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Analysis & Commentary - Thomas Joscelyn

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9th July 2018 – Quoted by ABC News Radio

In face of security concerns, recent attacks, Pompeo claims progress in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an unannounced trip to Afghanistan Monday to see what progress has been made nearly one year after President Trump announced his new “South Asia strategy.” more...

18th June 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban rejects ceasefire extension, resumes attacks on ‘internal puppets’

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban has rejected a request by the Afghan government to extend its short-lived ceasefire. “Mujahideen throughout the country are ordered to continue their operations against the foreign invaders and their internal puppets as before,” the group said in a short statement published on its Voice of Jihad website on June 17. more...

8th June 2018 – Quoted by Saleh Hamid - Al Arabiya

In first, Iran admits to facilitating passage of al-Qaeda’s 9/11 attackers

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Mohammad-Javad Larijani, the international affairs assistant in the Iranian judiciary, confessed in unprecedented remarks that Iran facilitated the passage of al-Qaeda members who carried out the September 11, 2001 terror attacks in New York. more...

11th April 2018 – Quoted by Tim Hume - Vice News

Trump wants to send Assad a message — but his options are all bad

Thomas Joscelyn

President Donald Trump hasn’t hidden his desire to respond with military force to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s latest reported chemical attack that killed at least 49 people over the weekend. He has hinted that a U.S. military attack is imminent, declaring “We cannot allow atrocities like that,” and cancelled a trip to South America Tuesday in order "to oversee the American response.” more...

9th April 2018 – Quoted by Michael Graham - CBS News

Commentary: Trump’s Syria quandary

Reuel Marc Gerecht, Thomas Joscelyn

Just a week ago, the headlines about President Trump and Syria all contained the word "withdraw." The president's directive to the U.S. military was to find a way out -- sooner rather than later. more...

13th February 2018 – Quoted by Nicole Gaouette - CNN

Pakistan still not cracking down on militants, US intel chief says

Thomas Joscelyn

Pakistan is holding back on cooperation with the US while failing to take tougher action against militant groups, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told lawmakers Tuesday. more...

10th February 2018 – Quoted by Dan Lamothe - The Washington Post

Bombing of Chinese separatists in Afghanistan is a sign of how Trump’s war there has changed

Thomas Joscelyn

The expansion of the U.S. bombing campaign in Afghanistan to target a little-known Chinese terrorist group is an example of how the 16-year-old war has changed under President Trump, according to U.S. military officers and outside analysts. 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 – 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...