded by our enemies.

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