Analysis & Commentary

15th September 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn outline the shortcomings of President Obama's IS strategy.

13th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Beheads British Citizen, Threatens Another

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State released a video of the beheading of David Cawthorne Haines, a British citizen who was kidnapped while providing security for an aid group in Syria's Idlib province in March 2013.

12th September 2014 - CTV

CTV News

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD Vice President for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses the building of a coalition against the Islamic State.

12th September 2014 - AM 560 The Answer, Chicago, IL

John Howell & Amy Jacobson

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May discusses President Obama's recent address on IS strategy.

12th September 2014 - Cited by Andrew C. McCarthy - National Review Online

From No Strategy to Sorry Strategy

Benjamin Weinthal, Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

Two weekends ago, i.e., between President Obama’s admission that he had no strategy for confronting the Islamic State terrorist organization and his adoption of a sorry strategy this week, I contended here that...

12th September 2014 - Cited by Benjamin Weinthal - The National Review Online

No Time to Forget Iran’s Terrorism

Bill Roggio

To confront America’s enemies, the Obama administration needs to relentlessly confront al-Qaeda, the Islamic State, and the most potent sponsor of state-sponsored terrorism: the Islamic Republic of Iran.

12th September 2014 - Now Media

A Chronically Fractured Kurdistan

Tony Badran

As the Islamic State (ISIS) made gains in Iraq in recent months, the Kurds have come to the forefront of media analysis.

12th September 2014 - Quoted by Dugald McConnell and Brian Todd - CNN

Obama’s Critics Dismiss Yemen, Somalia Airstrikes as Model to Fight ISIS

Thomas Joscelyn

When President Barack Obama said that U.S. strategy to combat the terror group ISIS could follow the models of strikes in Yemen and Somalia, it drew a swift rebuttal from some top Republicans.

12th September 2014 - Quoted by Krishnadev Calamur - NPR

Are Yemen And Somalia Good Examples Of U.S. Anti-Terror Strategy?

Bill Roggio

President Obama in his speech Wednesday night said the strategy the U.S. would pursue against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria would be similar to how it targeted al-Qaida affiliates in Yemen and Somalia.

11th September 2014 - WAVA-FM, Washington, DC

The Don Kroah Show

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May discusses President Obama's recent speech on America's IS strategy.

11th September 2014 - VOA Persian

VOA Persian

Ali Alfoneh

FDD Senior Fellow Ali Alfoneh participates in a debate on the Obama administration's policy towards the Islamic State.

11th September 2014 - CBN

CBN News Today

Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellow Bill Roggio discusses the shortcomings of President Obama's strategy against ISIS.

11th September 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

How should Republicans respond to Obama’s speech on the Islamic State?

Clifford D. May

As Republicans contemplate their response to the president’s speech, they would do well to consider his omissions and strange notions about whom we are fighting and what sort of threat our foes pose.

11th September 2014 - CNN

The Situation Room

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn discusses the potential ineffectiveness of US airstrikes based on past operations in Yemen and Somalia.

11th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Strategy Against Islamic State to Mirror Counterterrorism Efforts in Yemen, Somalia

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Obama described the counterterrorism strategy in Yemen and Somalia as "one that we have successfully pursued ... for years." However, several years of cooperation with willing partners have yielded questionable results.

11th September 2014 - Cited by Ishaan Tharoor - The Washington Post

Yemen and Somalia Are Examples of U.S. Mission Creep, Not Success

In his speech Wednesday night, President Obama laid out in somewhat unclear terms the planned U.S. campaign to combat the Islamic State, a murderous terrorist organization that has gained strength in the midst of political chaos in Iraq and Syria.

11th September 2014 - Quoted by Bruce Wallace - PRI

ISIS Has Mastered High-End Video Production in its New Propaganda Wing

The terrorist group ISIS is known for its sophisticated social media outreach. Now it seems they are bringing that sophistication to their video propaganda, too.

11th September 2014 - Fox Business

After the Bell

Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD Senior Fellow Emanuele Ottolenghi discusses sources of funding for the Islamic State.

10th September 2014 - Fox News

Happening Now

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn discussing Obama's potential strategy to tackle ISIS.

10th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Aided Hezbollah Brigades in Breaking Islamic State Siege of Iraqi Town

Bill Roggio

Hezbollah Brigades, which was listed by the US as a Foreign Terrorist Organization in 2009, now controls access to Amerli.

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