Analysis & Commentary


31st August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Announces Detention of 45 UN Peacekeepers

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has announced its responsibility for the detention of 45 UN peacekeepers in Syria. The group claims its actions are justified because the UN supposedly works "against Muslims."

29th August 2014 - Quoted by Erik Ortiz - NBC News

Should President Obama Have Said There’s No Strategy Yet Against ISIS?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Following reports earlier this week that the U.S. sent spy planes over Syria to survey potential airstrike targets, this latest mixed message is a head scratcher.

29th August 2014 - WSJ Live

Opinion Journal

Clifford D. May

FDD's President, Clifford May, discusses American strategy in the Middle East.

28th August 2014 - CNN

CNN Newsroom with Carol Costello

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, discusses how to weaken ISIS.

28th August 2014 - CNN

The Situation Room

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, discusses the radicalization of Americans by ISIS.

27th August 2014 - Quoted by Carol Guensburg - VOA News

Details Emerging About American Jihadist Killed in Syria

Clifford D. May

Douglas McAuthor McCain, the the first known American to be killed while fighting alongside Islamic militants in Syria, was an undistinguished 33-year-old raised in Minnesota who most recently worked as a caregiver in California.

27th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Documents Takeover of Syrian Airbase

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State released photographs that document its recent takeover of the Syrian Air Force's base in Tabqa in Raqqah province.

26th August 2014 - WRC, Washington, D.C.

Andy Parks Show Live from Washington Times

Clifford D. May

FDD's President, Clifford May, on the need for moral clarity in the global war on terrorism.

26th August 2014 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - The Daily Beast

Obama’s Iraq-Syria Dilemma: No Force Now on the Ground Can Beat ISIS

Jonathan Schanzer

If Washington is counting on the Kurds to defeat the terrorist caliphate with a little support from American drones and warplanes, it had better think again.

26th August 2014 - CTV

CTV News

Clifford D. May

FDD President, Cliff May, discussing how to take on the ISIS crisis.

25th August 2014 - CNN

The Situation Room

Reuel Marc Gerecht

FDD Senior Fellow, Reuel Marc Gerecht, discusses airstrikes against ISIS.

25th August 2014 - CTV

CTV News

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, discusses the latest developments in Syria.

25th August 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellow, Bill Roggio, discusses the Islamic State's advance in Syria.

25th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Video Features Captured Members of Lebanese Security Forces

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front is using hostages from Lebanon's security forces in its anti-Hezbollah propaganda. Al Nusrah, an official branch of al Qaeda, is attempting to pressure Hezbollah into withdrawing its forces from Syria.

25th August 2014 - Quoted by Peter Foster - The Telegraph

Did Qatar Pay Ransom For Release of US Journalist Peter Curtis?

David Andrew Weinberg

The sudden and unexplained release of the American photojournalist Peter Theo Curtis at the weekend has raised fresh questions about the role of Qatar in funding terrorism and broking the payment of multi-million dollar ransoms for western hostages held by Islamist terror groups in the...

25th August 2014 - The Weekly Standard

Why Al Qaeda Released An American Hostage

Thomas Joscelyn

Earlier today, the news broke that Peter Theo Curtis, an American who had been held hostage in Syria since 2012, has been released by his captors.

24th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Fighters Assault Last Syrian Stronghold in Raqqah

Bill Roggio

Islamic State fighters are reported to be in control of large areas of the Tabqa military airport, the last major stronghold for the Syrian military in Raqqah province.

24th August 2014 - Quoted by Michael B. Kelley - Business Insider

The Rise Of ISIS Creates A Trap For Obama In Syria

Tony Badran

For more than three years, the Obama administration has been content with largely staying out of the conflict in Syria.

23rd August 2014 - Quoted by Erik Ortiz - NBC News

What are Obama’s Options For Stomping Out ISIS in Iraq and Syria?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The videotaped killing of kidnapped journalist James Foley prompted President Barack Obama this week to condemn his ruthless executioners — the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS — as “a cancer.”

22nd August 2014 - 104.1 KQTH, Tucson

The Jon Justice Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, discusses the latest developments regarding ISIS.

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Ali Alfoneh

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