Analysis & Commentary


4th March 2015 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

Militants Stubbornly Resist Tikrit Offensive

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Jihadi militants are employing guerrilla tactics -- everything from planting improvised explosives to hit-and-run attacks -- in an effort to impede Iraqi forces in their efforts to retake Tikrit.

4th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Iranian-Backed Shiite Militias Lead Iraq’s Fight to Retake Tikrit

Bill Roggio

Massive columns of Shiite militas, including some groups that are listed by the US as Foreign Terrorist Organizations, have been leading the fight in Tikrit. Qods Force commander Qassem Soleimani has been spotted at the front lines.

4th March 2015 - Fox News

Special Report with Bret Baier

FDD Senior Fellow Ali Alfoneh discusses Iran's influence in the fight against the Islamic State.

4th March 2015 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

Video Claims to Show Shi’ite Forces in Iraq Executing Sunni Boy

A graphic mobile phone video is spreading on the Internet purporting to show Iraqi forces and Shi'ite militia executing a handcuffed Sunni boy.

3rd March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Claims American Suicide Bomber Attacked Iraqi Troops

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State claimed that Abu Dawoud al Amriki executed a suicide attack against Iraqi troops and Iranian-backed Shiite militias as they massed in the central city of Samarra in preparation for the newly launched offensive in Tikrit.

23rd February 2015 - Huffington Post

Washington’s Bad Military Bets in the Middle East

Jonathan Schanzer

Last month, the Houthis took over Yemen, delivering a blow to Washington's counterterrorism strategy, which held out Yemen as one of the few bright spots in an otherwise chaotic Middle East.

23rd February 2015 - Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

ISIS is Losing

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

If you want to understand what's happening in the Middle East today, you need to appreciate one fundamental fact: ISIS is losing its war for the Middle East.

19th February 2015 - Cited by Ross Keith - Vocativ

How Many Fighters Does ISIS Have?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Nobody knows how big ISIS is—especially not Jeb Bush.

17th February 2015 - 770 WABC-AM - New York, New York

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss their latest articles for the Long War Journal.

16th February 2015 - Quoted by Lucas Tomlinson - FoxNews.com

ISIS Empire: Smuggling, Shakedowns, Donations Feed Swelling Terror Budget

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

As the Islamic State seeks to export its brand of barbaric terror to would-be affiliates, the U.S. faces a growing challenge to find the sources of ISIS funding and blunt its flow to allied militants.

13th February 2015 - CNN

CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross on the Islamic State's advance towards the US airbase in Iraq.

13th February 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Takes Over Large Portions of Town Near Key Airbase in Anbar

Bill Roggio

After months of besieging al Baghdadi in Iraq's Anbar province, the Islamic State was able to take over large swaths of the town. Additionally, at least eight jihadists attacked the Al Asad airbase where US Marines are stationed.

11th February 2015 - Quoted by Eli Lake - Bloomberg View

Foreign Recruits Are Islamic State’s Cannon Fodder

Thomas Joscelyn

Aspiring jihadists looking to join the Islamic State army are often lured to the front lines with promises of changing the course of history and reclaiming a lost Islamic empire.

11th February 2015 - CNN

New Day

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross on estimates of the number of foreign fighters with the Islamic State.

11th February 2015 - Quoted by Jacob Siegel - The Daily Beast

Iran Is Ready to Take Over Iraq’s Troops

Mark Dubowitz

Tehran says it will start training Iraqi military officers, which could clash with the U.S. mission to train Iraq’s military. How will the jostling for influence shake out?

9th February 2015 - War on the Rocks

How Many Fighters Does the Islamic State Really Have?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Estimates of the number of fighters in the ranks of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are extraordinarily wide-ranging. On the low end of things, CNN’s Barbara Starr recently reported that “U.S. intelligence estimates that ISIL has a total force of somewhere between 9,000...

6th February 2015 - The Long War Journal

Jihadists Continue to Advertise Training Camps in Iraq and Syria

Bill Roggio

Training camps belonging to the Islamic State, Ansar al Islam, the Al Nusrah Front, Ansar Sham, the Kurdish Islamic Front, the Turkistan Islamic Party, and the small Uzbek group Katibat al Tawhid wal Jihad have been identified in Iraq and Syria. The total number of training camps identified...

4th February 2015 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: DIA Head Warns al Qaeda in Syria May Gain Ground in 2015

Thomas Joscelyn

Lieutenant General Vincent R. Stewart, the director of the DIA, testified before the House Armed Services Committee yesterday. Stewart warned that al Qaeda in Syria may gain ground in 2015, the Islamic State remains capable of launching offensive operations despite the coalition's air...

4th February 2015 - Fox News

The O’Reilly Factor

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn discusses what it would take to defeat the Islamic State.

3rd February 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Burns Captured Jordanian Pilot Alive

Bill Roggio

First Lieutenant Mu'adh Yusuf al Kasasibah was burned alive in a cage by Islamic State fighters.

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