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22nd September 2015 – The Long War Journal

Zawahiri Argues Islamic State’s ‘Caliphate’ Not Based on ‘Prophetic Method’

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda’s propaganda arm, As Sahab, has released the third installment in its long-delayed “Islamic Spring” series featuring Ayman al Zawahiri. The jihadist group’s emir uses the video to launch an ideological attack on the Islamic State’s so-called “caliphate,” arguing that it is not based on the “prophetic method” and is therefore illegitimate. Zawahiri builds upon the arguments he made in the first two editions of the series, which al Qaeda began to release in August. more...

19th September 2015 – The Long War Journal

Iraqi Shiite Militia Promotes Training Camp Named After Qods Force General

Bill Roggio

Saraya al Khorasani, an Iranian-backed Shiite militia that operates alongside the Iraqi military, released a short video advertising one of its training camps. more...

18th September 2015 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Assaults Air Force Camp Near Peshawar

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan (TTP) claimed credit for a suicide assault at a Pakistani Air Force camp that killed dozens of people early this morning. The attack is the latest in a string of suicide assaults against Pakistani military facilities since the the TTP was formed in 2006. more...

17th September 2015 – The Canadian Jewish News

Does Banning Anti-Muslim Remarks Prevent Radicalization?

Sheryl Saperia

The Quebec government has introduced Bill 59, which sets out to combat publicly disseminated hate speech and speech inciting violence. more...

13th September 2015 – The Long War Journal

In Dabiq Magazine, Islamic State Complains About Jihadist Rivals in Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

The latest edition of the Islamic State’s English-language Dabiq magazine, which was released online on September 9, contains the usual litany of horrors. Two men, Norwegian and Chinese nationals, are offered for sale as slaves. The group proudly advertises the destruction of ancient archaeological sites in the Syrian city of Palmyra. more...

13th September 2015 – The Long War Journal

Zawahiri Calls for Jihadist Unity, Encourages Attacks in West

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda has released the second installment in its “Islamic Spring” series, which features Ayman al Zawahiri delivering lectures. Zawahiri’s audio message is accompanied by a still image. more...

11th September 2015 – The Long War Journal

AQAP’s Inspire Magazine Contains ‘Military Analysis’ of Charlie Hebdo Massacre

Thomas Joscelyn

The 14th edition of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s (AQAP) Inspire magazine, released on September 9, encourages “lone mujahideen” to pick up the banner of jihad by conducting assassinations. The magazine even provides a list of high-profile businessmen in the US who would make valuable targets. more...

10th September 2015 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Spokesman Says Reports of Joining Islamic State Are ‘Lies’

Thomas Joscelyn

There are frequent rumors that various jihadist groups are going to defect from the Taliban-al Qaeda axis and join the Islamic State. One organization that is often mentioned in this vein is the Pakistani Taliban (Tehrik-e-Taliban, or TTP). But earlier today a spokesman for the group, Muhammad Khorasani
, denied the latest iteration of this gossip. more...

8th September 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Flaunts al Qaeda Links in Latest Issue of its Official Magazine

Bill Roggio

In the September 2015 edition of Al Sumud, the Taliban’s official magazine, the jihadist group devoted significant space to al Qaeda leaders and pro-al Qaeda clerics eulogizing its former emir, Mullah Mohammad Omar. The seven al Qaeda representatives who lauded Omar include al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri, former Islamic Caucasus Emirate leader Abu Usman Gimrinsky, senior al Qaeda-linked cleric Abdullah al Muhaysini, and designated terrorists Hani al Siba’i and Sheikh Hamid bin Abdallah al ‘Ali. more...

7th September 2015 – The Long War Journal

Prime Minister Says 2 British Nationals Killed in Airstrikes Were Plotting Attacks

Thomas Joscelyn

In a speech before the UK parliament today, Prime Minister David Cameron addressed the Syrian refugee crisis, the counterterrorism measures being taken to combat the Islamic State, and other related issues. 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...

20th August 2015 – The Wall Street Journal

Turkey Awakens to the Islamic State Threat Within

Merve Tahiroglu, Jonathan Schanzer

News reports over the weekend revealed that Turkish police recently discovered 30 suicide vests, some ready for immediate use, in raids against the Islamic State. more...

6th August 2015 – The Long War Journal

3 Al Qaeda Branches Issue Joint Eulogy for Mullah Omar

Thomas Joscelyn

Three al Qaeda branches have released a joint statement commemorating Mullah Omar’s jihadist career. more...

5th August 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Touts Camp in Paktia Province

Bill Roggio

A Taliban fighter promoted what he described as a training camp for jihadists in the eastern Afghan province of Paktia. The camp is located in a district that is a stronghold of the Haqqani Network and which has hosted members of al Qaeda’s network in the past. more...

4th August 2015 – The Long War Journal

Jihadists in Syria Honor Mullah Omar, Praise Taliban’s Radical State

Thomas Joscelyn

Just one day after the Taliban confirmed that Mullah Omar was dead, the Syria-based jihadist group Ahrar al Sham heaped praise on the Taliban leader in a statement released online. more...

2nd August 2015 – The Long War Journal

Former Guantanamo Detainee Mullah Zakir Supports New Taliban Emir

Bill Roggio

Mullah Adbul Qayoum Zakir, a member of the Taliban’s executive council and the group’s former military commander, denied reports that he disagrees with the appointment of Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour as the replacement for deceased Taliban emir Mullah Omar. more...

31st July 2015 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda’s branch in Syria says it captured US-backed rebels

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, has released a statement claiming that it has captured US-trained rebels belonging to a group called “Division 30.” more...

26th June 2015 – The Long War Journal

Terrorists Strike in France, Kuwait, and Tunisia, Killing Dozens

Thomas Joscelyn

Three terrorist attacks were carried out this morning in France, Kuwait, and Tunisia. more...

23rd June 2015 –

Former ISIS Bride Recruiter Warns European Girls of Caliphate Horrors

Benjamin Weinthal

A Syrian woman believed responsible for helping to deliver hundreds of young European girls to ISIS has defected, and is now warning young women of the hell that awaits them in the black-clad Islamist army's so-called caliphate. more...

11th June 2015 – Wikistrat

The Winner’s Messaging Strategy of the Islamic State

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Islamic State (ISIS) has taken strategic communications by a jihadist group to an entirely new level, with tightly choreographed and slickly produced videos, an apparently deep understanding of how to catch the Western media’s attention, and exceptionally skilled, coordinated distribution of content on platforms like Twitter. 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.