Analysis & Commentary


3rd January 2014 - CNN

The Lead

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD's Daveed Gartenstein-Ross explains how 2013 was a big year for al Qaeda with significant gains in Iraq, Syria and Africa.

2nd January 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Seizes Partial Control of 2 Cities in Western Iraq

Bill Roggio

Over the past several days, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, al Qaeda's affiliate in Iraq, has taken control of large sections of two western Iraqi cities...

1st January 2014 - TBS eFM - South Korea

This Morning

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The U.S.'s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

30th December 2013 - Politico

Al Qaeda’s Big Year

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Any way you measure it, 2013 was a good year for al Qaeda. It wasn’t supposed to be. Shortly after the United States killed the group’s charismatic leader...

26th December 2013 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Despite Plight of Mideast Christians, Some Leaders Still Single Out Israel

Benjamin Weinthal

The deadly bomb attacks in Christian districts of Iraq’s capital Baghdad on Christmas Day caused the deaths of 37 people. One bomb appeared to target congregants...

25th December 2013 - CTV News

News Update

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's Jonathan Schanzer discusses the latest attack on Christians in Iraq and al Qaeda's spread from Iraq into Syria.

21st December 2013 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Suicide Team Kills Iraqi General, 17 Officers

Bill Roggio

Al Qaeda's Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham killed 18 Iraqi Army officers, including a senior general and members of his staff, in a complex suicide attack...

20th December 2013 - National Review Online

Short Shrift for National Security and Foreign Policy

Clifford D. May

President Obama didn’t say much on these critical issues — nor was he asked much. He seems to believe the deal he made with Syrian dictator Bashar Assad...

27th November 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISIS Praises Slain Commander Who Fought in Iraq, Libya, and Syria

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, one of two official al Qaeda branches operating in Syria, praised a Libyan commander who had fought in Iraq and Libya...

27th November 2013 - The Long War Journal

Chechen-Led Group Swears Allegiance to Head of Islamic State of Iraq and Sham

Thomas Joscelyn

A Chechen-led group of fighters in Syria has sworn allegiance to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, who heads the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS), an official al...

19th November 2013 - FDD Policy Brief

The Abdullah Azzam Brigades and the Attack on Iran’s Embassy in Beirut

The Abdullah Azzam Brigades (AAB), an al-Qaeda-linked group, announced today that its Hussein bin Ali Battalion was responsible for the double suicide...

15th November 2013 - The Long War Journal

Palestinian From Gaza Reportedly Killed Fighting for ISIS Near Aleppo

A Palestinian from the Gaza Strip has reportedly died fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) in Syria. Amer Abu Ghoula is said to have died...

12th November 2013 - The Long War Journal

British Officials Discuss ‘Rising’ al Qaeda Threat During Testimony

Thomas Joscelyn

During testimony before the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament on Nov. 7, top British officials discussed the ongoing threat from al Qaeda and affiliated groups.

12th November 2013 - Rudaw - Kurdistan

Inside America

Clifford D. May

Will Obama back al-Maliki’s seek of a third term in Iraq? FDD's Clifford May joins Amb. Zalmay Khalilzad to discuss.

11th November 2013 - Quoted by Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor

French Exceptionalism? Why France Scuttled Iran Nuclear Agreement.

Mark Dubowitz

"Tonight I'm eating FRENCH fries," read a tweet this weekend from Rick Grenell, the US's spokesperson at the UN when France opposed an invasion of Iraq...

1st November 2013 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in Iraq, Syria a ‘Transnational Threat’

Thomas Joscelyn

During a press briefing on Wednesday, Oct. 30, a "senior administration official" updated reporters on recent meetings between an Iraqi delegation, headed by Prime Minister Nouri Maliki,

1st November 2013 - Fox Business

Lou Dobbs Tonight

Clifford D. May

FDD's Clifford May explains that the US is lacking a real counter-terrorism strategy.

21st October 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISIS Fighter From Kosovo Praises Jihad in Syria

Bill Roggio

A jihadist from Kosovo recently appeared on a video from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (or Levant), one of al Qaeda's two main branches in Syria...

20th October 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISIS Uses 8 Suicide Bombers in Complex Attack in Western Iraq

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (or Levant) used eight suicide bombers in a complex assault today that targeted police and local government officials in western Iraq.

19th October 2013 - NOW

Why Turkey is Firing on Jihadists in Syria

Tony Badran

On Tuesday, the Turkish military fired across the border with Syria onto positions of the jihadist group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).

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