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8th October 2018 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD's Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss the Taliban targeting Kabul preceding the Afghan elections. more...

1st October 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Badness personified

Thomas Joscelyn

On September 4, the Taliban announced that Jalaluddin Haqqani had “passed away after a long battle with illness.” A notorious jihadist who was one of Osama bin Laden’s earliest and closest allies, Haqqani had long been a recluse, with rumors swirling that he left the land of the living some years ago. But if the Taliban is telling the truth, then Haqqani died only recently. more...

1st October 2018 – The Weekly Standard

Badness Personified

Thomas Joscelyn

On September 4, the Taliban announced that Jalaluddin Haqqani had “passed away after a long battle with illness.” A notorious jihadist who was one of Osama bin Laden’s earliest and closest allies, Haqqani had long been a recluse, with rumors swirling that he left the land of the living some years ago. But if the Taliban is telling the truth, then Haqqani died only recently. more...

20th September 2018 – Quoted by Hollie McKay - Fox News

Iran allows Al Qaeda operation within its borders, says report

Thomas Joscelyn

Iran continues to wreak havoc in the Middle East by allowing Al Qaeda to maintain a "facilitation base" within the Islamic Republic's borders, according to the U.S State Department’s annual Country Reports on Terrorism. more...

19th September 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistan continues to harbor Taliban, including al Qaeda-linked Haqqanis

Thomas Joscelyn

Pakistan continues to allow the Taliban, including the al Qaeda-linked Haqqani Network, to operate on its soil, despite pressure from the US government. That is one of the conclusions drawn in the State Department’s newly released Country Reports on Terrorism 2017. more...

19th September 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

State Department: Iran allows al Qaeda to operate its ‘core facilitation pipeline’

Thomas Joscelyn

The State Department released its annual Country Reports on Terrorism today. The report covers events during the previous calendar year. As in past assessments, State says that Iran “has allowed” al Qaeda to operate its key facilitation network on Iranian soil. more...

17th September 2018 –

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD's fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn join The John Batchelor Show to discuss how an Afghan helo was shot down in Western Afghanistan by the Taliban. more...

17th September 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: Al Qaeda eulogizes Jalaluddin Haqqani

Thomas Joscelyn

On Sept. 11, al Qaeda released a two-page eulogy for Jalaluddin Haqqani, a legendary jihadist who was one of Osama bin Laden’s first and most important allies in South Asia. The Taliban announced the elderly Haqqani’s death one week earlier on Sept. 4. more...

13th September 2018 – https://nypost.com/2018/09/13/fda-takes-easy-way-out-on-vaping-and-other-comments/

Security desk: Al Qaeda Is Alive — and Misunderstood

Thomas Joscelyn

The fact that al Qaeda has been unable to carry out another 9/11-style attack inside the US “shouldn’t obscure the reality” about the group and its “global jihad,” warns Thomas Joscelyn at The Weekly Standard. more...

11th September 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda leader: America is the main enemy in a ‘single war with different fronts’

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda released a new message from its leader, Ayman al Zawahiri, to commemorate the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 hijackings earlier today. Titled “How to Confront America,” the talk is intended to rally jihadists and supporters against their common perceived enemy. Much of the message is not a how-to so much as it is a restatement of al Qaeda’s anti-American view. more...

11th September 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda is very much alive, and widely misunderstood

Thomas Joscelyn

On Sept. 11, 2001, nineteen of Osama bin Laden’s operatives changed the course of world history. We are fortunate that al Qaeda hasn’t carried out another 9/11-style attack inside the U.S. in the seventeen years since. But that fact shouldn’t obscure the reality about al Qaeda and its global jihad. more...

11th September 2018 – The Weekly Standard

Al Qaeda Is Very Much Alive

Thomas Joscelyn

On September 11, 2001, 19 of Osama bin Laden’s operatives changed the course of world history. We are fortunate that al Qaeda hasn’t carried out another 9/11-style attack inside the U.S. in the 17 years since. more...

10th September 2018 – The John Batchelor Show

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD's senior fellow and editor of the Long War Journal discusses with The John Batchelor Show to discuss the current state of Al Qaeda under the Trump administration. more...

5th September 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State claims bombings at sports club in Kabul

Thomas Joscelyn

A suicide bomber detonated himself at a sports club hosting a wrestling match in the Afghan capital earlier today. As emergency personnel and the media converged on the scene, a second, larger explosion rocked the area. The follow-on blast was apparently caused when a car packed with explosives was remotely detonated, though there is some uncertainty concerning the exact details. more...

5th September 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US designates al Qaeda’s branch in Mali as terror organization

Thomas Joscelyn

The State Department announced today that it has added Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin (JNIM), al Qaeda’s branch in Mali and West Africa, to the US government’s terrorist designation lists. JNIM was established in Mar. 2017, bringing together several preexisting al Qaeda groups under a common banner. more...

4th September 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

AQAP claims Saudi spy network targeted its leaders

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has released a lengthy video documenting its efforts to uproot an alleged Saudi spy network that helped hunt down some of the group’s most senior figures. The production is titled, “The Preliminary Introduction [to] Demolishing the Espionage,” and is intended to be the first in a series. more...

29th August 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: Losing a War

Thomas Joscelyn

Trump’s disdain for the war in Afghanistan had long been well known, so no one in the White House knew what he would decide to do about it in the summer of 2017. Multiple options were on the table in Trump’s freewheeling administration. The president had heard plans ranging from privatizing the war under the authority of military contractors, to a narrowly defined, CIA-led counterterrorism mission, to a more robust deployment of American forces, to a complete withdrawal. more...

27th August 2018 – The Weekly Standard

Losing a War

Thomas Joscelyn

Trump’s disdain for the war in Afghanistan had long been well known, so no one in the White House knew what he would decide to do about it in the summer of 2017. Multiple options were on the table in Trump’s freewheeling administration. The president had heard plans ranging from privatizing the war under the authority of military contractors, to a narrowly defined, CIA-led counterterrorism mission, to a more robust deployment of American forces, to a complete withdrawal. more...

27th August 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: US terror designations target Islamic State’s Southeast Asian network

Thomas Joscelyn

On Aug. 24, the US Treasury Department announced that it had designated three Islamic State recruiters from Southeast Asia as terrorists. The move is the latest in a series of designations targeting jihadists from Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines who joined Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s caliphate building project. more...

24th August 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda leader argues Taliban’s ‘blessed emirate’ a core part of new caliphate

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri calls on Muslims to unite against an alleged “international infidel alliance” in a newly released video. The 5-minute production, which was posted online yesterday (Aug. 23), is titled “The Battle of Awareness and Will – The Solid Structure.” more...