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17th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Jihadists Celebrate Release of Influential Ideologue from Jordanian Prison

Thomas Joscelyn

The jihadist ideologue known as Abu Muhammad al Maqdisi has been released from a Jordanian prison. Officials in the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, and other jihadists are celebrating Maqdisi's release. more...

13th June 2014 – The Weekly Standard

Their 9/11 Role

Thomas Joscelyn

One of the five senior Taliban leaders transferred to Qatar in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl played a key role in al Qaeda’s plans leading up to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. more...

10th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

ISIS Takes Control Of Mosul, Iraq’s Second Largest City

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham seized control of Mosul, which is the provincial capital of Ninewa and Iraq's second largest city, after five days of heavy fighting with Iraqi forces. more...

9th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Boko Haram Kidnaps More Women

Laura Grossman

Suspected Boko Haram militants kidnapped 20 women from a market in northeastern Nigeria as the group continues its terror campaign. more...

5th June 2014 – Now Lebanon

Jihadist Blowback?

Tony Badran

Analysts are mistakenly placing the Brussels shootings within the context of Syria. more...

5th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Boko Haram Rampages Unchecked In The Nigerian North

Laura Grossman

The jihadist group has killed more than 200 civilians in several villages in northeastern Nigeria... more...

3rd June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Uzbek Jihadist Group Releases Footage From Syrian Training Camp

Bill Roggio

The Imam Bukhari Jamaat, which fights alongside the Al Nusrah Front and Jaish al Muhajireen wal Ansar... more...

3rd June 2014 – War On The Rocks

Al - Shabaab Strikes In Djibouti

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

On Saturday evening, May 24, a Somali man and his female companion took their seats in La Chaumière, a restaurant in Djibouti’s capital popular with tourists... more...

2nd June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Bergdahl-Taliban Prisoner Exchange ‘Won’t Help The Peace Process In Any Way’ - Taliban Spokesman

Bill Roggio

"We don't believe in the peace process," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid stated... more...

2nd June 2014 – The Weekly Standard

The Trouble With Qatar

Thomas Joscelyn

Mullah Omar, the head of the Taliban, doesn’t make statements often. Omar is so reclusive that some have even speculated that he is either dead, or otherwise incapacitated in Pakistan. more...

1st June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Mullah Omar Hails Release Of 5 Top Taliban Commanders As ‘Great Victory’

Thomas Joscelyn

In addition to a statement from Mullah Omar, the Taliban has posted pictures of the Taliban commanders... more...

28th May 2014 – The Long War Journal

Jailed Jihadist Ideologue Says The ISIS Is A ‘Deviant Organization’

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front is promoting a new statement purportedly written by Abu Muhammad al Maqdisi... more...

28th May 2014 – The Hill

Do We Have To Destroy Radical Islamism In Order To Save Islam?

Michael Ledeen

Is "Islamic democracy" a contradiction in terms, a big fat oxymoron? more...

23rd May 2014 – The Long War Journal

UN Adds Boko Haram To Al Qaeda Sanctions List

Thomas Joscelyn

The UN cites Boko Haram's relationship with al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) as a reason for adding the Nigerian group to the al Qaeda sanctions list. Previous designations and formal announcements by the US also recognized Boko Haram's ties to AQIM. Documents found in Osama bin Laden's compound reportedly showed contacts between the group and al Qaeda's senior leadership. more...

20th May 2014 – The Long War Journal

ISIS Names Danish, French Suicide Bombers Killed In ‘Ninewa Division’

Bill Roggio

A Frenchman and a Dane were among six foreign suicide bombers who conducted attacks in the Islamic State of Iraq's northernmost administrative unit in Iraq. more...

20th May 2014 – The Long War Journal

Boko Haram Member Warns Of More Kidnappings

Laura Grossman

In an interview with CBS News, a Boko Haram member calling himself Saleh Abubakar stated that the kidnapped girls would be held until the Nigerian government released the group's fighters currently in prison. more...

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 April 2014 – The Daily Beast

One Year On: Mystery Still Shrouds Boston Bombers

Thomas Joscelyn

One year ago today, two backpack bombs were detonated at the Boston Marathon, killing three people. More than 260 others were wounded or maimed. In the... more...

10th April 2014 – The Long War Journal

Ansar Jerusalem Releases Video of December Bombing in Mansoura

The Sinai-based jihadist group Ansar Jerusalem (Ansar Bayt al Maqdis) today released a video about its Dec. 24, 2013 suicide car bombing attack outside the Daqahliya... more...

9th April 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

Foggy Bottom Targets Ansar Bayt al Maqdis

The Department of State today announced the designation of the Sinai-based jihadist group Ansar Bayt al Maqdis (ABM) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization and a Specially... more...


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?

30th January 2013 - 3:59 PM

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross Joins Conversation on Mali

Foreign Policy and the Pulitzer Center present a conversation with Peter Chilson, author of We Never Knew Exactly Where: Dispatches From the Lost Country of Mali, a masterful blend of reportage and history from one of the world's newest front lines in the war on terror -- the endangered African country of Mali.