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20th November 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

U.S. Pilots Confirm: Obama Admin Blocks 75 Percent of Islamic State Strikes

Jonathan Schanzer

U.S. military pilots who have returned from the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq are confirming that they were blocked from dropping 75 percent of their ordnance on terror targets because they could not get clearance to launch a strike, according to a leading member of Congress.

20th November 2015 - Quoted by Morgan Chalfant - The Washington Free Breacon

Iranian Fighter Jets Escort Russian Long-Range Bombers to Syria

Boris Zilberman

The Russian Defense Ministry on Friday released multiple videos showing Moscow’s continued air and sea operations against targets in Syria.

20th November 2015 - CNN

The Situation Room

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on the use of amphetamines by Syrian fighters.

19th November 2015 - Quoted by Saeed Kamali Dehghan - The Guardian

How Paris Attacks Have Strengthened Iran’s Position Over Syria

The attacks in Paris may have postponed Hassan Rouhani’s highly-anticipated visit to the Élysée Palace, which was scheduled for this week, but the Iranian president will soon travel to France with a better bargaining position over Syria.

18th November 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

BREMMER: The Paris Attacks Put Russia and Iran ‘In a Stronger Position’

Jonathan Schanzer

France has declared war on the Islamic State, and it is looking for partners.

18th November 2015 - CBS

CBS News

Reuel Marc Gerecht

FDD senior fellow Reuel Marc Gerecht comments on ISIS and the intel community.

18th November 2015 - CNN

The Situation Room

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on the manhunt to find Abdelhamid Abaaoud.

18th November 2015 - CBC Radio

The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti

Benjamin Weinthal

FDD research fellow Benjamin Weinthal comments on the use of NATO's Article 5 in response to the Paris attacks.

18th November 2015 - Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Putin’s Help in Islamic State Fight Seen Likely to Come With Strings Attached

Boris Zilberman

Western sanctions and international outrage over the invasion of Ukraine were supposed to leave Russian President Vladimir Putin isolated and weakened on the world stage, but that was before the surge of international attacks by the Islamic State found President Obama and other Western...

17th November 2015 - MSNBC

Live with Jose Diaz-Balart

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman R. James Woolsey discusses the response from the U.S. following the Paris attacks.

17th November 2015 - The Wall Street Journal

Opinion Journal

Jonathan Schanzer

Foundation for Defense of Democracies Vice President for Research Jonathan Schanzer explains the terrorist group’s funding sources and method of financing attacks.

17th November 2015 - Quoted by Justin Green - IJ Review

When Syrian Refugees Were Asked If They Favor ISIS, The Number Who Said YES is Disturbing

David Andrew Weinberg

As the United States fiercely debates whether we should accept Syrian refugees, there’s one number in particular we should be giving our full attention.

17th November 2015 - Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

Turning Back Syrian Refugees Isn’t Just Wrong — It Helps ISIS

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

As French authorities combed an area just outside the Stade de France, where on Friday night a suicide bomber detonated an explosive vest meant for the crowd of thousands just inside, they found a small object that has since become the subject of enormous international attention: a Syrian...

17th November 2015 - Berlin Policy Journal

The Twisted Tehran-Moscow Axis

17th November 2015 - CNN

Early Start

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the Paris attacks and the downed Russian plane.

16th November 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer comments on France's airstrikes in Syria and the Paris attacks.

16th November 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn comment on the French response to the attacks in Paris.

16th November 2015 - FOX News

The O’Reilly Factor

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman Jim Woolsey discusses U.S. strategy after the Paris attacks.

16th November 2015 - FOX Business

Varney & Co.

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman R. James Woolsey on how the U.S. and Europe should deal with ISIS.

16th November 2015 - FOX Business

Lou Dobbs Tonight

John Hannah

FDD senior counselor John Hannah on the fight against ISIS and President Obama’s strategy for defeating the terror group.

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