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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...

11th March 2014 – New York Daily News

Not Quiet on the Northern Front

Benjamin Weinthal

The disintegration of the Syrian state into warring enclaves is bringing with it new challenges and threats for Israel. Alarm bells have now been sounded on Israel'’... more...

11th March 2014 – The Long War Journal

9/11 Recruiter Reportedly Freed in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Mohammed Zammar, the al Qaeda operative responsible for recruiting the suicide-hijack pilots for the 9/11 attacks, has reportedly been freed more...

10th March 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda-affiliated Groups Claim Credit for Joint Attack on Hezbollah

Thomas Joscelyn

he Abdullah Azzam Brigades and the Al Nusrah Front in Lebanon have claimed joint responsibility for rocket attacks on Hezbollah's "strongholds." more...

7th March 2014 – The Long War Journal

Russian-speaking Jihadists Execute Syrians in Aleppo

Bill Roggio

A video of jihadists executing a group of Syrians in the city of Aleppo has emerged. The execution is carried out by Russian-speaking fighters, more...

6th March 2014 – Hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Syria Spillover: The Growing Threat of Terrorism and Sectarianism in the Middle East

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Chairman Menendez, Ranking Member Corker, and distinguished members of the committee, on behalf of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies,it is an honor to appear before you to discuss the spillover effect of the Syria conflict. more...

6th March 2014 – The Long War Journal

Head of al Qaeda ‘Victory Committee’ in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Not long after Ayman al Zawahiri's chief representative in Syria, Abu Khalid al Suri, was killed in late February, a prominent online jihadist known as Sanafi al Nasr... more...

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...

Experts

Mark Dubowitz

Executive Director

Jonathan Schanzer

Vice President for Research

John Hannah

Senior Fellow

Tony Badran

Research Fellow, Levant

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Senior Fellow

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Senior Fellow

cia, iran, iraq

Toby Dershowitz

Vice President, Government Relations and Strategy

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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?