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7th October 2016 – The Long War Journal

Pentagon confirms Egyptian al Qaeda veteran was killed in airstrike

Thomas Joscelyn

During a briefing on Oct. 6, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said US officials have confirmed the death of Ahmed Salama Mabrouk (or Mabruk), who was targeted in an American airstrike three days earlier. more...

6th October 2016 – Quoted by James Burke - The Guardian

Isis and al-Qaida turf wars in Africa may push fragile states to breaking point

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

It is a war within a war, fought across thousands of miles of desert, scrub and forest, from the Atlantic seaboard to the Indian Ocean coastline. more...

1st October 2016 – The Long War Journal

Emir of the Islamic State in Iran reportedly killed

Amir Toumaj

Iran’s security forces have reportedly killed the designated emir of the Islamic State in Iran, according to an Iranian media outlet’s report citing unnamed sources published on Sept. 27. more...

28th September 2016 – The Long War Journal

2 AQAP leaders reported killed in latest US strikes in Yemen

Bill Roggio

Two leaders from al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen are believed to have been killed in two recent US airstrikes. US Central Command, or CENTCOM, announced the strikes today and noted that al Qaeda remains “a significant threat.” more...

28th September 2016 – The Long War Journal

US lists Italian rapper turned Islamic State jihadist as global terrorist

Bill Roggio

The State Department added Anas El Abboubi, an Italian-born rapper who doubles as a jidhadist fighting for the Islamic State in Syria, to the US government’s list of specially designated global terrorists earlier today. Abboubi was briefly in Italian custody in June 2013, but fled to Syria after he was released. more...

26th September 2016 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio discuss ISIS and lone-wolves in Europe. more...

25th September 2016 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban, Haqqani Network, and al Qaeda operatives targeted in eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The airstrike took place in the Laman area of the eastern Afghan province of Paktika on Sept. 24, according to RFE/RL. more...

24th September 2016 – The Long War Journal

Terror plots in Germany, France were ‘remote-controlled’ by Islamic State operatives

Thomas Joscelyn

On July 18, an Afghan refugee named Riaz Khan (also known as “Muhammad Riyad”) assaulted passengers on a train in Würzburg, Germany with an ax and a knife. Nearly one week later, on July 24, a Syrian refugee identified as Mohammad Daleel blew himself up outside of a music festival in the German city of Ansbach. more...

24th September 2016 – The Long War Journal

US military is hunting al Qaeda in at least 7 Afghanistan provinces

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The US military’s top commander in Afghanistan said yesterday that American forces are hunting al Qaeda leaders and members in at least seven Afghan provinces. more...

23rd September 2016 – The Weekly Standard

We Got Lucky ... This Time

Thomas Joscelyn

At approximately 9:35 a.m. on Saturday, September 17, a garbage can exploded along the route of the Seaside Semper Five Marine Corps Charity 5K Race in Seaside Park, New Jersey. more...

23rd September 2016 – The Hill

Fifteen years since pivotal executive order, STORM Act could help fight terror finance

David Andrew Weinberg

Fifteen years ago today, President George W. Bush signed Executive Order 13224, the opening salvo in America’s new financial statecraft against terrorism. more...

23rd September 2016 – The Long War Journal

US commander in Afghanistan downplays Taliban control of 10 percent of population

Bill Roggio

The Taliban and allied jihadist groups control 10 percent of the Afghan population and contest another 20 percent, the top US commander in Afghanistan said. more...

22nd September 2016 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State’s safe haven in Sirte, Libya shrinks to a ‘single neighborhood’

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s safe haven in Sirte, Libya has been “reduced to a single square kilometer,” Secretary of Defense Ash Carter told the Senate Armed Services Committee earlier today. more...

21st September 2016 – NewsTalk AM 1130

Justice & Drew

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the attacks in NY and St. Cloud. more...

21st September 2016 – KPAM

Terry Boyd’s World

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross talks about the NY bombing and St. Cloud stabbings. more...

21st September 2016 –

The Brett Winterble Show

Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellow Bill Roggio, discusses the trends of terrorist attacks after the NY bombings, and lone-wolf terrorism. more...

21st September 2016 – The Long War Journal

References to the Islamic State omitted from Chelsea bombing complaint

Thomas Joscelyn

Earlier today, Mike Levine of ABC News tweeted the image above showing a blood-soaked page from Ahmad Khan Rahami’s notebook. more...

20th September 2016 – Quoted by Fred Lucas - The Daily Signal

Inspired Attacks Show Strength of Islamic State, Experts Say

Bill Roggio

After the terrorist attacks this weekend, President Barack Obama acknowledged a link between the central Islamic State and lone bad actors, even as the administration has frequently drawn a distinction in the past. more...

19th September 2016 – Fox News

Happening Now

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellow Thomas Joscelyn discusses the recent terror attacks in New Jersey and St. Cloud. more...

19th September 2016 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss the attacks in New York, New Jersey and Minnesota, and the updates in the investigation. 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