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2nd July 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb Calls for Reconciliation Between Jihadist Groups

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has issued a statement praising the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham's (ISIS) gains in Iraq and calling for reconciliation between jihadist groups in Syria. The statement was authored prior to the ISIS declaring that it ruled over a caliphate and rebranding itself the "Islamic State." more...

2nd July 2014 – The Long War Journal

Influential Jordanian Ideologue Argues Against Islamic State’s Caliphate

Thomas Joscelyn

Abu Muhammad al Maqdisi fears that the Islamic State will use its recent land grab and claim of ruling over a caliphate to go after its jihadist rivals. more...

2nd July 2014 – Forbes

King Crude: How Iraq’s ISIS Crisis Restores Saudi Influence

David Andrew Weinberg

While the world panics over the conquests of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Saudi Arabia, oddly enough, has reason to be thankful. more...

2nd July 2014 – The Washington Times

Financing Terrorism

Clifford D. May

Perhaps not the best use of your money and mine. more...

1st July 2014 – The Long War Journal

The Islamic State’s Rivals In Syria Reject Announced Caliphate

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State's jihadist rivals in Syria have rejected its claim to have established a Caliphate. Leading ideologues in the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, have rejected the Islamic State's announcement as well. more...

30th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Boko Haram Targets Christians In Northeastern Nigeria

Laura Grossman

Over the weekend, Boko Haram launched several attacks on Christian communities in Borno state. more...

29th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Iraqi Troops, Insurgents Battle For Tikrit

Bill Roggio

Reports indicate that Iraqi forces have withdrawn from much of the city after heavy fighting with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham and allied Baathists. more...

28th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Battle To Regain Areas Of Key Southern Province

Bill Roggio

The Taliban have been fighting in Helmand's Sangin district for the past week, and are said to be in control of many areas. more...

28th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Military Kills Local Taliban Leader, Captures al Qaeda Bomb Expert

Bill Roggio

The military said the Taliban commander is known as "Commander Umer" but did not name the al Qaeda explosives expert. more...

27th June 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

Operation Dignity: New Fighting Grips Libya

Oren Adaki, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

On May 16, former Libyan army general Khalifa Hifter launched “Operation Dignity for Libya” in Benghazi, promising to “cleanse the city of terrorists.” more...

26th June 2014 – Standpoint Magazine

Jihad At The Jewish Museum

Emanuele Ottolenghi

For three years, Western governments have viewed Syria mostly as a problem from hell. more...

25th June 2014 – The Washington Times

Modern Jihadists

Clifford D. May

A secret CIA plot was revealed last week: Beginning almost ten years ago, the agency set in motion a plan to make Osama bin Laden action figures. Over time, the paint on the faces would fleck off, revealing a demon beneath. The idea was to dissuade children in the Muslim world from seeing al Qaeda’s leader as a hero. more...

25th June 2014 – The Wall Street Journal

An Unhelpful Ally

Jonathan Schanzer

ISIS and other violent factions have benefited from Turkey's loose border policies. more...

25th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Egyptian Al Nusrah Front commander on Syrian border defects to ISIS

Bill Roggio, Oren Adaki

Abu Yusuf al Masri, a leader in Albu Kamal, swore allegiance to a senior "Chechen" commander in the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham. The move could strengthen ISIS' hold on the Iraq-Syrian border. more...

25th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Suspected Boko Haram Bombing In Abuja Kills 21

Laura Grossman

Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram is suspected of bombing a shopping center in Abuja, Nigeria. more...

21st June 2014 – Georgetown Journal of International Affairs

Massacre in Mpeketoni: Shabaab’s Strategic Calculus

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Last Sunday night, three minivans packed with balaclava-wearing militants and displaying the black flag of Somalia-based jihadist group al-Shabaab rolled into the small agricultural town of Mpeketoni in Kenya’s Lamu District. more...

20th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Ansar al Islam Claims Attacks Against Iraqi Military, Police

Thomas Joscelyn, Oren Adaki

Ansar al Islam, a jihadist group founded in northern Iraq in September 2001, has claimed a number of attacks against the Iraqi government since the rebel offensive began earlier this month. more...

19th June 2014 – Now Lebanon

The Devil You Don’t Know

Tony Badran

An Iranian-backed presence in southern Syria isn't necessarily better than a Nusra one. more...

19th June 2014 – The Spectator

Terror’s Comeback Kids

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Jihadi groups like ISIS rarely manage to hold their ground – but that doesn’t mean they’re going away. more...

18th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Captures Benghazi Suspect, But Most Attackers Remain Free

Thomas Joscelyn

Ahmed Abu Khattalah is the first suspect in the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi to be held by the US. Most of his accomplices remain free. 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.