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6th March 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

The Syrian “M-302” Rockets Intercepted on the Red Sea

Patrick Megahan

Early Wednesday morning, a special operations unit of the Israeli Navy conducted what appears to be a long-planned boarding operation of a Panamanian-flagged... more...

5th March 2014 – The Long War Journal

Israeli Navy Intercepts Iranian Weapons Shipment Headed for Gaza

Israeli forces this morning intercepted a Panamian-flagged cargo vessel near Port Sudan in the Red Sea. The vessel, identified as the Klos-C, more...

27th February 2014 – The Long War Journal

Ansar al Sharia Tunisia Deputy Leader Reportedly in Syria

Bill Roggio

The deputy emir of Ansar al Sharia Tunisia is reported to have left his home country and traveled to Syria to wage jihad alongside the Islamic more...

27th February 2014 – NOW

The Latest Iraqi-Syrian Rivalry

Tony Badran

On Monday, Abu Muhammad al-Jawlani, the leader of the Syrian jihadist group Jabhat al-Nusra, issued an ultimatum to the other main jihadist group in Syria, the... more...

26th February 2014 – The Long War Journal

Syrian Troops, Hezbollah Fighters Kill Foreign Jihadists in Ambush

Bill Roggio

The Syrian military and its ally Hezbollah killed more than 170 Islamists from the Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, al Qaeda's branch more...

25th February 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Emir Issues Ultimatum to ISIS

Bill Roggio

The leader of the Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, al Qaeda's branch in Syria, warned the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham to end more...

25th February 2014 – The Weekly Standard

The Real Moazzam Begg

Thomas Joscelyn

Ex-Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg was arrested earlier today as part of raid conducted by counterterrorism officials in the UK. Begg has spent most of... more...

24th February 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic Front Official Posts Pictures of al Qaeda’s Top Representative in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Hassan Abboud, a top official in the Islamic Front and Ahrar al Sham, has posted a series of pictures of Abu Khalid al Suri on his Twitter feed. more...

23rd February 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda’s Chief Representative in Syria Reportedly Killed

Thomas Joscelyn

Abu Khalid al Suri, whose real name is Mohamed Bahaiah, has been reportedly killed in a suicide attack in Aleppo. Al Suri's death has been confirmed more...

20th February 2014 – NOW Media

Personnel is Policy

Tony Badran

On Tuesday, the White House appointed Robert Malley, a former Middle East hand in the Clinton administration, as a senior director at the National Security Council. more...

17th February 2014 – The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Combat Fatigue May Finally Spell the End of Syrian Civil War

Benjamin Weinthal

The Geneva 2 peace talks between the Assad regime and a non-Islamist rebel group collapsed on Saturday. For the losers of President Bashar Assad’s blood... more...

16th February 2014 – The Daily Beast

Syria’s Jihadist Twitter Wars

Bill Roggio

In March 2012, Omar Hammami, the American jihadist who called himself Abu Mansour al Amriki and fought for Shabaab, al-Qaeda’s branch in Somalia... more...

14th February 2014 – The Long War Journal

Jihadists Release Video of British Suicide Bomber in Syria

Bill Roggio

Jihadists have released a video of a a British jihadist who carried out a suicide attack during the Al Nusrah Front and the Army of the Caliphate's assault to take more...

10th February 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Praises Chechen Commander Killed in Aleppo

Bill Roggio

The Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, praised a Chechen jihadist commander more...

6th February 2014 – NOW

Adjusting After Geneva

Tony Badran

Now that the opening round of the Geneva conference for Syria has concluded in spectacular failure, the Obama administration appears to be pursuing a twofold... more...

5th February 2014 – The Long War Journal

ISIS Confirms Death of Senior Leader in Syria

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, the jihadist group that was denounced by al Qaeda's General Command just days ago, has confirmed that more...

5th February 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

Understanding Al-Qaeda’s ISIS Expulsion

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Al-Qaeda announced on Sunday that it was no longer affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). The statement shunning this former Iraqi affiliate... more...

3rd February 2014 – The Long War Journal

Pro-al Qaeda Saudi Cleric Calls on ISIS Members to Defect

Thomas Joscelyn

Not long after al Qaeda's general command yesterday disowned the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS), a popular Saudi cleric who has relocated to Syria more...

3rd February 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda’s General Command Disowns the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda's senior leadership has disowned the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS) in a statement released online. ISIS and its leader, more...

2nd February 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Launches Another Suicide Attack in Lebanon

Bill Roggio

The Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, an al Qaeda branch in Syria, claimed credit for another suicide attack that targeted Hezbollah more...


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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?