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18th January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: US seeks extradition of Bin Laden loyalist imprisoned in France

Thomas Joscelyn

The US is seeking the extradition of Christian Ganczarski from France, where he has been imprisoned since 2003. A French court convicted Ganczarski on terror-related charges for his role in the Apr. 11, 2002 suicide bombing at a synagogue in Djerba, Tunisia. The bomber called Ganczarski beforehand to receive his "blessing." A newly-released indictment focuses on Ganczarski's other ties to al Qaeda, including a plot targeting American interests in Australia. more...

13th January 2018 – Quoted by Rukmini Callimachi - The New York Times

ISIS Affiliate Claims October Attack on U.S. Troops in Niger

Thomas Joscelyn

A group in northwestern Africa that is loyal to the Islamic State issued a statement on Friday claiming responsibility for the October attack in Niger that killed four American soldiers who were on patrol with Nigerien forces. more...

12th January 2018 – The Weekly Standard

A Pakistan Crackdown

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

On New Year’s Day, Donald Trump fulminated on Twitter that the United States had “foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. more...

4th January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

State Department designates 3 al Qaeda figures as global terrorists

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

One of the leaders "planned" the March 2015 Bardo Museum attack in Tunis, which was claimed by the Islamic State. Another serves as Shabaab's deputy emir. more...

4th January 2018 – Quoted by News Corp Australia

Osama bin Laden’s grandson killed in an air strike, letter reportedly confirms

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Osama bin Laden’s 12-year-old grandson has reportedly been killed in an air strike. His father, Hamza Bin Laden, revealed he died on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border last year. more...

29th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Coptic church attacked by Islamic State loyalist, group says

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an attack outside of a Coptic Church in a southern suburb of Cairo earlier today. The assault is one in a series of operations targeting Coptic Christians in Egypt since 2016. more...

29th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State claims its men planted bomb at St. Petersburg supermarket

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the Dec. 27 bombing at a supermarket in St. Petersburg, Russia. The city has been targeted by jihadists several times this year. The US claimed earlier this month that another major plot inside St. Petersburg had been thwarted. more...

28th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State’s Khorasan ‘province’ claims responsibility for attack on cultural center in Kabul

Thomas Joscelyn

Dozens of civilians were killed during a bombing at the Tabayan cultural center in Kabul, Afghanistan earlier today. The Islamic State's Khorasan "province," which regularly targets Shiite civilians and places of worship in Afghanistan, quickly claimed responsibility. more...

22nd December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

AQAP propaganda official reportedly killed in US drone strike

Thomas Joscelyn

Pro al Qaeda jihadists reported on social media that Abu Hajar al-Makki, an Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) propaganda official, was killed in a US drone strike earlier this week. The US has been targeting AQAP's propagandists throughout the year and has also done so in the past. more...

19th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Podcast: Hezbollah’s Narco-Terror Nexus in Latin America

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Iranian-backed Hezbollah is leveraging its growing global network to launder huge amounts of money, traffic weapons, and engage in a long list of illicit activities that are increasingly overlapping with the work of Latin American narcos. more...

15th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Long Island woman allegedly used Bitcoin to fund ISIS

Thomas Joscelyn

Zoobia Shahnaz allegedly defrauded financial institutions as part of a scheme to fund the Islamic State. She is also accused of seeking to join the so-called caliphate this past summer. Shahnaz was stopped for questioning at JFK International Airport on July 31, but not arrested until this week. more...

12th December 2017 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD's Thomas Joscelyn discusses the recent bombing in New York City on The John Batchelor Show. more...

12th December 2017 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD's Thomas Joscelyn discusses Al-Qaeda and the Taliban on The John Batchelor Show. more...

12th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

New York City bomber ‘did it for the Islamic State’

Thomas Joscelyn

"I did it for the Islamic State," Akayed Ullah, who is charged with carrying out the failed bombing in Times Square yesterday, allegedly told authorities. more...

11th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Bomber targets New York City transit system with improvised device

Thomas Joscelyn

Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old man from Bangladesh, attempted to detonate an improvised explosive device in midtown Manhattan earlier today. No one was killed in the failed bombing, but several people suffered minor wounds. Jihadists have repeatedly targeted New York City since the 9/11 hijackings. more...

10th December 2017 – Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

Al-Qaida Seeks to Capitalize on Muslim Anger Over Jerusalem

Thomas Joscelyn

Al-Qaida is seeking to to exploit Muslim anger over President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to present itself as the true defender of Islam and the Palestinians. more...

8th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda seeks to incite violence after US recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda's general leadership and regional branches have released statements denouncing the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. more...

6th December 2017 – Quoted by Daniel Byman - Lawfare

An al-Qaeda Setback in Syria?

Thomas Joscelyn

Unheralded amid the recent political chaos in Washington and upheavals in the Middle East was a potential bit of good news: revelations that the al-Qaeda core’s split from its Syrian affiliate did not resemble a gentle parting but rather an acrimonious divorce. The revelations, which emerged from a statement by a senior Syrian jihadist, a public chastisement from Ayman Zawahiri, and then and a back-and-forth involving various jihadists in Syria, suggests that al-Qaeda wields less influence than previously feared and that U.S. efforts to isolate al-Qaeda in Syria are bearing some fruit. more...

6th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US Treasury adds Jamaica-based Islamic State recruiter to terror list

Thomas Joscelyn

The US Treasury Department has designated Abdullah Ibrahim al-Faisal, a Jamaica-based Islamic State recruiter, as a terrorist. Faisal has "influenced" a number of terrorists since 2001, according to Treasury. more...

5th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US and Afghan forces target al Qaeda operatives in 3 provinces

Thomas Joscelyn

US and Afghan forces have targeted al Qaeda operatives in at least three Afghan provinces in recent weeks. One of the jihadists killed has been identified as Omar Khetab, the deputy leader of Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS). Khetab and other AQIS operatives have been supporting the Taliban's insurgency. more...