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4th April 2014 – The Long War Journal

Zawahiri Eulogizes al Qaeda’s Slain Syrian Representative

Thomas Joscelyn

Ayman al Zawahiri, the head of al Qaeda, has released an audio message eulogizing Abu Khalid al Suri, who served as Zawahiri's... more...

4th April 2014 – The Long War Journal

Former Guantanamo Detainee Killed While Leading Jihadist Group in Syria

Bill Roggio

Ibrahim Bin Shakaran, a Moroccan who spent more than three years at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility before being released to... more...

2nd April 2014 – The Long War Journal

Muhajireen Army Releases Video of Syrian Training Camp

Bill Roggio

Jaish al Muhajireen wal Ansar (Army of Emigrants and Supporters, or Muhajireen Army), a group of foreign fighters led by commanders from more...

31st March 2014 – The Long War Journal

Turkey’s ISIS problem

Merve Tahiroglu

On March 27 an audio tape recording of high-level Turkish officials discussing Turkey's Syria strategy was leaked on YouTube. The meeting more...

30th March 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda’s American Propagandist Notes Death of Terror Group’s Representative in Syria

Bill Roggio

Adam Gadahn, the American traitor who works with al Qaeda's General Command as a propagandist, has released a videotape acknowledging more...

28th March 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda-linked Saudi Cleric in Syria Praises Fighters from Islamic Caucasus Emirate

Bill Roggio

A popular Saudi cleric who is closely tied to al Qaeda and its official branch in Syria praised the "lions" from the Islamic Caucasus Emirate more...

27th March 2014 – The Long War Journal

Chechen al Qaeda Cmdr, Popular Saudi Cleric & Ahrar al Sham Emir Spotted on Front Lines in Latakia

Bill Roggio

A prominent Saudi cleric and a Chechen military commander in a unit of the Al Nusrah Front for the People in the Levant, al Qaeda's official more...

25th March 2014 – The Long War Journal

Report: Former Head of al Qaeda’s Network in Iran Now Operates in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Muhsin al Fadhli, a senior al Qaeda leader who once headed the organization's network in Iran, relocated to Syria in mid-2013, according to a report in... more...

24th March 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Video Features Veteran al Qaeda Military Leader

Thomas Joscelyn

An Al Nusrah Front video released on March 23 features Abu Hammam al Shami, an al Qaeda operative who swore bayat (an oath of more...

24th March 2014 – The Long War Journal

Ansar Jerusalem Confirms Deaths of 6 Members, 2 Tied to Syria Conflict

In a statement released to jihadist forums on March 23, Ansar Jerusalem (Ansar Bayt al Maqdis) confirmed the deaths of six of its fighters more...

22nd March 2014 – The Long War Journal

Chechen Commander for Al Nusrah Front Reported Killed in Fighting Against Syrian Forces

Bill Roggio

A Chechen leader of a unit that joined the Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, al Qaeda's branch in Syria, has been killed more...

21st March 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Official in Syria was Extremist Preacher in Australia

Thomas Joscelyn

An extremist preacher known for his fiery sermons in Australia, where he implored listeners to join the jihad in Syria, is now a leader in the more...

20th March 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Veteran Appears in Al Nusrah Front Video, Criticizes Rival

Thomas Joscelyn

A recently released video produced by the Al Nusrah Front features Abu Firas al Suri, an al Qaeda veteran who has waged jihad since the late 1970s. In his video... more...

20th March 2014 – NOW Media

The Ghosts of Lockerbie

Tony Badran

Last week, Al Jazeera aired a documentary on the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in December 1988. Although the bombing has been... more...

19th March 2014 – The Long War Journal

‘American’ Jihadist in Syria Pictured with Dangerous ISIS Commanders

Bill Roggio

An American who previously explained his defection from the Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, or ISIS, is seen... more...

18th March 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic Caucasus Emirate Confirms Death of Emir Doku Umarov

Bill Roggio

The Islamic Caucasus Emirate, an al Qaeda-linked group that operates in southern Russia, confirmed today that its emir, Doku Umarov, has more...

18th March 2014 – The Washington Times

Middle East Future Shock

Clifford D. May

Almost a hundred years ago, the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, the last in a succession of Islamic caliphates stretching back more than a millennium, transformed the... more...

17th March 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Names Training Camps After Top al Qaeda Leaders

Bill Roggio

The Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant has announced the establishment of two training camps in Syria that are named after more...

17th March 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

The Fall of Yabroud and What’s Next for Syria’s Civil War

Tony Badran

On Sunday, a day after the three-year anniversary of the start of the Syrian uprising, Assad regime forces and Hezbollah units reclaimed most parts of the rebel-held... more...

14th March 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front, Free Syrian Army Launch Joint Operation

Bill Roggio

The Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, teamed up with a Free Syrian Army unit known as the more...

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Mark Dubowitz

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Jonathan Schanzer

Vice President for Research

John Hannah

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Tony Badran

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Emanuele Ottolenghi

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Reuel Marc Gerecht

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Toby Dershowitz

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7th February 2014 - 12:00 PM

The Levant Unraveling: How the Crisis in Syria is Impacting the Region

A Conversation with Jonathan Spyer, Tony Badran, Michael Doran, Oubai Shahbandar and John Hannah

How has Assad’s strategy evolved? With various factions and stakeholders pitted against each other, how are the competing endgames and tactics of groups like ISIS and Nusra impacting the dynamic of the conflict? How are the reverberations from the ever-bloodier conflict in Syria being felt far beyond its borders in Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan and the Palestinian territories? What will the Montreux talks mean for Syria and the path forward for the international community? How are Iran and Hezbollah influencing the conflict and altering the situation on the ground? What is the way forward?

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?