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10th December 2015 - Newsmax TV

The Hard Line

David Andrew Weinberg

FDD senior fellow David Weinberg on Def. Sec. Ash Carter and ISIS.

9th December 2015 - FOX Business

Lou Dobbs Tonight

John Hannah

FDD senior counselor John Hannah on the threat of ISIS and Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslim immigration to the U.S.

9th December 2015 - Quoted by Alessandria Masi - International Business Times

Turkey, Russia, Iraq And Syria

Jonathan Schanzer

Oil has long been the dark, viscous gold fueling the Islamic State group’s vicious insurgency. As the group known as ISIS has captured broad swaths of Iraq and Syria, it has financed the purchase of arms and recruits in large part by seizing fertile oil fields, harvesting revenues reaching...

9th December 2015 - Quoted by Howard LaFranchi - The Christian Science Monitor

Breaking The ISIS Economy, Bit By Bit

Jonathan Schanzer

The finance ministers set to meet at the United Nations can’t put the Islamic State in a financial vise. But they can deliver some critical blows to an organization already showing signs of financial strain.

8th December 2015 - Foreign Policy

Can the Pentagon Still Save the U.S. from Obama’s ISIS Failure?

John Hannah

It's about time. More than three weeks after the massacres in Paris, four days after the worst terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11, and only after he’d completed a foreign jaunt to rally the world to fight the scourge of, umm, climate change, U.S. President Barack Obama at last...

7th December 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Russia Appears to Have ‘Gone Ballistic’ in Syria — and It May Be Helping ISIS

Boris Zilberman, Tony Badran

Russia is showing no signs that it intends to forgive and forget Turkey's decision to down a Russian warplane two weeks ago.

7th December 2015 - Hoover Institution

“Fighting” The Islamic State

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Can the United States stop the Syrian refugee crisis and destroy the Islamic State without sending tens of thousands of soldiers into Syria and Iraq? Hillary Clinton and the Republican presidential candidates—with the notable exception of Senator Lindsey Graham—have so far studiously...

7th December 2015 - OANN

The Tipping Point with Liz Wheeler

Clifford D. May

FDD President Cliff May discusses U.S. foreign policy, San Bernardino, and radicalization.

7th December 2015 - The Rebel Media

The Ezra Levant Show

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May says the US needs to adopt a different strategy if it wants to win the fight against ISIS.

7th December 2015 - Quoted by Shane Dixon Kavanaugh - Vocativ

ISIS And Americans Agree On Something: War

David Andrew Weinberg

For the first time, a majority of Americans are gunning to send U.S. combat troops into Syria and Iraq to battle the Islamic State. The terror group wants exactly the same thing, according to the president and a number of foreign policy experts.

7th December 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Iran Declares Assad Must Stay Amid Mounting Evidence That He Is Working with ISIS

Tony Badran, Reuel Marc Gerecht

An advisor to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that the removal of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad was a “red line” that Iran would not cross, Reuters reported on Sunday.

4th December 2015 - Militaryedge.org

Putin’s S-400 Power-Play in Syria

Patrick Megahan

Russia is upping the ante in the Eastern Mediterranean in response to the downing of its fighter jet by Turkish F-16s last week.

4th December 2015 - Quoted by Lee Smith - Tablet Magazine

Special Treatment for Mideast Christians Is Un-American, and Dumb

Tony Badran

Jeb Bush says he’s not sorry that he thinks Middle East Christians warrant special attention and protection from America. He’s defending himself against President Barack Obama who says that the former governor of Florida is wrong to say Christians deserve preferential treatment since...

4th December 2015 - The New America Foundation

Islamic State vs. Al-Qaeda

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda are currently involved in an intense competition.

4th December 2015 - Quoted by Steven Lee Myers and Somini Sengupta - The New York Times

U.S. Presses for U.N. Resolution to Fight ISIS’ Financing

David Andrew Weinberg

The United States and Russia are negotiating a new resolution at the United Nations Security Council intended to strengthen international efforts to cut off revenues that the Islamic State raises to govern territory and spread its ideology.

4th December 2015 - Interviewed by Eric Heyl - The Pittsburgh Tribune

‘This Is Not a War We Can’t Win’: Fighting ISIS

Clifford D. May

Clifford D. May is the founder and president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington, D.C., policy institute specializing in national security and foreign policy issues. He spoke to the Trib regarding how best to thwart the threat posed by ISIS and other jihadist groups....

3rd December 2015 - Quoted by Jeremy Bender - Business Insider

Report: Russia Is Building A Second Military Airbase In Syria

Boris Zilberman

Russia is planning on expanding an Assad regime air base in central Syria into a second base of operations for Moscow's air assets in the war-torn country, various sources report.

3rd December 2015 - Tablet Magazine

Understanding Syria: Whose Side Are We On, Anyway?

Tony Badran

The White House and the Kremlin are currently working in parallel toward a common objective in Syria: cutting off support to Syrian rebels fighting the Assad regime by closing the Turkish-Syrian border.

2nd December 2015 - The Wall Street Journal

How Turkey’s Porous Border With Syria Ties Into Islamic State Financing

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkey must “do more within its own territory, so it controls its border, which it has not done effectively since [Islamic State] first arose,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter told the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday.

2nd December 2015 - Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Iran To Hit ‘Jackpot’ With Sanctions Relief, GOP Lawmaker Claims

While a key Republican on foreign policy says Iran about to hit the “jackpot” of sanctions relief, a former top Obama administration counterterrorism official argues that Iran can be trusted to not use money for expanding its military proxy and terrorist-support operations in the Middle...

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