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1st August 2013 – The Long War Journal

US has ‘Eliminated Most of the Threat’ in Pakistan, SecState Kerry Claims

Bill Roggio

Remember when, two years ago, unnamed US counterterrorism and intelligence officials claimed that there are only two top al Qaeda leaders left in Pakistan? more...

31st July 2013 – The Long War Journal

3 al Qaeda Military ‘Training Experts’ Killed in US Drone Strike in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

A Pakistani Taliban commander said that the US killed three al Qaeda military "training experts" in a drone strike in North Waziristan that took... more...

30th July 2013 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Assault Prison, Free Hundreds of Inmates

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan launched a complex assault that included suicide bombers against a prison in Dera Ismail Khan, freeing... more...

29th July 2013 – The Long War Journal

US Drones Kill Taliban, ‘Arab’ Fighters in Strike in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The US killed eight "militants" in an area of Pakistan's Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan that is known to serve as a gateway for terrorist... more...

25th July 2013 – The Long War Journal

Jundallah Claims Suicide Assault on ISID Headquarters in Sukkur

Bill Roggio

Jundallah, a terrorist group closely tied to al Qaeda and the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, claimed credit for yesterday's suicide assault... more...

24th July 2013 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Leader Discusses ‘Global Jihad,’ Syria in al Qaeda Video

Thomas Joscelyn

As Sahab, al Qaeda's propaganda arm, has released a video featuring Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) commander Maulana Asim Umar, who calls... more...

21st July 2013 – The Long War Journal

Turkistan Islamic Party Trains Women for Jihad

Bill Roggio

The al Qaeda-linked Turkistan Islamic Party is actively training female recruits to wage jihad in South and Central Asia. A short, one-minute-long video by the Turkistan... more...

18th July 2013 – House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade

Global al Qaeda: Affiliates, Objectives, and Future Challenges

Thomas Joscelyn

Chairman Poe, Ranking Member Sherman and members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me here today to discuss the threat posed by al Qaeda. more...

18th July 2013 – Scripps Howard News Service

The New Muslim Generation

Clifford D. May

A month ago, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki was asked whether the Taliban is a terrorist organization. The question appeared to stump her. more...

15th July 2013 – The Long War Journal

Jihadists Seek to Open New Front in Burma

Bill Roggio

A group of jihadists from Burma, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Pakistan are reported to have formed a "brigade" to fight the Burmese government. more...

13th July 2013 – The Long War Journal

2 ‘Militants’ Killed in US Drone Strike in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

The US killed two "militants" in an area of Pakistan's Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan that is known to host al Qaeda and a variety... more...

12th July 2013 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Establish ‘Base’ Inside Syria

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan has sent "experts in warfare and information technology" to Syria to establish a base and monitor the fighting there. more...

6th July 2013 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda ‘Paramilitary Commander,’ Haqqani Network Leader Reported Killed in Recent Drone Strike

Bill Roggio

An al Qaeda military commander and a Haqqani Network leader are among 17 jihadists reported to have been killed in a US drone strike that took place... more...

2nd July 2013 – The Long War Journal

US Drones Kill 17 in First Strike in Pakistan in Nearly a Month

Bill Roggio

The US targeted the Haqqani Network, a Taliban subgroup that is closely tied to al Qaeda, in the first strike in Pakistan in more than three weeks. more...

21st June 2013 – The Long War Journal

Suicide Assault Team Strikes Inside Shia Mosque in Peshawar

Bill Roggio

A suicide assault team has killed at least 15 people after one of the bombers detonated his vest inside a Shia mosque in the provincial capital of Peshawar in northwestern Pakistan. more...

16th June 2013 – The Long War Journal

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Launches Suicide Assault at Hospital in Quetta

Bill Roggio

The al Qaeda and Taliban-linked Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed credit for a suicide assault on female Pakistani university students in the southwestern provincial capital of Quetta. more...

9th June 2013 – The Long War Journal

Local Taliban Commander Killed in Latest Drone Strike in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

A US drone strike two days ago killed a "key" local Taliban commander who was preparing to lead a group of fighters into Afghanistan, according to the Pakistani press. more...

7th June 2013 – The Long War Journal

US Drones Kill 6 in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The US launched a drone strike in Pakistan's Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan today. Six "militants," including an unnamed "high value target," are said to have... more...

6th June 2013 – The Long War Journal

US Adds al Qaeda Explosives Expert to List of Global Terrorists

Bill Roggio

The US Treasury Department has added an al Qaeda explosives expert who once served as the commander of the terror group's military committee to the list of Specially... more...

3rd June 2013 – National Post

Pakistan’s Toxic Obsession with Kashmir is Still Generating Fresh Victims

Jonathan Kay

Pakistan is beset by such a bewildering array of militant political and religious movements that it is sometimes difficult to keep them straight. The most spectacular events... 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?