Analysis & Commentary


28th May 2015 - Newsmax TV

The Steve Malzberg Show

John Hannah

FDD Senior Counselor John Hannah discusses the recent strategic attacks by ISIS.

28th May 2015 - MSNBC

Hardball with Chris Matthews

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman James Woolsey comments on the origins of ISIS

28th May 2015 - Quoted by Amy Sherman - Politifact

Jeb Bush: ‘ISIS Didn’t Exist When My Brother Was President’ and Al-Qaida Was ‘Wiped Out’

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

After former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush faced a tough couple of weeks related to his comments about whether he would have invaded Iraq even if he had known about faulty intelligence, he used a new tactic in New Hampshire: Blame President Barack Obama.

28th May 2015 - Quoted by Sharon Behn - Voice of America

Iran Challenging Regional Balance of Power

Bill Roggio

Fallujah, Mosul, Tikrit, Ramadi: One by one, key Iraqi cities fell to Islamic State militants as Iraqi security forces failed to hold their ground. In their place, Iranian-sponsored Iraqi Shi’ite militias, who once battled U.S. soldiers, have emerged as among the strongest ground forces...

28th May 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Iran-Backed Iraqi Militias Take Charge of Anti-ISIS Battle, Increased Sectarian Strife Feared

Bill Roggio, Jonathan Schanzer

Iranian-backed Iraqi militias have claimed that they will lead the Iraqi campaign to free the recently captured Sunni-majority city of Ramadi from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Reuters reported today. The announcement raised fears that such a move will exacerbate sectarian...

28th May 2015 - Quoted by Yasmeen Sami Alamiri - Al Arabiya

ISIS’s Wealth: Stronger Than Ever Or In Decline?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The recent takeover of Ramadi by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and the consequent criticism of Iraqi forces’ inability to counter the group, has not fared well for arguments that ISIS is weakening.

27th May 2015 - CTV

CTV News

David Andrew Weinberg

FDD Senior Fellow David Andrew Weinberg discusses Ramadi and Iraq's counteroffensive.

27th May 2015 - AM 860

Terry Boyd’s World

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on ISIS, Iran, and Qatar.

27th May 2015 - Quoted by Asawin Suebsaeng - The Daily Beast

Cher Is Not Impressed With Obama’s ISIS War

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

International pop-music icon and Will & Grace guest-star Cher is not particularly impressed with how President Obama has been waging war on the Islamic State.

27th May 2015 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

Changing Under Pressure, IS ‘Potent’ as Ever

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Thomas Joscelyn

Nearly 10 months since the first U.S. airstrikes rained down on Islamic State (IS) targets in Iraq, the terror group has been subject to a persistent, if not relentless, assault on multiple fronts. Yet the campaign to degrade and ultimately destroy the self-declared caliphate appears to have...

26th May 2015 - Sinclair Broadcast Group

My News 4

John Hannah

FDD Senior Counselor John Hannah discusses ISIS.

26th May 2015 - Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s ISIS Gaffe is Even Worse Than You Think

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Most people take Memorial Day weekend as a time for beaches and family barbecues. US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter spent it being publicly, frighteningly wrong about a key front in America's war against ISIS.

26th May 2015 - KRNV

Human Rights Violations by ISIS

John Hannah

The Islamic State is not only making gains militarily. The terrorist organization has also been re-asserting its ideals, with horrific actions committed nearly every day.

26th May 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Defeating the Islamic State’s Suicide Drivers

Patrick Megahan

The Pentagon announced last week that it will deliver 2,000 AT-4 anti-tank rockets to help Iraqi forces combat the Islamic State (IS), after the jihadist group seized Ramadi, the strategically important Anbar province capital. While not a sophisticated or expensive weapon, the AT-4 could...

26th May 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Obama Blames the Victim, Looks for Excuses on Iraq

Jonathan Schanzer

First, the president did it in an interview last week, asserting, “If the Iraqis themselves are not willing or capable to arrive at the political accommodations necessary to govern, if they are not willing to fight for the security of their country, we cannot do that for them.” The...

25th May 2015 - Quoted by Margaret Coker - The Wall Street Journal

How Islamic State’s Win in Ramadi Reveals New Weapons, Tactical Sophistication and Prowess

Bill Roggio

In late April, a commander for Islamic State said his forces were ready to launch an offensive to take Ramadi, and the group called for fighters to redeploy to Iraq from Syria.

25th May 2015 - BBC Radio 5

5 Live Drive

Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellow Bill Roggio comments on the ISIS takeover in Ramadi.

24th May 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Human Rights Group: With Capture of Palmyra, ISIS Controls Half of Syria

Jonathan Schanzer

With the capture of the ancient city of Palmyra and the town of Al-Tanaf on the border with Iraq, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) now controls half of the territory in Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

24th May 2015 - The Long War Journal

Iranian-Backed Militias Lead Iraqi Counteroffensive to Retake Ramadi

Bill Roggio

Iranian-backed Shiite militias, including Hezbollah Brigades, a US-listed Foreign Terrorist Organization, are leading the Iraqi government’s counteroffensive to regain control of Ramadi, which was lost to the Islamic State last week. The militias are now eclipsing Iraq’s security forces...

23rd May 2015 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - The Daily Beast

ISIS and the New ‘Army of Conquest’ in Syria Are Headed for a Showdown

Jonathan Schanzer

Two successive months and two stunning battlefield reversals for the embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad—one dealt him in the east by the so-called Islamic State, the other in the north by a new coalition of rebel forces that includes an affiliate of al Qaeda in a leading role....

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