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FDD’s Long War Journal

FDD’s Long War Journal

Providing Accurate Reporting on the Global War on Terror


FDD's Long War Journal is dedicated to providing original and accurate reporting and analysis of the Long War (also known as the Global War on Terror). This is accomplished through its programs of embedded reporters, news and news aggregation, maps, podcasts, and other multimedia formats.

FDD's Long War Journal is published by Public Multimedia Inc., a nonprofit media company.

FDD's Long War Journal is a project of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

FDD's Long War Journal publishes five sections daily: Featured Articles, Threat Matrix, Today In, News links, and News Videos. The Special Features section is updated as the features are published.

Featured Articles:

The main entries at FDD's Long War Journal are written by the staff, and focus on the major news of the day in the Long War. The entries include reports from reporters in the field, existing news and wire reports, and confidential and public sources.

Threat Matrix:

Threat Matrix is the blog of FDD's Long War Journal. At Threat Matrix, the contributors provide pointers to interesting articles, quick analysis, or opinions on hot or overlooked topics of the day.

Special Reports:

The Special Reports section consists of original reporting and analysis, multimedia presentations, and compiled embedded reports produced by the Staff of FDD's Long War Journal.

Today In:

The Today In section is a roundup of the important news of the day in the major theaters or related to existing terror groups. The section is updated throughout the day.


The News consists of open source reporting, analysis, opinion, and commentary from news organizations, think tanks, blogs, and other sources. These are articles of interest; the staff of FDD's Long War Journal does not necessarily endorse the views expressed in the reporting, analysis, opinion, and commentary. The News section is updated throughout the day.

State Department designates founding member of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

6th January 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

State Department designates founding member of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

Thomas Joscelyn

The US State Department announced yesterday that Ibrahim al Banna, who has served as one of al Qaeda’s most senior security and intelligence officials in Yemen since the 1990s, has been designated as a terrorist. State’s Rewards for Justice program has offered a bounty of up to $5 million for information on al Banna’s whereabouts since 2014, but he wasn’t officially added to the US government’s terrorist designation list until this week. more...

Analysis & Commentary

18th January 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Guantanamo detainee selected for aborted 9/11 hijacking transferred to Oman

Thomas Joscelyn

The Defense Department has released a list of ten now former Guantanamo detainees who were transferred to Oman earlier this week. One of them is Mohammed Al Ansi, a Yemeni who was captured in northern Pakistan in late 2001 and transferred to the detention facility in Cuba in Jan. 2002. more...

17th January 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Ayman al Zawahiri honors 2 slain jihadis in new video

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda’s propaganda arm, As Sahab, released a new video from Ayman al Zawahiri yesterday. The al Qaeda leader eulogizes two jihadi veterans who were killed in 2015 and 2016. more...

17th January 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban eulogizes Pakistani cleric with al Qaeda ties

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban mourned the death of the leader and founder of a Pakistani Islamic university known to have supported al Qaeda and other jihadist groups in the region. Mawlana Salimullah Khan, the Pakistani cleric, was also the president of Pakistan’s largest confederation of Deobani seminaries and schools. His son and grandson were deported from the United States for immigration violations after the FBI linked them to an al Qaeda plot in California. more...

13th January 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US killed 3 AQAP operatives in pair of strikes in Yemen

Bill Roggio

The US military said it killed three operatives from al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in a pair of airstrikes in central Yemen over the past two weeks. Both strikes, which occurred on Dec. 29 and Jan. 8, took place in the central Yemeni province of Al Baydah. more...