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18th April 2018 – The Washington Times

Middle East missions to accomplish

Clifford D. May

Can we at least agree that President Trump’s decision to strike three chemical weapons facilities owned and operated by Bashar al-Assad – vassal of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Russia – was consistent with American values? more...

13th April 2018 – Foreign Policy

Why Is Trump Going Soft on Hezbollah?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

On Saturday, Vice President Mike Pence is set to meet with regional leaders at the Summit of the Americas, where he should tell those assembled that it is time to launch a coordinated campaign against Hezbollah’s illicit empire in Latin America. (The Vice-President is stepping in for President Donald Trump, who abruptly cancelled his Latin America trip to oversee the U.S. response to Syria’s latest chemical attack outrage). But first, the White House has to show that it is prepared to take the lead by designating Hezbollah, a political and militant organization based in Lebanon, as a Transnational Criminal Organization under U.S. law. more...

6th April 2018 – The Weekly Standard

Trump and Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The White House declared on April 4 that the "military mission to eradicate ISIS in Syria is coming to a rapid end, with ISIS being almost completely destroyed." While the United States is "committed to eliminating the small ISIS presence in Syria that our forces have not already eradicated," the Trump administration already has an eye on "future plans," which will rely heavily on other countries "to work toward peace and ensure that ISIS never reemerges." more...

3rd April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

20 dead, civilians protest following Indian counter-terror operation in Kashmir

Philip Hegseth

Indian security forces launched a decisive counter-terror operation yesterday in the Kashmiri districts of Shopian and Anantnag resulting in the deaths of at least 13 terrorists, three Indian security forces, and four civilians. more...

2nd April 2018 – Foreign Policy

Trump Can’t Afford to Forget About Iraq

John Hannah

In January, with an eye toward national elections on May 12, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi stunned many observers when he agreed to a political alliance with a group representing the country’s most hard-line Shiite militias — some of them designated by the United States for terrorism, all of them loyal instruments of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). more...

2nd April 2018 – War on the Rocks

The Emigrant Sisters Return: The Growing Role of the Islamic State’s Women

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In his latest op-ed for War on the Rocks, FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross details the roles of women throughout the timeline of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria – highlighting how their role within the organization, specifically in military operations, seemed to increase as the caliphate weakened and eventually collapsed. This, Gartenstein-Ross illustrates, is a stark contrast to the roles previously held by women throughout the life of the caliphate – and this role may continue to grow. more...

22nd February 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: ISIS hasn’t been defeated

Thomas Joscelyn

On January 19, the Pentagon released its new National Defense Strategy, which prioritizes "inter-state strategic competition" from China and Russia over "terrorism." In many ways, the strategy makes sense. However, the threat from ISIS and al Qaeda has not been eliminated. The jihadists are fighting around the globe, everywhere from West Africa to Southeast Asia. more...

23rd January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

State Department designates Islamic State executioner, fighter as terrorists

Thomas Joscelyn

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27th September 2017 – The Washington Times

Latin America’s socialist-Islamist-narco-terrorist alliance

Clifford D. May

At the U.N. last week, President Trump had harsh words for the “socialist dictatorship” that has impoverished Venezuela. He railed against “Islamist extremism” and “radical Islamic terrorism,” the former a supremacist ideology, the latter a weapon being used to mass-murder Muslims, Christians Yazidis, Jews and Hindus. He took note, too, of the threat posed by “international criminal networks” that “traffic drugs, weapons, people.” more...

11th September 2017 – The Wall Street Journal

How Do Palestinians Define ‘Terrorism’?

Jonathan Schanzer, Grant Rumley

There is one step Mr. Abbas could take to demonstrate that he is taking Congress seriously: He could issue a definition of terrorism to his own people. Remarkably, the Palestinian Authority’s “Basic Law” does not mention terrorism. The State Department says that although the PA has criminalized acts of terror, it lacks legislation “specifically tailored to counterterrorism.” more...

9th September 2017 – Fortune

Terrorists Are Using Drones Now. And That’s Not the Worst of It.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Sixteen years after the 9/11 attacks and the onset of the “war on terror,” the jihadist movement has grown stronger in almost every measurable way. more...

6th September 2017 – The Washington Times

Another grim anniversary

Clifford D. May

The approach of an anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 always concentrates my mind. It was, astonishingly, 16 Septembers ago that a team of foreign terrorists hijacked three American passenger planes and used them as weapons of mass destruction. Can anyone forget the images of people leaping to their deaths to avoid being consumed by fire and smoke, the twin towers collapsing, the ashes rising, children struggling to come to terms with the fact that they’d never see their mothers and fathers again? more...

28th August 2017 – War on the Rocks

Save the Terrorism Prevention Toolkit

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The images from Charlottesville captured the nation’s attention. Cameras showed Nazi salutes, swastikas, and militant antifa counter-protesters. As pepper spray and ramming vehicles supplanted debate, those events highlighted ideological strains different from the jihadist movement that dominates discussion of violent extremism in America. It may be surprising, then, that the U.S. government’s efforts to counter violent extremism of all ideological varieties has been the subject of growing controversy. more...

23rd August 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

IS Using Front Companies to Support Terrorism

Alex Entz

A recent FBI affidavit unveiled a worldwide, now-defunct network of Wales-based front companies controlled by an IS sympathizer, and demonstrates IS’s capacity to pursue complex financing strategies. more...

21st August 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: The Syrian regime’s offensive towards Deir Ezzor

Alexandra N. Gutowski

A complete US withdrawal from Afghanistan would have been disastrous. The US government needs to drastically reassess America’s jihadist enemies and avoid the policy pitfalls of the past. more...

21st August 2017 – The Weekly Standard

Sending More Troops To Afghanistan Is a Good Start

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

President Trump deserves credit for making a difficult decision, but he also needs to avoid the mistakes of his predecessors. more...

17th August 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State explosives expert, security official designated as terrorists

Thomas Joscelyn

The US State Department announced today that Islamic State leaders Ahmad Alkhald and Abu Yahya al-Iraqi have been named specially designated global terrorists. Alkhald was the "explosives chief" for the "terrorist cell" that carried out Nov. 2015 assault in Paris and the Mar. 2016 Brussels bombings. Al-Iraqi "oversees ISIS security in Iraq and Syria." more...

17th August 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State claims its ‘soldiers’ responsible for Barcelona attack

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State's Amaq News Agency claims that the attack in Barcelona, Spain today was carried out by the group's "soldiers." The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a string of operations in which terrorists drove a van or truck into a crowd. more...

16th August 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US lists Hizbul Mujahideen as a Foreign Terrorist Organization

Bill Roggio

The brief designation omitted Hizbul Mujahideen's support for al Qaeda in the past, as well as its relations with other jihadist groups in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India, such as Lashkar-e-Taiba. Hizbul Mujahideen's emir was officially listed as a global terrorist in June 2017. more...

16th August 2017 – The Washington Times

In search of a grand U.S. strategy

Clifford D. May

Anti-extremists should hang together while Trump’s advisers construct it more...

Experts

Bill Roggio

Senior Fellow and Editor of FDD's Long War Journal

Thomas Joscelyn

Senior Fellow

Events

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?

11th December 2013 - 9:00 AM

Terrorist, Regime and Western Media

The War of Ideas in the Disinformation Age

The Newseum, Washington, DC