Analysis & Commentary

19th February 2015 - Cited by Ross Keith - Vocativ

How Many Fighters Does ISIS Have?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Nobody knows how big ISIS is—especially not Jeb Bush.

19th February 2015 - Cited by Michael B. Kelley - Business Insider

Turkey ‘Created a Monster and Doesn’t Know How to Deal With It’

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkey's notoriously lax border policies during the Syrian war are starting to catch up with Ankara and its allies who are trying to counter ISIS, Yaroslav Trofimov of The Wall Street Journal reports.

16th February 2015 - Quoted by Lucas Tomlinson -

ISIS Empire: Smuggling, Shakedowns, Donations Feed Swelling Terror Budget

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

As the Islamic State seeks to export its brand of barbaric terror to would-be affiliates, the U.S. faces a growing challenge to find the sources of ISIS funding and blunt its flow to allied militants.

13th February 2015 - The Long War Journal

New Al Nusrah Front Video Features Interview with Leader, Military Gains in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

An audio recording of Abu Muhammad al Julani, the emir of the Al Nusrah Front, introduces a newly-released video produced by the group. The video highlights Al Nusrah's purported military gains and ends with a clip of Ayman al Zawahiri calling for jihadist unity.

11th February 2015 - Quoted by Eli Lake - Bloomberg View

Foreign Recruits Are Islamic State’s Cannon Fodder

Thomas Joscelyn

Aspiring jihadists looking to join the Islamic State army are often lured to the front lines with promises of changing the course of history and reclaiming a lost Islamic empire.

11th February 2015 - FDD Press Release

U.S. Needs To Avoid Alliances With Iranian Proxies In Middle East, FDD Scholar Tells Congress

Tony Badran

Tony Badran, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told the House Foreign Affairs Committee Wednesday that Iran’s interest in becoming a Middle Easter power extends beyond the goal of nuclear weapons, and the United States must resist forming de facto alliances...

11th February 2015 - CNN

New Day

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross on estimates of the number of foreign fighters with the Islamic State.

9th February 2015 - The Long War Journal

Rebel Coalition in Syria Mourns al Qaeda Official Killed in US Airstrike in Yemen

Thomas Joscelyn

The Ansar al Din Front in Syria has released a statement mourning the death of Harith al Nadhari, a sharia official in al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula who was killed in a US drone strike on Jan. 31. The statement is further evidence that Ansar al Din is, at a minimum, closely allied with...

9th February 2015 - War on the Rocks

How Many Fighters Does the Islamic State Really Have?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Estimates of the number of fighters in the ranks of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are extraordinarily wide-ranging. On the low end of things, CNN’s Barbara Starr recently reported that “U.S. intelligence estimates that ISIL has a total force of somewhere between 9,000...

9th February 2015 - The Long War Journal

State Department Designates German Rapper Turned Islamic State ‘Operative’

Thomas Joscelyn

The State Department today announced that Denis Cuspert has been added to the US government's list of specially designated global terrorists.

7th February 2015 - Fox News

America’s News HQ

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses how US foreign policy contributes to situations like the current unrest in Syria and Ukraine.

6th February 2015 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: The Islamic State Claims Jordanian Airstrikes Killed an American Hostage

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State claims that an American hostage was killed during Jordanian airstrikes earlier today. However, the statement could very well be a propaganda ploy.

6th February 2015 - The Long War Journal

Jihadists Continue to Advertise Training Camps in Iraq and Syria

Bill Roggio

Training camps belonging to the Islamic State, Ansar al Islam, the Al Nusrah Front, Ansar Sham, the Kurdish Islamic Front, the Turkistan Islamic Party, and the small Uzbek group Katibat al Tawhid wal Jihad have been identified in Iraq and Syria. The total number of training camps identified...

5th February 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Jihadists Celebrate Release of Anti-Islamic State Ideologue

Thomas Joscelyn

Jordan has reportedly released Abu Muhammad al Maqdisi. The move was celebrated by al Qaeda jihadists on social media, including those belonging to the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria.

4th February 2015 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: DIA Head Warns al Qaeda in Syria May Gain Ground in 2015

Thomas Joscelyn

Lieutenant General Vincent R. Stewart, the director of the DIA, testified before the House Armed Services Committee yesterday. Stewart warned that al Qaeda in Syria may gain ground in 2015, the Islamic State remains capable of launching offensive operations despite the coalition's air...

4th February 2015 - Fox News

The O’Reilly Factor

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn discusses what it would take to defeat the Islamic State.

3rd February 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Burns Captured Jordanian Pilot Alive

Bill Roggio

First Lieutenant Mu'adh Yusuf al Kasasibah was burned alive in a cage by Islamic State fighters.

3rd February 2015 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

New Video Overshadows IS Obsession With Kobani, Possible Flaws

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Photos and video of Jordanian Air Force pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh being burned alive at the hands of his Islamic State captors had U.S. officials searching for words, trying to describe another act of violence committed by a group that has continually found a way to shock the Western world....

2nd February 2015 - 770 WABC-AM - New York, New York

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss the topics of their latest pieces for the Long War Journal, including: US drone strikes in Yemen, the Islamic State, and the green-on-blue attacks in Afghanistan.

2nd February 2015 - Business Insider

Iran’s Push Into Syria Means Another War Between Hezbollah and Israel is All but Inevitable

Tony Badran

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah finally delivered his long-postponed speech on Friday, after his group claimed responsibility for the attack against an Israeli patrol in the Shebaa area two days earlier.


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