Analysis & Commentary


10th July 2014 - 104.1 FM

The Jon Justice Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, on ISIS' weapons.

8th July 2014 - CTV

CTV News

Tony Badran

Foundation for Defense of Democracies' Tony Badran discusses whether an independent Kurdistan is viable amid the crisis in Iraq.

8th July 2014 - KPAM, Portland, Oregon

Terry Boyd’s World

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

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

7th July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Popular Australian Cleric Arrives in Syria, Joins Islamic State

Bill Roggio

Musa Cerantonio, a popular cleric, announced he was traveling to Syria the just after the Islamic State declared the formation of the caliphate.

7th July 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss the recently released video of the Islamic State's "caliph."

7th July 2014 - The Blaze

Real News

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, discusses the reach of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

5th July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Islamic State’s ‘Caliph’ Leads Prayers in Mosul

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State's video of Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, now known as 'Caliph Ibrahim', is intended to answer critics of the newly-announced caliphate.

3rd July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Consolidates Gains In Eastern Syria

Bill Roggio

With the fall of Mayadin as well as Shujail, the home town of the Al Nusrah Front's emir, the Islamic State controls contiguous territory along the Euphrates River Valley from the town of Jarabulus, which borders Turkey, in Syria's northern Aleppo province to the town of Anah in Anbar...

3rd July 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, discusses the current situation in Iraq.

3rd July 2014 - Cited by New York Times

A Rogue State Along Two Rivers

Bill Roggio

The militant group called the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria seemed to surprise many American and Iraqi officials with the recent gains it made in its violent campaign to create a new religious state.

3rd July 2014 - Cited by Sam Dagher - The Wall Street Journal

Militants Seize Oil Field, Expand Syrian Domain

Bill Roggio

Militants from the Sunni extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State have captured Syria's largest oil field and now hold nearly half of the northeastern province of Deir-Ezzour after monthslong battles with other rebel factions, according to opposition activists, rebels and local...

3rd July 2014 - The Canadian Jewish News

The Enemy of My Enemy is Not Necessarily My Friend

Sheryl Saperia

After decades of bitter experience in this arena, the Barack Obama administration cannot be excused for its recent willingness to consider cooperating with Iran in the battle against a mutual enemy, ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham.

2nd July 2014 - Quoted by Awad Mustafa - Defense News

Saudi Arabia Takes a Hardline Stance as Militants Make Gains

David Andrew Weinberg

Saudi Arabia’s appointment of its deputy defense minister as the new intelligence chief on Tuesday — days after sacking him — and the appointment of former spy chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan as a special envoy marks a return to hardliner politics by the kingdom as militants approach...

2nd July 2014 - Forbes

King Crude: How Iraq’s ISIS Crisis Restores Saudi Influence

David Andrew Weinberg

While the world panics over the conquests of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Saudi Arabia, oddly enough, has reason to be thankful.

30th June 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow, Thomas Joscelyn, on recent developments in Iraq.

30th June 2014 - KPAM

The Mark and Dave Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, discusses ISIS' declaration of a caliphate.

29th June 2014 - Arise News

Arise News

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, discusses the current insurgency in Iraq.

29th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Iraqi Troops, Insurgents Battle For Tikrit

Bill Roggio

Reports indicate that Iraqi forces have withdrawn from much of the city after heavy fighting with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham and allied Baathists.

29th June 2014 - Quoted by Maria Abi-Habib - The Wall Street Journal

ISIS Claims Supremacy Among Extremists

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Islamist Radicals Who Have Grabbed Swaths of Territory Demand al Qaeda and Others Adopt Their Harder-Line Approach.

28th June 2014 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - The Daily Beast

Why ISIS Won’t Take Baghdad

Jonathan Schanzer

The jihadist-led Sunni coalition that’s swept through parts of Syria and northwest Iraq strikes where there’s local support and the least resistance. That’s not the Iraqi capital.

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