Analysis & Commentary


6th March 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Zawahiri incites followers in the Maghreb

Thomas Joscelyn

Earlier today, al Qaeda’s propagandists released the latest message from their leader, Ayman al Zawahiri.

22nd October 2017 - Quoted by Ed Blanche - The Arab Weekly

US sends its special forces as Africa’s jihadist threat grows

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The October 12 bombing of central Mogadishu in So­malia, which killed more than 270 people, along with the death of four US special forces troops in a jihad­ist ambush on the other side of the vast continent in south-western Niger, marked a sharp escalation in Africa’s war on terror....

7th August 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn's join the John Batchelor Show to connect the dots between east Africa in 1998 and Al Qaeda in 2017.

2nd August 2017 - Quoted by Awad Mustafa and Karam Singh - Small Wars Journal

Qatar in the Horn of Africa: Friend or Foe?

David Andrew Weinberg

With increasing scrutiny on Qatar to ease their foreign policy initiatives, more allegations are digging into Qatar’s already controversial track record.

12th July 2016 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Turkey, Egypt, Africa: How ‘hard-liner’ Netanyahu pulled off a diplomacy trifecta

Jonathan Schanzer

The conventional wisdom has it that earning the sobriquet “the most right-wing government in Israeli history” does not lead to diplomatic successes.

6th May 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Reported Israeli Raid on Sudan Could Reveal Khartoum’s Duplicity

Jonathan Schanzer

Sudan may have joined the Saudi-led fight against Iran-backed proxies in Yemen last month, but it also may still be cooperating with Iran to arm the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

6th April 2015 - CNN

New Day

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses recent violence in Kenya waged by al Shabaab.

17th March 2015 - Foreign Policy

The Islamic State’s African Long Con

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

the long run, Boko Haram’s decision to pledge its allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) — and the IS’s subsequent acceptance of that pledge — may make little difference to the African militant group. But that will hardly be the case for IS.

27th February 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Hezbollah: Alive in West Africa

The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced new designations yesterday for several Africa-based individuals and entities connected to Hezbollah’s global terrorist network.

23rd October 2014 - Quoted by Louis Jacobson - Politifact

Could Terrorists Use Ebola to Attack the United States?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The possibility that terrorists could attack the United States using Ebola as a bioweapon -- the mutant spawn of Americans’ two biggest fears -- has been catnip for some politicians and commentators.

4th September 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Boko Haram Did Not Declare a Caliphate

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Reports suggest that Abubakar Shekau, leader of the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram, either declared a caliphate or announced that the group’s territorial gains have become part of a caliphate. The reports are wrong. In the video he released on August 24, following the group’s...

1st May 2014 - Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Successes and Failures of the U.S. and NATO Intervention in Libya

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Chairman Issa, Ranking Member Cummings, and distinguished members of the committee, it is an honor to appear before you to discuss the successes and failures...

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.

15th April 2014 - Quoted by Zack Beauchamp, Vox

A Nigerian Terrorist Group Just Kidnapped 100 Girls to Keep Them From Going to School

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram, one of the world's most dangerous Islamist groups, just abducted 100 girls from a school in northeastern Nigeria. Why would...

23rd March 2014 - Quoted by Sarah Lynch, USA Today

Tunisia, Arab Spring’s Birthplace, Takes on Militants

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Islamist militants across North Africa have been fighting governments in Egypt, Libya, Algeria and Mali for not imposing harsh sharia law, launching terror attacks...

24th February 2014 - War on the Rocks

An Escalation in Tunisia: How the State Went to War with Ansar al-Sharia

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Since the fall of Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in January 2011, the country has been challenged by the aggressive growth of a domestic salafi jihadist...

12th February 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Mali’s MUJWA Ascendant

Four Red Cross workers and one other aid worker disappeared on Saturday while driving between Gao and Kidal in Mali. On Tuesday, Agence France Presse...

5th January 2014 - Quoted by Nadine Marroushi, The Independent - UK

Crackdown By Security Forces ‘Alienating Many Young Egyptians’

Sitting on a large wooden chair with a green leafy plant by his side, the bearded man looked down to the ground and confessed to his alleged crimes.

3rd January 2014 - CNN

The Lead

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD's Daveed Gartenstein-Ross explains how 2013 was a big year for al Qaeda with significant gains in Iraq, Syria and Africa.

22nd December 2013 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer, The Daily Beast

Al Qaeda Growing Rich Off Ransom Payments

Jonathan Schanzer

Al-Qaeda affiliates in North Africa and the Middle East are increasingly funding themselves from ransom payments, which now average over $5 million...

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