Analysis & Commentary


11th October 2014 - Quoted by Taylor Tyler - Headlines & Global News

Chechen ISIS Fighters Have Sights Set on Putin

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

After taking Mosul in Iraq, the Islamic State commander Omar al-Shishani, also known as Omar the Chechen, called his father to tell him the news, but what he also said Russia was next on the group's list.

10th October 2014 - Quoted by Sam Jones - Financial Times

Isis Still on the Front Foot in Iraq

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The world’s attention is on the stricken city of Kobani, in northern Syria. But for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (the group known as Isis) besieging the town, it is not the Turkish borderlands but Iraq where the real thrust of its military activity currently falls.

9th October 2014 - CNN

New Day

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the Islamic State's advance on Kobane and Kassig’s mother’s plea to ISIS leader

9th October 2014 - Quoted by Selcan Hacaoglu - Bloomberg

Kurdish Ammo Runs Low in Kobani as Turkey Controls Exit

Merve Tahiroglu

Kurds defending Kobani risk running out of ammunition as Islamic State surrounds the town and Turkey controls their only outlet, according to a Kurdish lawmaker in Turkey and observers of the fighting in Syria.

9th October 2014 - Cited by Michael Winfrey - Bloomberg

Islamic State Grooms Chechen Fighters Against Putin

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

When the Islamic State commander known as “Omar the Chechen” called to tell his father they’d routed the Iraqi army and taken the city of Mosul, he added a stark message: Russia would be next.

9th October 2014 - War On The Rocks

The Islamic State’s Anbar Offensive and Abu Umar al-Shishani

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The recent gains in Iraq’s Anbar province by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have, justifiably, garnered a great deal of media attention.

8th October 2014 - Quoted by Maurizio Molinari - La Stampa

Raid contro l’Isis poco efficaci. L’America prova ad accelerare

Jonathan Schanzer

Dopo i successi a Mosul e Sinjar le bombe non sono riuscite a fermare i jihadisti a Kobani e Baghdad. Ora la Turchia chiede truppe di terra, ed entrano i campo elicotteri Apache e istruttori. Basteranno?

8th October 2014 - CNN

The Situation Room

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on the possibility of American fighters in ISIL

5th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Group Urges Jihadists in Iraq and Syria ‘to Reconcile’

Bill Roggio

Omar Khalid al Khorasani, a top leader in Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, offered to help mediate the dispute between the Islamic State and the Al Nusrah Front and other jihadist rivals.

3rd October 2014 - Quoted by James Gordon Meek - ABCNews

From Bang to Whimper, ISIS Propaganda Withers Under US Strikes

Thomas Joscelyn

As explosions erupted from airstrikes in Iraq and Syria over the past 12 days in the U.S.-led military campaign against terrorists there, the sounds of silence from jihadi propagandists also have intensified.

3rd October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Beheads Another Brit, Threatens American Aid Worker

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State carried through on its threat to execute British aid worker Alan Henning, and said former US Army Ranger Peter Edward Kassig is next.

2nd October 2014 - CTV

CTV News

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May discusses the rising civilian death toll in Iraq.

2nd October 2014 - Quoted by Trinh Theresa Do - CBCNews

Khorasan Group Shows Why al-Qaeda is Still a Force to Be Reckoned With

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The U.S. and its allies have dropped a torrent of missiles on Iraq and Syria in an attempt to stamp out militant group ISIS.

2nd October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Seizes Hit, Assaults Iraqi Military Headquarters in Anbar

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State raised the black flag of jihad in Hit and attacked military headquarters in Ramadi and at Al Asad Airbase in the latest phase of its offensive to consolidate control of Anbar province.

30th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Photos Details Rout of Iraqi Army at Camp Saqlawiya

Bill Roggio

The Islamic state seized or destroyed at least one M1 Abrams tank, four M113 armored personnel carriers, 15 Iraqi Army Humvees, a BMP infantry fighting vehicle, and other trucks.

30th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Ambushes Iraqi Military Column Near Ramadi

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State was able to destroy an Iraqi military position near Ramadi in Anbar Province, as well as take over an Iraqi police checkpoint.

29th September 2014 - 960 AM - Phoenix, AZ

The Seth Leibsohn Show

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow and Editor of the Long War Journal Thomas Joscelyn discusses the lack of an overarching US strategy for combating IS.

29th September 2014 - Syndicated

John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss the latest developments regarding al Qaeda and the Islamic State.

29th September 2014 - AM 1070, Houston, TX

Sam Malone Show

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May on Iran's contributions to instability in the Middle East.

26th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Trainer Suspected of Plotting Against 2004 NATO Summit Killed in US Airstrikes

Thomas Joscelyn

One of the first reported casualties of the US-led bombing campaign earlier this week was an Al Nusrah Front commander known as Abu Yusuf al Turki. He had been training al Qaeda snipers in Syria. He was previously suspected of plotting to attack the 2004 NATO summit in Turkey.

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