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4th January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

State Department designates 3 al Qaeda figures as global terrorists

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

One of the leaders "planned" the March 2015 Bardo Museum attack in Tunis, which was claimed by the Islamic State. Another serves as Shabaab's deputy emir. more...

3rd January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US strikes Shabaab outside Somali capital

Alexandra N. Gutowski, Bill Roggio

In the first strike of 2018, US forces have again halted an imminent car bomb attack intended for Somalia's capital. more...

3rd January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

2017: A record year for US counterterrorism strikes

Alexandra N. Gutowski, Bill Roggio

The pattern of operations in 2017 in what the Obama administration used to call areas outside of active hostilities indicates that the US will continue the reinvigorated air campaign in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and Libya in the coming year. more...

28th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US targets Shabaab fighters, car bomb

Bill Roggio

At least 17 Shabaab fighters were killed and a suicide car bomb was destroyed in two strikes that have taken place in Somalia over the past four days. more...

27th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State video promotes Somali arm, incites attacks during holidays

Bill Roggio

On Dec. 25, the Islamic State released a video promoting its fighters in Somalia and inciting attacks in the West. The group's propagandists referred to the cadre as the Islamic State's Somali "province." more...

18th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US strikes Shabaab outside of Kismayo

Alexandra N. Gutowski, Bill Roggio

The attack killed eight Shabaab fighters and destroyed one vehicle, according to the AFRICOM press release. more...

14th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Shabaab targets Somali police academy in suicide attack

Bill Roggio

The explosion, which took place as Somail police were parading, killed at least 18 people and wounding at least another 15. Shabaab claimed credit for the attack. more...

12th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

AFRICOM strike halts Shabaab car bomb attack

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

The US military has launched 32 strikes in Somalia since the beginning of 2017, more than doubling last year's total of 15. more...

27th November 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US targets Islamic State in northeastern Somalia

Alexandra N. Gutowski, Bill Roggio

US Africa Command again struck the Islamic State's network in the semi autonomous region of Puntland, killing one fighter. more...

21st November 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US strike kills over 100 Shabaab fighters northwest of Mogadishu

Alexandra N. Gutowski, Bill Roggio

US forces conducted a strike that killed 100 Shabaab fighters northwest of the capital, adding to a record month for the air campaign in Somalia. more...

18th November 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Understanding al Qaeda through the massive trove of Osama bin Laden’s files

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

On Nov. 17, The Foundation for Defense of Democracies and FDD's Long War Journal held an event to discuss the findings from the recently released documents from Osama bin Laden’s compound. more...

15th November 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

November already AFRICOM’s most active month yet in Somalia

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

Although the month of November is only halfway complete, it is already the most active month of the Somalia air campaign against Shabaab and the Islamic State since its inception. more...

13th November 2017 – Quoted by Abdi Guled and Cara Anna - The Associated Press

US-targeted IS in Somalia could be a ‘significant threat’

The Islamic State group's growing presence in Somalia could become a "significant threat" if it attracts fighters fleeing collapsing strongholds in Syria and Iraq, experts say, and already it seems to be influencing local al-Shabab extremists to adopt tactics like beheadings. more...

13th November 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US launches 3 more strikes in Somalia

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

The US military continues to intensify its air campaign in Somalia against Shabaab and its rival, the Islamic State. more...

13th November 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Shabaab touts deadly raid on Somali military base

Bill Roggio

The video serves as an important reminder of Shabaab's continual potent threat against both African Union and Somali forces inside Somalia. more...

11th November 2017 – Quoted by Abdi Guled - The Associated Press

US says new airstrike in Somalia kills ‘several militants’

The U.S. military says "several militants" have been killed in an airstrike against al-Shabab in Somalia as the Trump administration increasingly targets what has become the deadliest Islamic extremist group in Africa. more...

10th November 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US military targets al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia

Bill Roggio

The US military has now targeted Shabaab forces using airstrikes at least 14 times this year. Shabaab has continued to threaten the Somali capital despite the increased US targeting. more...

9th November 2017 – Quoted by Abdi Guled - The Los Angeles Times

US says new airstrike in Somalia kills ‘several militants’

The U.S. military says "several militants" have been killed in an airstrike against al-Shabab in Somalia as the Trump administration increasingly targets what has become the deadliest Islamic extremist group in Africa. more...

3rd November 2017 – Quoted by Thomas Gibbons-Neff - The New York Times

U.S. Bombs ISIS in Somalia for the First Time

The United States military bombed Islamic State fighters in Somalia for the first time on Friday, a sign that the air campaign against the group was expanding after recent battlefield successes against the militants in Iraq and Syria. more...

3rd November 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US targets Islamic State fighters in Somali airstrikes

Bill Roggio

The US military launched its first airstrike against the Islamic State's network in the eastern African country of Somalia earlier today, complementing a decade long air campaign against Shabaab, al Qaeda's branch in the country. 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?