Analysis & Commentary

16th October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US kills ‘dozens’ of Islamic State members in Yemen

Thomas Joscelyn

The Pentagon announced today that "dozens" of Islamic State jihadists were killed during a strike on two training camps in Yemen. The Islamic State regularly advertises its presence in Yemen, including a camp named after the group's deceased spokesman.

16th October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard threatens the US over terrorism designation

Amir Toumaj

Before President Donald Trump levied a terrorism designation against Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the IRGC and the Islamic Republic threatened the US over the move. One senior Iranian official initially called it a "declaration of war" and then he tampered it down.

9th October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State attacks rival jihadists in Hama province

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State claims to have captured several villages from its jihadist rivals in Hay'at Tahrir al Sham (HTS) in Hama province. The Islamic State's assault on HTS came just days after HTS launched its own offensive against Assad regime positions in Hama.

3rd October 2017 - Quoted by Tim Hume - VICE News

ISIS Claiming Las Vegas Has Terror Experts Confused

Thomas Joscelyn

Nevada state police and the FBI continue to gather evidence from the gruesome Las Vegas massacre Sunday that left 59 dead and 527 more injured, but the shooter’s possible motives remain unclear. The Islamic State’s claim of responsibility for the deadly shooting has added to the...

1st October 2017 - Quoted by Ed Blanche - The Arab Weekly

As ISIS reels, al-Qaeda returns with another bin Laden

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross of the Washington-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies noted that al-Qaeda “seems to have more lives than a cat… It has skilfully played itself off ISIS to portray the organisation as being the ‘mod­erate jihadists,’ people who you might not like but...

25th September 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows and Long War Journal editors Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn join the John Batchelor Show to discuss the Islamic States internal battle over the extent of its extremism.

24th September 2017 - Quoted by Ed Blanche - The Arab Weekly

ISIS retreats but plots post-caliphate terror war

Thomas Joscelyn

The days of the caliphate, the proto-state pro­claimed by the Islamic State (ISIS) across Syria and Iraq in mid-2014, are numbered. A perplexing cluster of US, Russian, Iranian, Turkish and Syrian military forces along with Kurds, jihadists and Tehran-backed Lebanese, Iraqi, Pakistani and...

20th September 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State rescinds one of its most problematic religious rulings

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State has rescinded a May 17 memo that even some of the group's ideologues considered too extreme in its religious rulings. The memo reportedly exacerbated leadership disputes within the self-declared caliphate.

19th September 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Hezbollah publicizes commander’s role in defending Deir Ezzor city

Amir Toumaj

After pro-Syrian regime forces broke the siege of Deir Ezzor city this month, Lebanese Hezbollah media outlet Al Mayadeen released a rare interview with Hezbollah field commander “al Haj Abu Mustafa,” crediting the gray-bearded, southern Lebanese native with playing a key role in leading...

16th September 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Russia struck Syrian Democratic Forces in eastern Syria, US says

Thomas Joscelyn

The US says that Russian forces struck and wounded several fighters belonging to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The incident highlights the fact that despite "de-confliction," the US and Russia are often not on the same page in Syria.

9th September 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

The IRGC touts drone strikes against the Islamic State

Amir Toumaj

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has promoted its drone strikes against the Islamic State near the Iraqi border in Syria. The IRGC says the strikes were carried out as “revenge” for an Iranian soldier who was beheaded by the so-called caliphate.

7th September 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US says 2 more senior Islamic State leaders killed near Mayadin, Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The US-led coalition announced today that two more senior Islamic State leaders were killed near Mayadin, which has become a hub for the self-declared caliphate in eastern Syria. The US has announced the deaths of at least fourteen key Islamic State figures in the area since April.

6th September 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State loses more ground in Raqqa, Deir Ezzor

Thomas Joscelyn

As US-backed forces seize the city of Raqqa, the Syrian regime moves to retake ground in Deir Ezzor, where the Islamic State has laid siege to Bashar al Assad's forces since 2014. Assad's regime has received a boost from Iranian-sponsored militias, as well as the Russians, during its recent...

1st September 2017 - Quoted by Tom Rogan - The Washington Examiner

How the US military is trolling ISIS

Thomas Joscelyn

31st August 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iraqi government announces liberation of Tal Afar from Islamic State

Thomas Joscelyn, Alexandra N. Gutowski

The Iraqi government announced the liberation of Tal Afar in northern Iraq earlier today. The offensive to retake the city began on Aug. 20 and progressed quickly. Three Iraqi army divisions, the Counterterrorism Service, Federal Police, the Popular Mobilization Forces and Kurdish Regional...

24th August 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State fighters overrun checkpoint in Libya, behead captives

Thomas Joscelyn

Jihadists loyal to the Islamic State overran a checkpoint manned by the Libyan National Army (LNA) yesterday. A spokesman for the LNA confirmed that 11 victims were beheaded.

24th August 2017 - Quoted by Lara Marlowe - The Irish Times

Islamic State adds a layer of sophistication in Europe

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Though Islamic State claimed responsibility for twin attacks that killed 15 people in Spain last week, the level of involvement by the “caliphate” is not yet clear.

24th August 2017 - Televisión Pública Noticias

Televisión Pública Argentina

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Experto Emanuele Ottolenghi analiza al Estado Islámico.

23rd August 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

IS Using Front Companies to Support Terrorism

Alex Entz

A recent FBI affidavit unveiled a worldwide, now-defunct network of Wales-based front companies controlled by an IS sympathizer, and demonstrates IS’s capacity to pursue complex financing strategies.

23rd August 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Russian terrorist swore allegiance to Baghdadi before stabbing assault

Thomas Joscelyn

An Islamic State production featuring the young man responsible for stabbing rampage in the Russian city of Surgat is similar to past videos released by the group. The jihadist swore allegiance to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi before his day of terror. The video also contains a clip of a young...


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