Analysis & Commentary


5th September 2014 - Quoted by Indrani Bagchi - The Economic Times

Al-Qaida Still a Clear and Present Danger

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

A quarter of a century since it came into existence and 15 years after the al-Qaida burst on the scene with the spectacular bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, the outfit continues to be the most powerful driver of global terror.

5th September 2014 - Business Insider

A Syrian Christian Businessman May Be Serving As The Assad Regime’s Liaison With ISIS

Tony Badran

For a long time, the conventional narrative about the rise of the Islamic State (IS) has been that the jihadist group owes its rise to financial support from Gulf donors.

5th September 2014 - CNN

The Lead with Jake Tapper

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on the structure of the Islamic State.

5th September 2014 - Quoted by The Boston Globe

US Needs Plan to Defeat ISIS — But Also For What Follows

Bill Roggio

Perhaps the most surprising thing about the rise of ISIS, the militant group that has proclaimed an Islamic state in parts of Iraq and Syria, is the odd collection of former adversaries that are teaming up to fight it.

5th September 2014 - 567 CapeTalk - Cape Town, South Africa

The Breakfast Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, on America's ISIS strategy.

5th September 2014 - Cited by Greg Jaffe - The Washington Post

In Amerli, An Unusual Alliance Defeated Islamic Radicals. Don’t Count on That Lasting.

For weeks, Iraqi Kurdish fighters had joined an unusual alliance to free this dusty highway town besieged by Islamic State fighters.

5th September 2014 - Cited by Jack Shafer - Reuters

Keep Your Frenemies List Short and Your Enemies List Shorter

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Jonathan Schanzer

Compiling an enemies list was a cinch for the United States during the Cold War, what with most of the Soviet Union’s nuclear arsenal targeted its way.

3rd September 2014 - 104.1 KQTH, Tucson

The Jon Justice Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, discusses the missing aircraft in Libya and other developments in the Middle East.

3rd September 2014 - The Washington Times

A Plan For Crushing The Islamic State

It is astonishing that nearly six years into the tenure of any administration the commander-in-chief would acknowledge publicly that he has no strategy for addressing an evident, serious threat to American interests.

3rd September 2014 - The Washington Times

A Job Americans Don’t Want To Do?

Clifford D. May

Barack Obama has been taking a lot of heat for acknowledging he doesn’t “have a strategy yet” for dealing with the jihadis butchering Iraqis, Syrians, Christians, Kurds and Yazidis while in their spare time attempting to weaponize bubonic plague for use against others on their...

2nd September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Executes American Reporter, Threatens Brit

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State released a video of the execution of Steven Joel Sotloff, an American journalist captured in Syria in August 2013, and threatened to kill a British captive if the US does not halt airstrikes in northern Iraq.

2nd September 2014 - Fox News

Happening Now

Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Felllow, Bill Roggio, comments on the implications of US airstrikes in Iraq.

2nd September 2014 - WRC, Washington, D.C.

Andy Parks Show Live from Washington Times

Clifford D. May

FDD President, Cliff May, discusses the future of America's foreign policy.

2nd September 2014 - KPAM, Portland, Oregon

Terry Boyd’s World

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, discusses the latest developments regarding ISIS.

2nd September 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Airstrikes in Amerli Supported Deadly Shia Terror Group

Bill Roggio

The League of the Righteous, which is responsible for killing hundreds of US soldiers, was part of the Iraqi force that liberated Amerli. The group is closely tied to Iran's Qods Force and three of its leaders are Specially Designated Global terrorists.

2nd September 2014 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - Jewish Journal

In lame-duck period, Obama administration retreats from peace endeavors

Jonathan Schanzer

Does the prospect of President Obama’s lame-duck period, coupled with the multiple foreign crises he is facing, diminish his quest for Israeli-Palestinian peace?

2nd September 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Michael Ledeen

FDD's Freedom Scholar, Michael Ledeen, discusses the future of American foreign policy in the Middle East.

1st September 2014 - WMAL - Washington, D.C.

Washington’s Drive at Five with Larry O’Connor

Clifford D. May

FDD's President, Clifford May, on the realities facing America in the Middle East.

29th August 2014 - Quoted by Erik Ortiz - NBC News

Should President Obama Have Said There’s No Strategy Yet Against ISIS?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Following reports earlier this week that the U.S. sent spy planes over Syria to survey potential airstrike targets, this latest mixed message is a head scratcher.

29th August 2014 - CTV

CTV News

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD Vice President of Research, Jonathan Schanzer, discusses the raised terror threat in the UK.

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