Analysis & Commentary

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.

31st January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Battles Western-Backed Rebels Outside Aleppo

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front has taken the fight to the Hazm Movement in the areas surrounding Aleppo. Hazm is one of the few rebel groups to receive Western aid and arms in the Syrian war.

27th January 2015 - Quoted by Steve Contorno - Politifact

Barack Obama Says America ‘Is Stopping’ Islamic State’s Progress in Iraq and Syria

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

President Barack Obama briefly updated Americans on the state of the Islamic State during his State of the Union address.

27th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State is Forced From Kobane

Bill Roggio

After months of fighting for control of the Syrian border town, the Islamic State has withdrawn from Kobane in the face of advances by Kurdish forces and Syrian rebels.

27th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Islamic State Sleeper Cells a Threat to Turkey

Jonathan Schanzer, Merve Tahiroglu

Turkey's lax border policies backfire as the Islamic State threatens to bite the hand that feeds.

26th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front, Western-Backed Rebels Overrun Key Regime Base South of Damascus

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front and Ahrar al Sham fought side-by-side with Western-backed rebels in a battle to take a key Assad regime base in southern Syria.

25th January 2015 - Cited by Simon Tisdall - The Guardian

US Changes its Tune on Syrian Regime Change as ISIS Threat Takes Top Priority

Tony Badran

US backing for Syria peace talks hosted by the Russian government in Moscow this week is being seen as further evidence that the Obama administration has quietly dropped its longstanding demand that President Bashar al-Assad step down as part of any settlement.

24th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Iranian Political and Military Leaders Laud Qods Force General Killed in Syria

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Political and Military elites of the Islamic Republic weigh-in on the death of Brigadier General Mohammad-Ali Allah-Dadi, the IRGC-QF member killed in Syria by an Israeli helicopter attack.Their commentary indicates a desire to establish deterrence, at least rhetorically, and tout their...

21st January 2015 - Voice of America

VOA News

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses the goals of the Islamic State in Syria.

21st January 2015 - Quoted by Carla Babb - VOA News

Obama Praises US-led Coalition, Syrian Training to Defeat IS

Jonathan Schanzer

In his State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday, President Barack Obama described U.S. efforts to defeat the Islamic State group in Syria, including the training of Syrian moderates to lead the battle.

19th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Senior Qods Force General Killed in Suspected Israeli Airstrike

Ali Alfoneh, Bill Roggio

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps confirmed that Brigadier General Mohammad Ali Allah-Dadi was killed in an airstrike in Syria. He was assigned to help Hezbollah and Syria battle jihadist groups.

15th January 2015 - Business Insider

Hezbollah, Iran, And The Assad Regime Are Trying To Cash In On The Paris Attacks

Tony Badran

France’s pain is an opportunity for others to gain.

12th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

CENTCOM Sites Hacked with Pro-Islamic State Propaganda

Thomas Joscelyn

Hacker(s) purportedly serving the Islamic State hacked CENTCOM's official Twitter feed and YouTube page on Monday.

8th January 2015 - Business Insider

The US Is Increasingly Aligning Itself With Russia And Iran On Syria

Tony Badran

The meeting on Syria that Russia intends to organize in Moscow later this month is, predictably, proving to be a complete fiasco.

8th January 2015 - The Spectator

The Truth About ISIS… They’re Better at Twitter Than War

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

At this point in the war between the jihadist group known as the Islamic State and a US-led international coalition, many observers are wondering how Isis keeps winning.

6th January 2015 - The Atlantic

ISIS Is Losing Its Greatest Weapon: Momentum

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

There was a time when the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria appeared unstoppable.


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