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6th July 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Ohio man pleads guilty to terror charges after attempting to join ISIS in Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

The Department of Justice announced today that Aaron Travis Daniels pleaded guilty terror-related charges after trying to join the Islamic State in Libya last November. more...

8th April 2016 – The Weekly Standard

Two More ‘High’ Risk Detainees Transferred from Gitmo

Thomas Joscelyn

Secretary of State John Kerry praised the Republic of Senegal today “for offering humanitarian resettlement to" two now former Guantanamo detainees. As was the case when the administration transferred detainees to Uruguay in late 2014 and Ghana earlier this year, the Guantanamo jihadists are being portrayed almost as victims in need of rescue from the American government. more...

8th March 2016 – The Long War Journal

ODNI: 204 former Guantanamo detainees are confirmed or suspected recidivists

Thomas Joscelyn

The number of former Guantanamo detainees confirmed or suspected of rejoining the jihad has grown to 204, according to a summary released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) yesterday. Nearly two-thirds of the jihadists, 128 in total, are at-large. The remaining 76 ex-detainees have been killed, died of natural causes, or were re-captured. more...

15th February 2016 – The Long War Journal

Ex-Guantanamo detainee prominently featured in al Qaeda propaganda

Thomas Joscelyn

Ex-Guantanamo detainee Ibrahim al Qosi has become a prominent fixture in Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s (AQAP) propaganda since early December, when he first revealed that he is a senior leader in the group. Qosi most recently delivered a two-part critique of the Saudi monarchy, entitled “A Message to Our People in the Land of the Two Holy Mosques.” more...

16th January 2016 – The Wall Street Journal

The Terrorists Freed by Obama

Thomas Joscelyn

The Obama administration in recent days has proclaimed a “milestone” in its efforts to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after achieving its long-held goal of reducing the remaining population to fewer than 100 detainees. With the expedited release this month of 14 detainees, the total now stands at 93. more...

8th January 2016 – The Long War Journal

‘High Risk’ Guantanamo Detainee Transferred to Kuwait

Thomas Joscelyn

The Defense Department announced today that Fayez al Kandari, who was detained at Guantanamo since 2002, has been transferred to his home country of Kuwait. more...

7th January 2016 – The Long War Journal

Ghana Falsely Claims 2 Former Guantanamo Detainees Were ‘Cleared of Any Involvement’ in Terrorism

Thomas Joscelyn

The Defense Department has announced the transfer of two Guantanamo detainees to the West African nation of Ghana. The now former detainees, Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al Dhuby, are citizens of Yemen. more...

20th November 2015 – The Weekly Standard

The Long War Continues

Thomas Joscelyn

In many ways, the reaction to the horrific attacks in Paris has been familiar. There were the expressions of solidarity: flowers at French embassies; social media avatars changed from silly selfies to photos of the French flag snapping defiantly in the wind; buildings across the Western world lit up in red, white, and blue; spontaneous and deeply moving renditions of the national anthem, sung by spectators being evacuated from a soccer match at the Stade de France, site of one of the attacks, and three days later by French legislators after President François Hollande addressed them at Versailles. more...

4th September 2015 – The Weekly Standard

More Than 100 Ex-Gitmo Recidivists At Large

Thomas Joscelyn

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has released its latest statistics on the number of former Guantanamo detainees who are either confirmed or suspected of returning to the fight. As expected, there has been a slight increase in the number of ex-detainees who have rejoined the jihad. more...

9th February 2015 – The Weekly Standard

Al Qaeda Uses ISIS to Try to Present Itself as Respectable, Even Moderate

Thomas Joscelyn

In response to the Islamic State’s horrific burning of a pilot, the Jordanian government has released from prison one of the most influential al Qaeda-allied ideologues in the world. Sound strange? It is. more...

29th January 2015 – The Weekly Standard

CNN: 1 of the Taliban 5 Back in the Game

Thomas Joscelyn

CNN’s Barbara Starr reports that the U.S. military and intelligence community thinks that one member of the so-called Taliban Five “has attempted to return to militant activity from his current location in Qatar.” more...

24th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

4 Gitmo Detainees Transferred to Afghanistan Are Veteran Insurgents, Files Allege

Thomas Joscelyn

On Dec. 20, the Defense Department announced the transfer of four Afghans to their home country. Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO) deemed all four to be "high" risks to the US, its interests and allies. All four are veteran insurgents, according to JTF-GTMO. more...

17th December 2014 – The Washington Times

America Needs Its Rough Men

Clifford D. May

In spring 2009, I was invited to debate “torture” with Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show.” He gave me an opportunity to make a case with which he vehemently disagreed. more...

11th March 2014 – The Long War Journal

9/11 Recruiter Reportedly Freed in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Mohammed Zammar, the al Qaeda operative responsible for recruiting the suicide-hijack pilots for the 9/11 attacks, has reportedly been freed more...

25th February 2014 – The Weekly Standard

The Real Moazzam Begg

Thomas Joscelyn

Ex-Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg was arrested earlier today as part of raid conducted by counterterrorism officials in the UK. Begg has spent most of... more...

8th January 2014 – The Long War Journal

Ex-Guantanamo Detainee Remains Suspect in Benghazi Attack

Thomas Joscelyn

An ex-Guantanamo detainee, Sufian Ben Qumu, remains a key suspect in the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, the Washington Post reports. more...

3rd January 2014 – The Long War Journal

Report: Ex-Guantanamo Detainee and Member of Bahrain’s Royal Family Joins Syrian Jihad

Thomas Joscelyn

A former Guantanamo detainee who was transferred to his home country of Bahrain in 2005 has reportedly joined the jihad in Syria. According to an article... more...

16th December 2013 – The Long War Journal

2 Guantanamo Detainees Transferred to Saudi Arabia

Thomas Joscelyn

The Defense Department announced the transfer of two Guantanamo detainees to Saudi Arabia today. Saad Muhammad Husayn Qahtani and Hamood... more...

17th October 2013 – The Long War Journal

Senior al Qaeda Leader and Former US Detainee Killed in Drone Strike in 2012

Bill Roggio

Hassan Ghul, a top al Qaeda leader who was in US custody for two years before being transferred to Pakistani custody and then promptly released... more...

13th August 2013 – Politico

Gitmo’s Czar Speaks Out

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The closure of the U.S. detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, has been on Barack Obama’s mind for a long time. After promising time and again during the 2008... more...


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22nd February 2013 - 9:30 AM

Policy Under Fire: How Should the US Handle the Non-Criminal Detention of Violent Non-State Actors?

A Conversation with Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Dawit Giorgis, Raha Wala and Ben Wittes

Militant fighters have been captured during the war in Mali. This raises questions about whether the American and European positions on preventive detention rest on shaky foundations. Does the fact that Western nations don't do preventive detentions in some way encourage killing rather than capturing enemy forces?

15th October 2012 - 10:15 PM

Is Al-Qaeda Dead? An Experts Debate

In Collaboration with the New America Foundation

While some counterterrorism analysts and officials say that U.S. military efforts over the past 11 years have resulted in the defeat of al-Qaeda, others argue that the terrorist organization is more durable than that. The successes won by the CIA drone program in Pakistan’s tribal regions and the symbolic killing of Osama bin Laden might be tempered by the growing strength of al-Qaeda's affiliates in countries such as Yemen, Somalia, and Libya. On the other hand, many point out that al-Qaeda has failed to carry out a large-scale terrorist attack in the United States since 9/11.