Analysis & Commentary


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.

4th November 2014 - Standpoint

The West Must Back the Kurds

Emanuele Ottolenghi

As Mesopotamia's boundaries are being redrawn in a bloody turmoil that is changing the regional balance of power, there is one obvious thing that Western nations should do to preserve their interests.

3rd November 2014 - Cited by Haaretz

Wanted: ISIS Seeking Manager for its New Oil Refineries, Paying $225k

The Islamic State is seeking "ideologically suitable" oil industry experts to help run oil fields and refineries it has seized in Iraq and Syria.

1st November 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Forces Western-Backed Rebel Group to Flee Base in Idlib

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front has forced the leader of the Western-backed Syrian Revolutionaries' Front, Jamal Maarouf, to flee his base of operations in Idlib.

29th October 2014 - Quoted by Deb Riechmann and Bassem Mroue - Associated Press

Analysts: IS Ignores al-Qaida’s Call to Reunite to Fight West, but Their Feud Has Tapered Off

Thomas Joscelyn

Al-Qaida is using U.S. airstrikes in Syria as a reason to extend olive branches to the renegade Islamic State group, saying the two should stop feuding and join forces to attack Western targets — a reunification that intelligence analysts say would allow al-Qaida to capitalize on the...

28th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

French Warplanes Bomb Islamic State Camp in Iraq

Bill Roggio

French warplanes hit an Islamic State training facility, recruitment center, and IED factory in Hawijah in Salahaddin province on Oct. 23.

28th October 2014 - Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

A Month Ago, ISIS’s Advance Looked Unstoppable. Now It’s Been Stopped.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Watching the news, you could be forgiven for thinking that ISIS is an unstoppable juggernaut, sweeping Iraq and Syria in an unending, unstoppable, terrible blitzkrieg.

27th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Uses British Hostage in Propaganda Video to Rebut Western, Kurdish Claims

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State has released a propaganda video featuring John Cantlie, a British photojournalist who is being held hostage by the group. Cantlie is made to rebut Western claims about the efficacy of airstrikes in Kobane, a town that sits on the border of Syria and Turkey.

27th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Pro-al Qaeda Saudi Ideologue Criticizes Jihadist Leaders in Syria, Calls for Unity

Thomas Joscelyn

A popular pro-al Qaeda jihadist ideologue who relocated from Saudi Arabia to Syria last year has criticized the Islamic State's rivals on his Twitter feed. Abdallah Muhammad al Muhaysini says that the failures of various jihadist leaders have driven the youth into the Islamic State's arms....

27th October 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn chat with John Batchelor about their latest pieces for the Long War Journal.

24th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Jihadist Training Camps Proliferate in Iraq and Syria

Bill Roggio

More than 30 training camps have been established by the Islamic State, al Qaeda, and allied jihadist groups in both Iraq and Syria since 2012.

24th October 2014 - Cited by Geoffrey Norman - The Weekly Standard

Digging In

Bill Roggio

Bill Roggio and Caleb Weiss write, at The Long War Journal, that:

24th October 2014 - Quoted by Nicole Gaouette - Bloomberg

Lone-Wolf Attacks Duel With Airstrikes in New Warfare Era

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Six needle-nosed CF-18 fighter jets took off from the Canadian Forces base in Cold Lake, Alberta, Oct. 21 to join the coalition fighting Islamic State.

23rd October 2014 - Quoted by Louis Jacobson - Politifact

Could Terrorists Use Ebola to Attack the United States?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The possibility that terrorists could attack the United States using Ebola as a bioweapon -- the mutant spawn of Americans’ two biggest fears -- has been catnip for some politicians and commentators.

23rd October 2014 - Business Insider

Obama Is Trying To Impose A Radical New Order On The US’s Middle Eastern Allies

Tony Badran

The Center for New American Security, a Washington think tank close to the Obama administration, has produced a strategy for the war against the Islamic State (ISIS).

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