Analysis & Commentary


22nd August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front attempts to thwart Islamic State’s advances north of Aleppo

Thomas Joscelyn, Oren Adaki

A video released by the Al Nusrah Front features three fighters shortly before they head off to fight the Islamic State's jihadists, who have advanced on rebel positions north of Aleppo.

21st August 2014 - Now Lebanon

The U.S. Is Following Iran’s Lead In Both Syria and Iraq

Tony Badran

President Obama has made clear that the purpose of his limited intervention in Iraq is to shore up the central government in Baghdad such that all Iraqis will combat the Islamic State (IS).

21st August 2014 - Quoted by Lucas Tomlinson - FoxNews.com

Enemy of My Enemy: Are airstrikes against ISIS putting US on same side as Assad?

Tony Badran

A year after his "red line" was crossed in the deadly chemical attack against Syrian rebels and civilians -- including hundreds of children -- allegedly by Syrian government forces, President Obama finds himself in the awkward position of being on the same side as the Assad regime in the...

21st August 2014 - Quoted by Aisha Chowdhry - Roll Call

How Obama Could Respond to James Foley’s Murder

Bill Roggio

President Barack Obama sent a tough message after an American journalist was murdered by the extremist group, Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL), but the actions that the administration will take in response to the murder, and the timeline for them, are still not fully known.

20th August 2014 - KPAM, Portland, Oregon

Terry Boyd’s World

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, discusses the beheading of American journalist James Foley.

20th August 2014 - The Washington Times

Gen. Flynn’s Warning

Clifford D. May

Two recent interviews have been the topic of lively debate within the so-called foreign policy community.

20th August 2014 - Fox News

Special Report with Bret Baier

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow, Thomas Joscelyn, discusses ISIS response to US airstrikes.

20th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Launched Raid in Syria To Rescue American Hostages Held By Islamic State

Bill Roggio

The raid failed to rescue "a number of American hostages held in Syria" by the Islamic State, the Department of Defense's spokesman said today.

20th August 2014 - KPAM, Portland, Oregon

The Mark and Dave Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, on the true threat of ISIS.

19th August 2014 - CNN

The Situation Room

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman, James Woolsey, discusses the latest developments regarding ISIS.

19th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Beheads American Reporter

Bill Roggio

James Wright Foley, a journalist who was captured in Syria by the Islamic State in November 2012, was executed on camera. The Islamic State threatened to kill another captive American reporter if the US military does not halt its air campaign against the jihadist group in northern Iraq.

19th August 2014 - The Weekly Standard

An Appalling Propaganda Ploy

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot, has released a grisly video of one of its fighters beheading a man who appears to be James Foley, an American journalist who was kidnapped in Syria on Thanksgiving Day 2012.

18th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Airpower Supports Peshmerga, Iraqi Forces to Retake Mosul Dam

Bill Roggio

President Obama expanded the US military mission in Iraq to include protecting "critical infrastructure" and supporting Iraqi Army and Peshmerga offensive military operations in northern Iraq.

18th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Adds Islamic State, Al Nusrah Front Leaders to List of Global Terrorists

Bill Roggio

Abu Muhammed al Adnani is the Islamic State's controversial spokesman. Said Arif is a seasoned jihadist who has traveled to several battlefields and is now with the Al Nusrah Front in Syria.

15th August 2014 - Quoted by Glenn Johnson - The New Zealand Herald

ISIS Brutality Proves Potent Weapon

Tony Badran

The heads are stuck on thin metal poles above a wrought iron fence in the Islamic State's Syria stronghold, Raqqa.

14th August 2014 - Quoted by Matt Kwong - CBC News

ISIS Child Recruitment Push Hints At Long-Term Ambitions

Bill Roggio

The voice pledging jihad in the video is brash, prideful and chillingly juvenile.

13th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Advances Against Jihadist Foes in Aleppo

Bill Roggio

The jihadist group ejected the rival Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's branch in Syria, and allied jihadist groups from five towns and villages in Aleppo province.

13th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Spokesman Explains Differences with Islamic State in Video Appearance

Thomas Joscelyn

In a video released on Aug. 8, Abu Firas al Suri, a senior al Qaeda operative who currently serves as the Al Nusrah Front's spokesman, discusses al Qaeda's approach to waging jihad in Syria. Al Suri denies that Al Nusrah seeks to unilaterally establish an Islamic emirate.

12th August 2014 - WRC, Washington, D.C.

Andy Parks Show Live from Washington Times

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May discusses why America needs an "overarching strategy."

12th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Chechen-Led Jihadist Group in Syria Releases Video of Training Camp

Bill Roggio

Jamaat Ahadun Ahad, or the Group of the One and Only, is led by a Chechen commander and its fighters include "many Chechens, Turks, Arabs, Europeans, and even several former members of the Taliban."

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