Analysis & Commentary

29th September 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

‘Putin Has Now Given Obama the Perfect Cover to Do Nothing About Assad’

Tony Badran

Russia's incursion into Syria and expanding influence throughout the Middle East have offered the Obama administration something it has sought since the Syrian civil war erupted in 2011: a way to stay in the background.

29th September 2015 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

Global Efforts Fail to Stem Flow of Foreign Fighters to Syria, Iraq

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Slow progress in the U.S.-led effort to ultimately destroy the Islamic State terror group is being mirrored by equally sluggish progress in the attempt to stem the flow of foreign fighters to the combat zones in Syria and Iraq.

28th September 2015 -


John Hannah

KT McFarland and John Hannah discuss how Iran deal affects war against ISIS, relations with Israel.

28th September 2015 - Newsmax TV

The Hard Line

Claudia Rosett

FDD Journalist-in-Residence Claudia Rosett discusses the different the UN speeches of Presidents Obama and Putin concerning the crisis in Syria.

28th September 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Tablet: Palestinian Authority Should Help Refugees By Returning Embezzled Aid Money

Jonathan Schanzer

If Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announces at the United Nations General Assembly next week that the Oslo Accords are dead, as he is expected to do, then he should relinquish the billions of dollars of aid the PA has misappropriated and use it to help real refugees, Liel...

28th September 2015 - Quoted by Pamela Engel - Business Insider

‘Network Effect’: ISIS is Still Gaining Foreign Recruits at an Alarming Rate

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Despite Western efforts to counter extremism and terrorism recruiting, tens of thousands of foreigners have traveled to the Middle East to join groups like ISIS, The New York Times reports. The number of people who have traveled to Iraq and Syria to join jihadist groups has doubled in the...

28th September 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss developments across the Middle East.

27th September 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

‘It’s Classic Putin’: Russia’s Big Move in the Middle East Goes Beyond Syria

Tony Badran

Iraq announced on Sunday that it had reached a deal with Russia to begin sharing "security and intelligence" information about ISIS, the Associated Press reported. The announcement came amid reports that Russian, Syrian, and Iranian military advisers had begun building a coordination cell in...

27th September 2015 - Quoted by Nancy A. Youssef - The Daily Beast

The British Punk Rocker Widow Who Wants to Run ISIS’s Hackers

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

A navel-baring British punk rocker turned Islamic State widow is now aiming for a leadership role in the terror group’s cadre of hackers and online recruiters, United States officials believe.

26th September 2015 - Forbes

We’re Losing The War, Do Something

Michael Ledeen

What will it take to get pundits and pols to stop looking at the current crisis as a random collection of national and regional issues, rather than what it is: a global war? They ought to be able to see it easily by taking a snapshot of current events in and around Syria.

26th September 2015 - The Long War Journal

US-backed Rebels Handed Over Equipment to al Qaeda in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

US-backed rebels in the so-called “New Syrian Forces” (NSF) have turned over at least some of their equipment and ammunition to a “suspected” intermediary for Al Nusrah Front, US Central Command (CENTCOM) conceded in a statement released late yesterday. The coalition-provided...

25th September 2015 - Quoted by Pamela Engel - Business Insider

ISIS Has a Cash-Flow Problem

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The ISIS economy is struggling. A little more than a year after declaring an Islamic caliphate in Iraq and Syria, the extremist group is having a hard time keeping the promises it made to those living in its territory, Newsweek reports.

24th September 2015 - The Long War Journal

Uighur Jihadist Group in Syria Advertises ‘Little Jihadists’

Bill Roggio

The Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP), an al Qaeda-affiliated Uighur jihadist group that is operating in Syria, recently released a video that includes photos of children with weapons and jihadist garb accompanied by an Uighur-language nasheed [A cappella Islamic music]. The children were...

24th September 2015 - Quoted by Liel Leibovitz - Tablet Magazine

Want To Really Help Refugees?

Jonathan Schanzer

Forget the pope: The only truly important dignitary visiting New York for the United Nations General Assembly this week is Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. That’s because Abbas, unlike most of his powerful peers, may actually hold the key to world peace.

23rd September 2015 - The Long War Journal

Foreign Fighter Group Officially Joins Al Nusrah Front

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

Jaish al Muhajireen wal Ansar (JMWA, or “the Army of the Emigrants and Helpers”) has sworn allegiance to the Al Nusrah Front, an official branch of al Qaeda. The move is hardly surprising, as JMWA, which is comprised mainly of foreign fighters, has long fought alongside Al Nusrah and...

22nd September 2015 - Quoted by Pamela Engel - Business Insider

‘Muslims Are Fleeing in Droves’: ISIS Suddenly Has a Caliphate Problem

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Islamic State terror group has released a barrage of propaganda videos last week targeting refugees and telling them to come join the "caliphate" instead of fleeing to "xenophobic" Europe.

22nd September 2015 - Quoted by James Rosen - McClatchy DC

Third Time’s the Charm: French Agent Who Defected to al Qaida Finally Killed

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

A Frenchman who’d escaped at least two earlier U.S.-led attempts on his life for defecting to al Qaida died in a July airstrike, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

22nd September 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Betrand and Pamela Engel - Business Insider

John Kerry is Helping Putin Validate Assad’s Dubious Narrative on the Refugee Crisis

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

US Secretary of State John Kerry said recently that ISIS is "the most significant player" driving the refugee crisis in Europe, which goes against expert opinion and helps support the narrative of a dictator who's desperate to hold onto power in the Middle East.

22nd September 2015 - FOX Business

Lou Dobbs Tonight

John Hannah

FDD Senior Counselor John Hannah discusses Russia's military build up in Syria and the Syrian refugee crisis.

21st September 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio & Thomas Joscelyn discuss Syria, al Qaeda, and radicalization.


Ali Alfoneh

Senior Fellow

Tony Badran

Research Fellow, Levant

Mark Dubowitz

Executive Director

Aykan Erdemir

Nonresident Senior Fellow


Yaya J. Fanusie

Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance - Director of Analysis

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