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27th April 2014 – The Long War Journal

Head of Taliban’s Military Commission Resigns Due to ‘Ill Health’

Bill Roggio

A former Guantanamo Bay detainee who serves as the head of the Afghan Taliban's military commission has resigned his position due to "ill health." more...

26th April 2014 – The Long War Journal

Review Board Recommends Indefinite Detainee at Guantanamo be Transferred

Thomas Joscelyn

A review board set up to evaluate the cases of the remaining detainees held at Guantanamo has recommended that one of them be transferred. The detainee, Ali... more...

25th April 2014 – The Long War Journal

Uzbek Commands Group Within the Al Nusrah Front

Bill Roggio

An Uzbek commander known as Abu Hussein leads a group of his countrymen fighting in the ranks of the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official... more...

24th April 2014 – The Long War Journal

Afghan Policeman Guns Down 3 Americans at Hospital in Kabul

Bill Roggio

An Afghan police officer opened fire on American medical personnel at a hospital run by a Christian charity in Kabul, killing three Americans... more...

24th April 2014 – The Long War Journal

Death of French Hostage in Mali

Laura Grossman

This week, Agence France-Presse received a disturbing call from a terrorist group announcing the death of French hostage Gilberto... more...

24th April 2014 – Quoted by Catherine Herridge, Fox News

Top Al Qaeda Commander Relocates to Syria

Jonathan Schanzer

A member of Al Qaeda's senior leadership, Sanafi al Nasr, has relocated to Syria, where he is living openly and publicly courts his followers on twitter, according... more...

23rd April 2014 – The Long War Journal

Afghan Taliban Confirms Death of Shadow Governors for Kunar, Kandahar

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban confirmed that its shadow governors for Kunar and Kandahar provinces were killed during combat over the past... more...

23rd April 2014 – Quoted by Eli Lake, The Daily Beast

Jihadists Now Control Secretive U.S. Base in Libya

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

A key jihadist leader and longtime member of al Qaeda has taken control of a secretive training facility set up by U.S. special operations... more...

22nd April 2014 – Quoted by Ariel Zirulnick, Christian Science Monitor

String of US Drone Strikes in Yemen Target Al Qaeda Affiliate

Bill Roggio

A series of drone strikes in Yemen in recent days have killed at least 40 alleged militants, highlighting the challenges facing the US and Yemen in directing a controversial... more...

21st April 2014 – The Long War Journal

Zawahiri Discusses Infighting in Syria, Opposition to Egyptian Goverment

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri discusses the infighting between jihadist groups in Syria and his opposition to the Egyptian government... more...

21st April 2014 – Quoted by Eric Schmitt, The New York Times

U.S. Drones and Yemeni Forces Kill Qaeda-Linked Fighters, Officials Say

Bill Roggio

American drones and Yemeni counterterrorism forces killed more than three dozen militants linked to Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen over the weekend in one of... more...

21st April 2014 – Jihadology

Ayman al-Zawahiri on Jihadist Infighting and the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

On April 18, a jihadist social media user tweeted links to two parts of an Al-Sahab Establishment for Media Production interview with al-Qaeda emir Ayman al-Zawahiri. more...

21st April 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Targets AQAP Master Bomb Maker in 2 Strikes in Yemen

Bill Roggio, Oren Adaki

The US targeted al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's top bomb maker in one of two strikes that took place in Yemen over the past... more...

19th April 2014 – The Long War Journal

Head of al Qaeda’s ‘Victory Committee’ Survived Battle in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

A senior al Qaeda operative who was reportedly killed while fighting in the Latakia province of Syria last month is, in fact, alive. Sanafi al... more...

19th April 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Kills 16 AQAP Fighters, 5 Civilians

Bill Roggio

The US killed 16 al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters and five civilians in the first drone strike in Yemen in more than two weeks... more...

18th April 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Sharia Official Uses Social Media to Condemn Killing of Fellow Jihadist

Thomas Joscelyn

Not long after the Al Nusrah Front's leader in the Idlib province of Syria was killed two days ago, a senior sharia (Islamic law) official in... more...

18th April 2014 – The Long War Journal

ISIS’ ‘Diyala Division’ Lauds Foreign Suicide Bombers, Including Dane

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham's "Diyala Division" recently praised 26 suicide bombers, including 24 foreign fighters who... more...

17th April 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda’s General Manager Threatens America in Video of Large Gathering

Thomas Joscelyn

A video released by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in late March has garnered renewed attention in the media. The video... more...

16th April 2014 – The Long War Journal

2 Australian Nationals Killed in Yemen in November Drone Strike

Oren Adaki, Bill Roggio

Media outlets in Australia and New Zealand today reported that two Australian nationals, including one who was a New Zealand citizen as... more...

16th April 2014 – The Blaze

Real News

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD's Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses a recent video by al Qaeda in the Arabia Peninsula which may indicate the organization's resurgence. more...


Bill Roggio

Senior Fellow and Editor of The 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