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4th December 2015 – PJ Media

What if the Jihad Fails?

Michael Ledeen

Napoleon famously preferred lucky generals to the most brilliant ones, and there is no doubt that luck plays an enormous role in life, whether through our own individual efforts or from earth-shaking events. My own guru, Machiavelli, believed that even the greatest leader could do no better than master fortune half the time. For the rest, life is full of surprises. more...

25th November 2015 – The Long War Journal

Graphic Promotes the Islamic State’s Prolific Media Machine

Thomas Joscelyn

On November 23, a supporter of the Islamic State posted a graphic on Twitter that purportedly summarizes the “caliphate’s” prolific propaganda efforts over the course of the previous year, from late 2014 to late 2015. more...

24th November 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State ‘Province’ Bombs Hotel In the Sinai

Thomas Joscelyn

Earlier today, the Islamic State’s so-called Sinai “province” attacked a hotel where a number of judges were staying as they oversaw elections. According to initial casualty reports, four people were killed. more...

18th November 2015 – The Washington Times

Forget Paris

Clifford D. May

For almost two generations, since Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, self-proclaimed jihadis have been fighting to re-establish Islamic supremacy and domination in the world. more...

16th November 2015 – The Long War Journal

Key Suspect in Paris Attacks Has Been Featured in Islamic State Propaganda

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

European officials have identified Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a Belgian man whose parents are from Morocco, as a key suspect in last week’s coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris. Abaaoud has been featured by the Islamic State in its propaganda for plotting terrorist attacks in Europe in the past. more...

15th November 2015 – Forbes

After Paris, We Need A Strategy To Fight Islamic Jihad

Michael Ledeen

I do not know for sure who masterminded and organized the terrorist assault on Paris, although most evidence points to ISIS. more...

15th November 2015 – New York Daily News

Paris Terror Attacks Indicate That Age of Urban Warfare May Just Be Beginning

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The atrocities in Paris are not just terrorism: They represent yet another example of an urban warfare attack designed to kill, terrorize and shut down a major city for an extended period of time. more...

14th November 2015 – The Long War Journal

The Islamic State Claims Responsibility for Paris Attacks

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State has issued a statement claiming responsibility for yesterdays’s terrorist attacks throughout the city of Paris. more...

13th November 2015 – The Long War Journal

Terrorists Strike Throughout the City of Paris

Thomas Joscelyn

Terrorists struck multiple locations throughout the city of Paris this evening. As of this writing, many details are unclear. But several locations were attacked in a coordinated fashion and the death toll is greater than 100 people. more...

11th November 2015 – The Washington Times

A Suggestion for the Islamic State Book Club

Clifford D. May

After a long week of slitting throats, smashing antiquities and raping infidel slave girls, how do the Islamic State’s barbarians unwind? Some, apparently, discuss the finer points of history. more...

29th October 2015 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb Honors Ansar al Sharia’s Slain Military Commander

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), a regional branch of al Qaeda’s international organization, has posted a eulogy for Mansur al Shalali (aka “Harun”), the slain military commander of Ansar al Sharia in Libya. more...

29th October 2015 – War on the Rocks

The Social Science of Online Radicalization

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

As Charlie Winter noted recently at War on the Rocks, the Islamic State’s robust social media apparatus has been propagating a remarkably effective, multi-faceted communications strategy that incorporates narratives of statehood, military success, and religious legitimacy. more...

26th October 2015 – The Long War Journal

Shabaab’s Leadership Fights Islamic State’s Attempted Expansion in East Africa

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State has made a big push to win the loyalty of Shabaab, al Qaeda’s official branch in East Africa, and fighters in its ranks. more...

25th October 2015 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Appears ‘Moderate’ Compared to Islamic State, Veteran Jihadist Says

Thomas Joscelyn

Jihadists in Syria have released the second edition of Al Risalah, an English-language magazine. The publication, which was distributed via social media earlier today, is a thinly-veiled piece of al Qaeda propaganda. more...

16th October 2015 – The National Interest

Saudi Arabia Honors Its Nastiest Clerical Ideologues

David Andrew Weinberg

On Friday, September 2, a group of over fifty Saudi clerics joined in a petition condemning “Russian intervention against Syria” and urging rebels there to join “jihad against the enemy of God.” more...

13th October 2015 – The Long War Journal

Head of al Qaeda’s Syrian Branch Threatens Russia in Audio Message

Thomas Joscelyn

The head of Al Nusrah Front, Abu Muhammad al Julani, has released an audio message addressing Russia’s role in the Syrian war. more...

9th October 2015 – Interviewed by Stewart Bell - The National Post

Obama Failing to Check Russian Imperialism, Former CIA Head Says

James Woolsey

In the eyes of former CIA director James Woolsey, Russian President Vladimir Putin is like the farmer Abraham Lincoln once recalled, who said he wasn’t greedy for land, he only wanted what adjoined what he already owned. more...

9th October 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Claims Gains in Aleppo Province During Chaotic Fight

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State has issued a statement (seen above) claiming that is fighters have seized key several towns north of the city of Aleppo. In addition, the group’s propaganda arm has released a series of photos documenting its newly-gained territory. The photos can be seen below. more...

7th October 2015 – Foreign Policy

It’s Time for the United States to Start Worrying About a Saudi Collapse

John Hannah

As if there weren’t already enough problems to worry about in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia might be headed for trouble. From plummeting oil prices, to foreign policy missteps, to growing tensions with Iran, a confluence of recent events are mounting to pose serious challenges for the Saudi regime. more...

6th October 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State ‘Province’ Claims 4 Suicide Attacks on Yemeni, Gulf Forces

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s “Aden-Abyan Province” claimed responsibility for four suicide bombings in Yemen earlier today. The attacks targeted forces from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the deposed Yemeni government, all of which have been battling Shiite Houthi rebels. 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.