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23rd October 2012 – The Long War Journal

Shabaab Threatens Britain Over Extradition of Abu Hamza al Masri

Bill Roggio

Yesterday the Somali terror group Shabaab threatened to attack Britain for extraditing radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al Masri, who arrived in the US on Oct. 5 after being... more...

15th October 2012 – Quoted by John Hudson, The Atlantic

Massive Prison Break Frees 120 Inmates in Libya

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

For a country that already has a problem with roving outlaws, this is the last thing you want to have happen. AFP reports that about 120 prisoners escaped from jail... more...

11th October 2012 – The Atlantic

How the Arab Spring’s Prisoner Releases Have Helped the Jihadi Cause

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The investigation of the devastating Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed American ambassador Christopher Stevens -- limited as it is by security concerns that hampered the FBI's access... more...

11th October 2012 – Scripps Howard News Service

Welcome Back, Khadr?

Clifford D. May

Here’s a murder mystery for you: Why is the man who killed Sergeant First Class Christopher Speer likely to go free a few short months from now? A little background... more...

2nd October 2012 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Ally Orchestrated Assault on US Embassy in Tunisia

Thomas Joscelyn

On Sept. 14, the US embassy in Tunis came under assault. The American staff evacuated the embassy unscathed, but the attackers hoisted an al Qaeda-style black flag high above the... more...

2nd October 2012 – Sun News Network - Canada

The Source

Clifford D. May

The transfer of Omar Khadr from Guantanamo Bay to Canada. more...

1st October 2012 – Sun News Network

Right Now

Clifford D. May

Omar Khadr's return to Canada. more...

1st October 2012 – Sun News Network

Right Now

Clifford D. May

FDD's Clifford May joins Caryn Lieberman to discuss whether Omar Khadr is a murderer or a victim? more...

29th September 2012 – The Weekly Standard

SFC Speer’s Killer Leaves Gitmo

Thomas Joscelyn

Omar Khadr has been sent from Guantanamo to Canada, after returning from the jihad in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Khadr is slated to stay in custody for the time being. It is difficult to think... more...

24th September 2012 – The Long War Journal

34 ‘High Risk’ Guantanamo Detainees Approved for Transfer

Thomas Joscelyn

The Obama administration has released a list of 55 Guantanamo detainees who were approved for transfer by the Guantanamo Bay Review Task Force. The task force, which was... more...

20th September 2012 – The Weekly Standard

Al Qaeda in Libya—a Growing Threat

Thomas Joscelyn

FOX News reported Wednesday night that a former Guantanamo detainee named Sufyan ben Qumu has been tied to the September 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya that... more...

20th September 2012 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio

Ex-Gitmo detainee reportedly tied to consulate attack. more...

20th September 2012 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Unanswered Questions About the Attack in Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

Two news reports suggest that the White House line of “the movie made them do it” is a false account of what occurred in the consulate attack and brutal murder of our diplomatic... more...

6th September 2012 – Quoted by Spencer Ackerman, Wired

US Used This Torture Box to Interrogate Gadhafi’s Enemies

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

This is a drawing of a locked box which a Libyan man says U.S. interrogators once stuffed him into. It’s said to be about three feet long on each side. Only once during his two years in detention... more...

8th August 2012 – The Weekly Standard

Obama Administration Making Concessions to the Taliban

Thomas Joscelyn

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama famously said that the U.S. should negotiate with Iran without any preconditions. Obama’s notion of diplomacy with the mullahs was widely ridiculed at the time. more...

2nd August 2012 – The Long War Journal

Egypt Requests Release of al Qaeda Explosives Expert

Thomas Joscelyn

The Egyptian government has requested the release of a top al Qaeda explosives expert from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, according to Agence France Presse and Reuters. more...

30th July 2012 – The Long War Journal

Ex-Guantanamo Detainee Surrenders to Saudis

Thomas Joscelyn

A former Guantanamo detainee who joined al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) after completing a rehabilitation program in Saudi Arabia has reportedly turned himself in. more...

30th July 2012 – The Weekly Standard

Interrogating Terror

Reuel Marc Gerecht

This volume hints at being a memoir of a young Puerto Rico-born spook rising to the top of Langley’s white-bread operations directorate. But the personal gives way quickly to a professional cri de coeur. more...

26th July 2012 – The Weekly Standard

Missed Clues Before Fort Hood Shootings

Thomas Joscelyn

In the wake of the November 5, 2009 Fort Hood shootings, Steve Hayes and I wrote about the FBI’s and Defense Department’s many failures with respect to Major Nidal Malik Hasan. more...

12th July 2012 – The Long War Journal

Bin Laden Loyalist Transferred from Guantanamo to Sudan

Thomas Joscelyn

The Defense Department announced on Wednesday that Ibrahim al Qosi, a Guantanamo detainee who long served deceased al Qaeda master Osama bin Laden, was transferred to his home country of Sudan. 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.