Analysis & Commentary


18th June 2014 - Quoted by Michael Bastasch - The Daily Caller

Obama Could Use Iraq Crisis To Ease Oil Sanctions On Iran, Warns Security Expert

John Hannah

The Obama administration should not be tempted to use the Iraq crisis to ease economic sanctions on Iran, warns a former national security adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney.

18th June 2014 - CTV

CTV News

Tony Badran

FDD Research Fellow, Tony Badran, discusses the implications of U.S. intervention in Iraq.

18th June 2014 - Quoted by James Novogrod & Robert Windrem - NBC News

Besieged Iraqi Refinery at Baiji ‘Could Fall’ To ISIS: U.S. Officials

Bill Roggio

Hours after Sunni militants attacked Iraq’s largest oil refinery Wednesday, U.S. officials told NBC News that the facility “could fall under ISIS control.”

18th June 2014 - Cited by Rod Nordland - The New York Times

Extremists Said To Take Control Of Iraq’s Biggest Oil Refinery

Bill Roggio, Patrick Megahan

Iraq’s biggest oil refinery fell to Islamic extremists Wednesday morning, after army helicopter gunships failed to beat back an attack...

18th June 2014 - The Washington Times

Years of Living Dangerously

Clifford D. May

Iraq is just one corner of the barbaric new world envisioned by ISIS and other jihadists.

17th June 2014 - NewsTalk 770

The Rob Breakenridge Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, discusses ISIL's advance in Iraq.

17th June 2014 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

Observers: Iran Changing Dynamics of Iraqi Conflict

Jonathan Schanzer

Last week, Sunni militants led by fighters for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant steamrolled through parts of northern Iraq, seizing Mosul, Tikrit and other cities.

17th June 2014 - Fox News

Happening Now

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, discusses Iraq and Abu Khatallah arrest.

17th June 2014 - WRC

Andy Parks Show Live From The Washington Times

Clifford D. May

FDD expert, Clifford May, discusses his latest column: "Years of Living Dangerously."

17th June 2014 - 1110WBT

Doc Washburn Show

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellow, Thomas Joscelyn, discusses ISIS in Iraq, the release of the Taliban five and potential partnering with Iran.

17th June 2014 - Quoted by Brett Logiurato - Business Insider

Here’s How US-Iran Cooperation In Iraq Affects Nuclear Negotiations

Jonathan Schanzer

The escalating crisis in Iraq comes amid the search a solution for another huge geopolitical dilemma — a nuclear deal among world powers and Iran.

17th June 2014 - Cited by CBS News

Iraq Oil Refinery Shuts As Crisis Deepens

Bill Roggio, Patrick Megahan

Sunni Muslim insurgents forced the shutdown Tuesday of Iraq's largest oil refinery, demonstrating yet again their ability to embarrass the country's Shiite-led government...

17th June 2014 - FDD Press Release

FDD Experts Express Concern Over Possibility of U.S.-Iran Cooperation in Iraq

Experts at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) expressed concern over reports that the U.S. government is considering cooperating with Iran to address the security crisis in Iraq.

17th June 2014 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

Observers: Iran Changing Dynamics Of Iraqi Conflict

Jonathan Schanzer

Last week, Sunni militants led by fighters for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant steamrolled through parts of northern Iraq, seizing Mosul, Tikrit and other cities.

17th June 2014 - Quoted by Terry Atlas - Bloomberg News

Obama Courting Iran for Help in Iraq Risks Backlash

Mark Dubowitz

President Barack Obama’s outreach to Iran to help thwart Sunni militants in Iraq may upset regional allies and risk a domestic political backlash.

17th June 2014 - Quoted by Rick Gladstone & Thomas Erdbrink - The New York Times

US And Iran Signal Joint Effort In Iraq Crisis; US May Send Special Forces

Mark Dubowitz

The United States and Iran signaled on Monday increased willingness to work together to arrest the expanding Sunni insurgency in Iraq, and US officials said the White House also is considering sending a small number of special forces troops to Iraq to help the government slow the insurgency....

16th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham’s Quiet War Minister

Thomas Joscelyn

As the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS) rampages through Iraq with the help of allied forces, one personality remains characteristically quiet: the group's war...

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.

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