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Analysis & Commentary - Thomas Joscelyn

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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...

13th September 2018 –

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...

15th August 2018 – Quoted by The National Interest

Bad News: ISIS Has Just As Many Fighters In Iraq And Syria As It Did 4 Years Ago

Thomas Joscelyn

The U.S.-led coalition to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria may have routed the terror group from its urban strongholds in Mosul and Raqqa, but new reports from both the Department of Defense and United Nations reveal that tens of thousands of ISIS fighters are still lurking across the war-torn countries — an army of jihadists on par with the group’s peak strength in 2014. more...

14th August 2018 – Quoted by Ryan Pickrell - Business Insider

As Many As 30,000 ISIS Fighters May Still Be Crawling Across Iraq And Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Tens of thousands of Islamic State jihadists are still waging war in Iraq and Syria, new reports reveal, suggesting that the global terrorist group may be far from defeated despite its battlefield losses. more...

14th August 2018 – Quoted by Ryan Pickrell - Business Insider

As Many As 30,000 ISIS Fighters May Still Be Crawling Across Iraq And Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Tens of thousands of Islamic State jihadists are still waging war in Iraq and Syria, new reports reveal, suggesting that the global terrorist group may be far from defeated despite its battlefield losses. more...

26th July 2018 – Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

Military Officials Fear Islamic State Still Potent in Iraq, Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The latest numbers from the U.S.-led coalition to destroy the Islamic State terror group appear, at first glance, to be damning. more...

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...