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25th September 2013 – The Long War Journal

UN Warned of Shabaab Ally’s ‘New and More Complex Operations’ in Kenya

Thomas Joscelyn

Just over two months prior to the Westgate Mall siege in Nairobi, the UN warned that Shabaab's main ally in Kenya was planning "to conduct new... more...

24th September 2013 – The Long War Journal

Kenyan Forces End Shabaab’s Siege at Mall

Bill Roggio

President Uhuru Kenyatta announced today that security forces have ended the four-day siege at the upscale Westgate Mall in Nairobi after troops... more...

23rd September 2013 – Georgetown Journal of International Affairs

The Westgate Mall Attack and the Future of Terrorism

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

An immutable law of jihadist groups is that they carefully monitor attacks—both successful and unsuccessful—in order to replicate and build upon... more...

22nd September 2013 – FDD Policy Brief

Al Shabab Strikes Kenya

At least 59 people died and 170 were injured yesterday in a terrorist attack on one of Nairobi’s most popular shopping malls. The Somali militant group al Shabab... more...

21st September 2013 – The Long War Journal

Shabaab Suicide Teams Target Civilians in Assault on Kenyan Mall

Bill Roggio

Shabaab, al Qaeda's affiliate in East Africa, has taken credit for the deadly assault on an upscale shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya that has so far resulted... more...

12th September 2013 – The Long War Journal

Shabaab Kills American Jihadist Omar Hammami and British Fighter

Bill Roggio

Shabaab's intelligence service, the Amniyatt Mukhabarat, is thought to have tracked down and killed American jihadist Omar Hammami and a Brit known... more...

29th June 2013 – The Long War Journal

Shabaab Confirms 2 Top Leaders Were Killed in Infighting

Bill Roggio

Shabaab, al Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia, has confirmed that it killed two of its top leaders, including Ibrahim al Afghani, who was on the US's wanted list... more...

19th June 2013 – The Long War Journal

Shabaab Suicide Assault Team Storms UN Compound in Mogadishu

Bill Roggio

A suicide assault team from Shabaab, al Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia, attacked a United Nations base in the capital of Somalia, killing several UN employees... more...

17th May 2013 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Extending Influence in East Africa

The Sudan Tribune reported last week that Iranian forces were preparing to train Sudan’s navy. The move was not exactly surprising. In the last few months alone... more...

22nd March 2013 – The Long War Journal

US Posts $5 Million Reward for American Suspected of Being Zawahiri’s Emissary to Shabaab

Bill Roggio

The US State Department's Rewards for Justice program posted $5 million rewards for information leading to the arrest or conviction of two Americans who have served in leadership positions in Shabaab, al Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia. more...

27th February 2013 – The Long War Journal

American Shabaab Fighter Urges Muslims to Join the ‘Fronts’ of Jihad

Bill Roggio

A previously unidentified American who fights in the ranks of Shabaab, al Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia, appeared on a videotape and urged Muslims to join one of the numerous fronts of the global jihad. more...

16th January 2013 – The Long War Journal

Shabaab Executes French Hostage Denis Allex

Bill Roggio

Shabaab, al Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia and East Africa, announced today that it executed a French intelligence operative who was captured in Mogadishu in 2009. The hostage, Denis Allex, was the... more...

14th January 2013 – The Long War Journal

Shabaab Releases Photos of French Commando Captured in Failed Rescue Mission

Bill Roggio

Shabaab has released photographs of a French commando who was captured during a failed raid to free a hostage late last week. The French commando, who was initially reported as captured, died in... more...

12th January 2013 – The Long War Journal

Shabaab Kills, Captures French Soldiers During Failed Rescue Mission in Somalia

Bill Roggio

Shabaab, al Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia, killed one French commando and captured another during a failed French attempt to rescue Denis Allex, an intelligence operative who has been in the terror group's... more...

8th January 2013 – The Long War Journal

US Adds 2 Sudanese al Qaeda Operatives to List of Terrorists

Bill Roggio

The US government has added two al Qaeda-linked operatives who murdered a US diplomat and his driver in Khartoum in 2008 to the list of global terrorists. Additionally, the US Department of State's... more...

6th January 2013 – The Long War Journal

Omar Hammami’s Personal Dispute with Shabaab

Bill Roggio

Over the past week, a jihadist who calls himself "@abuamerican" and "Abu M" on Twitter launched into a tirade against Shabaab, al Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia. Abu M, who describes himself as a... more...

4th January 2013 – The Globe and Mail

Should We Invade Mali to Stop al-Qaeda? Look at Somalia First

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The West is moving toward a military intervention in Mali, somewhat slowly yet entirely deliberately, due to concerns about al-Qaeda’s control of territory there. An October UN Security Council... more...

20th December 2012 – Abu Muqawama

The Shape of Al Shabaab’s Post-Kismayo Attacks

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In late September, African Union (AU) forces surrounded the port city of Kismayo on Somalia’s southern coast. The AU troops stood on the threshold of capturing the city from the al Qaeda-affiliated... more...

7th November 2012 – The Long War Journal

Zawahiri Says Raids on Diplomatic Facilities Were ‘Defeats’ for US

Thomas Joscelyn

In a new audio message addressed to Shabaab, al Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia, Ayman al Zawahiri cites the raids on US diplomatic facilities in September as evidence of American weakness. more...

29th October 2012 – Gunpowder & Lead

Shabaab’s Godane Releases Eid Message

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Shabaab leader Ahmad Abdi Godane (a.k.a. Mokhtar Abu Zubayr) released an audio statement on Saturday commemorating Eid al-Adha that was posted on the pro-Shabaab Calamada website. more...


James Woolsey

Chairman of FDD's Leadership Council, Fmr. Director of the CIA

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Senior Fellow

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Bill Roggio

Senior Fellow and Editor of The Long War Journal

Thomas Joscelyn

Senior Fellow


5th February 2014 - 12:00 PM

Understanding al Qaeda and its Affiliates: A Global Threat or JV Squad?

A Conversation with Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Bruce Hoffman, Thomas Joscelyn and Jonathan Schanzer

Speaking about organizations claiming allegiance to al Qaeda, President Barack Obama stated that "if a JV team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn't make them Kobe Bryant." The president’s remarks have sparked yet another debate about whether al Qaeda is weakened, whether it is resurgent, or whether it was ever weakened in the first place.  Has the Arab Spring spawned a surge in jihadism? Are these organizations taking advantage of the new environment in the region, or is the expansion of jihadist groups largely independent of the revolutions? How well is Washington’s current approach to al Qaeda working? If the group is growing despite U.S. efforts, how do we put our policies on the right track?

20th August 2013 - 12:00 PM

Al Qaeda and its Affiliates: On Life Support or an Imminent Threat?

A Conversation with Eli Lake, Thomas Joscelyn and Cliff May

Twelve years after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and more than two years after Osama bin Laden was killed, how great of a threat is al Qaeda to the U.S. homeland and America’s interests abroad? Has the instability in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and throughout Africa allowed al Qaeda to grow in size and power? How should the latest threats against America’s diplomatic facilities, paired with the recent prison breaks in Pakistan, Iraq, Libya and elsewhere impact U.S. counterterrorism strategy?