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30th March 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Did the Islamic State Exaggerate Its Role in the Bardo Museum Attack?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Tunisian government’s investigation of the devastating March 18 Bardo museum attack in Tunis yielded a surprising result. While the Islamic State (IS) quickly claimed credit for that attack, Tunisia instead attributed it to the al-Qaeda-aligned Katibat Uqba ibn Nafi, and identified the group’s emir Luqman Abu Saqr as the mastermind. more...

28th March 2015 – The Long War Journal

Jihadist coalition claims control of Idlib

Thomas Joscelyn

Jihadist groups belonging to the Jaysh al Fateh coalition say they have seized control of the city of Idlib, or at least much of it, from Bashar al Assad’s forces. more...

27th March 2015 – The Long War Journal

Jihadist coalition captures checkpoints around city of Idlib

Thomas Joscelyn

Jaysh al Fateh, the jihadist coalition established for the battle of Idlib, has captured more than a dozen checkpoints from Syrian regime forces. The alliance’s member groups have posted a steady stream of propaganda online after launching the offensive earlier this week. The propaganda messages — including maps, videos, and pictures — show the jihadists controlling key checkpoints and other ground in and around the city. more...

26th March 2015 – The Long War Journal

Saudi Arabia begins Operation Decisive Storm in Yemen

Saudi Arabia and Arab allies began an airstrike campaign in Yemen at midnight last night in response to the growing threat from Iranian-backed Shiite Houthi rebels, who have expanded their military control southward towards the port of Aden since their seizure of the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, in late September. more...

26th March 2015 – The Long War Journal

Boko Haram kidnaps hundreds from Damasak

West African terrorist outfit Boko Haram reportedly kidnapped over four hundred young women and children as it fled from the northeastern Nigerian town of Damasak earlier this month. more...

25th March 2015 – The Long War Journal

State Department adds Islamic Caucasus Emirate leader to terrorist list

Thomas Joscelyn

The State Department announced today that Aliaskhab Kebekov (also known as Ali Abu Muhammad al Dagestani) has been added to the US government’s list of specially designated global terrorists. more...

25th March 2015 – The Long War Journal

US begins airstrikes against Islamic State in Tikrit, supports Shiite militias

Bill Roggio

The US-led military Coalition in Iraq is openly supporting Iranian-backed Shiite militias and Iraqi forces who are battling Islamic State fighters entrenched in Tikrit. more...

24th March 2015 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda and allies form coalition to battle Syrian regime in Idlib

Thomas Joscelyn

On Mar. 19, the al Qaeda leader known as Sanafi al Nasr returned to Twitter after an absence of more than a month and half. Nasr is both an official in al Qaeda’s global network and a senior strategist in the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria. more...

23rd March 2015 – The Long War Journal

Analysis: Boko Haram loses ground, but remains in the fight

Nigeria and its allies appear to be making headway in the fight against Boko Haram. However, these initial victories may not mean that the region is closer to ending its fight against violent radical Islam. more...

22nd March 2015 – The Long War Journal

US military, diplomatic personnel quit Yemen as country descends into civil war

Bill Roggio

The US governemnt has withdrawn its military and remaining diplomatic personnel from Yemen as the security situation has spiraled out of control over the past week. Among the forces pulled from Yemen were more than 100 military advisors who were training Yemeni counterterrorism personnel to battle al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. more...

20th March 2015 – The Long War Journal

Analysis: Why AQAP quickly denied any connection to mosque attacks

Thomas Joscelyn

Almost as quickly as the Islamic State’s branch in Yemen claimed responsibility for suicide attacks at mosques attended by Houthis in Sana’a earlier today, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) denied any connection to the coordinated bombings. more...

17th March 2015 – Foreign Policy

The Islamic State’s African Long Con

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

the long run, Boko Haram’s decision to pledge its allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) — and the IS’s subsequent acceptance of that pledge — may make little difference to the African militant group. But that will hardly be the case for IS. more...

2nd March 2015 – The Long War Journal

Osama bin Laden’s Files: Pakistan Operations Chief Denied Spot on Top Shura

Bill Roggio

Newly released documents seized from Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abottabad show that the jihadist leader exercised control over the terrorist organization during the summer of 2010, when the US drone campaign against al Qaeda’s leadership node in Afghanistan and Pakistan was at its apex. An exchange between bin Laden and his general manager, Atiyah Abd al Rahman, over the possible appointment of al Qaeda’s operations chief for Pakistan to the group’s shura majlis, or executive council, also sheds light on how al Qaeda elevates leaders to the group’s inner circle. more...

27th February 2015 – The Weekly Standard

New Docs Reveal Osama bin Laden’s Secret Ties With Iran

Thomas Joscelyn

This week, prosecutors in New York introduced eight documents recovered in Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan as evidence in the trial of a terrorism suspect. The U.S. government accuses Abid Naseer of taking part in an al Qaeda’s scheme to attack targets in Europe and New York City. And prosecutors say the documents are essential for understanding the scope of al Qaeda’s plotting. more...

18th February 2015 – The Washington Times

The Ideology Whose Name Presidents Dare Not Speak

Clifford D. May

Is there a “Bush/Obama approach” to talking about what drives and justifies terrorism? more...

16th February 2015 – The Long War Journal

New Jihadist Leader in Dagestan Denounces Islamic State Defectors

Thomas Joscelyn

A newly released video features Said Arakanskiy, the leader of Vilayat Dagestan. Arakanskiy was appointed to that position late last year after his predecessor defected to the Islamic State. more...

10th February 2015 – Fox News

The Butcher/Rapper of ISIS: German Jihadist Became Terrorists’ Poster Boy

Benjamin Weinthal

A German rapper who eluded stardom has achieved twisted infamy with ISIS, appearing on videos gleefully hoisting a severed head and exhorting other radical Muslims to leave the Fatherland and join him on the killing fields of Syria and Iraq. more...

6th February 2015 – The Long War Journal

Jihadists Continue to Advertise Training Camps in Iraq and Syria

Bill Roggio

Training camps belonging to the Islamic State, Ansar al Islam, the Al Nusrah Front, Ansar Sham, the Kurdish Islamic Front, the Turkistan Islamic Party, and the small Uzbek group Katibat al Tawhid wal Jihad have been identified in Iraq and Syria. The total number of training camps identified by The Long War Journal now stands at 78. more...

3rd February 2015 – The Weekly Standard

A Deliberately Grotesque Execution

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State, a self-proclaimed “caliphate” that rules over large portions of Iraq and Syria, has released a video showing a Jordanian pilot, Mu’adh al Kasasibah, being burned alive. more...

24th January 2015 – The Long War Journal

AQAP Issues Guidelines for Suicide Operations

Thomas Joscelyn

Harith al Nadhari, a senior AQAP sharia official, sets forth six recommendations for suicide operations in a newly-released video. 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.