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13th August 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

AQAP publishes guide for derailing trains in the US, Europe

Thomas Joscelyn

The 17th edition of AQAP’s Inspire magazine provides a how-to guide for building a train derailment device. Al Qaeda has plotted against trains in the West in the past. more...

5th May 2017 – Quoted by W.J. Hennigan - Los Angeles Times

Killing the messenger: targeting Islamic State’s operatives who plot foreign attacks online

Thomas Joscelyn

The months-long manhunt for French-born Rachid Kassim ended one chilly morning early this year when a drone-launched missile destroyed his battered white pickup truck as it motored through the besieged Iraqi city of Mosul. more...

8th September 2016 – Quoted by Austin Bodetti - The Diplomat

The Taliban’s Latest Battlefield: Social Media

Bill Roggio

The Taliban has drastically ramped up its presence on services like Twitter and WhatsApp in the past few years. more...

15th July 2016 – Quoted by Rukmini Callimachi - The New York Times

In Truck Attack in Nice, Mainstay of Commerce Reinvented as Tool of Death

Thomas Joscelyn

More than five years ago, Al Qaeda called on its followers to use cars as tools of terror. Soon after, the terrorist group that had brought down the twin towers scrapped the idea, feeling that the tactic was too indiscriminate, too likely to kill Muslims. more...

15th July 2016 – Quoted by Eli Lake - Bloomberg

Learning to Live With Islamic Terrorism, in France and Beyond

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

After the horror at Nice, perhaps the most depressing comment came from France's prime minister. Calling for unity in the face of terror, Manuel Valls observed: "Times have changed, and we should learn to live with terrorism. We have to show solidarity and collective calm." more...

14th September 2015 – CNN

The Situation Room

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn comments on Ayman al Zawahiri’s call for lone wolf attacks in the U.S. more...

1st April 2015 – Quoted by Mitch Potter -

Don’t Believe Talk of an Islamic State Truce

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Every day is April Fool’s when it comes to Dabiq, the slick propaganda sheet the Islamic State uses to play with the minds of English readers. more...

19th September 2014 – CNN

New Day

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the latest video from IS. more...

6th June 2014 – Jihadology

Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia’s Social Media Activity in 2014

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia (AST), the country’s foremost salafi jihadist group, has experienced a significant change in fortunes over the past year. more...

24th March 2014 – FDD Press

Textbook Diplomacy

David Andrew Weinberg

With President Obama poised to visit Saudi Arabia at the end of this month, America’s relations are strained with the Kingdom. The Saudis do not trust America’s nuclear deal... more...

17th March 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula Releases 12th Issue of Inspire Magazine

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has released the 12th issue of Inspire magazine. The Long War Journal has more...

17th March 2014 – Cited by Robert Sibley, Ottawa Citizen

Terrorism of the Mundane: Al Qaeda’s Shift to Street Jihad Tactics

Thomas Joscelyn

I’ve often wondered when the Islamists would bring the kind of IED tactics that were deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq against western soldiers to the cities of North America. more...

10th March 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

The Limitations of al Qaeda’s New English Webzine

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda announced this weekend the forthcoming publication of a new English webzine titled, Resurgence. The magazine is intended to help al Qaeda recruit would... more...

16th February 2014 – The Daily Beast

Syria’s Jihadist Twitter Wars

Bill Roggio

In March 2012, Omar Hammami, the American jihadist who called himself Abu Mansour al Amriki and fought for Shabaab, al-Qaeda’s branch in Somalia... more...

16th December 2013 – The Jerusalem Post

Terrorist Media Versus the Western Press

Benjamin Weinthal

Leading journalists and policy-makers debated on Wednesday the issue of terrorist- and regime-controlled media and the ability of Western news organizations... more...

12th December 2013 – National Review Online

The Disinformation Age

Clifford D. May

Walter Cronkite, the great CBS anchorman from 1962 to 1981, was called “the most trusted man in America” — and polling supported that claim. He’d conclude... more...

30th September 2013 – Quoted by First Post

Tweeting Terrorists: Twitter Shuts Down al-Qaeda Account in 5 days

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In another sign of how terrorist organisations are increasingly looking at social media as a serious platform to spread their message and possibly engage... more...

24th September 2013 – Quoted by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press

Kenya Attack Unfolded in Up and Down Twitter Feeds

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

As the deadly attack unfolded inside Kenya's Westgate mall, the militants who claimed responsibility for the spreading mayhem sent out tweet after tweet... more...

29th August 2013 – Scripps Howard News Service

Qatar Journalism

Clifford D. May

Al Jazeera America launched last week. The new television station features such broadcast luminaries as Soledad O’Brien, Joie Chen, Sheila MacVicar... more...

13th August 2013 – Foreign Policy

The Cuban in the Desert

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In April 2011, a post appeared on the leading jihadist web forum Shumukh al-Islam authored by a little known writer called Abu Asma al-Kubi. more...


11th December 2013 - 9:00 AM

Terrorist, Regime and Western Media

The War of Ideas in the Disinformation Age

The Newseum, Washington, DC


23rd May 2012 - 7:30 PM

Facebook Fatwa: Saudi Clerics, Wahhabi Islam and the Threat of Social Media Radicalization

A Conversation with Michael DoranReuel Marc GerechtSteven Miller, Younesse Safaa, and Jonathan Schanzer

After the September 11 attacks of 2001, and following al-Qaeda’s violent campaign against Saudi Arabia in 2003 and 2004, Saudi authorities launched a crackdown on state-sanctioned radicalism in the Kingdom. This included tighter controls on terror finance, dismantling al-Qaeda’s local cells, and monitoring the country’s mosques. One decade later, a new study by FDD finds that elements of the religious establishment continue to disseminate rulings and opinions that run counter to U.S. interests, and they do so increasingly via social media.