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5th June 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US kills 27 Shabaab terrorists in rare northern Somalia strike

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

A strike that far north, particularly with such a high casualty count, demonstrates the alarming geographic span of Shabaab's insurgency in the country. In 2018, the US has hit Shabaab targets nearly 1,000 miles apart. more...

2nd June 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US strikes Shabaab again outside Mogadishu

Alexandra N. Gutowski

The strike killed 12 Shabaab terrorists. more...

25th May 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US forces hit Shabaab outside Somali capital

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

On Wednesday, US forces conducted an airstrike 15 miles southwest of the Somali capital Mogadishu against al Qaeda's branch in East Africa. more...

23rd May 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US Military reviews possible civilian casualties in Yemen, Somalia

Alexandra N. Gutowski

Two regional combatant commands acknowledged reports of civilian casualties in recent operations. more...

13th May 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: Shabaab advertises its al Qaeda allegiance

Thomas Joscelyn

Since late April, Shabaab has released a series of videos emphasizing its place in al Qaeda's global network. Two of the videos were recorded by the group's emir, Abu Ubaydah Ahmad Umar, a normally reclusive figure. Abu Ubaydah refers to the Taliban's emir as the "Commander of the Faithful" and Ayman al Zawahiri as the "father-emir" while addressing the mujahideen in Syria and Yemen. more...

13th April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US continues to disrupt Shabaab’s attack campaign

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

In the past six months, US forces have thrice interdicted Shabaab car bombs and prevented imminent attacks against civilians in the Somalia capital, Mogadishu. more...

6th April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US continues to disrupt Shabaab in Jilib, Somalia

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

The United States attacked al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia in the southern town of Jilib, a recurring strike location and known Shabaab safe haven. The strike killed three terrorists and destroyed a vehicle with a mounted heavy machine gun yesterday afternoon, according to a US Forces Africa Command (AFRICOM) press release today. more...

2nd April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US strikes Shabaab in central Somalia

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

The location of last weekend's strike highlights the geographical range of US operations against Shabaab, and the scope of the al Qaeda branch's insurgency. more...

21st March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US strikes Shabaab south of Somalia’s capital

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

US forces conducted nine strikes in Somalia this year, all of which have targeted al Qaeda's affiliate in the country. more...

9th March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Qods Force chief: Israel’s destruction the blood debt of Hezbollah commander’s death

Maj Gen Qassem Soleimani, the chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Qods Force, addressed last month a commemoration held in Iran for slain Lebanese Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh (AKA Hajj Radwan). more...

9th March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US lists Shabaab’s leader in Kenya, wanted commander as global terrorists

Bill Roggio

The US State Department added Ahmad Iman Ali, the leader of Shabaab’s network in Kenya, and Abdifatah Abubakar Abdi, a dangerous Kenyan commander, to its list of Specially Designated Global terrorists on March 8. more...

6th March 2018 – Foreign Podicy

Podcast: Africa’s Jihadist Frontiers

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Clifford D. May

Foreign Podicy host, Cliff May, is joined by FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross to discuss the evolving threats from jihadists in Africa and what can be done now to stop – or at least slow – them. more...

2nd March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Shabaab eulogizes ally of rebellious American jihadist

Bill Roggio

Shabaab eulogized a military commander who was closely linked to Omar Hammami, the American al Qaeda commander who was murdered by the Somali branch five years ago after a lengthy and very public dispute on social media. more...

28th February 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US concentrates Somalian air campaign around Jilib

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

US forces launched a strike yesterday that killed two members of Shabaab, al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia and East Africa, and wounded another fighter. The strike occurred in Jilib, a village south of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu. more...

27th February 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

State Department designates 7 ISIS-affiliated groups as terrorist organizations

Thomas Joscelyn

The State Department announced today that seven ISIS-affiliated groups have been designated as terrorist organizations. more...

22nd February 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US kills four Shabaab jihadists in Somali airstrike

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

US forces killed four Shabaab terrorists in a strike in southern Somalia. The strike is the second since Feb. 19. more...

21st February 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US strike kills three Shabaab fighters in Somalia

Alexandra N. Gutowski

US forces have conducted four strikes in Somalia in 2018, all of which targeted Shabaab. more...

10th February 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US terror designations expose 3 international facilitators for Islamic State

Thomas Joscelyn

The US Treasury Department has further exposed the Islamic State's international network by designating three facilitators as terrorists. The men have operated in the Philippines, Somalia, Turkey and elsewhere. One of them operates a business in Turkey that has acquired drone components for the so-called caliphate. more...

24th January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US says 30 children freed during raid on Shabaab ‘indoctrination center’

Thomas Joscelyn

US Africa Command confirmed today that US forces took part "in an advisory capacity" in a Somali-led raid on an "indoctrination center" operated by Shabaab, al Qaeda's branch in East Africa. Five people, some of whom were "under the age of 18," were killed in the Jan. 18 operation. 30 other "male children" were freed. more...

19th January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US strike kills 4 Shabaab terrorists

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

The operation occurred approximately 50 kilometers northwest of Kismayo, the site of another recent airstrike. 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?