Analysis & Commentary


12th September 2017 - Quoted by Richard Wood - 9 News (Australia)

Al-Qaeda remains a big threat to West

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

While the Western world turned its focus to the scourge of ISIS, Al-Qaeda has rallied behind Osama Bin Laden's son in a renewed push to claim supremacy in the world of terror.

12th September 2017 - Quoted by Agence France Presse

On 9/11 anniversary, Al-Qaeda rebounding as a threat: experts

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Al-Qaeda is on the rise again in the shadow of the Islamic State group in Syria, 16 years after the jihadists shocked the United States in the September 11, 2001 attacks, experts said Monday.

12th September 2017 - Quoted by Jack Moore - Newsweek

The Chosen One? Al-Qaeda’s Next Leader Could Be Osama Bin Laden’s Son Hamza

One day before the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Al-Qaeda alerted the world that it would release four messages to coincide with the day the group became the most notorious jihadi group in the world.

11th September 2017 - Quoted by Zach Beauchamp - Vox

16 years after 9/11, al-Qaeda is back

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

While the US response inflicted real damage on al-Qaeda, the worrying truth is that in recent years the terrorist group has managed to rebuild itself, taking advantage of the international focus on ISIS to become as strong, if not even stronger, as it was before 9/11.

3rd September 2017 - Quoted by Paul D. Shinkman - U.S. News & World Report

Al-Qaida on the Rise in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The group that launched the Sept. 11 attacks, waged insurgent war against U.S. forces in Afghanistan, catalyzed extremist movements in places like Iraq, Yemen, Somalia and North Africa, and was supposed to have been all but "decimated" and hiding in Pakistan's tribal regions has found new...

24th August 2017 - Quoted by Indrani Bagchi - The Times of India

Trump’s Afghanistan strategy, if followed through, opens a window of opportunity for India

Bill Roggio

Donald Trump’s gut instinct had said something else, but the demands of the Oval Office prompted him to deliver a “presidential” South Asia strategy. If it is followed through it can have wide-ranging implications for the region. Most important, it gives India a small opportunity to...

23rd August 2017 - Quoted by Mosaic Magazine

Getting It Right in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

While praising the president’s announcement Monday night that the U.S. will be sending 4,000 more troops to Afghanistan, Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio express their “doubt [that] this will be enough to win the war.”

21st August 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellow and Long War Journal editor Bill Roggio joins the John Batchelor Show to discuss Pres. Trump's Afghanistan strategy.

21st August 2017 - Syndicated

Buck Sexton with America Now

Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellow and Long War Journal editor Bill Roggio joins Buck Sexton with America Now to discuss Afghanistan.

21st August 2017 - The Weekly Standard

Sending More Troops To Afghanistan Is a Good Start

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

President Trump deserves credit for making a difficult decision, but he also needs to avoid the mistakes of his predecessors.

18th August 2017 - KTLK

Justice & Drew

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Justice & Drew are joined by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross to discuss attacks in Barcelona and Spain.

14th August 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellow and Long War Journal Editor Thomas Joscelyn joins the John Batchelor Show Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's threat to US and European rail systems.

12th June 2017 - Quoted Thomas Seibert - The Arab Weekly

As pressure on IS grows, Western officials see terror threat ‘metastasizing’

As forces of an interna­tional coalition squeeze the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, West­ern officials said they are bracing for a heightened terror threat by battle-hardened foreign fighters returning home amid the demolition of the IS caliphate.

3rd June 2017 - Quoted by Saagar Enjeti - The Daily Caller

Al-Qaida Quietly Rakes in ‘Millions’ As US Tightens Noose On ISIS

Al-Qaida’s Syrian affiliate raised tens of millions of dollars throughout 2016, which could bedevil the U.S and its allies who are largely focused on the defeat of the Islamic State (ISIS).

1st June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Afghan Taliban parades forces after capturing district in Ghazni

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban paraded its forces in broad daylight without fear of retribution after overrunning the district center of Waghaz in the southeastern Afghanistan province of Ghazni last month.

1st June 2017 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

Fear in the Philippines Islamic State Has a New Center of Gravity

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Moments after the first reports of gunfire and flames at a resort in the Philippine capital of Manila, social media accounts of Islamic State terror group supporters went into action.

1st June 2017 - Quoted by Agence France-Presse

Kabul bomb: Who carried it out?

Bill Roggio

No militant group has so far claimed responsibility for Wednesday's powerful blast that ripped through Kabul's diplomatic quarter, killing at least 90 people and wounding hundreds of others.

30th May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Jihad during Ramadan is ‘obligatory,’ Taliban spokesman says

Bill Roggio

An official Taliban spokesman described jihad as “obligatory worship” and said that there would be no cease-fire during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The spokesman’s stance is consistent with Taliban policy.

29th May 2017 - Quoted by Al Arabiya

Analysts raise fears of US base’s proximity to Hamas in Qatar

Kate Havard, Jonathan Schanzer

More than a week before Qatari Emir Tamim Al Thani’s controversial comments came to light, American analysts published an opinion piece in Newsweek magazine raising fears of American presence so close to the Islamist Hamas group in Doha.

26th May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US kills Pakistani Taliban ‘master in electronics’ in drone strike

Bill Roggio

The Pakistani Taliban (Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, or TTP) has confirmed that the US killed two of its operatives in a drone strike in the tribal agency of North Waziristan earlier this week. The TTP announced today that it “retaliated” for the drone strike by attacking Pakistani forces....

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