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22nd November 2017 – Quoted by Mosaic Magazine

Bin Laden’s Prescient View of Islamic State’s Weaknesses

Thomas Joscelyn

Al-Qaeda’s Iraqi branch renamed itself Islamic State in Iraq (ISI) and began distancing itself from its parent organization in 2006. more...

19th November 2017 – Quoted by Mike LaChance - Legal Insurrection

Obama Concealed Strength of al-Qaeda Before 2012 Election

At the 2012 Democratic National Convention, the big moment was Joe Biden triumphantly declaring “Osama bin Laden is dead, and General Motors is alive.” It turns out that in order to make that narrative stick, Obama had to downplay the actual strength of al-Qaeda. more...

19th November 2017 – Quoted by Arab News

Bin Laden files ‘will rewrite history of Iraq War’, conference told

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

Newly released files from Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad in Pakistan will rewrite the history of the Iraq War, a conference in Washington has heard. more...

18th November 2017 – Quoted by Scott Johnson - Powerline

From The Bin Laden Files

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Yesterday the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and FDD’s Long War Journal hosted a panel discussion of the massive cache of Osama bin Laden documents released on November 1 courtesy of CIA Director Mike Pompeo. The conversation featured the incredibly dogged New York Times reporter Rukmini Callimachi as well as FDD’s Tom Joscelyn and Bill Roggio, who were given the opportunity to preview the records, images, audio, and video files included in the release. The discussion was moderated by Kim Dozier, executive editor of The Cipher Brief and author of Breathing the Fire: Fighting to Survive and Get Back to the Fight. more...

18th November 2017 – Quoted by Saagar Enjeti - The Daily Caller

‘Cherry Picked’: Obama Downplayed Al-Qaida Strength In Lead Up To 2012 Election

Thomas Joscelyn

The Obama administration deliberately sought to downplay how robust the al-Qaida network was in the lead up to the 2012 election by selectively releasing documents that enforced a preferred narrative, The Weekly Standard reports, citing experts at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and New York Times Correspondent Rukmini Callimachi. more...

18th November 2017 – Quoted by Rick Moran - PJ Media

Bin Laden Docs Show Obama Misled, Politicized Intelligence During 2012 Campaign

"Bin Laden is dead and GM is alive" was a favorite mantra of the Obama campaign during the 2012 election. The implication was that al-Qaeda was "decimated," as President Obama said several times. more...

17th November 2017 – Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

New York Times Reporter: Obama Administration Misled on al Qaeda

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

A top foreign correspondent at the New York Times said Friday that the Obama administration deliberately downplayed al Qaeda’s strength in the run-up to the 2012 presidential election. more...

11th November 2017 – Quoted by Iran Focus

Why Did Obama Hide Documents That Link Iran With Terror Group?

Clifford D. May

A large number of documents that were seized during the raid on Abbottabad in Pakistan that killed Osama bin Laden were recently made public. The documents which included photos and computer files show that there are undeniable links between Iran and the terrorist al-Qaeda group. more...

11th November 2017 – Quoted by Al Arabiya English

Why Obama put Bin Laden’s documents linking Iran, Qatar under lock and key

Clifford D. May

Clifford May, president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said that days after the release of Osama bin Laden's documents out of his residence in Abbottabad in Pakistan, it became obvious why US President Barack Obama didn’t publish those documents which links Al-Qaida with Iran and Qatar. more...

7th November 2017 – Quoted by Hannah Parry - Daily Mail

Osama bin Laden’s son calls upon Muslims to ‘take revenge on the Americans’ for killing his father

Osama bin Laden's 'favourite' son has called on Muslims around the world to launch terror attacks on the US for killing his father. more...

6th November 2017 – Quoted by Stephen F. Hayes - The Weekly Standard

The Big Reveal: The Story of How 470,000 Documents from Osama Bin Laden’s Compound Got Into the Open

Thomas Joscelyn

The CIA has finally released 470,000 files recovered from the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound. Here's why it took so long. more...

5th November 2017 – Quoted by Agencia EFE

Pornography and “malware” among bin Laden’s files

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) disclosed a collection of documents of who, after planning the attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York and Washington, became the most wanted terrorist in the world. more...

4th November 2017 – Quoted by Asharq Al-Awsat

Abbottabad Documents Reveal How Bin Laden Was Influenced by Muslim Brotherhood

A journal made public by the CIA and apparently handwritten by one of Osama bin Laden's daughters offers a glimpse into how the al-Qaeda leader viewed the world around him and reveals his deep interest in the so-called 2011 “Arab Spring” months before he was killed in a US raid on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan in May 2011. more...

4th November 2017 – Citado por Diario De Mexico

Divulgan rostro del sucesor de Osama bin Laden [VIDEO]

Thomas Joscelyn

Durante una redada que se realizó en el que fuera el escondite de Osama en mayo del 2011, se recuperaron varios documentos que el pasado miércoles la CIA desclasificó. more...

4th November 2017 – Quoted by Sheetal Sukhija - Big News Network

CIA spreading ‘fake news’ about Osama Bin Laden: Iran

CIA’s release of the last batch of documents seized during the raid on the compound in Pakistan where they officially killed the man who terrorized America - Osama Bin Laden, has left Iran irked. more...

3rd November 2017 – Quoted by Aaron Bandler - The Jewish Journal

Documents Expose Relationship Between Iran and al-Qaeda

A set of newly released documents from the CIA have exposed the working relationship between the Iranian regime and al-Qaeda. more...

3rd November 2017 – Quoted by Agence France Presse

Iran denounces CIA ‘fake news’ in Bin Laden files

Iran has accused the CIA of spreading "fake news" about the Islamic republic with newly declassified files seized in the 2011 raid in Pakistan in which Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was killed. more...

3rd November 2017 – Quoted by Farhad Daneshvar - Trend News Agency

Iranian FM slams CIA, FDD over “fake news”

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has criticized Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) over “selective” release of al-Qaeda documents raising questions about Tehran’s alleged support for the terrorist group. more...

3rd November 2017 – Quoted by Siraj Wahab - Arab News

CIA documents ‘conclusive proof of Al-Qaeda-Iran ties’

Wednesday’s release by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of documents seized during the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden has “conclusively proved” the terror chief’s cosy relationship with Iran, experts say. more...

3rd November 2017 – Quoted by Cristina Maza - Newsweek

New CIA Footage Shows Osama Bin Laden’s Son Is New Face Of Al-Qaeda

Bill Roggio

The face of an adult Hamza bin Laden, the favorite son of terrorist mastermind Osama bin Landen and Al-Qaeda’s rising star, was seen in new footage released Wednesday by the CIA. more...


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7th March 2017 - 11:59 AM

After the Islamic State: Consequences and Beneficiaries

On the heels of the Pentagon delivering its draft plan to destroy the Islamic State to the White House, an important question remains on who would benefit from such a defeat. How can the White House and Pentagon craft such a strategy without emboldening al-Qaeda? How will Iran and Syria be impacted by any denigration of IS control? Who fills the vacuum? How should the administration and others assess the situation?

27th February 2014 - 12:00 PM

Terrorism Finance in Turkey: A Growing Concern

A Conversation with John Cassara, Svante Cornell, Jonathan Schanzer, Tom Joscelyn, and John Hannah

Turkey has been rocked by a sweeping corruption scandal. Prime Minister Erdogan has responded by reassigning policemen and prosecutors, and clamping down on press freedom. While these actions have prompted only muted criticisms from the West, some of the cases raise troubling questions about terrorist activity in Turkey – including financial ties to Iran, Hamas, and even al-Qaeda figures. FDD has produced research recently on these issues. But many questions remain.