Analysis & Commentary

21st June 2014 - The Long War Journal

ISIS and the Threat to Turkey

Merve Tahiroglu

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) seized the Turkish consulate in Mosul, Iraq last week, abducting 49 people, including several diplomats, guards, and...

19th June 2014 - Now Lebanon

The Devil You Don’t Know

Tony Badran

An Iranian-backed presence in southern Syria isn't necessarily better than a Nusra one.

19th June 2014 - The Spectator

Terror’s Comeback Kids

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Jihadi groups like ISIS rarely manage to hold their ground – but that doesn’t mean they’re going away.

17th June 2014 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

Observers: Iran Changing Dynamics Of Iraqi Conflict

Jonathan Schanzer

Last week, Sunni militants led by fighters for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant steamrolled through parts of northern Iraq, seizing Mosul, Tikrit and other cities.

16th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham’s Quiet War Minister

Thomas Joscelyn

As the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS) rampages through Iraq with the help of allied forces, one personality remains characteristically quiet: the group's war...

14th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Ansar al Sharia Tunisia Leader Says Gains in Iraq Should be Cause for Jihadist Reconciliation

Thomas Joscelyn

The head of Ansar al Sharia Tunisia, Abu Iyad al Tunisi, has released a statement calling for reconciliation between the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS) and other jihadist...

12th June 2014 - Quoted by Jeff Schogol, Military Times

Iraq War Vets Angry, Distraught as Insurgents Gain Ground

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Veterans of the Iraq War and their families are watching with dismay and alarm as Sunni insurgents overrun large swaths of Iraq, including cities like Mosul, where hundreds of...

12th June 2014 - Quoted by Adam Kredo, Washington Free Beacon

State Dept Confirms: Iran Now Shipping Oil to Syria

Mark Dubowitz

The State Department confirmed on Wednesday that Iran has been shipping crude oil to Syria for the past several months, behavior that some experts say is in direct violation...

11th June 2014 - Quoted by Matt Schiavenza, International Business Times

How ISIS Realigns The Middle East

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The self-styled Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has, seemingly overnight, emerged as a major player in the Middle East. On Wednesday, fresh from their stunning capture...

10th June 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Robert Ford, A Hero In The Syria Debacle

Jonathan Schanzer

In a candid and brave op-ed, Robert S. Ford, former U.S. ambassador to Syria, writes: “In February, I resigned as the American ambassador to Syria, after 30 years’ foreign service in Africa and the Middle East.

7th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Iraqi Troops Repel ISIS Assault on Mosul

Bill Roggio

Just one day after the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham launched an assault on Samarra and briefly took control of five neighborhoods, the jihadist insurgent group...

6th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

ISIS Touts French, German, and Libyan Suicide Bombers in Syria

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Sham, a former al Qaeda affiliate that operates in Iraq and Syria, praised French, German, and Libyan suicide bombers in the latest release of...

5th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

ISIS Takes Control of Areas in Central Iraqi City

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham seized control of several neighborhoods in the central Iraqi city of Samarra during an assault launched earlier today.

5th June 2014 - Now Lebanon

Jihadist Blowback?

Tony Badran

Analysts are mistakenly placing the Brussels shootings within the context of Syria.

5th June 2014 - AM1130

Up And At Em’

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD expert, Daveed Gartenstein Ross discusses people being recruited to fight in Syria.

4th June 2014 - CCTV

CCTV America

Tony Badran

FDD Research Fellow, Tony Badran, discusses elections in Syria.

4th June 2014 - World Politics Review

Defending Against Syrian Jihadists A Slippery Challenge For The West

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

For years, security experts have warned of the threat from “homegrown terrorists” inspired by al-Qaida’s violent ideology.

3rd June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Uzbek Jihadist Group Releases Footage From Syrian Training Camp

Bill Roggio

The Imam Bukhari Jamaat, which fights alongside the Al Nusrah Front and Jaish al Muhajireen wal Ansar...

31st May 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Officials Have Identified American Suicide Bomber in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

US officials have identified the American who took part in a suicide operation carried out by the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, earlier this month.

30th May 2014 - The Long War Journal

Previously Obscure al Qaeda Leader Responds to Dissenters

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda has published a response to the nine jihadists operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan who sided with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS) in a letter...


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