Analysis & Commentary


18th April 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss the spring offensive in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria.

16th April 2016 - Quoted by Alex Rowell - NOW Lebanon

Iranian boots on the ground

Amir Toumaj

The first deployment of foreign regular army ground troops to the front lines of the five-year-long battle between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad came with rather less fanfare and controversy than might have been expected.

15th April 2016 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

In Race to Capture Syria’s Raqqa, Assad May Have Edge

Jonathan Schanzer, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Islamic State-controlled territory in Syria has shrunk by nearly a quarter in the past few months, but Kurds, Syrian rebels and forces loyal to embattled President Bashar al-Assad have all grabbed pieces of the self-styled caliphate.

13th April 2016 - Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

Former Top US General In Iraq Says Beating ISIS Would Require 50,000 Troops

Retired Army Gen. Ray Odierno believes it will take around 50,000 troops to destroy Islamic State, and as the former commander of U.S. forces in Iraq for several years during the wave and occupation, he knows what it takes to fight terrorism.

13th April 2016 - Quoted by Catherine Herridge - Fox News

Top general: 50,000-troop coalition needed in order to crush ISIS

It will take a coalition of 50,000 troops on the ground to defeat the Islamic State, according to the former army chief of staff who spent more than four years serving in Iraq and who is credited, along with retired General David Petraeus, with being the architect of the successful 2007...

13th April 2016 - Quoted by David Francis - Foreign Policy

Odierno: 50,000 Troops Needed To Defeat the Islamic State

It will take around 50,000 troops to destroy the Islamic State, according to the Army’s recently retired chief, but they don’t necessarily all have to be American.

13th April 2016 - Quoted by Matthew Rosenberg, Helene Cooper, and Nicholas Kulish - The New York Times

ISIS Expands Reach Despite Military and Financial Setbacks

Jonathan Schanzer

American airstrikes have killed 25,000 Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria and incinerated millions of dollars plundered by the militants, according to Pentagon officials.

11th April 2016 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Assad has taken Russia ‘hostage’ — and what comes next could be ‘the worst the war has seen’

Boris Zilberman

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is only growing more defiant as negotiators prepare to descend on Geneva once again in an attempt to broker the terms of a political transition and end the five-year civil war.

8th April 2016 - The Long War Journal

US strikes al Qaeda’s ‘Khorasan Group’ in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The US struck senior al Qaeda leaders in Syria twice this week. “These airstrikes were focused on targeting key Al Qaeda leaders who pose a threat to the US, our allies and our national security interests,” CENTCOM announced today. CENTCOM added that the slain jihadists were “core”...

7th April 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Hezbollah’s Sunni Support Network

Tony Badran

Hezbollah announced the death this weekend of seven of its fighters in Syria during fighting in southern Aleppo. Among them was a curious name: 19-year old Muhammad al-Kabash, a Sunni from Sidon.

7th April 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Report: Hezbollah Doubles Down on Support for Assad, Building Fortified Base in Syria

Tony Badran

Hezbollah is building a fortified base in Syria, the global intelligence company Stratfor reported Wednesday.

6th April 2016 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front confirms al Qaeda veteran killed in US airstrike

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Nusrah Front confirmed today that Abu Firas al Suri, a veteran jihadist who served al Qaeda since the 1980s, was killed in an American airstrike on Apr. 3. The group eulogized Abu Firas in a statement released online that was translated by the SITE Intelligence Group.

5th April 2016 - Quoted by Deb Riechmann - Associated Press

US Says Iran Forces Pulling Back in Syria; Others Say No

Tony Badran

The Obama administration is making the case that Iran is drawing down its elite fighting force from Syria in an effort to allay fears that Tehran is using its powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Syria to strengthen its influence across the Middle East. Yet the Iranian government...

5th April 2016 - International Centre for Counter-Terrorism - The Hague

The Islamic State’s Global Propaganda Strategy

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

This Research Paper aims to analyse in depth the global propaganda strategy of the so-called “Islamic State” (IS) by looking at the methods through which this grand strategy is carried out as well as the objectives that IS wants to achieve through it.

4th April 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellow Thomas Joscelyn discusses the latest al-Qaeda news and work from The Long War Journal.

4th April 2016 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Iran deploys special forces to Syria

Amir Toumaj

Iran’s army deployed Special Forces from the 65th Nohed Brigade on an advisory mission, army official said on Monday.

3rd April 2016 - The Long War Journal

Jihadists say airstrike killed veteran al Qaeda leader in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Jihadists on social media reported earlier today that Abu Firas al Suri, who served al Qaeda since the 1980s, was killed in an airstrike in Syria.

3rd April 2016 - The Long War Journal

US airstrike targets senior leader of Shabaab’s security and intelligence service

Bill Roggio

The US military targeted a senior al Qaeda leader who also serves in the Amniyat, a key security and intelligence organization within Shabaab, al Qaeda’s offical branch in Somalia, in an airstrike last week. The US military has not confirmed the death of Hassan Ali Dhoore, the dual hatted...

3rd April 2016 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front, allies launch offensive south of Aleppo

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Nusrah Front and allied rebel groups launched an offensive in the countryside south of the city of Aleppo on April 1. The battle began when three Al Nusrah suicide bombers struck positions occupied by Shiite militias and Syrian regime forces near the Talat al-‘Iss hill.

1st April 2016 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Turkey’s relationship with the US is reaching its breaking point

Aykan Erdemir

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Washington, DC, to attend President Barack Obama's final nuclear summit has been anything but smooth.

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