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20th February 2014 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Air Force Strikes at ‘Militants’ in North Waziristan, Khyber

Bill Roggio

The Pakistani military claimed it killed more than 35 "militants," including a number of fighters from Central Asia, during a series of airstrikes today in the more...

17th February 2014 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Claim the Execution of 23 Pakistani Frontier Corps Troops

Bill Roggio

An influential commander in the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan has issued a statement claiming that the group executed 23 Frontier Corps troops more...

11th February 2014 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Jihadists Form Ahrar-ul-Hind, Vow to Continue Attacks

Bill Roggio

A new global jihadist group that is unwilling to negotiate with the Pakistani government has announced its formation and vowed to continue attacks in the more...

10th February 2014 – Fox News

Happening Now

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's Jonathan Schanzer discusses the US Treasury Department's failure to seize the Haqqani Network's financial assets. more...

10th February 2014 – Quoted by Ken Dilanian, Los Angeles Times

Obama Administration Mulls Lethal Strike on American in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

The Obama administration is considering authorizing the CIA or the military to kill an American citizen hiding in Pakistan who allegedly has helped Al Qaeda militants... more...

10th February 2014 – Quoted by Taimur Khan, The National

Saudi Arabia and Pakistan Forge Stronger Strategic Alliance

David Andrew Weinberg

Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are expected to sign an agreement on security and defence cooperation when the kingdom’s crown prince visits Islamabad this weekend. more...

7th February 2014 – Quoted by Eli Lake, The Daily Beast

Exclusive: U.S. Won’t Seize Taliban Ally’s Cash

Jonathan Schanzer

In the last 17 months since the U.S. government financially blacklisted the Haqqani Network, one of the deadliest insurgent groups in Afghanistan and Pakistan, not a... more...

6th February 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Designates Leader of Lashkar-e-Jhanghvi as Global Terrorist

Bill Roggio

The US State Department added Malik Ishaq, the leader of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, to the list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists today. more...

5th February 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Adds 3 Senior Haqqani Network Leaders to Terrorism List

Bill Roggio

The US Treasury Department has added three senior Haqqani Network leaders to the list of Specially Designated Global terrorists today. more...

4th February 2014 – House Armed Services Committee

The Arab Spring and Al-Qaeda’s Resurgence

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Chairman McKeon, Ranking Member Smith, distinguished members of the committee, it is an honor to appear before you to discuss the state of al-Qaeda, its affiliates... more...

22nd January 2014 – The Long War Journal

Uzbeks, Germans Reported Killed in Pakistan Airstrikes

Bill Roggio

Pakistani security officials claimed that 33 Uzbek fighters and three German jihadists were among the 40 people killed in yesterday's airstrikes more...

21st January 2014 – The Long War Journal

Turkish Authorities Arrest Ex-Gitmo Detainee in Raids Against al Qaeda Cells

Thomas Joscelyn

Turkish counterterrorism forces reportedly arrested Ibrahim Sen, a former Guantanamo detainee, during raids against suspected al Qaeda members more...

21st January 2014 – The Long War Journal

Pakistan Launches Airstrikes in North Waziristan After Taliban Suicide Attacks

Bill Roggio

The Pakistani Air Force launched airstrikes today that targeted "militant hideouts" in North Waziristan, after the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan more...

13th January 2014 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

What core al Qaeda is and the terrorist group's links with the Benghazi attack. more...

26th December 2013 – The Long War Journal

US Drones Kill 4 ‘Militants’ in North Waziristan Strike

Bill Roggio

The US killed four "militants" in a drone strike in Pakistan's Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan late last night. The strike is the first in Pakistan... more...

22nd December 2013 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Military, Taliban Clash in North Waziristan After Suicide Attack

Bill Roggio

The Pakistani military claimed it killed 23 "militants" in the town of Mir Ali in the Taliban controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan, two days after a suicide... more...

20th December 2013 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Eulogize Qari Hussain, Chief of Suicide and International Operations

Bill Roggio

In a newly released video, the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan eulogized Qari Hussain, a top commander of the group who trained suicide bombers... more...

19th December 2013 – National Review Online


Clifford D. May

Less than a generation after World War II, in the midst of a cold war whose outcome was far from certain, John F. Kennedy famously proclaimed that Americans... more...

13th December 2013 – The Long War Journal

Ansarul Mujahideen Kills 4 Pakistani Troops in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

Yesterday, jihadists from Ansarul Mujahideen killed four Pakistani soldiers in an IED attack in North Waziristan. The jihadist group, which is known to... more...

9th December 2013 – The Long War Journal

Analysis: Afghan Taliban Say Drone Strikes are Proof US is a ‘Paper Tiger’

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban recently claimed that the US' reliance on drone strikes to target Taliban leaders masks the decline of American power in the world... more...


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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?

20th August 2013 - 12:00 PM

Al Qaeda and its Affiliates: On Life Support or an Imminent Threat?

A Conversation with Eli Lake, Thomas Joscelyn and Cliff May

Twelve years after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and more than two years after Osama bin Laden was killed, how great of a threat is al Qaeda to the U.S. homeland and America’s interests abroad? Has the instability in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and throughout Africa allowed al Qaeda to grow in size and power? How should the latest threats against America’s diplomatic facilities, paired with the recent prison breaks in Pakistan, Iraq, Libya and elsewhere impact U.S. counterterrorism strategy?