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7th August 2018 – The Weekly Standard

The Al Qaeda-Iran Connection

Thomas Joscelyn

Twenty years ago today, al Qaeda carried out its most devastating terrorist attack prior to the September 11 hijackings. On the morning of August 7, 1998, two al Qaeda operatives drove explosive-laden trucks into the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. more...

7th August 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Afghan forces target al Qaeda commanders in Helmand and Nangarhar

Bill Roggio

The raids in Helmand and Nangarhar indicate that al Qaeda's leaders are not focused on its survival. Al Mesri was focused on manufacturing IEDs to support the Taliban's insurgency in Helmand, while Rahmatullah and his cohorts were operating in Nangarhar's provincial capital. more...

31st July 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State claims foreign fighter bombed military checkpoint in the Philippines

Thomas Joscelyn

At least 10 people were killed and several others wounded in the blast, according to initial press reports. The so-called caliphate has posted a picture of the bomber, who is identified as Abu Kathir al-Maghrebi more...

31st July 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US designates 3 members of Lashkar-e-Tayyiba as terrorists

Thomas Joscelyn

The US State and Treasury Departments announced today that three Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) figures have been designated as terrorists. LeT has long been focused on fighting Indian forces in Jammu and Kashmir, as well as executing terrorist operations inside India itself. more...

29th July 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Raid on Afghan school for midwives ended after several hours

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency issued a statement claiming responsibility for the attack earlier today. Amaq’s account says the terrorists were inghimasis, or well-trained guerrilla fighters who immerse themselves in battle before blowing themselves up, and that their target was the “headquarters of the United States Agency for International Development” (USAID) in the city of Jalalabad. more...

23rd July 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

NATO command touts body count of ‘Taliban irreconcilables’

Bill Roggio

The press release also described the Taliban who are being targeted and killed as "Taliban irreconcilables." However, Resolute Support has yet to identify any reconcilable Taliban. more...

19th July 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US amends terror designation of Shabaab to include Kenyan ‘wing’

Thomas Joscelyn

The State Department announced today that the US government’s terror designation for Shabaab has been amended to include Al-Hijra, a “wing” of the group based in Kenya. Shabaab is al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia and East Africa, a fact that it continues to advertise even as it wages a prolific insurgency against Somali forces and their international allies. more...

10th July 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: The Turkistan Islamic Party’s jihad in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

On May 21, the Turkistan Islamic Party’s (TIP) arm in Syria released an hour-plus, documentary-style video encouraging Muslims in the West to emigrate for jihad. There is a deluge of jihadist-related content online these days, with much of it being redundant. But the production was noteworthy because the TIP, which is predominately comprised of ethnic Uighurs, framed its jihad as part of al Qaeda’s global struggle. more...

5th July 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: Pentagon continues to underestimate al Qaeda, downplay ties to Taliban

Bill Roggio

The US Department of Defense continues to ignore fundamental facts in spinning its latest narrative. Yet again, the Pentagon underestimates al Qaeda’s strength in Afghanistan while downplaying the group’s ties to the Taliban. more...

23rd June 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban appoints new emir after confirming death of Mullah Fazlullah

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan (TTP) confirmed that the US killed Mullah Fazlullah and appointed Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud (Wali) as its new emir. The TTP appears to be returning to its roots by selecting a prominent commander from the Mehsud tribe to lead the organization. more...

2nd June 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban says negotiations are ‘pointless’ as long as coalition forces occupy Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

"Talking to impotent parties [the Afghan government] during the presence of occupying forces is pointless," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in an official statement released on Voice of Jihad. more...

31st May 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

State Department amends terror designation for Al Nusrah Front

Thomas Joscelyn

The State Department has amended the terrorist designation for Al Nusrah Front to include the "alias" Hay'at Tahrir al Sham (HTS). State's announcement indicates that the US government still considers HTS to be part of al Qaeda's network, despite the jihadists' vitriolic disputes over its formation. State didn't explain its reasoning behind the move. more...

26th May 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: AQAP remains under pressure

Thomas Joscelyn

On May 23, Al-Badr Media Foundation announced its presence online, saying it will work to serve the interests of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and its supporters in several ways. AQAP remains under pressure and its media output has been degraded by a US-led campaign. Al-Badr is AQAP's latest attempt to improve the group's security measures and boost fighter morale. more...

23rd May 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US Military reviews possible civilian casualties in Yemen, Somalia

Alexandra N. Gutowski

Two regional combatant commands acknowledged reports of civilian casualties in recent operations. more...

21st May 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

CENTCOM releases some Yemen strike information, but gaps remain

Alexandra N. Gutowski, Bill Roggio

The US military has conducted 27 counterterrorism strikes in Yemen in 2018, but has only provided complete information on two. One of the strikes hit an AQAP training camp in Hadramout. more...

16th May 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US military kills ‘dual-hatted’ AQIS leader in eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Hazrat Abbas served as a leader for both al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent and the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan. AQIS was formed to unite disparate jihadist factions to fight under the banner of the Afghan Taliban. more...

1st May 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Mattis claims Taliban ‘cannot win at the ballot box’

Bill Roggio

Once again, a top United States official has failed to properly identify the Taliban and Islamic State’s disinterest in participating in peaceful political process. more...

26th April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

State urges Taliban yet again to ‘run for office’

Bill Roggio

Just hours after the Taliban announced the launch of this year’s spring offensive, named the “Al Khandaq Jihadi operations,” the US Department of State issued a statement urging the Taliban to lay down its arms, conduct negotiations, and join Afghanistan’s election process. more...

24th April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban camp in Baghlan emphasizes tenuous security situation in Afghan north

Bill Roggio

In a video released by the Taliban yesterday promoting its “Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour Camp” in Baghlan province, jihadists were once again marching through a town and driving in the desert in broad daylight, without fear of reprisal from Afghan and Coalition forces. more...

17th April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

As Senate probes Yemen role, US quietly continues strikes

Alexandra N. Gutowski

The military has not produced detailed press releases for any strikes this year, continuing 2017's limited transparency. 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.