Analysis & Commentary


10th October 2014 - Fox News

Happening Now

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer on Turkey's role in the fight against the Islamic State.

10th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Releases Photos of Training Camp in Eastern Syria

Bill Roggio

The al Qaeda branch is operating camps in Syria despite US airstrikes, which have not targeted the group since Sept. 22.

9th October 2014 - Quoted by Selcan Hacaoglu - Bloomberg

Kurdish Ammo Runs Low in Kobani as Turkey Controls Exit

Merve Tahiroglu

Kurds defending Kobani risk running out of ammunition as Islamic State surrounds the town and Turkey controls their only outlet, according to a Kurdish lawmaker in Turkey and observers of the fighting in Syria.

9th October 2014 - Politico

Time to Kick Turkey Out of NATO?

Jonathan Schanzer

The Kurdish town of Kobane in western Syria is under siege by the Islamic State

8th October 2014 - Quoted by Maurizio Molinari - La Stampa

Raid contro l’Isis poco efficaci. L’America prova ad accelerare

Jonathan Schanzer

Dopo i successi a Mosul e Sinjar le bombe non sono riuscite a fermare i jihadisti a Kobani e Baghdad. Ora la Turchia chiede truppe di terra, ed entrano i campo elicotteri Apache e istruttori. Basteranno?

8th October 2014 - Quoted by Charles Hoskinson - The Washington Examiner

Fatal Flaw in Obama ISIS Strategy?

Tony Badran

As the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria makes gains on the battlefield despite two weeks of punishing airstrikes, potential U.S. allies are frustrated by the weak spot in President Obama's Syria strategy — how to handle Syrian President Bashar Assad.

8th October 2014 - KFI AM 640 - Los Angeles, CA

The Bill Handel Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross on the Islamic State's advance towards Kobane.

8th October 2014 - CNN

The Situation Room

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on the possibility of American fighters in ISIL

7th October 2014 - Cited by Ayla Albayrak - The Wall Street Journal

Turkey’s President Calls for Ground Troops to Fight Islamic State

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday the besieged Syrian city of Kobani was in imminent danger of falling to Islamic State and called on the U.S.-led coalition fighting the radical group to bolster its air raids with ground operations.

6th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Releases Video, Photos from Battle Against Hezbollah

Oren Adaki, Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front reportedly launched attacks on a number of Hezbollah outposts yesterday. The group has released a video and pictures from one of its raids.

5th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Group Urges Jihadists in Iraq and Syria ‘to Reconcile’

Bill Roggio

Omar Khalid al Khorasani, a top leader in Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, offered to help mediate the dispute between the Islamic State and the Al Nusrah Front and other jihadist rivals.

3rd October 2014 - Quoted by Dina Temple-Raston - NPR

Al-Qaida Reasserts Itself With Khorasan Group

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

One of the first targets of U.S. airstrikes in Syria was an al-Qaida unit that American officials call the Khorasan Group.

3rd October 2014 - Quoted by James Gordon Meek - ABCNews

From Bang to Whimper, ISIS Propaganda Withers Under US Strikes

Thomas Joscelyn

As explosions erupted from airstrikes in Iraq and Syria over the past 12 days in the U.S.-led military campaign against terrorists there, the sounds of silence from jihadi propagandists also have intensified.

3rd October 2014 - CBC Radio

The Current

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn discusses the relationship between Khorasan and Al Qaeda.

3rd October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Beheads Another Brit, Threatens American Aid Worker

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State carried through on its threat to execute British aid worker Alan Henning, and said former US Army Ranger Peter Edward Kassig is next.

2nd October 2014 - Quoted by Trinh Theresa Do - CBCNews

Khorasan Group Shows Why al-Qaeda is Still a Force to Be Reckoned With

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The U.S. and its allies have dropped a torrent of missiles on Iraq and Syria in an attempt to stamp out militant group ISIS.

2nd October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Propaganda Focuses on Iranian Influence in Lebanon, Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front continues to use its Lebanese hostages in its propaganda campaign against Iran and Hezbollah.

1st October 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Official Calls on Rival Factions in Syria to Unite Against West

Oren Adaki, Thomas Joscelyn

Nasser bin Ali al Ansi, an AQAP leader, is featured in a new video calling on rival jihadists in Iraq and Syria to unite against their common enemies. Al Ansi says the jihadists should form a "coalition" to strike America.

30th September 2014 - Fox News

America’s Newsroom

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman James Woolsey discusses whether US intelligence underestimated the threat of IS.

30th September 2014 - Now Lebanon

Is a Buffer Zone on the Israeli-Syrian Border Feasible?

Tony Badran

With the US still unwilling to lead efforts to create buffer zones around Syria, complicated challenges remain for neighboring states.

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