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27th February 2016 – The Long War Journal

Shabaab suicide assault team strikes hotel in Mogadishu

Bill Roggio

A team of heavily armed fighters from al Qaeda’s branch in East Africa launched a suicide assault on a popular hotel and park in the Somali capital of Mogadishu. The attack was likely carried out by Shabaab’s “Abu Musab al Zarqawi Martyrdom Battalion,” which has carried out similar operations in the past. more...

21st May 2015 – The New York Post

Call it ‘Fail Jazeera’ — Why The Network is Imploding

David Andrew Weinberg

For Al Jazeera, May is the cruelest month. In just the past four weeks, two ex-employees have filed separate lawsuits totaling some $100 million, three executives have resigned from its New York-based American channel and plans for a Turkish version have been scrapped. more...

3rd March 2015 – The Long War Journal

Osama Bin Laden’s Files: The Arab Revolutions

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda's general manager, Atiyah Abd al Rahman, believed there was "good" in the 2011 Arab uprisings. And he discussed with Osama bin Laden how to send al Qaeda operatives around the globe to take advantage of the situation. The Libyan "brothers" were especially anxious to wage jihad in their home countries. more...

26th February 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Bomber Strikes NATO Diplomatic Convoy in Kabul

Bill Roggio

A Turkish soldier and an Afghan civilian were killed in the blast. The attack on NATO's envoy to Afghanistan takes place as rumors of peace talks between the Taliban, the Afghan government, and the US persist. more...

16th May 2014 – National Post

Our Libya Intervention — Failure Disguised as Success

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

There was some rare good news coming out of Libya this month. Oil exports were set to resume from the Zuetina port after rebels holding it reached an agreement... 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...

8th May 2014 – War on the Rocks

The Consequences of NATO’s Good War in Libya

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Last week, it seemed we were seeing rare good news out of Libya. Oil exports were set to resume from the Zuetina port after rebels holding it reached an agreement... 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...

22nd April 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

American Missiles in Syria

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...

10th April 2014 – NOW Media

Containing the Security Threat

Tony Badran

In an interview this week, Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah offered a confident reading of the situation in Syria and of his party’s involvement there. more...

20th March 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Veteran Appears in Al Nusrah Front Video, Criticizes Rival

Thomas Joscelyn

A recently released video produced by the Al Nusrah Front features Abu Firas al Suri, an al Qaeda veteran who has waged jihad since the late 1970s. In his video... more...

18th March 2014 – The Washington Times

Middle East Future Shock

Clifford D. May

Almost a hundred years ago, the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, the last in a succession of Islamic caliphates stretching back more than a millennium, transformed the... more...

17th March 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

The Fall of Yabroud and What’s Next for Syria’s Civil War

Tony Badran

On Sunday, a day after the three-year anniversary of the start of the Syrian uprising, Assad regime forces and Hezbollah units reclaimed most parts of the rebel-held... more...

11th March 2014 – New York Daily News

Not Quiet on the Northern Front

Benjamin Weinthal

The disintegration of the Syrian state into warring enclaves is bringing with it new challenges and threats for Israel. Alarm bells have now been sounded on Israel'’... more...

27th February 2014 – NOW

The Latest Iraqi-Syrian Rivalry

Tony Badran

On Monday, Abu Muhammad al-Jawlani, the leader of the Syrian jihadist group Jabhat al-Nusra, issued an ultimatum to the other main jihadist group in Syria, the... more...

24th February 2014 – Foreign Policy

These Aren’t the Terrorists You’re Looking For

On Feb. 16, a bus full of South Korean tourists was idling near the Taba border crossing in South Sinai, waiting to cross from Egypt into Israel. As some passengers... more...

24th February 2014 – War on the Rocks

An Escalation in Tunisia: How the State Went to War with Ansar al-Sharia

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Since the fall of Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in January 2011, the country has been challenged by the aggressive growth of a domestic salafi jihadist... more...

17th February 2014 – The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Combat Fatigue May Finally Spell the End of Syrian Civil War

Benjamin Weinthal

The Geneva 2 peace talks between the Assad regime and a non-Islamist rebel group collapsed on Saturday. For the losers of President Bashar Assad’s blood... 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...

10th February 2014 – EgyptSource

The Strategy of Egypt’s Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis

“Stay away from the installations and headquarters of the Ministries of Defense and Interior.” This was the warning issued to Egyptian Muslims by the Salafi jihadist... 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?

11th December 2013 - 9:00 AM

Terrorist, Regime and Western Media

The War of Ideas in the Disinformation Age

The Newseum, Washington, DC