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18th September 2014 - 104.1 KQTH - Tucson, AZ

The Jon Justice Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the latest video released by IS.

18th September 2014 - Now Lebanon

Bigotry Behind The Cassock

Tony Badran

Last week, an indignant audience including prelates and leaders of the Eastern Christian churches, booed Senator Ted Cruz off the stage while he was speaking in Washington at the gala dinner for a conference held by the In Defense of Christians (IDC) organization.

18th September 2014 - Quoted by Deborah Haynes - The Times of London

Jihadist in Beheading Video May Have Taken Drugs

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The militant who boasted in a video of beheading the British hostage David Haines slurred his words, in a sign that he may have been intoxicated or stressed, scientific analysis of his voice has suggested.

18th September 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Tony Badran

FDD Research Fellow Tony Badran on the continued threat of al Nusrah.

17th September 2014 - CNN

The Situation Room

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross analyzes IS's latest recruitment video release.

17th September 2014 - Radio America

Radio America with Greg Corombos

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May discusses President Obama's IS strategy.

17th September 2014 - Cited by Julian E. Barnes and Carol E. Lee - The Wall Street Journal

Obama Plans to Tightly Control Strikes on Syria

The U.S. military campaign against Islamist militants in Syria is being designed to allow President Barack Obama to exert a high degree of personal control, going so far as to require that the military obtain presidential signoff for strikes in Syrian territory, officials said.

17th September 2014 - Quoted by Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

Like A Sibling Spat for Attention, Islamic State-al Qaeda ‘Competition’ Could Prompt U.S. Strikes

Bill Roggio

Islamic State militants may now be engaged in a competition with al Qaeda to be the successors to Osama bin Laden’s terrorist empire, with disastrous implications for Americans’ safety, top security officials said Wednesday.

17th September 2014 - War on the Rocks

The Islamic State’s Vulnerability

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

As the U.S. military joins with its allies and temporarily-aligned enemies to fulfill President Obama’s promise to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the self-proclaimed caliphate that spans portions of Iraq and Syria, it’s worth understanding the vulnerability of that foe.

16th September 2014 - KCRW - Los Angeles, CA

To the Point

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD Vice President for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses the threat the Islamic State poses to the US.

16th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Branches Urge Jihadist Unity Against US

Thomas Joscelyn

AQAP and AQIM have issued a joint statement encouraging the jihadists in Syria to unite in the face of the American-led opposition. However, the statement should not be read as an indication that they are breaking ranks from al Qaeda. The two groups also offer their condolences for the Ahrar...

15th September 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

We Called It: Obama Trying to Cozy Up to Iran

Mark Dubowitz

Last week we suspected Dennis Ross, former adviser to President Obama, was trying to wave the administration off from its desire to reconcile with Iran.

15th September 2014 - The Weekly Standard

They Have a Strategy

Thomas Joscelyn

During a press conference on August 28, Barack Obama had a rare moment of candor.

15th September 2014 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - The Daily Beast

Who Are These ‘Moderate’ Syrians Obama Wants to Pit Against ISIS?

Jonathan Schanzer

There were few modern democrats among the armed opposition to Assad two years ago. There are far fewer now. So who can Obama trust not to turn Western-supplied weapons against us later?

15th September 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn outline the shortcomings of President Obama's IS strategy.

13th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Beheads British Citizen, Threatens Another

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State released a video of the beheading of David Cawthorne Haines, a British citizen who was kidnapped while providing security for an aid group in Syria's Idlib province in March 2013.

12th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Al Nusrah Front Explains Decision to Release UN Peacekeepers

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, explained its decision to release more than 40 UN peacekeepers in a video released earlier this week. The group disputes published reports saying that it demanded to be taken off the UN's list of designated terrorist organizations....

12th September 2014 - CTV

CTV News

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD Vice President for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses the building of a coalition against the Islamic State.

12th September 2014 - AM 560 The Answer, Chicago, IL

John Howell & Amy Jacobson

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May discusses President Obama's recent address on IS strategy.

12th September 2014 - Cited by Andrew C. McCarthy - National Review Online

From No Strategy to Sorry Strategy

Benjamin Weinthal, Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

Two weekends ago, i.e., between President Obama’s admission that he had no strategy for confronting the Islamic State terrorist organization and his adoption of a sorry strategy this week, I contended here that...

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