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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.

20th September 2015 - Quoted by Howard Altman - The Tampa Tribune

Despite Attention to Islamic State, al-Qaida May Be Bigger Threat, Report Says

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Thanks to its well-publicized savagery, the Sunni jihadi group calling itself Islamic State is gaining the lion’s share of attention given to violent Islamic extremist groups by the military and the media.

17th September 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Iran Still Operating U.S.-Sanctioned Airline in Support of Assad, IRGC

Benjamin Weinthal, Emanuele Ottolenghi

An Iranian airline is still operating in Europe, which it uses as a base to provide arms, fighters, and logistical support to the Syrian regime despite American sanctions against it. Benjamin Weinthal and Emanuele Ottolenghi, fellows at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, reported...

17th September 2015 - Radio Live

Paul Henry Show

Paul Henry talks with European journalist Claudia Rosett on the migrant situation at the Hungary-Serbia border. What can be done in Europe about the migrant crisis?

17th September 2015 - AM 970 The Answer

The Joe Piscopo Show

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May comments on ISIS, Vladimir Putin, and the refugee crisis.

17th September 2015 - 104.1 KQTH

The Jon Justice Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses ISIS, Al Qaeda, and Syria.

17th September 2015 - Quoted by Jeremy Bender - Business Insider

One of ISIS’ Commanders Was a ‘Star Pupil’ of US-special Forces Training In the Country of Georgia

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Aside from ISIS' 'caliph' Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Georgian ex-commando Omar al-Shishani might be the most recognizable and popular of the powerful militant group's leaders.

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