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Analysis & Commentary - Thomas Joscelyn

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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...

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...

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 – 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...

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 – 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...

4th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban touts defection of Islamic State ‘deputy’

Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban is touting the defection of Mullah Abdul Razzaq Mehdi, the purported "deputy" of the Islamic State's Wilayah Khorasan. The Taliban is using his testimony to undermine the will of its jihadist rivals inside Afghanistan. But in so doing, the group reveals just how similar the two often are. more...

3rd December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda’s ‘external communications officer’ weighs in on dispute over Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

A jihadist known as Abu Abdullah has responded to claims made by a senior Hay'at Tahrir al Sham figure. Abu Abdullah identifies himself as al Qaeda's "external communication officer," a previously undisclosed position, and says that al Qaeda's senior leaders are able to communicate with their representatives around the globe on an "almost daily" basis. more...

2nd December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: Ayman al Zawahiri calls for ‘unity’ in Syria amid leadership crisis

Thomas Joscelyn

The jihad in Syria has unleashed another leadership crisis for al Qaeda. more...

21st November 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Podcast: Sifting through Osama bin Laden’s terrorist treasure trove

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The editors of FDD's Long War Journal were featured as guests on the debut episode of a new podcast from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) titled Foreign Podicy to discuss Osama bin Laden's files. more...

18th November 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Understanding al Qaeda through the massive trove of Osama bin Laden’s files

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

On Nov. 17, The Foundation for Defense of Democracies and FDD's Long War Journal held an event to discuss the findings from the recently released documents from Osama bin Laden’s compound. more...

7th November 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Hamza bin Laden lionizes his father and incites ‘rebellion’ in new audio message

Thomas Joscelyn

In a newly released audio message, Hamza bin Laden praises his father for spreading jihadism and attacking the US. Hamza calls on Muslims to rise up against "tyrant" rulers and wage jihad until sharia is imposed. The message was posted online just days after the CIA released a video from Hamza's wedding. The video was recovered in Osama bin Laden's Abbottabad compound. more...

3rd November 2017 – The Weekly Standard

Documenting al Qaeda’s Durability

Thomas Joscelyn

More than 16 years after the September 11, 2001, hijackings, America remains at war with jihadist groups around the globe. From South Asia through the heart of the Middle East and into West Africa, American forces are battling terrorist organizations that seek to control territory while threatening the West. How did we arrive at this point? more...