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19th July 2016 - Quoted by Ben Watson - Defense One

Weapons of the Syrian War: Suicide Bombers

Jonathan Schanzer

The tactic is often used in offensive operations, just after an artillery barrage and before the advance of hundreds of foot soldiers.

19th July 2016 - Quoted by Katie Zavadski - The Daily Beast

U.S.-Backed ‘Moderate’ Rebels Behead a Child Near Aleppo

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Thomas Joscelyn

Members of an American-backed rebel group in Syria beheaded a young child in a grisly execution video.

14th July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Lebanese Hezbollah training special Afghan Fatemiyoun forces for combat in Syria

Amir Toumaj

Established by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to fight in the Syrian Civil War on behalf of Bashar Assad’s government, the Afghan Fatemiyoun Division is comprised of Afghan Shias primarily recruited from the diaspora in Iran, and some from Afghanistan. The Fatemiyoun’s...

13th July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Ex-Gitmo detainee, Islamic State’s leader in Chechnya designated by State Department

Thomas Joscelyn

The State Department announced today that two jihadists have been added to the US government’s list of designated terrorists.

12th July 2016 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

State Department officials are ‘baffled’ by John Kerry’s latest comments

Tony Badran

The State Department is reportedly trying to walk back comments that Secretary of State John Kerry made about Syria during an appearance in Aspen, Colorado, last month.

8th July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State claims nearly 600 suicide attacks in first six months of 2016

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State claims to have executed 589 “martyrdom operations” in Iraq, Syria and Libya during the first six months of 2016.

7th July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Ohio man conspired with Islamic State recruiter, Justice Department says

Thomas Joscelyn

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced today that Munir Abdulkader, a 21 year-old man living in West Chester, Ohio, pleaded guilty to various terrorist charges in March. Abdulkader communicated with a key Islamic State recruiter, Junaid Hussein, who was killed in an American airstrike in...

7th July 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Tony Badran

FDD research fellow Tony Badran discusses Russia, Syria and NATO.

7th July 2016 - Quoted by Kambiz Foroohar - Bloomberg

Boeing’s Agreement With Iran Comes Under Congressional Scrutiny

Mark Dubowitz

Boeing Co.’s historic agreement to provide 109 aircraft to Iran’s national airline is coming under increasing pressure from lawmakers in Washington.

6th July 2016 - Quoted by Raymond Tanter - Foreign Policy

Iran and its Protégées

Tony Badran, Jonathan Schanzer

What if we understood al Qaeda and the Islamic State as protégées of Iran, rather than merely its rivals?

6th July 2016 - Quoted by The Economist

Islamic state is losing its caliphate, but it remains deadly

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The self-proclaimed caliphate of Islamic State (IS) is weakening fast. In June the jihadists were kicked out of Fallujah by the Iraqi army, then pounded by airstrikes as they fled.

1st July 2016 - Quoted by Charlie Savage, Scott Shane - The New York Times

U.S. Reveals Death Toll From Airstrikes Outside War Zones

Bill Roggio

Partially lifting the secrecy that has cloaked one of the United States’s most contentious tactics for fighting terrorists, the Obama administration on Friday said that it believed that airstrikes it has conducted outside conventional war zones like Afghanistan have killed 64 to 116...

30th June 2016 - Quoted by Sune Engel Rasmussen, Zahra Nader - The Guardian

Iran covertly recruits Afghan Shias to fight in Syria

Amir Toumaj

Iran is covertly recruiting hundreds of Afghan Shias in Afghanistan to fight for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, drawing them out of their own conflict-ridden country and into another war in which Afghanistan plays no official part.

29th June 2016 - Quoted by Pamela Engel - Business Insider

ISIS just passed a major milestone, but the group looks a lot different than it did 2 years ago

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

But since then, ISIS's self-declared caliphate — the increasingly fractured swath of territory it controls and rules as an Islamic emirate — has shrunk.

28th June 2016 - The Long War Journal

Jihadists and other rebels attack Syrian regime positions in Latakia province

Thomas Joscelyn

The jihadist-led Jaysh al Fateh (“Army of Conquest”) coalition and its allies launched a new assault on Syrian regime positions in the coastal province of Latakia on June 27. The offensive, named the “Battle of Yarmouk,” involves a mix of jihadists and fighters affiliated with the...

27th June 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellow Bill Roggio discusses Jihad winning Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and the Philippines.

23rd June 2016 - Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Amid Dissent at State, Obama Stays the Bloody Course on Syria

Tony Badran

Last week, an internal State Department memo criticizing the administration's Syria policy was leaked to the press. Fifty-one American officials variously involved with Middle East policy signed a letter calling for military action against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. "A judicious use...

23rd June 2016 - The Wall Street Journal - Co-written by Chip Register

Defeating ISIS on the Digital Battlefield

James Woolsey

Clearly, the U.S. and its allies can and should meet Islamic State on the battlefield, whether in Syria or Iraq. But the war with the ISIS “virtual state”—those the terrorist organization inspires over the internet, like Omar Mateen in Orlando—will be much harder to fight and will go...

23rd June 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Iran’s Use of Civilian Planes to Arm Assad Could Jeopardize $25B Boeing Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The $25 billion aircraft deal that Boeing recently struck with Iran could be jeopardized by Tehran’s continued support of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, the Associated Press (AP) reported Thursday.

22nd June 2016 - Quoted by Benny Avni - New York Post

US troops in Syria is starting to look inevitable

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

If Hillary Clinton is the next US president, prepare for a deeper American military involvement in Syria’s civil war — one that won’t seek to maintain a status quo but to crush ISIS where it’s strongest, perhaps with American boots on the ground.

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