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3rd October 2014 – Quoted by Dina Temple-Raston - NPR

Al-Qaida Reasserts Itself With Khorasan Group

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

One of the first targets of U.S. airstrikes in Syria was an al-Qaida unit that American officials call the Khorasan Group. more...

3rd October 2014 – Quoted by James Gordon Meek - ABCNews

From Bang to Whimper, ISIS Propaganda Withers Under US Strikes

Thomas Joscelyn

As explosions erupted from airstrikes in Iraq and Syria over the past 12 days in the U.S.-led military campaign against terrorists there, the sounds of silence from jihadi propagandists also have intensified. more...

3rd October 2014 – CBC Radio

The Current

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn discusses the relationship between Khorasan and Al Qaeda. more...

3rd October 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Beheads Another Brit, Threatens American Aid Worker

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State carried through on its threat to execute British aid worker Alan Henning, and said former US Army Ranger Peter Edward Kassig is next. more...

3rd October 2014 – The Weekly Standard


Reuel Marc Gerecht

The great medieval historian Ibn Khaldun centered his understanding of history on asabiyya, which is perhaps best translated as esprit de corps mixed with the will to power. more...

2nd October 2014 – CTV

CTV News

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May discusses the rising civilian death toll in Iraq. more...

2nd October 2014 – Quoted by Trinh Theresa Do - CBCNews

Khorasan Group Shows Why al-Qaeda is Still a Force to Be Reckoned With

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The U.S. and its allies have dropped a torrent of missiles on Iraq and Syria in an attempt to stamp out militant group ISIS. more...

2nd October 2014 – Now Media

Co-Opting the Rhetoric on ISIS

Tony Badran

Israel and Saudi Arabia have little choice but to get on board with White House plans in Iraq and Syria, but under the Islamic State veneer is a common pressing concern: Iran more...

2nd October 2014 – Quoted by Spencer Ackerman - The Guardian

ISIS and al-Qaida Are ‘One and the Same’ to Obama Despite Evidence of Schism

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Counter-terrorism veterans question Obama administration rationale for strikes based on argument that rupture between groups is irrelevant. more...

1st October 2014 – The Canadian Jewish News

Confronting Qatar’s Terror Sponsorship

Sheryl Saperia

The shocking brutality of the Islamic State (IS), also referred to as ISIS or ISIL has finally galvanized public and political support for decisive action. more...

30th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Leader Claims Key Operative in So-Called ‘Khorasan Group’ Was Killed

Thomas Joscelyn

A senior al Qaeda leader known as Sanafi al Nasr has tweeted that Muhsin al Fadhli was killed in the bombing raids in Syria last week. Both Nasr and al Fadhli are part of the so-called "Khorasan group." Al Fadhli may have been killed, but his death has not been confirmed. And there are sound reasons to treat Nasr's tweets with skepticism. more...

30th September 2014 – Fox News

Happening Now

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn explains how the Khorosan group has evolved from al Qaeda. more...

30th September 2014 – Cited by Andrew Hart - The Huffington Post

The 9 Biggest Myths About ISIS Debunked

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

When it comes to the Islamic State, the extremist group that has seized large swaths of Iraq and Syria using horrifying tactics, there is no shortage of speculation about its history and ambitions. more...

30th September 2014 – Fox News

America’s Newsroom

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman James Woolsey discusses whether US intelligence underestimated the threat of IS. more...

29th September 2014 – Syndicated

John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss the latest developments regarding al Qaeda and the Islamic State. more...

29th September 2014 – Fox News

Special Report with Bret Baier

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn explains how Khorasan is related to Al Qaeda. more...

29th September 2014 – AM 1070, Houston, TX

Sam Malone Show

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May on Iran's contributions to instability in the Middle East. more...

26th September 2014 – CNN

New Day

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on IS threats to the US. more...

26th September 2014 – Quoted by Greg Botelho and Chelsea Carter - CNN

Latest Rout Raises Questions About Iraqi Military’s Ability to Defeat ISIS

Bill Roggio

This is what an ISIS rout looks like in Iraq: Up to 300 troops killed. Others missing, possibly dead or having fled. Dozens of military vehicles, from tanks to ambulances, destroyed or seized. more...

26th September 2014 – AM 1070, Houston, TX

Sam Malone Show

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman James Woolsey discusses possible strategies to counter IS. 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