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Analysis & Commentary - Thomas Joscelyn

Thomas Joscelyn's Latest Books and Briefings

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...

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...

24th February 2015 – CSIF Launch Event

New Threats from Illicit Finance in the Middle East and Africa

Jonathan Schanzer, Thomas Joscelyn

What challenges do the U.S. and its allies face in combatting the threats of illicit finance, not only today but over a longer horizon? more...

19th September 2014 – House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats

Islamist Foreign Fighters Returning Home and the Threat to Europe

Thomas Joscelyn

Chairman Rohrabacher, Ranking Member Keating and members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me here today to discuss the threat posed by Islamist foreign fighters returning home to Europe. We have been asked to answer the question, “How are European countries addressing the threat, and how can the US assist in those efforts to thwart future terrorist attacks?” I offer my thoughts in more detail below. more...

20th May 2014 – House Committee of Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade

Al Qaeda In Afghanistan And Pakistan: An Enduring Threat

Thomas Joscelyn

Before the subcommittee last July.1, Joscelyn discussed five main points he seeks to emphasize in this testimony. more...

1st May 2014 – FDD Press

Allies, Adversaries & Enemies: America’s Increasingly Complex Alliances

Allies, Adversaries & Enemies: America’s Increasingly Complex Alliances

Jonathan Schanzer, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Thomas Joscelyn, Reuel Marc Gerecht, David Andrew Weinberg, Tony Badran, Mark Dubowitz, Emanuele Ottolenghi, Clifford D. May

This volume examines the growing problem of American allies that simultaneously act as Washington’s adversaries or even enemies. This phenomenon, which has markedly grown in recent decades, can be discerned in the U.S.'s bilateral relationships with Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey, all four of which are examined in extended case studies in this volume. more...

11th February 2014 – House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence

Al Qaeda’s Expansion in Egypt

Thomas Joscelyn

Chairman King, Ranking Member Higgins, members of the committee, thank you for inviting me here today to discuss al Qaeda’s presence in Egypt. The uprisings... more...

21st November 2013 – Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs

Political, Economic, and Security Situation in Africa

Thomas Joscelyn

Chairman Kaine, Ranking Member Risch and members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me here today to discuss the security situation in North Africa. more...

10th September 2013 – House Committee on Homeland Security

Crisis in Syria: Implications for Homeland Security

Thomas Joscelyn

Chairman McCaul, Ranking Member Thompson and members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me here today to discuss the potential threats to the U.S... more...

18th July 2013 – House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade

Global al Qaeda: Affiliates, Objectives, and Future Challenges

Thomas Joscelyn

Chairman Poe, Ranking Member Sherman and members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me here today to discuss the threat posed by al Qaeda. more...

22nd May 2013 – Testimony before the House Committee on Homeland Security

Assessing the Threat to the Homeland from al Qaeda Operations in Iran and Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda’s Iran-based network has not only facilitated the movement of terrorists to the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, but has also been implicated in plots... more...

27th June 2012 – Edited by Katharine C. Gorka & Patrick Sookhdeo, Isaac Publishing

Fighting the Ideological War

Thomas Joscelyn

Islamism is a growing and powerful ideology that tolerates no dissent or rivalry. Yet in recent decades the United States has responded only to the violence that Islamism has generated, not to the beliefs and ideas that drive it. more...