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27th January 2015 - Quoted by Steve Contorno - Politifact

Barack Obama Says America ‘Is Stopping’ Islamic State’s Progress in Iraq and Syria

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

President Barack Obama briefly updated Americans on the state of the Islamic State during his State of the Union address.

27th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State is Forced From Kobane

Bill Roggio

After months of fighting for control of the Syrian border town, the Islamic State has withdrawn from Kobane in the face of advances by Kurdish forces and Syrian rebels.

27th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Islamic State Sleeper Cells a Threat to Turkey

Jonathan Schanzer, Merve Tahiroglu

Turkey's lax border policies backfire as the Islamic State threatens to bite the hand that feeds.

26th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front, Western-Backed Rebels Overrun Key Regime Base South of Damascus

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front and Ahrar al Sham fought side-by-side with Western-backed rebels in a battle to take a key Assad regime base in southern Syria.

25th January 2015 - Cited by Simon Tisdall - The Guardian

US Changes its Tune on Syrian Regime Change as ISIS Threat Takes Top Priority

Tony Badran

US backing for Syria peace talks hosted by the Russian government in Moscow this week is being seen as further evidence that the Obama administration has quietly dropped its longstanding demand that President Bashar al-Assad step down as part of any settlement.

24th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Iranian Political and Military Leaders Laud Qods Force General Killed in Syria

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Political and Military elites of the Islamic Republic weigh-in on the death of Brigadier General Mohammad-Ali Allah-Dadi, the IRGC-QF member killed in Syria by an Israeli helicopter attack.Their commentary indicates a desire to establish deterrence, at least rhetorically, and tout their...

21st January 2015 - Voice of America

VOA News

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses the goals of the Islamic State in Syria.

21st January 2015 - Quoted by Carla Babb - VOA News

Obama Praises US-led Coalition, Syrian Training to Defeat IS

Jonathan Schanzer

In his State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday, President Barack Obama described U.S. efforts to defeat the Islamic State group in Syria, including the training of Syrian moderates to lead the battle.

19th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Senior Qods Force General Killed in Suspected Israeli Airstrike

Ali Alfoneh, Bill Roggio

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps confirmed that Brigadier General Mohammad Ali Allah-Dadi was killed in an airstrike in Syria. He was assigned to help Hezbollah and Syria battle jihadist groups.

15th January 2015 - Business Insider

Hezbollah, Iran, And The Assad Regime Are Trying To Cash In On The Paris Attacks

Tony Badran

France’s pain is an opportunity for others to gain.

12th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

CENTCOM Sites Hacked with Pro-Islamic State Propaganda

Thomas Joscelyn

Hacker(s) purportedly serving the Islamic State hacked CENTCOM's official Twitter feed and YouTube page on Monday.

8th January 2015 - Business Insider

The US Is Increasingly Aligning Itself With Russia And Iran On Syria

Tony Badran

The meeting on Syria that Russia intends to organize in Moscow later this month is, predictably, proving to be a complete fiasco.

8th January 2015 - The Spectator

The Truth About ISIS… They’re Better at Twitter Than War

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

At this point in the war between the jihadist group known as the Islamic State and a US-led international coalition, many observers are wondering how Isis keeps winning.

6th January 2015 - The Atlantic

ISIS Is Losing Its Greatest Weapon: Momentum

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

There was a time when the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria appeared unstoppable.

31st December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Dagestani Jihadist Swears Allegiance to Islamic State, Invoking Backlash

Thomas Joscelyn

Rustam Asilderov, the former head of the Islamic Caucasus Emirate's Dagestan province, swore allegiance to the Islamic State's Abu Bakr al Baghdadi earlier this month. The move by Asilderov and other jihadists drew harsh criticism from their former superiors.

30th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Senior al Qaeda Leader Returns to Twitter, Praises ‘Martyrs

Thomas Joscelyn

The al Qaeda leader known as Sanafi al Nasr praised al Qaeda's "martyrs" on Twitter. Among them is Adnan al Shukrijumah, an al Qaeda operative charged with attacking the West. Nasr's tweets also shed additional light on the identity of another terrorist reportedly killed earlier this month....

28th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Jihadists Continue to Advertise Training Camps in Iraq and Syria

Bill Roggio

Several jihadist groups operating in Iraq and Syria continue to showcase facilities used to train their fighters. Since Dec. 1, seven new camps have been identified by The Long War Journal. Of the seven, six are in Syria and one is in Iraq. This brings the total number of training camps...

24th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Shoots Down Jordanian Warplane in Raqqah, Captures Pilot

Bill Roggio

The Jordanian Armed Forces confirmed that one of its aircraft has been shot down over Syria and its pilot is in the hands of the Islamic State.

19th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Kills Islamic State Deputy Emir, 2 Senior Commanders in Recent Airstrikes

Bill Roggio

Among those killed was Abu Musallam al Turkumani, a top deputy of Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. Turkumani served in Saddam Hussein's military before joining the Islamic State.

19th December 2014 - Quoted by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

A 24-Year-Old Executive Created An Alarming New Model For Online Jihadists

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Until a week ago, the most influential English-speaking Jihadist on social media was Shami Witness, a Twitter account with 17,000 followers — a group that included scores of western analysts and journalists along with an estimated 2/3rds of all Islamist foreign fighters active on the...


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