Analysis & Commentary


20th June 2014 - Voice of America

VOA Persian

Ali Alfoneh

FDD expert, Ali Alfoneh, discusses the rise of ISIS in Iraq.

20th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Ansar al Islam Claims Attacks Against Iraqi Military, Police

Thomas Joscelyn, Oren Adaki

Ansar al Islam, a jihadist group founded in northern Iraq in September 2001, has claimed a number of attacks against the Iraqi government since the rebel offensive began earlier this month.

19th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

ISIS Photos Show Gains and Iraqi Support

Oren Adaki

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham's media wing in Wilayat Ninewa released a series of photos yesterday to social media sites illustrating the group's staggering gains. They...

19th June 2014 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

DHS Adviser’s Anti-American Tweets Celebrated by ISIS Terrorists

Oren Adaki

Affiliates of the Iraqi terror group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as ISIS, are praising and potentially recruiting extremists based on controversial tweets...

19th June 2014 - VOA Persian

Safhe-ye Akhar

Ali Alfoneh

FDD expert, Ali Alfoneh, discusses Iranian reactions to the emergence of ISIL in Iraq.

19th June 2014 - Syndicated

The Roger Hedgecock Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

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

19th June 2014 - Quoted by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

Obama’s Iraq Announcement Wasn’t Exactly Earth-Shattering

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Today, president Barack Obama announced that the U.S. would be sending 300 military advisors to Iraq, to help Baghdad respond to the rapid advance of a Sunni Jihadist group in the country's north.

19th June 2014 - CTV

CTV News

John Hannah

FDD Senior Fellow, John Hannah, on Obama's options in Iraq.

19th June 2014 - CTV

CTV News

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD Vice President for Research, Jonathan Schanzer, evaluates the prospects for Iraq if it is split along sectarian lines.

19th June 2014 - The Spectator

Terror’s Comeback Kids

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Jihadi groups like ISIS rarely manage to hold their ground – but that doesn’t mean they’re going away.

18th June 2014 - AM 1070, Houston, TX

Sam Malone Show

Clifford D. May

FDD President, Clifford May, discusses the US relationship with Iran in regards to the Iraq conflict.

18th June 2014 - Fox News

The O’Reilly Factor

James Woolsey

FDD expert, James Woolsey, comments on U.S. intelligence failures in Iraq.

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.

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