Analysis & Commentary


24th September 2014 - Foreign Policy

Thank You for Bombing

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Washington says its air war on the Islamic State (IS) militant group in Syria is part of a strategy to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the organization. It may have another effect: swelling al Qaeda's ranks and giving the jihadist group that Osama bin Laden founded a new lease on life.

24th September 2014 - Quoted by Guy Taylor and Maggie Ybarra - The Washington Times

Fears Grow That Obama Has ‘Paper Coalition’ in Arab World

Clifford D. May

The coalition of Arab nations that joined the U.S.-led air campaign in Syria signaled a new war on terror phase in which the Sunni Muslim-led states of the region are showing unprecedented willingness to take on Sunni Muslim extremists in their midst.

24th September 2014 - Al Jazeera America

Consider This

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman James Woolsey dissects President Obama's IS strategy.

24th September 2014 - Cited by Tim Starks - Roll Call

‘Bizarro World’ Indeed: Wall Street Journal Backs Obama on Syria, New York Times Doesn’t

Mark Dubowitz

Mark Dubowitz of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies isn’t wrong: He did wake up in Bizarro World. That said, the split between the editorial pages of the reliably liberal New York Times and reliably conservative Wall Street Journal over President Obama’s bombing campaign in Syria...

24th September 2014 - Quoted by David D. Kirkpatrick - The New York Times

ISIS’ Harsh Brand of Islam Is Rooted in Austere Saudi Creed

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Caliph Ibrahim, the leader of the Islamic State, appeared to come out of nowhere when he matter-of-factly proclaimed himself the ruler of all Muslims in the middle of an otherwise typical Ramadan sermon.

24th September 2014 - Quoted by Alex Rowell - Now Lebanon

ISIS, Nusra and “Khorasan”: What’s the Difference?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) jihadist faction – or “The Islamic State,” as it has called itself since declaring the establishment of a caliphate spanning eastern Syria and western Iraq in June – has been the target of over 190 American air strikes on the Iraqi side of...

24th September 2014 - Bloomberg TV

In the Loop with Betty Liu

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD Vice President for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses the Islamic State's black market oil trade.

23rd September 2014 - Quoted by Taylor Wofford - Newsweek

What Is the Khorasan Group and Why Is It Being Targeted by the U.S.?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In a briefing Monday, President Obama announced airstrikes against the Islamic State—the group more commonly known as ISIS—and Khorasan, which he described as being composed of “seasoned Al-Qaeda operatives” plotting against the U.S.

23rd September 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Airstrikes Target Al Nusrah Front, Islamic State in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Jihadists on Twitter have posted pictures of Al Nusrah Front locations struck in the US bombing campaign in Syria. The strikes are aimed at the so-called Khorasan group, which has been planning attacks against the US and its interests, as well as a number of other targets. Jihadists claim...

23rd September 2014 - 104.1 KQTH - Tucson, AZ

The Jon Justice Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross on US strikes against Khorasan.

23rd September 2014 - KFI AM 640 - Los Angeles, CA

The Bill Handel Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the latest US airstrikes in Syria.

23rd September 2014 - KFI AM 640 - Los Angeles, CA

Thompson & Espinosa

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross reveals the vulnerabilities of the Islamic State.

23rd September 2014 - CNN

New Day

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discussed the latest U.S. airstrikes in Syria and the threat ISIL poses to the US.

23rd September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Posts Photos Showing Aftermath of US Bombings

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has posted a series of photos purportedly showing sites struck by the US.

23rd September 2014 - Fox News

Special Report with Bret Baier

Thomas Joscelyn

US takes action against Al Qaeda offshoot group in Syria: Assessing threat posed by Khorasan

23rd September 2014 - Quoted by Josh Gerstein - Politico

Syria strikes complicate Obama’s U.N. diplomacy

David Andrew Weinberg

The first wave of airstrikes by U.S. and Arab military forces against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fighters inside Syria is sure to change the dynamics of President Barack Obama’s diplomacy this week as he and scores of other world leaders converge on the United Nations in New York...

23rd September 2014 - Sun News Network

Byline

Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD Senior Fellow Emanuele Ottolenghi discusses President Obama's speech on American strikes in Syria.

23rd September 2014 - Quoted by Eli Lake - The Daily Beast

Al Qaeda Plotters in Syria ‘Went Dark,’ U.S. Spies Say

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

U.S. intelligence agencies learned this summer of a plot from al Qaeda veterans in Syria to attack European and American airplanes. Then the Khorasan Group went dark.

22nd September 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Air War Against Jihadists in Syria Begins

Bill Roggio

Airstrikes targeted Islamic State command and control centers in Raqqah, the jihadist group's de facto capital in eastern Syria, as well as arms caches, supply depots, and ground units near the Iraqi border. Also, the US hit al Qaeda's Khorasan Group near Aleppo.

21st September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Threatens to Execute 2nd Lebanese Hostage

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has threatened to kill a second Lebanese hostage. The group has already executed a Lebanese soldier who had been held in its custody since August.

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