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8th July 2017 – Quoted by Rebecca Kheel - The Hill

Trump officials signal intent to begin refilling Guantanamo

David B. Rivkin

The Trump administration appears to be making its first moves toward fulfilling a campaign promise to fill the Guantanamo Bay prison camp with “bad dudes.” more...

6th July 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Ohio man pleads guilty to terror charges after attempting to join ISIS in Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

The Department of Justice announced today that Aaron Travis Daniels pleaded guilty terror-related charges after trying to join the Islamic State in Libya last November. more...

25th May 2016 – Quoted by Douglas Ernst - The Washington Times

Obama’s summer Gitmo dump: Official says transfer of 24 detainees planned

Thomas Joscelyn

The Obama administration’s race to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp will reportedly speed up this summer with the transfer of 24 suspected terrorists to other nations. more...

24th May 2016 – Fox News

Special Report with Bret Baier

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellow Thomas Joscelyn discusses the future of Guantanamo Bay, inmate recidivism, and why the Obama Administration is taking on the added risk of releasing prisoners. more...

23rd May 2016 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss the military operation to oust ISIS from Fallujah and Gitmo detainees. more...

8th April 2016 – The Weekly Standard

Two More ‘High’ Risk Detainees Transferred from Gitmo

Thomas Joscelyn

Secretary of State John Kerry praised the Republic of Senegal today “for offering humanitarian resettlement to" two now former Guantanamo detainees. As was the case when the administration transferred detainees to Uruguay in late 2014 and Ghana earlier this year, the Guantanamo jihadists are being portrayed almost as victims in need of rescue from the American government. more...

8th March 2016 – The Long War Journal

ODNI: 204 former Guantanamo detainees are confirmed or suspected recidivists

Thomas Joscelyn

The number of former Guantanamo detainees confirmed or suspected of rejoining the jihad has grown to 204, according to a summary released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) yesterday. Nearly two-thirds of the jihadists, 128 in total, are at-large. The remaining 76 ex-detainees have been killed, died of natural causes, or were re-captured. more...

2nd March 2016 – Quoted by Duane Bean - IJ Review

Ex-Gitmo Detainee Arrested in Spain for Leading an ISIS Recruiting Cell

Bill Roggio

Hamed Abderrahaman Ahmed, a former Gitmo detainee released in 2004 to Spain, was arrested for leading a ISIS recruiting cell. more...

1st March 2016 – Quoted by Fox News

Ex-Gitmo detainee nabbed in Spain latest on growing list of terrorists returning to battle

Bill Roggio

A terror suspect nabbed last week in North Africa is the latest in a mounting and alarming list of former Guantanamo Bay detainees to return to the battlefield, say experts who have tracked Gitmo prisoners in and out of the facility for the last 14 years. more...

29th February 2016 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss Guantanamo Bay and the OBL documents. more...

24th February 2016 – Quoted by Howard Altman - The Tampa Tribune

Obama’s Gitmo closure plan yields stinging criticism in Tampa Bay area

Thomas Joscelyn

President Barack Obama’s pledge Tuesday to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and transfer detainees to a facility in the United States drew sharp criticism from Tampa Bay area members of Congress and from a Tampa man who once ran the facility. more...

24th February 2016 – ABC KSRO

Morning News

Clifford D. May

FDD President Cliff May discusses Pres. Obama's plan to close Guantanamo Bay. more...

16th February 2016 – Quoted by Eli Lake - Bloomberg

Military Tells Congress It Can’t Send Gitmo Detainees to U.S.

Thomas Joscelyn

Just as President Barack Obama is planning to send Congress his plan to close the Guantanamo Bay prison this year, leaders of the military say it will not transfer any detainees to the U.S., unless the law prohibiting such transfers is changed. more...

15th February 2016 – The Long War Journal

Ex-Guantanamo detainee prominently featured in al Qaeda propaganda

Thomas Joscelyn

Ex-Guantanamo detainee Ibrahim al Qosi has become a prominent fixture in Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s (AQAP) propaganda since early December, when he first revealed that he is a senior leader in the group. Qosi most recently delivered a two-part critique of the Saudi monarchy, entitled “A Message to Our People in the Land of the Two Holy Mosques.” more...

16th January 2016 – The Wall Street Journal

The Terrorists Freed by Obama

Thomas Joscelyn

The Obama administration in recent days has proclaimed a “milestone” in its efforts to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after achieving its long-held goal of reducing the remaining population to fewer than 100 detainees. With the expedited release this month of 14 detainees, the total now stands at 93. more...

15th January 2016 – FOX News

Special Report with Bret Baier

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellow Thomas Joscelyn comments on risks posed by Gitmo detainees. more...

12th January 2016 – FOX News

Happening Now

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellow Thomas Joscelyn comments on terrorist detainees, al-Qaeda, and ISIS. more...

12th January 2016 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio comment on the latest from The Long War Journal. more...

8th January 2016 – The Long War Journal

‘High Risk’ Guantanamo Detainee Transferred to Kuwait

Thomas Joscelyn

The Defense Department announced today that Fayez al Kandari, who was detained at Guantanamo since 2002, has been transferred to his home country of Kuwait. more...

7th January 2016 – The Long War Journal

Ghana Falsely Claims 2 Former Guantanamo Detainees Were ‘Cleared of Any Involvement’ in Terrorism

Thomas Joscelyn

The Defense Department has announced the transfer of two Guantanamo detainees to the West African nation of Ghana. The now former detainees, Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al Dhuby, are citizens of Yemen. more...


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22nd February 2013 - 9:30 AM

Policy Under Fire: How Should the US Handle the Non-Criminal Detention of Violent Non-State Actors?

A Conversation with Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Dawit Giorgis, Raha Wala and Ben Wittes

Militant fighters have been captured during the war in Mali. This raises questions about whether the American and European positions on preventive detention rest on shaky foundations. Does the fact that Western nations don't do preventive detentions in some way encourage killing rather than capturing enemy forces?

15th October 2012 - 10:15 PM

Is Al-Qaeda Dead? An Experts Debate

In Collaboration with the New America Foundation

While some counterterrorism analysts and officials say that U.S. military efforts over the past 11 years have resulted in the defeat of al-Qaeda, others argue that the terrorist organization is more durable than that. The successes won by the CIA drone program in Pakistan’s tribal regions and the symbolic killing of Osama bin Laden might be tempered by the growing strength of al-Qaeda's affiliates in countries such as Yemen, Somalia, and Libya. On the other hand, many point out that al-Qaeda has failed to carry out a large-scale terrorist attack in the United States since 9/11.