Analysis & Commentary

23rd April 2014 - The Long War Journal

Afghan Taliban Confirms Death of Shadow Governors for Kunar, Kandahar

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban confirmed that its shadow governors for Kunar and Kandahar provinces were killed during combat over the past...

22nd April 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

American Missiles in Syria

Patrick Megahan

Since the start of the Syrian civil war, the secular-leaning Free Syrian Army has repeatedly called for arms from the United States to help level the playing field against...

22nd April 2014 - The Washington Times

In Africa, a Real “War on Women”

Clifford D. May

Last week, more than a hundred Nigerian students, girls between 15 and 18 years of age, were kidnapped by the al Qaeda-affiliated terrorists of Boko Haram.

21st April 2014 - The Long War Journal

Zawahiri Discusses Infighting in Syria, Opposition to Egyptian Goverment

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri discusses the infighting between jihadist groups in Syria and his opposition to the Egyptian government...

21st April 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

The Growing IRGC Challenge to Rouhani

Ali Alfoneh

Since his election last June, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been laboring to edge the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) out of the economy.

21st April 2014 - The Weekly Standard

Out with the Old

Michael Ledeen

Italy has long been Europe’s political laboratory, having invented fascism, incubated eurocommunism, launched the postwar economic miracle, and brought...

21st April 2014 - Jihadology

Ayman al-Zawahiri on Jihadist Infighting and the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

On April 18, a jihadist social media user tweeted links to two parts of an Al-Sahab Establishment for Media Production interview with al-Qaeda emir Ayman al-Zawahiri.

21st April 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Targets AQAP Master Bomb Maker in 2 Strikes in Yemen

Bill Roggio, Oren Adaki

The US targeted al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's top bomb maker in one of two strikes that took place in Yemen over the past...

20th April 2014 - The Jerusalem Post

What Does Algeria’s Election Mean for Israel?

Benjamin Weinthal

When Yuval Steinitz, minister of strategic affairs, criticized last week an agreement that allows Iran to move toward a rapid breakout to...

19th April 2014 - The Long War Journal

Head of al Qaeda’s ‘Victory Committee’ Survived Battle in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

A senior al Qaeda operative who was reportedly killed while fighting in the Latakia province of Syria last month is, in fact, alive. Sanafi al...

19th April 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Kills 16 AQAP Fighters, 5 Civilians

Bill Roggio

The US killed 16 al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters and five civilians in the first drone strike in Yemen in more than two weeks...

18th April 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Sharia Official Uses Social Media to Condemn Killing of Fellow Jihadist

Thomas Joscelyn

Not long after the Al Nusrah Front's leader in the Idlib province of Syria was killed two days ago, a senior sharia (Islamic law) official in...

18th April 2014 - The Long War Journal

ISIS’ ‘Diyala Division’ Lauds Foreign Suicide Bombers, Including Dane

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham's "Diyala Division" recently praised 26 suicide bombers, including 24 foreign fighters who...

17th April 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda’s General Manager Threatens America in Video of Large Gathering

Thomas Joscelyn

A video released by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in late March has garnered renewed attention in the media. The video...

17th April 2014 - Forbes

North Korea’s Nuclear Fallout

Claudia Rosett

For a rogue state under international sanctions, what is the penalty for threatening to carry out an illicit nuclear test? As North Korea is demonstrating, and Iran...

16th April 2014 - The Long War Journal

2 Australian Nationals Killed in Yemen in November Drone Strike

Oren Adaki, Bill Roggio

Media outlets in Australia and New Zealand today reported that two Australian nationals, including one who was a New Zealand citizen as...

15th April 2014 - The Long War Journal

Trial of Jihadist Cleric Expected to Highlight Ex-Guantanamo Detainee’s al Qaeda Role

Thomas Joscelyn

The trial of Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, better known as Abu Hamza al Masri, began this week in New York with jury selection. Abu Hamza...

15th April 2014 - The Daily Beast

One Year On: Mystery Still Shrouds Boston Bombers

Thomas Joscelyn

One year ago today, two backpack bombs were detonated at the Boston Marathon, killing three people. More than 260 others were wounded or maimed. In the...

15th April 2014 - The Washington Times

Academic Dishonors

Clifford D. May

Remember when colleges prided themselves on the diligence and depth of their research? Frederick Lawrence, president of Brandeis University, apparently does not.

14th April 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Official Explains al Qaeda’s Strategy, Conflict with Former Branch

Thomas Joscelyn

Abu Sulayman al Muhajir, a high-ranking sharia official in the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has released a video...


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