Analysis & Commentary


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.

13th October 2014 - CTV

CTV News

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on recent fighting in Kobane.

13th October 2014 - CNN

CNN Tonight

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross on the advance of the Islamic State to Kobane.

13th October 2014 - PJ Media

There’s Russians in Them There Hills (Syria is Much More Than a Sectarian War)

Michael Ledeen

ISIS vs. the Kurds so totally dominates our attention and our passions that we’ve failed to notice that the Russians are up to their necks in the fighting on the Syrian battlefield. As usual, our focus is too narrow, and we don’t see the big picture: the global war.

13th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Germany’s Islamic State problem

Benjamin Weinthal

Chancellor Angela Merkel's government faces daunting challenges due to the growth of the Islamic State and other extremist groups. Many of these challenges have arisen from Germany's own problematic counterterrorism policies.

12th October 2014 - Quoted by Jack Kelly - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Turkey, the Pretender

Jonathan Schanzer

Muhammad Hamzah Khan, 19, planned to fly to Turkey, then cross the border into Syria to join the terrorists of the Islamic State. But the FBI arrested him at O’Hare airport in Chicago Oct. 4.

10th October 2014 - CTV

CTV News

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses the Islamic State's advance into Kobane.

10th October 2014 - Cited by Andrew Sullivan - The Dish

WTF, Turkey?

Jonathan Schanzer

Jonathan Schanzer wonders if it isn’t time to review Turkey’s NATO membership in light of its lackluster support for the coalition war against ISIS:

10th October 2014 - Fox News

Happening Now

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer on Turkey's role in the fight against the Islamic State.

10th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Releases Photos of Training Camp in Eastern Syria

Bill Roggio

The al Qaeda branch is operating camps in Syria despite US airstrikes, which have not targeted the group since Sept. 22.

9th October 2014 - Quoted by Selcan Hacaoglu - Bloomberg

Kurdish Ammo Runs Low in Kobani as Turkey Controls Exit

Merve Tahiroglu

Kurds defending Kobani risk running out of ammunition as Islamic State surrounds the town and Turkey controls their only outlet, according to a Kurdish lawmaker in Turkey and observers of the fighting in Syria.

9th October 2014 - Politico

Time to Kick Turkey Out of NATO?

Jonathan Schanzer

The Kurdish town of Kobane in western Syria is under siege by the Islamic State

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Tony Badran

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Mark Dubowitz

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Reuel Marc Gerecht

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