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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 – 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...

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...

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...

29th November 2017 – Quoted by Andrew C. McCarthy - National Review

Khatallah’s Acquittals on Benghazi Murders Show, Again, Need for New System

Clifford D. May, Thomas Joscelyn

There was never going to be justice for the American war dead of the Benghazi attack. The jihadist strike on the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 atrocities was too bound up in the politics of the 2012 presidential election. Moreover, the prosecution of the lone defendant charged in the attack was a product of the progressive ideological insistence that acts of war can seamlessly be downgraded into mere penal offenses, adjudicated with all the due-process strictures that implies. more...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

3rd November 2017 – Quoted by The Editors - The Weekly Standard

Transparent Lies

Thomas Joscelyn

We don't use the word “lie” with abandon in these pages. It’s used far too often in public life, to the point at which nearly every statement someone disagrees with is characterized as a “lie.” The L-word is tightly regulated in parliamentary bodies—in Congress, for example—and rightly so. Once you call someone a liar, the good faith that allows for healthy debate is no longer possible. more...

3rd November 2017 – Quoted by Eli Lake - Bloomberg

Iran and al-Qaeda: Best of Frenemies

Thomas Joscelyn

Last month President Donald Trump caused a minor stir in his speech on Iran policy by discussing that regime's connection to al-Qaeda. He said "Iranian proxies" provided training to al-Qaeda operatives involved in the 1998 bombing of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. He said Iran hosted high-level al-Qaeda operatives after the Sept. 11 attacks, including Osama bin Laden's son. more...

2nd November 2017 – Quoted by Ankita Panda - The Diplomat

The CIA’s Newly Released Osama Bin Laden Files and the Iran Angle

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

On Wednesday, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), at the direction of Mike Pompeo, the Agency’s director, released 321 gigabytes of images, audio, text, and video gather at Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The data was acquired by U.S. forces in 2011 following a dramatic raid on the compound that resulted in Bin Laden’s death. more...

2nd November 2017 – Quoted by FirstPost

CIA releases 4.7 lakh files seized during Osama bin Laden’s killing

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

The CIA has released a vast archive of intimate Al-Qaeda documents, including Osama bin Laden's handwritten diary, seized in the deadly 2011 raid when US Navy SEALs burst into his Abbottabad compound in Pakistan and shot dead the leader of Al-Qaeda's global extremist network. more...

2nd November 2017 – Quoted by Sky News

Children’s films Antz and Cars found among Osama bin Laden’s computer files

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

A computer recovered from Osama bin Laden's compound in 2011 contained a vast video collection including children's cartoons and documentaries about himself. more...

2nd November 2017 – Quoted by Matt Young -

Osama bin Laden’s personal, handwritten diary reveals more about September 11, 2001 attacks

Thomas Joscelyn

On the outside it looked like any other notebook. On the inside were the secrets of the world’s once most wanted terrorist and “evil revolutionary”. more...

2nd November 2017 – Qutoed by Sky News Australia

Children’s movies on bin Laden’s computer

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

A computer recovered from Osama bin Laden's compound in 2011 contained a vast video collection including children's cartoons and documentaries about himself. more...