Analysis & Commentary


16th June 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD Vice President for Research, Jonathan Schanzer, discusses ISIS' march towards Baghdad.

16th June 2014 - Quoted by Michael R. Gordan & David E. Sanger - The New York Times

U.S. Is Exploring Talks With Iran On Crisis In Iraq

Mark Dubowitz

A senior American diplomat met with his Iranian counterpart in Vienna on Monday to explore whether the United States and Iran could work together...

16th June 2014 - AM1130

Up And At Em’

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD expert, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, discusses ISIS in Iraq.

16th June 2014 - The ABC

Iraq crisis: 279 Islamic militants killed in 24 hours

Bill Roggio, Patrick Megahan

Thousands of people responded to a call by Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric to take up arms and defend the country against the insurgency.

16th June 2014 - The Wall Street Journal

U.S.-Iran Dialogue on Iraq ‘Extremely Dangerous’

Jonathan Schanzer

As the U.S. and Iran prepare for talks on the declining situation in Iraq, experts say that Washington should not engage ...

16th June 2014 - The National Interest

When America’s Enemies Are Also Its Friends

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Jonathan Schanzer

U.S. attempts to coordinate with Iran in Iraq are a reminder of the growing role of allies that are adversaries, too.

16th June 2014 - Fox News

Happening Now

Thomas Joscelyn

Senior fellow, Tom Joscelyn, discusses consequences and implications of ISIS in Iraq.

15th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

ISIS Photographs Detail Execution of Iraqi Soldiers

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham's administrative division in Salahaddin proudly displayed photographs of the capture and execution of Iraqi soldiers after it took over a...

15th June 2014 - Quoted by Michael B Kelley - Business Insider

Here’s Why The Iraq Crisis ‘Plays Right Into Iran’s Hand’

Jonathan Schanzer

Iraq is falling apart, and Iran is eager to help America save face (again).

14th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: ISIS, Allies Reviving ‘Baghdad Belts’ Battle Plan

Bill Roggio

The lightning advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham and its allies from Mosul to the outskirts of Samarra, as well as its capture of several towns in eastern Diyala, all...

14th June 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Turkey’s ISIS Crisis

Merve Tahiroglu

ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham -- “Sham” is Arabic for the Levant) took over the key Iraqi city of Mosul on June 11. Northern Iraqi Kurdish fighters, known as the...

12th June 2014 - Quoted by Jeff Schogol, Military Times

Iraq War Vets Angry, Distraught as Insurgents Gain Ground

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Veterans of the Iraq War and their families are watching with dismay and alarm as Sunni insurgents overrun large swaths of Iraq, including cities like Mosul, where hundreds of...

12th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

ISIS’ Advance Halted at Samarra

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham's rapid advance southward to Baghdad after taking control of Mosul just three days ago appears to have been halted outside of the...

12th June 2014 - CTV

CTV News

Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellow and Editor of the Long War Journal, Bill Roggio, says Iraq's parliament may declare a state of emergency.

12th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Iraqi Military’s Lack of Airpower Enabling ISIS’s Advance

Patrick Megahan

This week's stunning advance by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS) presents some serious questions about the legitimacy of Iraqi security forces (ISF)...

12th June 2014

JIhadist Gains In Iraq Blindside American Spies

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

First Crimea, now Iraq. Why does America's $50 billion intelligence community keep getting taken by surprise?

11th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

ISIS Takes Control of Bayji, Tikrit in Lightning Southward Advance

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham continues its lightning advance southward after seizing control of Mosul, the country's second largest city, and the province of...

11th June 2014 - Quoted by Matt Schiavenza, International Business Times

How ISIS Realigns The Middle East

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The self-styled Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has, seemingly overnight, emerged as a major player in the Middle East. On Wednesday, fresh from their stunning capture...

11th June 2014 - Cited by Elias Groll - Foreign Policy

The Beginning Of A Caliphate: The Spread Of ISIS, In Five Maps

Patrick Megahan, Bill Roggio

With Tuesday's seizure of Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria notched a major victory...

11th June 2014 - Cited by Elias Groll - Foreign Policy

The Beginning Of A Caliphate: The Spread Of ISIS, In Five Maps

Bill Roggio, Patrick Megahan

With Tuesday's seizure of Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria notched a major victory...

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