Analysis & Commentary

9th July 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Washington Post Editorial: White House “Failed” in Syria by Targeting ISIS But Not Assad

Tony Badran

The Obama administration’s decision to target the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) but not the regime of Syrian President Bashar al Assad was a “half-measure” that has led to the “latest U.S. failure in Syria,” a staff editorial appearing Wednesday in The Washington Post...

8th July 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Defense Secretary: Obama Administration Will Not Oust Assad

Tony Badran

In an exchange yesterday at a Senate Armed Forces Committee hearing, Sen. Lindsey Graham asked Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter if he thought that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would remain in power after President Barack Obama leaves office, Foreign Policy reported.

8th July 2015 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

Syrian Rebels, Government Forces Renew Fight in South

Thomas Joscelyn

A southern rebel alliance is making another a big push to try to capture Dara’a city, and Syrian government warplanes are lashing back with intensive air raids.

7th July 2015 - AM 560

Chicago’s Morning Answer

Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellow Bill Roggio comments on U.S. strategy to defeat ISIS. Listen to Bill starting at 3:00.

7th July 2015 - NOW Lebanon

The Sixth Annex

Tony Badran

In Vienna, Secretary of State John Kerry has been racing to put the final touches on the deal over the Iranian nuclear program. The agreement will include a main text and five annexes, each of which will spell out the details of a specific issue.

6th July 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Suicide Bomber Targets Assad Regime in Aleppo

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, has released its first series of propaganda photos from the newly-launched offensive in Aleppo. The group posted more than 20 images online today, including several that feature the explosion caused by a suicide bomber known as Abu...

3rd July 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front, Allies Form New Coalition for Battle in Aleppo

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, and allied organizations have formed a new coalition for the battle of Aleppo.

1st July 2015 - Quoted by Orhan Coskun and Ercan Gurses - Reuters

Talk of Syria Action May be Erdogan’s Latest Gambit to Pressure the West

Jonathan Schanzer

Alarmed by Syrian Kurds' advances against Islamic State, and irked by Western reluctance to tackle Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, President Tayyip Erdogan has once again raised the prospect of a Turkish military intervention in Syria.

29th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Celebrates 9/11 Attacks in New Video

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, has released a 43-minute documentary titled, “The Heirs of Glory.” The video tells the history of Islam from Al Nusrah’s perspective, culminating in video footage of the 9/11 attacks and audio clips from Osama bin Laden’s...

29th June 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn comment on conflicts in the Middle East.

26th June 2015 - NOW Lebanon

Not Fooling Anyone

Tony Badran

The agitation in the Druze community in Israel over the situation of their coreligionists in Syria turned bloody on Monday. A Druze mob near Majdal Shams attacked a military ambulance carrying wounded Syrians for treatment in Israel, killing one of them and critically injuring another, while...

26th June 2015 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

Vulnerabilities Exposed, Islamic State is Evolving Again

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Once bent on advancing at all costs to establish its self-declared caliphate, the terror group known as the Islamic State has increasingly been willing to cede territory in battles with Kurdish forces and Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias.

25th June 2015 - Quoted by Shane Kavanaugh - Vocativ

Modest In Terrain, Kobani Still A Win For ISIS

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Islamic State's attack on the Syrian city appears to be as much about doing damage control as it is about gaining strategic ground.

24th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Suffers Losses in Provincial Home of the ‘Caliphate’

Thomas Joscelyn

Over the past two days, Kurdish forces and other rebel factions have seized a town and a military base from the Islamic State in its home province of Raqqa. As they have advanced on the seat of the so-called “caliphate,” the anti-Islamic State forces have been backed by US airstrikes....

24th June 2015 - Quoted Matthew Philips - Bloomberg

How Iranian Oil Tankers Keep Syria’s War Machine Alive

Mark Dubowitz

It’s no secret that Iran provides critical support to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The trouble comes in trying to figure out how much Iran spends and what that support actually looks like.

23rd June 2015 - Quoted by Erica Wenig - The Daily Caller

Benghazi Terror Suspect Turned ISIS Operative Killed By US Airstrike

Thomas Joscelyn

A Benghazi terror suspect and Islamic State operative was killed by a U.S. airstrike in Mosul June 15, according to the Pentagon.

23rd June 2015 - Quoted by James Novogrod - NBC News

Kurdish Fighters Push Closer to ISIS Caliphate’s Capital in Syria

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Kurdish forces say they seized a military base from ISIS fighters just 30 miles from the self-declared caliphate's capital city in Syria, another gain in an offensive that is pushing deeper into militant strongholds.

23rd June 2015 - Quoted by Ivan Plis - The Daily Caller

Here’s How Many Jihadi Camps Are In Syria And Iraq

A new online map shows 117 jihadi training camps in war-torn Iraq and Syria, including dozens belonging to the Islamic State.

23rd June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Spokesman Calls on Other Factions to ‘Repent,’ Urges Sectarian War

Thomas Joscelyn

23rd June 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

An Example of How Easy it is for an ISIS Fighter to Reach Syria Through Turkey

Jonathan Schanzer

An ISIS fighter captured by Syrian Kurds last month described how easy it was for him to cross Turkey’s notoriously porous border into Syria to join the Islamic State, according to a new video obtained by Al-Monitor.


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