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Thomas Joscelyn

Senior Fellow

Areas of Impact:

Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, Sudan, Global War on Terrorism, Somalia, Terrorist Detainees, Iraq, Al Qaeda, Afghanistan

Biography:

Thomas Joscelyn is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and senior editor of The Long War Journal, a widely read publication dealing with counterterrorism and related issues. Much of his research focuses on how al Qaeda and its affiliates operate around the globe. Mr. Joscelyn was the senior counterterrorism adviser to Mayor Giuliani during the 2008 presidential campaign. He has testified before Congress on numerous occasions, including before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, House Homeland Security Committee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, and House Judiciary Committee.  Mr. Joscelyn is also a frequent contributor to The Weekly Standard. His work has been published by a variety of other publications and cited by the Associated Press, Reuters, The Washington Post, USA Today, TIME, Foreign Policy, and many others, and he makes regular appearances on television and radio programs.

Thomas Joscelyn is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and senior editor of The Long War Journal, a widely read publication dealing with counterterrorism and related issues. Much of his research focuses on how al Qaeda and the Islamic State (or ISIS, ISIL) operate around the globe. He is a trainer for the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division. Mr. Joscelyn has testified before Congress on twelve occasions, including before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, House Homeland Security Committee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee and House Judiciary Committee. He was the senior counterterrorism adviser to Mayor Giuliani during the 2008 presidential campaign. Mr. Joscelyn is also a frequent contributor to The Weekly Standard. His work has been published by a variety of other publications and cited by the Associated Press, Reuters, The Washington Post, USA Today, TIME, Foreign Policy, and many others. He makes regular appearances on television and radio programs.

Mr. Joscelyn has constructed dossiers for hundreds of terrorists during the course of his work. The Daily Beast has described him as one of “the most trusted authorities on the al Qaeda network because of his encyclopedic knowledge of terrorist biographies.” In 2007, he published a monograph titled, Iran’s Proxy War Against America, which details Iran’s decades-long sponsorship of America’s terrorist enemies. In 2008, he completed an exhaustive review of the Guantanamo Bay detainee population, cataloging and analyzing thousands of pages of declassified documents.  

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Two More ‘High’ Risk Detainees Transferred from Gitmo

8th April 2016 – The Weekly Standard

Two More ‘High’ Risk Detainees Transferred from Gitmo

Thomas Joscelyn

Secretary of State John Kerry praised the Republic of Senegal today “for offering humanitarian resettlement to" two now former Guantanamo detainees. As was the case when the administration transferred detainees to Uruguay in late 2014 and Ghana earlier this year, the Guantanamo jihadists are being portrayed almost as victims in need of rescue from the American government. more...

Analysis & Commentary

22nd July 2016 – The Long War Journal

Presence of French special forces in Libya sets off controversy

Thomas Joscelyn

A helicopter carrying three French soldiers crashed near Benghazi, Libya earlier this week. The French government subsequently confirmed that all three soldiers, along with their Libyan counterparts, were killed. The circumstances surrounding the crash remain murky, but jihadists and Islamists inside Libya have been rattling their sabres ever since the presence of French special forces was confirmed. more...

20th July 2016 – The Long War Journal

Treasury designates 3 senior al Qaeda members in Iran

Thomas Joscelyn

The Treasury Department announced today that three senior al Qaeda members have been added to the US government’s list of designated terrorists. All three of them are “located in Iran.” more...

20th July 2016 – Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

Obama Administration Imposes Sanctions on Iran-Based Al-Qaeda Members After Denying Cooperation

Thomas Joscelyn, Jonathan Schanzer

The Obama administration has sanctioned three senior al-Qaeda members operating in Iran just weeks after dismissing reports of cooperation between the global terror organization and the Islamic Republic, deepening criticism from experts and lawmakers that the administration is seeking to downplay those connections in order to avoid complications with last summer's nuclear deal. more...

19th July 2016 – The Long War Journal

Teenager who terrorized German train appears in Islamic State video

Thomas Joscelyn

Amaq News Agency, a propaganda arm of the Islamic State, released a short video featuring a teenager identified as “Muhammad Riyad.” According to Amaq, Riyad was responsible for yesterday’s attack on a train in the German city of Würzburg. more...