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4th December 2014 - Now Media

Word in the White House: “De-Escalation”

Tony Badran

On Monday, news came out in three different reports that the US, in consultation with Turkey, was considering the establishment of a safe zone on the Turkish-Syrian border.

1st December 2014 - 77 WABC-AM - New York, New York

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss recent Taliban attacks in Afghanistan, jihadist training camps in Iraq and Syria, and more with John Batchelor.

30th November 2014 - Letter to the Editor - The Boston Globe

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Extremism Will Continue to Block Peace in Syria

David Andrew Weinberg

THE EDITORIAL “Peace in Syria requires Saudi Arabia and Iran thaw” mistakenly bought into questionable Iraqi and Iranian news reports, rebutted by Newsweek, that claim Saudi King Abdullah granted a pardon to Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr. The sheik, who led Arab Spring protests by the...

27th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

Jihadists Tout Training Camps for Children in Iraq and Syria

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State, the Al Nusrah Front, the Islamic Front, and Junud al Sham have been showcasing camps in Iraq and Syria that are used to indoctrinate and train children to wage jihad.

25th November 2014 - Cited by Michael B. Kelley - Business Insider

The US Is On A Collision Course With An ‘Absolutely Indispensable’ Ally

Jonathan Schanzer, Merve Tahiroglu

The US and Turkey are headed for a showdown over Syria, as evidence mounts that Ankara is enabling groups that Washington is actively bombing.

25th November 2014 - Cited by Ruth Sherlock - The Telegraph

Jihadist Training Camps Expand Across Syria and Iraq

Jihadist organisations in Iraq and in Syria are operating at least 46 military training camps, designed to indoctrinate and train recruits, an investigation has found.

24th November 2014 - Cited by Ruth Sherlock - The Telegraph

Islamic State Relaxes Vetting of Foreign Jihadists in a Bid to Boost Recruits

The Islamic State in the Levant has relaxed "vetting" procedures for foreign jihadists joining the group, and expanded military training camps in a drive to build its "Caliphate", safe house operatives and defectors have told The Telegraph.

23rd November 2014 - The Long War Journal

More Jihadist Training Camps Identified in Iraq and Syria

Bill Roggio

Four new training camps in Iraq and Syria, three of them operated by the Islamic State, have been identified, including one used by a so-called jihadist "special forces" unit. The Long War Journal has identified 46 jihadist training camps in Iraq and Syria.

20th November 2014 - Cited by Edwin Mora - Breitbart

Report: There are Active ISIS Cells Inside Turkey

Jonathan Schanzer, Merve Tahiroglu

Turkey has contributed to the rise of the brutal Islamic State by turning a blind eye to the ongoing flow of money, weapons, illegal oil, and fighters across its border to the jihadist group in Syria, according to a new report.

20th November 2014 - Business Insider

Obama Is Making His Middle East Allies Look Like Chumps

Tony Badran

Last week, CNN reported that President Barack Obama had asked his national security team for a review of the Syria policy. According to the report, the review is premised on the recognition that removing Bashar Assad from power is a necessary element in the strategy to defeat the Islamic...

16th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Releases New Execution Video, Purportedly Kills American

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot that controls large portions of Iraq and Syria, has released a new video showing the mass beheadings of Syrian soldiers. The video also includes a scene purportedly showing the severed head of Peter Kassig, who was kidnapped in late 2013. Kassig is a...

15th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Airstrike Targets al Qaeda in Syria

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The US targeted al Qaeda's network in Syria in one of the 20 airstrikes that took place between Nov. 12 and Nov. 14. While the US military has said the strike was carried out against al Qaeda's so-called Khorasan Group, the targets indicate that local infrastructure used by the Al Nusrah...

14th November 2014 - Business Insider

Iran Will Never Be The Capable Ally Obama Wants In The Fight Against ISIS

Tony Badran

As we enter the critical stage of the P5+1's nuclear negotiations with Iran, we learn more and more about how much the deal means to President Barack Obama.

14th November 2014 - NPR

All Things Considered

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross explains the relationship between the Islamic State and al Qaeda amid reports that the groups have agreed to work together in Syria.

13th November 2014 - Quoted by Deb Riechmann - Associated Press

AP Sources: IS, al-Qaida Reach Accord in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Militant leaders from the Islamic State group and al-Qaida gathered at a farm house in northern Syria last week and agreed on a plan to stop fighting each other and work together against their opponents, a high-level Syrian opposition official and a rebel commander have told The Associated...

13th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Leader Claims ‘Caliphate’ Has Expanded in New Audio Message

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State has released a new audio message from its leader, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, who claims the group has expanded its "caliphate" into Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen.

7th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: CENTCOM Draws Misleading Line Between Al Nusrah Front and Khorasan Group

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

CENTCOM denied that the five airstrikes on Nov. 5 targeted "the Nusrah Front as a whole" but instead were directed at the Khorasan Group. This is a distinction without difference, as the Khorasan Group is part of the Al Nusrah Front.

7th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

3 New Jihadist Training Camps Identified in Syria

Bill Roggio

Training camps run by the Al Nusrah Front, the Khorasan Group, and a Chechen-led group, Khalifat Jamaat, were identified in Syria. The Long War Journal has identified 42 jihadist training camps in Iraq and Syria.

6th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Tweets Photos Allegedly Showing Aftermath of Coalition Airstrikes

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has tweeted a series of photos purportedly showing the aftermath of the US-led coalition's airstrikes in Idlib. Prior to today, the coalition had not announced any airstrikes against Al Nusrah since the first day of the bombing...

6th November 2014 - Quoted by Shane Harris, Jamie Dettmer - The Daily Beast

Spies Warned White House: Don’t Hit Al Qaeda in Syria

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

It’s the clearest signal yet that the U.S.-led military campaign in Syria is widening: American warplanes on Thursday struck at al Qaeda-affiliated jihadists who attacked two groups of Western-backed rebels—fighters that the Obama administration is counting on to battle ISIS.

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