Analysis & Commentary

18th October 2016 - The Long War Journal

A ‘lasting defeat’ of the Islamic State will be elusive

Bill Roggio

As the Iraqi government and Coalition forces launched the offensive to retake Mosul, the US military has optimistically said that the campaign will deal a “lasting defeat” to the Islamic State. But, if the recent history of the fight against jihadist groups in the Middle East, Africa,...

18th October 2016 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Russia may be getting ready ‘to level Aleppo to the ground’

Boris Zilberman

Russia announced on Tuesday that it would halt airstrikes on Syria's largest city, Aleppo, in preparation for an eight-hour cease-fire to be implemented later this week. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu made the announcement in a televised meeting with military officials, saying he...

17th October 2016 - The Long War Journal

Town of Dabiq falls to Turkish-backed forces

Thomas Joscelyn

Dabiq, a town in northern Syria that has been central to the Islamic State’s apocalyptic messaging, has fallen to rebel groups backed by Turkey.

15th October 2016 - Fox News

America’s News HQ

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses ISIS, Russia and Syria policies in the context of the upcoming election.

15th October 2016 - Quoted by Saagar Enjeti - The Daily Caller

Just How Much Of An Ally Is Jordan Against ISIS?

Bill Roggio

When the Islamic State burned a Jordanian pilot to death in a cage in February 2015, King Abdullah of Jordan vowed to crush ISIS until his military runs “out of fuel and bullets.”

13th October 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Clifford D. May, David Andrew Weinberg

FDD President Clifford May discusses the risks surrounding Syrian Christians, accompanied by FDD senior fellow David Weinberg commenting on Houthi missiles off of Yemen.

12th October 2016 - CCTV

The Heat

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the Syrian war and foreign actors role in the ongoing conflict.

10th October 2016 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

Why Aren’t Coalition Forces Planning Raqqa Assault?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Which city is more important for the Islamic State, Syria's Raqqa, the capital of the terror group's self-styled caliphate, or Iraq's Mosul, the much bigger city where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced more than two years ago the creation of his caliphate straddling Iraq and Syria?

10th October 2016 - The Long War Journal

Number of suicide attacks claimed by the Islamic State dipped in September

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency claims that the group launched 53 “martyrdom operations” in Iraq and Syria during the month of September.

10th October 2016 - The Long War Journal

Qassem Soleimani: Islamic State was created to fight Iran

Amir Toumaj

The top commander and clerical representative of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) external operations wing, the Qods Force, recently delivered speeches in Tehran and Damascus commemorating the first anniversary of the death of Brigadier General Hossein Hamedani, the most...

10th October 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellow Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio discuss the decline of IS suicide attacks, the Taliban's offensive and al Qaeda in Syria.

6th October 2016 - Quoted by Brian Bennett, W.J. Hennigan, Nabih Bulos - The Los Angeles Times

Al Qaeda-founded rebel group’s growth underscores U.S. challenges in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

As Islamic State has lost fighters and territory over the last year, an Al Qaeda-founded militant group in Syria has grown in strength, establishing a reputation as the most ferocious fighting force against Bashar Assad’s government.

5th October 2016 - The Weekly Standard

The Potential of a Chinese Terror Threat

Jonathan Schanzer

Eighteen billion dollars in new contracts were signed during the fifth China-Eurasia Expo held in China's western Xinjiang region last week, reported the Chinese news agency Xinhua. The contracts are part of China's push to pursue President Xi Jinping's One Belt One Road initiative, which...

5th October 2016 - Quoted by Alex Lockie - Business Insider

The Iran deal has Obama ‘held hostage’ while the Middle East descends into chaos

Jonathan Schanzer

On October 18, 2015, the US, the EU, China, Russia, and Iran adopted the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) ensuring that Iran's nuclear program would be peaceful for at least a decade, and enshrining a signature achievement of the Obama administration's foreign policy.

4th October 2016 - Faith Radio

The Bill Maier Show

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May discusses the Syrian refugee crisis.

1st October 2016 - The Long War Journal

IRGC Special Forces officer’s death highlights involvement in Syria

Amir Toumaj

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has confirmed the death of a senior Iranian Special Forces officer in Syria.

29th September 2016 - CNN

New Day

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross on Russia, U.S. and Peace talks in Syria.

28th September 2016 - The Long War Journal

US lists Italian rapper turned Islamic State jihadist as global terrorist

Bill Roggio

The State Department added Anas El Abboubi, an Italian-born rapper who doubles as a jidhadist fighting for the Islamic State in Syria, to the US government’s list of specially designated global terrorists earlier today. Abboubi was briefly in Italian custody in June 2013, but fled to Syria...

28th September 2016 - The Washington Times

Coming to America

Clifford D. May

Millions of people want to come to America. Actually, it’s tens of millions or perhaps hundreds of millions. Some Americans believe our borders should be open — that everyone has a “right” to live in the United States. That seems to me both mistaken and impractical.

26th September 2016 - Quoted by the Office of House Speaker Ryan

Why does the White House oppose bipartisan Syrian sanctions?

Mark Dubowitz

Last week, Speaker Ryan called out the Obama administration for pressuring House Democrats to abandon a bipartisan bill to sanction the Syrian regime.


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