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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...

13th October 2016 – The Long War Journal

Taliban threatens 5 provincial capitals in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban is now threatening five of Afghanistan’s 34 provincial capitals in Afghanistan. more...

10th October 2016 – The Long War Journal

Number of suicide attacks claimed by the Islamic State dipped in September

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency claims that the group launched 53 “martyrdom operations” in Iraq and Syria during the month of September. more...

9th October 2016 – The Long War Journal

Amid infighting, Jund al Aqsa swears allegiance to al Qaeda’s rebranded branch

Thomas Joscelyn

Jund al Aqsa, an al Qaeda front group, has pledged allegiance to Jabhat Fath al Sham (JFS, or the “Conquest of the Levant Front”), al Qaeda’s rebranded branch in Syria. more...

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...


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