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Osama bin Laden’s ‘Bookshelf’ Reveals al Qaeda’s Long Game

17th March 2016 – The Daily Beast

Osama bin Laden’s ‘Bookshelf’ Reveals al Qaeda’s Long Game

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

When 113 new documents recovered in 2011 during the fatal raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, became publicly available earlier this month, perhaps the most noteworthy insight they offered was the extent of the strategic patience, to borrow a phrase from the Obama administration, possessed by al Qaeda. more...

Analysis & Commentary

28th April 2016 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda-linked cleric leads new recruiting campaign for jihadists in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Sheikh Abdallah Muhammad al Muhaysini, one of the most influential jihadist ideologues in Syria, has launched a new recruiting campaign that aims to indoctrinate thousands of young men. The mobilization effort, named “Take Up Arms, Do Not Sit Still,” began online and throughout Syria on Apr. 20. more...

27th April 2016 – The Long War Journal

US military searches for Kabul Attack Network members

Bill Roggio

The US military made an unusual public plea for information yesterday in its hunt for eight members of a terrorist network which is plotting attacks in four provinces in eastern Afghanistan. The organization, known as the Kabul Attack Network, is comprised of fighters from various jihadist groups operating in the country, and has endured for years. more...

27th April 2016 – The Washington Times

The Mr. Rogers Doctrine

Clifford D. May

Barack Obama last week visited Saudi Arabia, an unusual nation with which the United States has had a relationship that can be accurately characterized as both strategic and strange — and one that is now severely strained. To understand how we got to this juncture requires at least a smattering of modern history. more...

26th April 2016 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent targets LGBT activist, friend in Bangladesh

Thomas Joscelyn

A team of several jihadists killed a LGBT activist, Xulhaz Mannan, and his friend in Bangladesh’s capital of Dhaka yesterday. The men were reportedly hacked to death with machetes. more...