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25th February 2014 – The Weekly Standard

The Real Moazzam Begg

Thomas Joscelyn

Ex-Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg was arrested earlier today as part of raid conducted by counterterrorism officials in the UK. Begg has spent most of... more...

24th February 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic Front Official Posts Pictures of al Qaeda’s Top Representative in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Hassan Abboud, a top official in the Islamic Front and Ahrar al Sham, has posted a series of pictures of Abu Khalid al Suri on his Twitter feed. more...

24th February 2014 – The Long War Journal

Senior Taliban Commander Gunned Down in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

Asmatullah Shaheen Bhittani, a senior leader who was appointed interim emir for the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan last fall after the death of more...

24th February 2014 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The coming drawdown of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan. more...

23rd February 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda’s Chief Representative in Syria Reportedly Killed

Thomas Joscelyn

Abu Khalid al Suri, whose real name is Mohamed Bahaiah, has been reportedly killed in a suicide attack in Aleppo. Al Suri's death has been confirmed more...

22nd February 2014 – The Long War Journal

Afghan Taliban Denounces Former Senior Official, Denies Involvement in Peace Talks

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban denied that a former senior official who was dismissed in 2010 represented the group in peace talks with the Afghan government. more...

20th February 2014 – Podcast

Secure Freedom Radio

Bill Roggio

FDD's Bill Roggio analyzes the situations in Afghanistan and Syria and how US foreign policy has failed to promote peace and democracy in both countries. more...

20th February 2014 – Cited by Adam O'Neal, Real Clear Politics

Terrorism Analysts Urge Release of Bin Laden Cache

Thomas Joscelyn

When Navy SEALs raided Osama bin Laden’s Pakistan compound in May 2011, they found -- in addition to the terrorist’s immediate family and an extensive... more...

20th February 2014 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Air Force Strikes at ‘Militants’ in North Waziristan, Khyber

Bill Roggio

The Pakistani military claimed it killed more than 35 "militants," including a number of fighters from Central Asia, during a series of airstrikes today in the more...

19th February 2014 – The Long War Journal

Abdullah Azzam Brigades Launches Double Suicide Attack on Iranian Cultural Center in Beirut

Bill Roggio

The Abdullah Azzam Brigades has claimed today's twin suicide attack in the Lebanese capital of Beirut that killed at least five people and wounded more than more...

17th February 2014 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Claim the Execution of 23 Pakistani Frontier Corps Troops

Bill Roggio

An influential commander in the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan has issued a statement claiming that the group executed 23 Frontier Corps troops more...

16th February 2014 – Quoted by Guy Taylor, The Washington Times

The Tangled Web of Words that ‘al Qaeda’ has Become

Bill Roggio

Was it al Qaeda “core,” al Qaeda “prime” or al Qaeda “central,” or was it an al Qaeda “affiliate” an al Qaeda “linked” or an al Qaeda “inspired” group? Or was it just al Qaeda? more...

14th February 2014 – The Long War Journal

Jihadists Release Video of British Suicide Bomber in Syria

Bill Roggio

Jihadists have released a video of a a British jihadist who carried out a suicide attack during the Al Nusrah Front and the Army of the Caliphate's assault to take more...

13th February 2014 – The Long War Journal

AQAP Storms Prison in Yemen’s Capital, Frees al Qaeda Operatives

Bill Roggio

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula freed several of its operatives from the central prison in the Yemeni capital of Sana'a in a complex assault today that involved suicide more...

12th February 2014 – The Long War Journal

Treasury Adds Afghan Heroin Trafficker to Narcotics Kingpin List

Bill Roggio

The US Treasury Department added Lahore Jan, an Afghan national to its list of Foreign Narcotics Kingpins yesterday. His operations in transferring more...

11th February 2014 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Jihadists Form Ahrar-ul-Hind, Vow to Continue Attacks

Bill Roggio

A new global jihadist group that is unwilling to negotiate with the Pakistani government has announced its formation and vowed to continue attacks in the more...

10th February 2014 – Quoted by Jamie Dettmer, The Daily Beast

British Jihadists Torture Syrian Rebel

Jonathan Schanzer

The biggest looming security threat for many Western countries, including the United States, will come from hundreds of jihadists returning home after cutting... more...

10th February 2014 – Fox News

Happening Now

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's Jonathan Schanzer discusses the US Treasury Department's failure to seize the Haqqani Network's financial assets. more...

10th February 2014 – Quoted by Ken Dilanian, Los Angeles Times

Obama Administration Mulls Lethal Strike on American in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

The Obama administration is considering authorizing the CIA or the military to kill an American citizen hiding in Pakistan who allegedly has helped Al Qaeda militants... more...

10th February 2014 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio

Hamid Karzai's refusal to sign a bilateral security agreement with the United States. more...


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Senior Fellow and Editor of The Long War Journal

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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