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12th September 2014 - Quoted by Dugald McConnell and Brian Todd - CNN

Obama’s Critics Dismiss Yemen, Somalia Airstrikes as Model to Fight ISIS

Thomas Joscelyn

When President Barack Obama said that U.S. strategy to combat the terror group ISIS could follow the models of strikes in Yemen and Somalia, it drew a swift rebuttal from some top Republicans.

12th September 2014 - Quoted by Krishnadev Calamur - NPR

Are Yemen And Somalia Good Examples Of U.S. Anti-Terror Strategy?

Bill Roggio

President Obama in his speech Wednesday night said the strategy the U.S. would pursue against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria would be similar to how it targeted al-Qaida affiliates in Yemen and Somalia.

11th September 2014 - WAVA-FM, Washington, DC

The Don Kroah Show

Clifford D. May

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

11th September 2014 - VOA Persian

VOA Persian

Ali Alfoneh

FDD Senior Fellow Ali Alfoneh participates in a debate on the Obama administration's policy towards the Islamic State.

11th September 2014 - CBN

CBN News Today

Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellow Bill Roggio discusses the shortcomings of President Obama's strategy against ISIS.

11th September 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

How should Republicans respond to Obama’s speech on the Islamic State?

Clifford D. May

As Republicans contemplate their response to the president’s speech, they would do well to consider his omissions and strange notions about whom we are fighting and what sort of threat our foes pose.

11th September 2014 - CNN

The Situation Room

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn discusses the potential ineffectiveness of US airstrikes based on past operations in Yemen and Somalia.

11th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Strategy Against Islamic State to Mirror Counterterrorism Efforts in Yemen, Somalia

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Obama described the counterterrorism strategy in Yemen and Somalia as "one that we have successfully pursued ... for years." However, several years of cooperation with willing partners have yielded questionable results.

11th September 2014 - Cited by Ishaan Tharoor - The Washington Post

Yemen and Somalia Are Examples of U.S. Mission Creep, Not Success

In his speech Wednesday night, President Obama laid out in somewhat unclear terms the planned U.S. campaign to combat the Islamic State, a murderous terrorist organization that has gained strength in the midst of political chaos in Iraq and Syria.

11th September 2014 - Quoted by Bruce Wallace - PRI

ISIS Has Mastered High-End Video Production in its New Propaganda Wing

The terrorist group ISIS is known for its sophisticated social media outreach. Now it seems they are bringing that sophistication to their video propaganda, too.

11th September 2014 - Fox Business

After the Bell

Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD Senior Fellow Emanuele Ottolenghi discusses sources of funding for the Islamic State.

10th September 2014 - Fox News

Happening Now

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn discussing Obama's potential strategy to tackle ISIS.

10th September 2014 - BBC Persian

BBC Persian News

Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD Senior Fellow Emanuele Ottolenghi discusses America's IS strategy.

10th September 2014 - The Weekly Standard

Don’t Forget About Al Qaeda

Thomas Joscelyn

President Obama is set to discuss his plan for confronting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in a primetime speech this evening.

10th September 2014 - Cited by Julian E. Barnes and Siobhan Gorman - The Wall Street Journal

U.S. to Rely on Local Forces to Fight Islamic State

A cornerstone of the expanded U.S. military campaign against Islamic State militants will be reliance on U.S.-trained local forces to confront the group head on.

10th September 2014 - Quoted by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

ISIS Doesn’t Have Much Of An Ability To Strike The Continental US — At Least For Now

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Tonight, President Barack Obama will lay out a strategy for countering the rise of ISIS in a prime-time address from the White House.

10th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Releases Eulogy Commemorating Ahrar al Sham Leaders

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has released a statement honoring the Ahrar al Sham leaders killed in yesterday's explosion. Al Nusrah says they were among the "best" of men and leaders.

10th September 2014 - Cited by Mark Landler - The New York Times

Obama, in Speech on ISIS, Promises Sustained Effort to Rout Militants

President Obama on Wednesday authorized a major expansion of the military campaign against rampaging Sunni militants in the Middle East, including American airstrikes in Syria and the deployment of 475 more military advisers to Iraq.

9th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Head of Islamic Front, Other Senior Leaders Killed in Explosion

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic Front announced today that more than one dozen of its senior leaders were killed in a car bombing in Idlib. Among the slain leaders is Hassan Abboud, who was the leader of Ahrar al Sham and the head of the Islamic Front's political office. Abboud was especially close to Ayman al...

9th September 2014 - 104.1 KQTH, Tucson

The Jon Justice Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses what President Obama might say in his upcoming speech on ISIS.

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