Analysis & Commentary

6th March 2016 - Quoted by Ali Al-Fitlawi and Sinan Salaheddin - Associated Press

Suicide attack kills at least 47 south of Iraqi capital

Bill Roggio

A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden fuel truck into a security checkpoint south of Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 47 people and wounding dozens, officials said.

2nd March 2016 - Foreign Policy

If the Kurds Go Broke, It’s Lights Out for Obama’s War on the Islamic State

John Hannah

Here’s a worrying bit of news: America’s best ally in the war against the Islamic State, Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), is nearly broke. That’s a major problem, especially as the U.S.-led coalition gears up for its most difficult battle yet: the effort to liberate Mosul,...

26th February 2016 - 105.1 WAVA

The Don Kroah Show

Clifford D. May

FDD President Cliff May discusses his Washington Times Column "Bystanders to Genocide."

23rd February 2016 - Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

Beyond Syria and Iraq: ISIS is losing ground around the world

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Libyan fighters are celebrating a major victory on Tuesday: They've driven ISIS out of parts of Benghazi, eastern Libya's largest city, building on advances in and around the city on Sunday.

23rd February 2016 - War on the Rocks

Neither Remaining Nor Expanding: The Islamic State’s Global Expansion Struggles

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Judging from the Islamic State’s propaganda, it would appear the group is rapidly overtaking the Muslim world. The Islamic State has declared wilayats (provinces) in ten countries spanning from Nigeria to the Caucasus region. It has executed high-profile attacks in several otherwise stable...

23rd February 2016 - Quoted by Eli Lake - Bloomberg

Where Islamic State Stumbles in Its War With Al-Qaeda

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Since al-Qaeda expelled it from its ranks a little more than two years ago, the Islamic State has been on a tear. It has taken Iraq's second-largest city, declared itself a caliphate, won over al Qaeda affiliates in Sinai and Nigeria, and conducted high-profile terror attacks in Europe and...

5th February 2016 - Quoted by Sharon Behn - Voice of America

Australian Commander: IS Changing Tactics

Jonathan Schanzer

Islamic State extremists fighting in Iraq and Syria have proven themselves experts in modern warfare. They create diversionary fronts, use suicide bombers with devastating effect, and constantly change their offensive and defensive tactics.

4th February 2016 - Tablet Magazine

America Makes a U-Turn in the Middle East

Tony Badran

The administration of President Barack Obama seldom missed an opportunity to insist that the alternative to the Iran nuclear deal was a war with Iran, a prospect that has now presumably been kicked further down the road. Middle Easterners are not so lucky: They get to fight their wars with...

2nd February 2016 - Quoted by Sharon Behn - Voice of America

6,500 Coalition Troops in Iraq; US Wants More

Jonathan Schanzer

Seventeen coalition member countries have sent more than 6,500 soldiers to Iraq to help in the fight against Islamic State – and the United States is calling for more.

25th January 2016 - CNBC

To defeat ISIS, study the antiquity trade

Yaya J. Fanusie

The Islamic State's destruction of ancient sites in Syria and Iraq has dominated the headlines recently, along with claims that the group reaps enormous profits from looted antiquities.

25th January 2016 - The Long War Journal

Before Paris attack, Islamic State terrorists committed grisly executions

Thomas Joscelyn

A new video released by the Islamic State (titled “Kill Them Wherever You Find Them”) features the terrorists responsible for the Nov. 13, 2015 attacks in Paris. Several of the jihadists are shown executing captives in Iraq and Syria. They threaten the West and implore Muslims to join...

22nd January 2016 - The Long War Journal

US officials ‘strongly suspect’ Iranian-backed militia of kidnapping 3 Americans in Baghdad

Bill Roggio

US military and intelligence officials believe an influential and dangerous Iranian-supported militia is responsible for kidnapping three American contractors Iraq’s capital several days ago.

20th January 2016 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

Syrian, Iraqi Tribes Snub Fightback Against Jihadists

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Islamic State group has been losing large swaths of territory to Western-backed Syrian Kurdish fighters and the Iraqi military supported by Shi'ite militias, but a key ingredient in the fightback against jihadists is missing — local tribes are not turning en masse against Islamic...

14th January 2016 - The Cipher Brief

How ISIS Makes Money: Oil Sales

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Islamic State, popularly known as ISIS, is in many ways an innovative economic actor. But its method of bringing oil to market has been anything but cutting-edge. ISIS took advantage of a black market that had been sharpened long ago, when Saddam Hussein’s regime looked for ways to...

13th January 2016 - Quoted by Jonah Bennett - The Daily Caller

Expert: ‘History Won’t Look Kindly’ On Obama’s Foreign Policy, For 3 Crystal Clear Reasons

John Hannah

President Barack Obama’s foreign policy legacy is in danger of being viewed as an unmitigated disaster by future observers, John Hannah, senior counselor at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, wrote in an op-ed Tuesday.

12th January 2016 - Foreign Policy

Obama’s Failed Command

John Hannah

However hard President Barack Obama tries on Tuesday night to convince the American people that his seven years of wartime leadership have left the country safer and stronger, I’d venture to guess that history is not going to look particularly kindly on his tenure as America’s...

7th January 2016 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

Killing the Terror Group That Won’t Die: Islamic State

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

There is growing concern among the ranks of U.S. officials that it could take more than one war to ultimately defeat and destroy the Islamic State terror group.

6th January 2016 - FOX Business

Cavuto: Coast to Coast

John Hannah

FDD senior counselor John Hannah discusses an alleged ISIS weapons lab and the importance of its control of territory.

6th January 2016 - Quoted by Pamela Engel - Business Insider

Rebuilding Cities Reclaimed From ISIS Will Cost an Exorbitant Amount of Money

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

A US-led coalition and ground forces declared victory in Ramadi, Iraq, after they drove ISIS militants out of the city last week.

4th January 2016 - War on the Rocks

Fixing How We Fight the Islamic State’s Narrative

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Over the past couple of years, counter-messaging has been driven to the forefront of countering violent extremism (CVE) efforts undertaken by the United States and its allies.

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