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22nd November 2017 – Quoted by Mosaic Magazine

Bin Laden’s Prescient View of Islamic State’s Weaknesses

Thomas Joscelyn

Al-Qaeda’s Iraqi branch renamed itself Islamic State in Iraq (ISI) and began distancing itself from its parent organization in 2006. more...

19th November 2017 – Quoted by Mike LaChance - Legal Insurrection

Obama Concealed Strength of al-Qaeda Before 2012 Election

At the 2012 Democratic National Convention, the big moment was Joe Biden triumphantly declaring “Osama bin Laden is dead, and General Motors is alive.” It turns out that in order to make that narrative stick, Obama had to downplay the actual strength of al-Qaeda. more...

19th November 2017 – Quoted by Arab News

Bin Laden files ‘will rewrite history of Iraq War’, conference told

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

Newly released files from Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad in Pakistan will rewrite the history of the Iraq War, a conference in Washington has heard. more...

18th November 2017 – Quoted by Scott Johnson - Powerline

From The Bin Laden Files

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Yesterday the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and FDD’s Long War Journal hosted a panel discussion of the massive cache of Osama bin Laden documents released on November 1 courtesy of CIA Director Mike Pompeo. The conversation featured the incredibly dogged New York Times reporter Rukmini Callimachi as well as FDD’s Tom Joscelyn and Bill Roggio, who were given the opportunity to preview the records, images, audio, and video files included in the release. The discussion was moderated by Kim Dozier, executive editor of The Cipher Brief and author of Breathing the Fire: Fighting to Survive and Get Back to the Fight. more...

18th November 2017 – Quoted by Saagar Enjeti - The Daily Caller

‘Cherry Picked’: Obama Downplayed Al-Qaida Strength In Lead Up To 2012 Election

Thomas Joscelyn

The Obama administration deliberately sought to downplay how robust the al-Qaida network was in the lead up to the 2012 election by selectively releasing documents that enforced a preferred narrative, The Weekly Standard reports, citing experts at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and New York Times Correspondent Rukmini Callimachi. more...

18th November 2017 – Quoted by Rick Moran - PJ Media

Bin Laden Docs Show Obama Misled, Politicized Intelligence During 2012 Campaign

"Bin Laden is dead and GM is alive" was a favorite mantra of the Obama campaign during the 2012 election. The implication was that al-Qaeda was "decimated," as President Obama said several times. more...

17th November 2017 – Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

New York Times Reporter: Obama Administration Misled on al Qaeda

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

A top foreign correspondent at the New York Times said Friday that the Obama administration deliberately downplayed al Qaeda’s strength in the run-up to the 2012 presidential election. more...

17th November 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Details remain vague after four more US strikes against AQAP in Yemen

Alexandra N. Gutowski

US forces have conducted at least five more strikes against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in the last two months. CENTCOM has not release strike details for any strikes against AQAP in Yemen in 2017. more...

14th November 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Map: US hits Islamic State in Yemen as jihadist attacks intensify in Aden

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

The US has stepped up its air campaign on the Islamic State's network in Yemen as the group has intensified its attacks on Yemeni security forces in the alternate capital of Aden. more...

13th November 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US launches 3 more strikes in Somalia

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

The US military continues to intensify its air campaign in Somalia against Shabaab and its rival, the Islamic State. more...

13th November 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Shabaab touts deadly raid on Somali military base

Bill Roggio

The video serves as an important reminder of Shabaab's continual potent threat against both African Union and Somali forces inside Somalia. more...

11th November 2017 – Quoted by Iran Focus

Why Did Obama Hide Documents That Link Iran With Terror Group?

Clifford D. May

A large number of documents that were seized during the raid on Abbottabad in Pakistan that killed Osama bin Laden were recently made public. The documents which included photos and computer files show that there are undeniable links between Iran and the terrorist al-Qaeda group. more...

11th November 2017 – Quoted by Al Arabiya English

Why Obama put Bin Laden’s documents linking Iran, Qatar under lock and key

Clifford D. May

Clifford May, president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said that days after the release of Osama bin Laden's documents out of his residence in Abbottabad in Pakistan, it became obvious why US President Barack Obama didn’t publish those documents which links Al-Qaida with Iran and Qatar. more...

10th November 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US military targets al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia

Bill Roggio

The US military has now targeted Shabaab forces using airstrikes at least 14 times this year. Shabaab has continued to threaten the Somali capital despite the increased US targeting. more...

8th November 2017 – The Washington Times

Osama bin Laden’s secret diary

Clifford D. May

On May 2, 2011, a Navy SEAL team made a brief stop in Abbottabad, Pakistan where they terminated Osama bin Laden’s life and then moved on to their second mission: collecting as much information as possible from within the al Qaeda leader’s compound. more...

7th November 2017 – Quoted by Hannah Parry - Daily Mail

Osama bin Laden’s son calls upon Muslims to ‘take revenge on the Americans’ for killing his father

Osama bin Laden's 'favourite' son has called on Muslims around the world to launch terror attacks on the US for killing his father. more...

7th November 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Hamza bin Laden lionizes his father and incites ‘rebellion’ in new audio message

Thomas Joscelyn

In a newly released audio message, Hamza bin Laden praises his father for spreading jihadism and attacking the US. Hamza calls on Muslims to rise up against "tyrant" rulers and wage jihad until sharia is imposed. The message was posted online just days after the CIA released a video from Hamza's wedding. The video was recovered in Osama bin Laden's Abbottabad compound. more...

6th November 2017 – Quoted by Stephen F. Hayes - The Weekly Standard

The Big Reveal: The Story of How 470,000 Documents from Osama Bin Laden’s Compound Got Into the Open

Thomas Joscelyn

The CIA has finally released 470,000 files recovered from the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound. Here's why it took so long. more...

5th November 2017 – Quoted by Agencia EFE

Pornography and “malware” among bin Laden’s files

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) disclosed a collection of documents of who, after planning the attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York and Washington, became the most wanted terrorist in the world. more...

4th November 2017 – Quoted by Asharq Al-Awsat

Abbottabad Documents Reveal How Bin Laden Was Influenced by Muslim Brotherhood

A journal made public by the CIA and apparently handwritten by one of Osama bin Laden's daughters offers a glimpse into how the al-Qaeda leader viewed the world around him and reveals his deep interest in the so-called 2011 “Arab Spring” months before he was killed in a US raid on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan in May 2011. more...


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7th March 2017 - 11:59 AM

After the Islamic State: Consequences and Beneficiaries

On the heels of the Pentagon delivering its draft plan to destroy the Islamic State to the White House, an important question remains on who would benefit from such a defeat. How can the White House and Pentagon craft such a strategy without emboldening al-Qaeda? How will Iran and Syria be impacted by any denigration of IS control? Who fills the vacuum? How should the administration and others assess the situation?

27th February 2014 - 12:00 PM

Terrorism Finance in Turkey: A Growing Concern

A Conversation with John Cassara, Svante Cornell, Jonathan Schanzer, Tom Joscelyn, and John Hannah

Turkey has been rocked by a sweeping corruption scandal. Prime Minister Erdogan has responded by reassigning policemen and prosecutors, and clamping down on press freedom. While these actions have prompted only muted criticisms from the West, some of the cases raise troubling questions about terrorist activity in Turkey – including financial ties to Iran, Hamas, and even al-Qaeda figures. FDD has produced research recently on these issues. But many questions remain.