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27th May 2014 – The Long War Journal

American Took Part in Suicide Bombings, Al Nusrah Front Sharia Official Says

Thomas Joscelyn

An American was one of four suicide bombers who took part in a recent coordinated assault in Syria, according to an Al Nusrah Front sharia official who is active on Twitter. more...

26th May 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front, Suqour al Sham Launch Joint Suicide Assault in Syria

Bill Roggio

A "correspondent" for the Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, said that three foreign fighters and a Syrian national conducted a complex... more...

25th May 2014 – The Long War Journal

Zawahiri Again Addresses Jihadist Infighting in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

In a three-page statement released online, al Qaeda head Ayman al Zawahiri again discusses the infighting between jihadist groups in Syria. Zawahiri's missive is addressed... more...

22nd May 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Rejects Syrian Rebels’ Revolutionary Covenant

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has rejected a "revolutionary covenant" recently issued by a number of other prominent Syrian rebel groups. more...

20th May 2014 – The Long War Journal

ISIS Names Danish, French Suicide Bombers Killed In ‘Ninewa Division’

Bill Roggio

A Frenchman and a Dane were among six foreign suicide bombers who conducted attacks in the Islamic State of Iraq's northernmost administrative unit in Iraq. more...

19th May 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Collects Donations for New Islamic Institute via Twitter

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has announced the creation of a new school named the Imam al Shafi'i Institute for Islamic Studies. The group is more...

17th May 2014 – The Long War Journal

Shabaab Leader Calls For Meditation In Syria, Says Zawahiri Is ‘Our Sheikh And Emir’

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

Abu Zubayr, the emir of Shabaab, restates his support for Ayman al Zawahiri and calls for mediation in Syria. more...

14th May 2014 – The Long War Journal

Treasury Department Designates 2 ‘al Qaeda Leaders’ in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The US Treasury Department today added two "al Qaeda leaders" in Syria to the list of specially designated global terrorists. One of the... more...

12th May 2014 – The Long War Journal

ISIS Spokesman Blames Zawahiri for Infighting in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The spokesman for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS), Abu Muhammad al Adnani, has released an audio message blaming al... more...

8th May 2014 – The Long War Journal

ISIS Video Shows Zarqawi Training Camp in Syria

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, the former al Qaeda branch that was disowned by Al Qaeda General Command, has announced... more...

7th May 2014 – The Long War Journal

Central Asian Jihadist Group Joins ISIS

Bill Roggio

A jihadist group made up of Uzbeks, Tajiks, and Russians from the Caucasus that operates in Syria has sworn allegiance to the Islamic State... more...

4th May 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Says it Will Comply with Zawahiri’s Orders

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has issued a statement saying it will comply with Ayman al Zawahiri's orders with... more...

2nd May 2014 – The Long War Journal

Zawahiri Makes Another Attempt at Reconciliation in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Ayman al Zawahiri, the head of al Qaeda, discusses the infighting in Syria and the history of al Qaeda's branch in Iraq at length in a... more...

1st May 2014 – The Long War Journal

‘Al Qaeda in Kurdistan’ Breaks Ranks with ISIS Over Syria

Bill Roggio

A group calling itself "al Qaeda in Kurdistan" sided with al Qaeda's emir against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham in the ongoing... more...

30th April 2014 – The Long War Journal

Abu Qatada Provides Jihadists with Ideological Guidance From a Jordanian Prison

Thomas Joscelyn

On July 7, 2013, Omar Mohammed Othman, better known as Abu Qatada, was deported from the UK to Jordan to stand trial on terrorism... more...

25th April 2014 – The Long War Journal

Uzbek Commands Group Within the Al Nusrah Front

Bill Roggio

An Uzbek commander known as Abu Hussein leads a group of his countrymen fighting in the ranks of the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official... more...

24th April 2014 – NOW Media

Obama has Had a Strategy All Along

Tony Badran

Last week, Frederic Hof, one of the Obama administration's former top Syria hands, asked whether the administration had a conscious strategy in Syria. Hof, who... more...

22nd April 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

American Missiles in Syria

Patrick Megahan

Since the start of the Syrian civil war, the secular-leaning Free Syrian Army has repeatedly called for arms from the United States to help level the playing field against... more...

21st April 2014 – The Long War Journal

Zawahiri Discusses Infighting in Syria, Opposition to Egyptian Goverment

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri discusses the infighting between jihadist groups in Syria and his opposition to the Egyptian government... more...

21st April 2014 – Jihadology

Ayman al-Zawahiri on Jihadist Infighting and the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

On April 18, a jihadist social media user tweeted links to two parts of an Al-Sahab Establishment for Media Production interview with al-Qaeda emir Ayman al-Zawahiri. 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?