Analysis & Commentary

18th May 2015 - CNN

New Day

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses ISIS' capture of Ramadi

17th May 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Overruns Anbar Operations Command, Takes Full Control of Ramadi

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State has overrun the Anbar Operations Command in Ramadi and has taken effective control of the entire city. Unconfirmed reports indicate that Iraqi forces in the Fallujah-Ramadi corridor are in complete disarray and are withdrawing from Habbaniyah and other areas.

17th May 2015 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - The Daily Beast

Analysts Say Build on Momentum of Syria Raid To Keep ISIS Off Balance

Jonathan Schanzer, John Hannah

Pentagon officials have been understandably keen to talk-up Friday night’s Delta Force strike deep into the terrain of the so-called Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

16th May 2015 - Quoted by Nancy A. Youssef - The Daily Beast

Pentagon Claims ISIS Is on the ‘Defensive,’ Never Mind That City It Just Sacked

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

U.S. military officials insisted Friday that ISIS was on the “defensive”—even as the self-proclaimed Islamic State was taking over the key Iraqi city of Ramadi.

15th May 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Seizes Government Center in Ramadi

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State advanced into the heart of Ramadi, the capital of the western Iraqi province of Anbar, and raised its flag over the government center after launching a complex attack that included six suicide bombers, one a British fighter.

13th May 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Military Denies it Targeted Islamic State’s Deputy Emir in Airstrike on Mosque

Bill Roggio

US Central Command, which is coordinating the air campaign to “degrade and defeat” the Islamic State inside Iraq and Syria, denied that it launched an airstrike on a mosque near the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar that is rumored to have killed the jihadist group’s deputy emir.

13th May 2015 - FOX Business

Lou Dobbs Tonight

John Hannah

FDD Senior Counselor John Hannah discusses ISIS, Iran, and the GCC Camp David summit.

13th May 2015 - Quoted by Alexander Smith, James Novogrod, and Paul Ziad Nassar - NBC News

ISIS Deputy Leader Abu Alaa al-Afri Killed by Airstrike: Iraq Military

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The deputy leader of ISIS has been killed in an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition, Iraq's government announced Wednesday.

12th May 2015 - Quoted by Penny Starr - CNS News

Analyst: ‘Virtually No Opposition Faction’ in Syria ‘That Isn’t in Bed with Al Qaeda’

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, counterterrorism analyst and senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, said on Tuesday that al Qaeda may be overshadowed by the so-called Islamic State on the world stage, but the terrorist group is succeeding with its effort to infiltrate the...

10th May 2015 - Quoted by Sharona Schwartz - The Blaze

Hezbollah Says Its Mission Is to Eliminate Israel. It Sure Has Strayed Far From That Goal.

Jonathan Schanzer

Hezbollah’s commander of special ops was reportedly killed in Syria along with dozens of his fighters Friday, during a fierce battle between the Lebanese Shiite group and Sunni rebels aiming to remove Syrian President Bashar Assad from power.

8th May 2015 - Quoted by

‘Fancy Memes’ and ‘Hollywood’ to Help US Defeat IS Terrorists

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

United States Senators have come up with a new tactic to defeat the Islamic State. It’s not weapons, troops, negotiation or education. It’s memes.

7th May 2015 - The Long War Journal - Co-written by Caleb Weiss

Fighting at Iraq’s Baiji Oil Refinery is ‘Flowing in the Wrong Direction’

Bill Roggio

Security forces based at the country’s largest oil refinery in Baiji are in danger of losing control of the strategic facility, Iraqi officers and US officials have warned. The Islamic State controls large areas inside the refinery and have besieged the remaining Iraqi troops. The Iraqi...

5th May 2015 - The Long War Journal - Co-written by Caleb Weiss

Islamic State Details Rout of Brigade 26 Headquarters in Anbar

Bill Roggio

A video released over the past several days by the Islamic State details the scale of last month’s rout of the Iraqi Army’s 26 Brigade headquarters in the Thar Thar area of Anbar province.

5th May 2015 - Quoted by Zlatica Hoke - Voice of America

Experts: Radical Groups Thrive on Popular Discontent

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Islamist terrorism is surging in many places worldwide, including in Western societies. Governments are fighting to curb the spread of radical groups in the Arab world, and their influence on mainstream Muslim communities, but the official methods so far have failed to eliminate radical...

3rd May 2015 - The Long War Journal

Muqtada al Sadr Threatens to ‘Unfreeze the Military Wing,’ Attack US Interests

Bill Roggio

Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al Sadr threatened to attack US personnel inside Iraq and beyond if the US House of Representatives passed a bill that would have recognized Kurdistan and Sunnis in western Iraq as their own independent countries.

26th April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Captures Dam, Overruns Base in Western Iraq

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State seized control of a dam and overran a military barracks in the Thar Thar area in western Iraq over the past several days.

22nd April 2015 - Quoted by Nancy A. Youssef - The Daily Beast

ISIS Now Says It Didn’t Bomb Afghanistan

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

ISIS loyalists may have claimed credit for Saturday bombing that killed at least 35 people in eastern Afghanistan. But U.S. officials now believe that Taliban fighters—not the Middle East-based extremist group—carried out the strike. Had ISIS been responsible, it would have been among...

17th April 2015 - The Arab Weekly

The Islamic World’s Thirty Years War

Even as Iran’s Islamic revolutionaries were toppling the Shah in 1979, at the core of their thinking was that their Shia revolution should not be limited to their homeland but expand to the entire Muslim world. This approach would not only secure Tehran’s dominance but would also keep...

17th April 2015 - Quoted by Joanna Paraszczuk - Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

What’s Next For Islamic State?

In 2014, the Islamic State (IS) extremist group emerged as one of the most powerful jihadi groups, rivaling even Al-Qaeda.

17th April 2015 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - The Daily Beast

He Served Saddam. He Served ISIS. Now Al Douri May Be Dead.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

He’s been on the loose since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and despite a $10 million bounty for his capture always managed to stay one step ahead of his pursuers, but now Iraqi officials are fairly confident that the King of Clubs can finally be crossed off the U.S. “kill or...

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