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29th October 2014 - Quoted by Deb Riechmann and Bassem Mroue - Associated Press

Analysts: IS Ignores al-Qaida’s Call to Reunite to Fight West, but Their Feud Has Tapered Off

Thomas Joscelyn

Al-Qaida is using U.S. airstrikes in Syria as a reason to extend olive branches to the renegade Islamic State group, saying the two should stop feuding and join forces to attack Western targets — a reunification that intelligence analysts say would allow al-Qaida to capitalize on the...

28th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

French Warplanes Bomb Islamic State Camp in Iraq

Bill Roggio

French warplanes hit an Islamic State training facility, recruitment center, and IED factory in Hawijah in Salahaddin province on Oct. 23.

28th October 2014 - Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

A Month Ago, ISIS’s Advance Looked Unstoppable. Now It’s Been Stopped.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Watching the news, you could be forgiven for thinking that ISIS is an unstoppable juggernaut, sweeping Iraq and Syria in an unending, unstoppable, terrible blitzkrieg.

27th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Uses British Hostage in Propaganda Video to Rebut Western, Kurdish Claims

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State has released a propaganda video featuring John Cantlie, a British photojournalist who is being held hostage by the group. Cantlie is made to rebut Western claims about the efficacy of airstrikes in Kobane, a town that sits on the border of Syria and Turkey.

27th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Pro-al Qaeda Saudi Ideologue Criticizes Jihadist Leaders in Syria, Calls for Unity

Thomas Joscelyn

A popular pro-al Qaeda jihadist ideologue who relocated from Saudi Arabia to Syria last year has criticized the Islamic State's rivals on his Twitter feed. Abdallah Muhammad al Muhaysini says that the failures of various jihadist leaders have driven the youth into the Islamic State's arms....

27th October 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn chat with John Batchelor about their latest pieces for the Long War Journal.

24th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Jihadist Training Camps Proliferate in Iraq and Syria

Bill Roggio

More than 30 training camps have been established by the Islamic State, al Qaeda, and allied jihadist groups in both Iraq and Syria since 2012.

24th October 2014 - Cited by Geoffrey Norman - The Weekly Standard

Digging In

Bill Roggio

Bill Roggio and Caleb Weiss write, at The Long War Journal, that:

24th October 2014 - Quoted by Nicole Gaouette - Bloomberg

Lone-Wolf Attacks Duel With Airstrikes in New Warfare Era

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Six needle-nosed CF-18 fighter jets took off from the Canadian Forces base in Cold Lake, Alberta, Oct. 21 to join the coalition fighting Islamic State.

23rd October 2014 - Quoted by Louis Jacobson - Politifact

Could Terrorists Use Ebola to Attack the United States?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The possibility that terrorists could attack the United States using Ebola as a bioweapon -- the mutant spawn of Americans’ two biggest fears -- has been catnip for some politicians and commentators.

23rd October 2014 - Business Insider

Obama Is Trying To Impose A Radical New Order On The US’s Middle Eastern Allies

Tony Badran

The Center for New American Security, a Washington think tank close to the Obama administration, has produced a strategy for the war against the Islamic State (ISIS).

21st October 2014 - Interviewed by Joel Wing - Business Insider

Interview: This Is The ISIS Mastermind Responsible For The Group’s Advance Through Western Iraq

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and an adjunct assistant professor at Georgetown University.

20th October 2014 - The Hill

The Obama-Khamenei Alliance

Michael Ledeen

Never mind the negotiations with Iran over the Islamic Republic's nuclear weapons program. Far more urgent developments are afoot.

20th October 2014 - AM 760 - Detroit, MI

The Frank Beckmann Show

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD Vice President for Research Jonathan Schanzer comments on the possibility that US humanitarian aid is ending up with the Islamic State.

16th October 2014 - CBC

Power & Politics

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May comments on the Islamic State's continued advance.

15th October 2014 - The Washington Times

The Death of R2P

Clifford D. May

Remember R2P? Not to be confused with R2-D2 (a robotic character in the Star Wars movies), “Responsibility to Protect” was an international “norm” proposed by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan following the genocide in Rwanda in 1994 and the mass murders in the Bosnian town of...

14th October 2014 - Cited by Michael Knights - Politico

Why the Islamic State Is Losing

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Many in the world media seem to be concluding, with alarm, that the group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is at the gates of Baghdad

14th October 2014 - Quoted by Bill Gertz - The Washington Free Beacon

Islamic State Commander Key Figure Behind Recent Military Gains

Bill Roggio, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

A Chechen jihadist is emerging as a key Islamic State military commander credited with a series of recent military gains in central Iraq that has left the capital of Baghdad increasingly vulnerable to attack.

14th October 2014 - WRC - Washington, D.C.

Andy Parks Show Live from Washington Times

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May discusses his latest column, "The Death of R2P."

14th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Abdullah Azzam Brigades Leader Calls on Lebanese People to Attack Hezbollah

Thomas Joscelyn

Abdullah Azzam Brigades leader Sirajeddine Zurayqat has called on Sunnis in Lebanon to fight against Hezbollah. Zurayqat's call to arms was posted on his official Twitter account. His anti-Iran, anti-Hezbollah messaging is consistent with the Al Nusrah Front's propaganda campaign.

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