Analysis & Commentary

3rd August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Takes Control of Sinjar, Mosul Dam in Northern Iraq

Bill Roggio

Kurdish forces are reported to have fled Sinjar and the Mosul Dam after minimal fighting. The town of Zumar was abandoned after heavy clashes.

31st July 2014 - 104.1 KQTH, Tucson

The Jon Justice Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, discusses the Middle East's descent into chaos.

24th July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Describes Its Seizure of Central Syrian Gas Field

Oren Adaki

The Islamic State's media office in Homs province released a report earlier this week detailing the terror group's takeover of a large gas facility in central Syria.

23rd July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic Front rejects rival’s caliphate, as well as proposed emirate in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic Front, a coalition of several leading insurgent groups in Syria, has issued a statement rejecting any attempt by its fellow insurgency groups to unilaterally create a new government.

23rd July 2014 - Quoted by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

The Remarkable Story Of A Rising Terrorism Analyst Who Got Too Close To His Subjects

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Ayman Al Tamimi's career came apart in public last week.

11th July 2014 - Quoted by Oren Dorell & Mariam Hamed - USA Today

Israel Vows To Continue Airstrikes Despite Growing Pressure

Tony Badran

As the Palestinian death toll rose, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Friday to continue to target members of Hamas with air strikes in Gaza until rockets the militant group has been firing into Israel from the southern border halt.

11th July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Calls for Reconciliation in Syria, Avoids Mentioning Islamic State’s Caliphate

Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban has released a statement calling on rival jihadist factions in Syria to reconcile. The Taliban avoids any mention of the Islamic State, which recently decreed...

10th July 2014 - Quoted by Alastair Jamieson - NBC News

Hamas Firing China-Designed, Syria-Made M-302 Rockets: Israel

Patrick Megahan

Smuggled Syrian-made rockets based on a Chinese design have boosted Hamas' 10,000-strong arsenal which is dominated by crude homemade devices, officials and experts say.

7th July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Popular Australian Cleric Arrives in Syria, Joins Islamic State

Bill Roggio

Musa Cerantonio, a popular cleric, announced he was traveling to Syria the just after the Islamic State declared the formation of the caliphate.

7th July 2014 - The Blaze

Real News

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, discusses the reach of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

3rd July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Consolidates Gains In Eastern Syria

Bill Roggio

With the fall of Mayadin as well as Shujail, the home town of the Al Nusrah Front's emir, the Islamic State controls contiguous territory along the Euphrates River Valley from the town of Jarabulus, which borders Turkey, in Syria's northern Aleppo province to the town of Anah in Anbar...

3rd July 2014 - Cited by New York Times

A Rogue State Along Two Rivers

Bill Roggio

The militant group called the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria seemed to surprise many American and Iraqi officials with the recent gains it made in its violent campaign to create a new religious state.

3rd July 2014 - Cited by Sam Dagher - The Wall Street Journal

Militants Seize Oil Field, Expand Syrian Domain

Bill Roggio

Militants from the Sunni extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State have captured Syria's largest oil field and now hold nearly half of the northeastern province of Deir-Ezzour after monthslong battles with other rebel factions, according to opposition activists, rebels and local...

1st July 2014 - Cited by Rebecca Shimoni Stoil - The Times of Israel

US to arm Syrian moderates, but who are they?

Tony Badran

The US has selected a number of Syrian “moderate groups” to receive American aid, but administration officials have remained closed-mouthed as to which of the dozens of groups operating in the war-torn nation have already benefited from Washington’s support.

1st July 2014 - The Long War Journal

The Islamic State’s Rivals In Syria Reject Announced Caliphate

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State's jihadist rivals in Syria have rejected its claim to have established a Caliphate. Leading ideologues in the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, have rejected the Islamic State's announcement as well.

29th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Iraqi Troops, Insurgents Battle For Tikrit

Bill Roggio

Reports indicate that Iraqi forces have withdrawn from much of the city after heavy fighting with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham and allied Baathists.

29th June 2014 - Quoted by Maria Abi-Habib - The Wall Street Journal

ISIS Claims Supremacy Among Extremists

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Islamist Radicals Who Have Grabbed Swaths of Territory Demand al Qaeda and Others Adopt Their Harder-Line Approach.

27th June 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Obama’s Dithering Has Put U.S. Security At Risk, And The Public Knows It

Clifford D. May

For President Obama and isolationists on the right and left who insist that we don’t have a dog in fights raging in Iraq and Syria, recent events have not been kind.

27th June 2014 - Now Lebanon

A Hard Sell

Tony Badran

Sunni regional powers are unlikely to embrace a policy that disregards their interests.

27th June 2014 - CTV

CTV News

Clifford D. May

FDD President, Clifford May, explains why Obama has asked for congressional funding to arm Syrian rebels.


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