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11th December 2016 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State claims full control of Palmyra, Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State released a statement via its Amaq News Agency earlier today claiming that the jihadists have taken complete control of the ancient city of Palmyra. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) has also reported that the jihadists seized the city. more...

9th December 2016 – Quoted by Molly Hennessy-Fiske - The Los Angeles Times

Islamic State video of captured British photographer signals a shift in the group’s propaganda

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The latest Islamic State video showing captured British war photographer John Cantlie signals a shift in the extremist group’s propaganda as it loses territory, analysts say. more...

9th December 2016 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban rejects peace talks, emphasizes alliance with al Qaeda in new video

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

The Taliban rejects “peace talks” with the West and advertises its continuing alliance with al Qaeda in a newly released video entitled, “Bond of Nation with the Mujahideen.” more...

8th December 2016 – The Cipher Brief

Al Qaeda Assessment Off the Mark

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Throughout his two terms in office, President Barack Obama faced an array of challenges from both al Qaeda and ISIS. In an interview with The Cipher Brief, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense, explained that the Obama Administration’s evaluation of al Qaeda was “not correct.” more...

7th December 2016 – Quoted by Saagar Enjeti - The Daily Caller

Obama’s Iraq Sob Story Skips His Role In ISIS Rise

Bill Roggio

President Barack Obama blamed former President George W. Bush and Iraqi leaders for tying his hands on the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq in 2011, at his last major national security address Tuesday. more...

5th December 2016 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio talk about ISIS's new strategic position and the future of their "caliphate." more...

2nd December 2016 – Quoted by Riyadh Mohammed - CNBC

Hot trend in 2017: Rise of Islamic banks on Main St. USA

Jonathan Schanzer

In the United States a quiet financial revolution is going on under the radar of the public eye. It's the rise of Islamic financial institutions — ranging from small community banks in the Midwest to nationwide investment banks and brokerage firms. more...

2nd December 2016 – Fox Business

Countdown to the Closing Bell

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses the changes in ISIS attacks and developments in counter-terrorism. more...

30th November 2016 – Sinclair Broadcast Group

Homegrown extremism is the ‘most prevalent threat’ says DHS secretary

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Monday terror attack at Ohio State University has once again focused national attention on the growing and increasingly complex threat of homegrown violent extremism. more...

29th November 2016 – Quoted by Mitch Smith, Rukmini Callimachi, Richard Perez-Pena - The New York Times

ISIS Calls Ohio State University Attacker a ‘Soldier’

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State claimed responsibility on Tuesday for the attack at Ohio State University, calling the student who drove his car into pedestrians and then slashed people with a butcher knife a “soldier” of the terrorist group. more...

19th November 2016 – The History Channel

ISIS: Rise of Terror

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellow Thomas Joscelyn helps analyze the rise of the Islamic State. more...

17th November 2016 – Quoted by Rukmini Callimachi - The New York Times

Protest of U.S. Terror Listing Offers a Glimpse at Qaeda Strategy

Thomas Joscelyn

American officials accuse him of being part of the “inner leadership circle” of Al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, most widely known as the Nusra Front, and of raising as much as $5 million for the terrorist group while signing up thousands of fighters. more...

10th November 2016 – War on the Rocks

How Will Jihadist Strategy Evolve as the Islamic State Declines?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Jihadist strategy has always been dynamic and opportunistic. Militant groups, which are typically outgunned and outspent by their state opponents, have long sought to exploit both adversaries’ errors and also changes in the operating environment. more...

27th October 2016 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Boris Zilberman, Jonathan Schanzer, Yaya J. Fanusie

FDD Deputy Director of Congressional Relations, Boris Zilberman, discusses Russia in Syria. FDD's VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer comments on China in Israel and Obama's plans for the PA. Director of Analysis for FDD's Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance, Yaya Fanusie, talks on Bitcoin Terrorism. more...

26th October 2016 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State continues to plot against the West, US military warns

Thomas Joscelyn

The US military warned today that the Islamic State continues to plot attacks against the West from its headquarters in Raqqa, Syria. more...

21st October 2016 – The Long War Journal

Taliban threatens another provincial capital in Afghan north

Bill Roggio

The Taliban has surrounded yet another provincial capital in Afghanistan and recently launched an attempt to overrun it. more...

21st October 2016 – The Long War Journal

US has launched more than 300 airstrikes against the Islamic State in Sirte, Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

The US has launched 330 airstrikes against the Islamic State in Sirte, Libya since Aug. 1, according to data released by US Africa Command. more...

16th October 2016 – The Long War Journal

The siege of Mosul begins

Bill Roggio, Amir Toumaj

Iraqi forces, backed by Kurdish, Sunni, and Shiite militias as well as US airpower, have launched their long-awaited offensive to retake Mosul, the last major city in Iraq under the Islamic State’s control. more...

14th October 2016 – The Long War Journal

Tuareg leader honored in eulogy attributed to Mokhtar Belmokhtar

Thomas Joscelyn

On Oct. 9, a statement attributed to Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the elusive al Qaeda veteran who has been reportedly killed multiple times, was distributed online. more...

14th October 2016 – The Long War Journal

Russian influence evident in Palestinian militia in Syria

Amir Toumaj

Senior commanders in the Sunni Palestinian Quds Brigade, known as the Liwa al Quds or the Syrian Arab Army Fedayeen, have been photographed receiving medals from Russian military officers for battlefield action. more...


Bill Roggio

Senior Fellow and Editor of FDD's Long War Journal

Thomas Joscelyn

Senior Fellow


5th February 2014 - 12:00 PM

Understanding al Qaeda and its Affiliates: A Global Threat or JV Squad?

A Conversation with Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Bruce Hoffman, Thomas Joscelyn and Jonathan Schanzer

Speaking about organizations claiming allegiance to al Qaeda, President Barack Obama stated that "if a JV team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn't make them Kobe Bryant." The president’s remarks have sparked yet another debate about whether al Qaeda is weakened, whether it is resurgent, or whether it was ever weakened in the first place.  Has the Arab Spring spawned a surge in jihadism? Are these organizations taking advantage of the new environment in the region, or is the expansion of jihadist groups largely independent of the revolutions? How well is Washington’s current approach to al Qaeda working? If the group is growing despite U.S. efforts, how do we put our policies on the right track?

11th December 2013 - 9:00 AM

Terrorist, Regime and Western Media

The War of Ideas in the Disinformation Age

The Newseum, Washington, DC