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5th April 2016 – International Centre for Counter-Terrorism - The Hague

The Islamic State’s Global Propaganda Strategy

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

This Research Paper aims to analyse in depth the global propaganda strategy of the so-called “Islamic State” (IS) by looking at the methods through which this grand strategy is carried out as well as the objectives that IS wants to achieve through it. more...

19th September 2014 – House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats

Islamist Foreign Fighters Returning Home and the Threat to Europe

Thomas Joscelyn

Chairman Rohrabacher, Ranking Member Keating and members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me here today to discuss the threat posed by Islamist foreign fighters returning home to Europe. We have been asked to answer the question, “How are European countries addressing the threat, and how can the US assist in those efforts to thwart future terrorist attacks?” I offer my thoughts in more detail below. more...

20th May 2014 – House Committee of Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade

Al Qaeda In Afghanistan And Pakistan: An Enduring Threat

Thomas Joscelyn

Before the subcommittee last July.1, Joscelyn discussed five main points he seeks to emphasize in this testimony. more...

1st May 2014 – Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Successes and Failures of the U.S. and NATO Intervention in Libya

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Chairman Issa, Ranking Member Cummings, and distinguished members of the committee, it is an honor to appear before you to discuss the successes and failures... more...

3rd April 2014 – House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence

Assessing Terrorism in the Caucasus and the Threat to the Homeland

Bill Roggio

Chairman King, Ranking Member Higgins, members of the committee, thank you for inviting me here to discuss the terrorist threat emanating from the Caucasus. more...

6th March 2014 – Senate Foreign Relations Committee

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

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The war in Syria has already produced tremendous ripple effects internationally, and they will only widen over time. The impact the Syria war will have on this generation... more...

11th February 2014 – House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence

Al Qaeda’s Expansion in Egypt

Thomas Joscelyn

Chairman King, Ranking Member Higgins, members of the committee, thank you for inviting me here today to discuss al Qaeda’s presence in Egypt. The uprisings... more...

4th February 2014 – House Armed Services Committee

The Arab Spring and Al-Qaeda’s Resurgence

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Chairman McKeon, Ranking Member Smith, distinguished members of the committee, it is an honor to appear before you to discuss the state of al-Qaeda, its affiliates... more...

21st November 2013 – Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs

Political, Economic, and Security Situation in Africa

Thomas Joscelyn

Chairman Kaine, Ranking Member Risch and members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me here today to discuss the security situation in North Africa. more...

10th September 2013 – House Committee on Homeland Security

Crisis in Syria: Implications for Homeland Security

Thomas Joscelyn

Chairman McCaul, Ranking Member Thompson and members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me here today to discuss the potential threats to the U.S... more...

18th July 2013 – House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade

Global al Qaeda: Affiliates, Objectives, and Future Challenges

Thomas Joscelyn

Chairman Poe, Ranking Member Sherman and members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me here today to discuss the threat posed by al Qaeda. more...

10th July 2013 – House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa

Salafi Jihadism in the North African Regional Context

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Chairmen Poe and Ros-Lehtinen, Ranking Members Sherman and Deutch, distinguished members of the subcommittees, it is an honor to appear before... more...

22nd May 2013 – Testimony before the House Committee on Homeland Security

Assessing the Threat to the Homeland from al Qaeda Operations in Iran and Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda’s Iran-based network has not only facilitated the movement of terrorists to the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, but has also been implicated in plots... more...

3rd February 2013 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in Iraq Launches Suicide Assault in Kirkuk

Bill Roggio

An al Qaeda in Iraq suicide assault team attacked an Iraqi police headquarters in the northern flashpoint city of Kirkuk today. The tactic is being employed with increasing frequency by al Qaeda and its affiliates... more...

20th January 2013 – The Long War Journal

Belmokhtar Claims Algerian Raid, Slaying of Hostages for al Qaeda

Bill Roggio

Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the head of the jihadist brigade that launched the deadly suicide assault on the In Amenas gas facility in southeastern Algeria, has claimed the attack in al Qaeda's name. more...

18th December 2012 – The Long War Journal

Shabaab Rebukes American Commander Omar Hammami

Bill Roggio

Shabaab, al Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia, has broken its nearly 12-month silence on Omar Hammami, the American commander who served with the terrorist group and has claimed his life was in danger... more...

1st August 2012 – FDD Press

Terror in the Peaceable Kingdom

Terror in the Peaceable Kingdom

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Canada is part of a community of nations that has opposed violent Islamist movements, and terrorism more generally, since the 9/11 attacks. While al Qaeda has experienced considerable losses... more...

27th June 2012 – Edited by Katharine C. Gorka & Patrick Sookhdeo, Isaac Publishing

Fighting the Ideological War

Thomas Joscelyn

Islamism is a growing and powerful ideology that tolerates no dissent or rivalry. Yet in recent decades the United States has responded only to the violence that Islamism has generated, not to the beliefs and ideas that drive it. more...

18th May 2012 – House Committee on Homeland Security

Terrorist Financing Since 9/11: Assessing an Evolving al Qaeda and State Sponsors of Terrorism

Jonathan Schanzer

Chairman Meehan, Ranking Member Higgins, and members of the subcommittee, on behalf of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, thank you for the opportunity to testify. more...

4th May 2012 – Briefing for the Joint Chiefs of Staff - Pakistan-Afghanistan FED Forum

The Grand Strategy of Al Qaeda: How the Enemy Learns

Eleven years into this war, we still do not adequately understand the Enemy. AQAM is moving from a kinetic strategy of Guevarist insurgency to a Maoist strategy that incorporates an indirect and non-kinetic approach. 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.