Analysis & Commentary


1st June 2015 - The Long War Journal

With Sudden Advances in Aleppo, Islamic State Provokes Counteroffensive

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State has launched yet another new offensive in Syria, just weeks after its fighters captured the ancient city of Palmyra and the Iraqi city of Ramadi. The so-called “caliphate” is attempting to take more territory from anti-Assad rebels in the province of Aleppo, not far...

1st June 2015 - The New York Times

Sunni Tribes Need Arms and Support to Fight ISIS

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

While American officials point their fingers at the Iraqi military’s shortcomings, the Islamic State’s recent conquest of Ramadi is a U.S. policy failure. The United States still has an opportunity to turn that around, but the window is rapidly closing.

1st June 2015 - Quoted by Pamela Engel - Business Insider

The ISIS Economy Just Got a Huge Boost

Jonathan Schanzer

The US is trying to choke off the Islamic State's revenue streams in Iraq and Syria. But the biggest slice of the ISIS budget may come from taxing the "Caliphate's" captive population, a source of wealth for the group that's harder for international actors to control.

1st June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Qods Force Commander Soleimani Reportedly Spotted in Anbar Province

Bill Roggio

Major General Qassem Soleimani, the commanding officer of Qods Force, the special operations branch of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, has reportedly been photographed in Iraq’s Anbar province alongside Shiite militiamen. Additionlly, Soleimani was photographed with the head of the...

30th May 2015 - The Long War Journal

Iranian Military Commander Killed Fighting in Ramadi

Bill Roggio

The commander, Jassem Nouri, was reportedly killed on May 28 while fighting against the Islamic State near Ramadi. The Islamic State defeated the Iraqi military in Ramadi and drove it out of the city on May 17. The Iraqi government has called on Iranian-supported Shiite militias to eject the...

29th May 2015 - Now Lebanon

Obama Will Even Defend Anti-Semitism to Spin His Iran Deal

Tony Badran

t’s not every day that you hear President Barack Obama explain away rank bigotry. But in a recent interview, he did just that. “The fact that you are anti-Semitic,” Obama said of the Islamic Republic of Iran, “doesn’t preclude you from being rational.”

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...

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