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17th May 2014 – The Long War Journal

Shabaab Leader Calls For Meditation In Syria, Says Zawahiri Is ‘Our Sheikh And Emir’

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

Abu Zubayr, the emir of Shabaab, restates his support for Ayman al Zawahiri and calls for mediation in Syria. more...

15th May 2014 – Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon, The Jerusalem Post

Assad Regime-rebel Agreement in Homs a Sign of Things to Come?

Tony Badran

If Syrian forces continue to win battles against the rebels, it may force them to make more cease-fire deals and withdrawals in other cities. more...

15th May 2014 – Cited by Michael Weiss, NOW Media

The Devil’s in the Details

Tony Badran

It’s an odd sort of president who demands credit for selling a humanitarian catastrophe to two countries committed to furthering it. Yet that’s... more...

14th May 2014 – The Long War Journal

Treasury Department Designates 2 ‘al Qaeda Leaders’ in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The US Treasury Department today added two "al Qaeda leaders" in Syria to the list of specially designated global terrorists. One of the... more...

12th May 2014 – The Long War Journal

ISIS Spokesman Blames Zawahiri for Infighting in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The spokesman for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS), Abu Muhammad al Adnani, has released an audio message blaming al... more...

12th May 2014 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio

ISIS's split with al Qaeda in Syria and drone strikes in Yemen. more...

8th May 2014 – The Long War Journal

ISIS Video Shows Zarqawi Training Camp in Syria

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, the former al Qaeda branch that was disowned by Al Qaeda General Command, has announced... more...

7th May 2014 – CCTV

News Update

Tony Badran

With Syrian rebels withdrawing from Homs, does this mean Bashar al-Assad is close to claiming victory? FDD's Tony Badran discusses. more...

7th May 2014 – The Long War Journal

Central Asian Jihadist Group Joins ISIS

Bill Roggio

A jihadist group made up of Uzbeks, Tajiks, and Russians from the Caucasus that operates in Syria has sworn allegiance to the Islamic State... more...

5th May 2014 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Al Nusrah Front in Syria and fighting in Yemen. more...

4th May 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Says it Will Comply with Zawahiri’s Orders

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has issued a statement saying it will comply with Ayman al Zawahiri's orders with... more...

2nd May 2014 – The Long War Journal

Zawahiri Makes Another Attempt at Reconciliation in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Ayman al Zawahiri, the head of al Qaeda, discusses the infighting in Syria and the history of al Qaeda's branch in Iraq at length in a... more...

1st May 2014 – The Long War Journal

‘Al Qaeda in Kurdistan’ Breaks Ranks with ISIS Over Syria

Bill Roggio

A group calling itself "al Qaeda in Kurdistan" sided with al Qaeda's emir against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham in the ongoing... more...

30th April 2014 – The Long War Journal

Abu Qatada Provides Jihadists with Ideological Guidance From a Jordanian Prison

Thomas Joscelyn

On July 7, 2013, Omar Mohammed Othman, better known as Abu Qatada, was deported from the UK to Jordan to stand trial on terrorism... more...

25th April 2014 – The Long War Journal

Uzbek Commands Group Within the Al Nusrah Front

Bill Roggio

An Uzbek commander known as Abu Hussein leads a group of his countrymen fighting in the ranks of the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official... more...

24th April 2014 – NOW Media

Obama has Had a Strategy All Along

Tony Badran

Last week, Frederic Hof, one of the Obama administration's former top Syria hands, asked whether the administration had a conscious strategy in Syria. Hof, who... more...

24th April 2014 – Quoted by Catherine Herridge, Fox News

Top Al Qaeda Commander Relocates to Syria

Jonathan Schanzer

A member of Al Qaeda's senior leadership, Sanafi al Nasr, has relocated to Syria, where he is living openly and publicly courts his followers on twitter, according... more...

23rd April 2014 – Quoted by Lee Smith, The Weekly Standard

Syria Announces Presidential Elections for June

Tony Badran

Monday the Syrian regime announced that presidential elections will be held June 3. The State Department dismissed the news. “The fact that you would even think.. more...

22nd April 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

American Missiles in Syria

Patrick Megahan

Since the start of the Syrian civil war, the secular-leaning Free Syrian Army has repeatedly called for arms from the United States to help level the playing field against... more...

21st April 2014 – The Long War Journal

Zawahiri Discusses Infighting in Syria, Opposition to Egyptian Goverment

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri discusses the infighting between jihadist groups in Syria and his opposition to the Egyptian government... more...

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7th February 2014 - 12:00 PM

The Levant Unraveling: How the Crisis in Syria is Impacting the Region

A Conversation with Jonathan Spyer, Tony Badran, Michael Doran, Oubai Shahbandar and John Hannah

How has Assad’s strategy evolved? With various factions and stakeholders pitted against each other, how are the competing endgames and tactics of groups like ISIS and Nusra impacting the dynamic of the conflict? How are the reverberations from the ever-bloodier conflict in Syria being felt far beyond its borders in Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan and the Palestinian territories? What will the Montreux talks mean for Syria and the path forward for the international community? How are Iran and Hezbollah influencing the conflict and altering the situation on the ground? What is the way forward?

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?