Analysis & Commentary

2nd September 2015 - Quoted by Nancy A. Youssef - The Daily Beast

Where Did ISIS Get Its Chemical Weapons?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

An infamous Dutch soldier turned ISIS fighter says the group has acquired chemical weapons once belonging to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, resurrecting fears that what was supposed to be the regime’s destroyed program has instead fallen into jihadi hands.

1st September 2015 - Quoted by John Ford - War on the Rocks

Is the Islamic State Winning or Losing?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

A little over a year ago, thousands of Yazidi refugees huddled at the top of Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq. They faced extermination at the hands of the Islamic State, or ISIL, and their plight was grave enough to trigger the United States to launch a humanitarian rescue mission to deliver...

28th August 2015 - Quoted by Nahal Toosi - Politico

ISIL Fight Forces U.S. to Choose Between Allies

Jonathan Schanzer

As the United States and Turkey launch airstrikes to oust the Islamic State from a stretch of northern Syria, they appear at odds over the role of a critical fighting force on the ground: the Syrian Kurds.

27th August 2015 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

Al-Qaida’s Syria Affiliate Reemerges

Thomas Joscelyn

The almost singular focus by the United States and some of its coalition partners on defeating the group known as the Islamic State appears to be giving new life to the group's chief rival.

26th August 2015 - Quoted by Alessandria Masi - International Business Times

NATO Ally Turkey Finds A New Friend In Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Omar Khatib began his conversation with International Business Times last April with this disclaimer: “I am not a terrorist. I just wanted to tell you that.” Khatib, who preferred not to disclose his real name for security reasons, had reason to be cautious -- the Syrian rebel had just...

24th August 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Tom Joscelyn and Bill Roggio discuss Syria, Iraq, and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.

21st August 2015 - 1041. KQTH

The Jon Justice Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the latest news on ISIS.

21st August 2015 - The Arab Weekly

Iran’s Mounting Losses in Syria Point to Build-Up

Ali Alfoneh

Hardly a week passes without Iranian media coverage of funeral and memorial services held across the Islamic Re­public for Iranian, Iraqi, Afghan and Pakistani fighters killed in Syria.The rising casualty toll is a graph­ic indication of how, despite Tehran denials, Iran’s direct...

21st August 2015 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

US Claims Airstrike Kills Islamic State’s Second-in-Command

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

U.S. airstrikes raining on Iraq and Syria appear to have killed another top leader of the group known as the Islamic State. Officials said Friday the man thought to be the Islamic State’s second-in-command, Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali, was killed August 18 while traveling near the Iraqi city of...

20th August 2015 - WJTN

The Jim Roselle Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and Husain Haqqani discuss the Middle East.

20th August 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses Turkey and the growing threat from ISIS.

19th August 2015 - Quoted by Sam Flynn - The Chautauquan Daily

Haqqani, Gartenstein-Ross Relate Past and Future Paths of the Middle East

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Husain Haqqani and Daveed Gartenstein-Ross said the person who “solves” the Middle East situation would be very rich, but both men did their best to simply relate the troubling circumstances of the world hotspot to the Chautauqua audience.

14th August 2015 - Quoted by Scott Canon - The Kansas City Star

Ammo Made in Independence Ends Up with ‘Islamic State’ Fighters

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

When a fighter with the self-described Islamic State pulls the trigger in a gun battle with an American ally, there’s a chance he’ll unleash a bullet manufactured in suburban Kansas City for U.S. troops. Experts say battlefield victories virtually assured that the jihadists would restock...

13th August 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Hillary Clinton Blames Syria Policy for Rise of Islamic State

Jonathan Schanzer

From the Republican opposition research firm America Rising, we get this portion of Hillary Clinton’s interview on Univision: You know, ISIS is a phenomenon and ISIS came out of the terrible turmoil in Syria.

13th August 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer comments on Turkey's fight against ISIS and the Kurds.

11th August 2015 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Iran Moving to Capitalize on Diplomatic Gains From Nuclear Accord

Tony Badran

Iran appears to be trying to leverage the momentum gained from the conclusion of the nuclear deal, and improved relations with the West, in order to achieve some kind of deal that safeguards its interests in Syria and Lebanon.

11th August 2015 - The National Interest

The Perils of Joining Turkey in the Fight against ISIS

Jonathan Schanzer, Patrick Megahan

Turkey’s cabinet last week announced that the United States and coalition members targeting the Islamic State (ISIS) would be permitted to fly combat missions from Incirlik air base in south Turkey. This U.S.-Turkish facility is well positioned near the Syrian front, and offers the...

10th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

Proposed Buffer Zone Leads al Qaeda to Withdraw Fighters From Northern Aleppo Province

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, has released a statement saying its fighters have been ordered to withdraw from their frontline positions north of Aleppo. Al Nusrah’s jihadists had been fighting against the Islamic State in the area.

7th August 2015 - Quoted by Mike Giglio - Buzzfeed News

Senate Bill Hopes To Stop Looted Syrian Artifacts From Reaching The U.S.

Jonathan Schanzer

A new Senate bill that aims to stop looted Syrian antiquities from being sold in the U.S. is also intended to telegraph a warning to American buyers.

7th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

Jaysh al Fateh Coalition Continues to Battle Syrian Regime Forces in Important Plain

Thomas Joscelyn


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