Analysis & Commentary


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....

26th May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban attacks another base in Kandahar

Bill Roggio

The Taliban launched another coordinated assault against Afghan military installations in the southern province of Kandahar today. At least one dozen Afghan soldiers are reported to have been involved in the fighting.

26th May 2017 - The Weekly Standard

Unfinished Business

Thomas Joscelyn

Donald Trump is fond of claiming that his predecessor mismanaged America's role in the world. "And I have to just say that the world is a mess. I inherited a mess," the president noted during a joint press conference with King Abdullah of Jordan in the Rose Garden on April 5. "Whether it's...

25th May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban assaults Afghan Army bases in Kandahar

Bill Roggio

After stepping up attacks against Afghan security forces in the southern province of Kandahar over the past several days, the Taliban has now overrun a large military base.

23rd May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US special forces raid al Qaeda compound in central Yemen

Bill Roggio

US special operations forces raided an al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) compound in Marib province in central Yemen earlier today and killed seven operatives. The operation took place just days after the US Treasury Department listed two tribal leaders from Marib as global terrorists...

18th May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: Iran steps up support for terrorism in Bahrain

David Andrew Weinberg, Amir Toumaj

Bahrain’s rulers have long sought confirmation from Washington that their country faces a terrorist threat sponsored by Iran. In March, the US finally validated them by sanctioning two Bahraini individuals as Specially Designated Global Terrorists. One of those sanctioned individuals...

18th May 2017 - The Huffington Post

Catch and Release: Did Qatar Free a Future al-Qaeda Emir?

David Andrew Weinberg

Farouq al-Qahtani al-Qatari, a core al-Qaeda official and senior planner of terrorist attacks from Afghanistan against the U.S. homeland, is now dead. According to former acting CIA director Michael Morrell, Qahtani was one of the few al-Qaeda leaders who “might have [had] what it takes to...

15th May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

The US Intelligence Community’s newest assessment of the jihadist threat

Thomas Joscelyn

On May 11, the new Director of National Intelligence, Daniel R. Coats, presented the US Intelligence Community’s (IC) “Worldwide Threat Assessment” to the Senate.

15th May 2017 - The Wall Street Journal

There’s No Such Thing as the ‘Arab Street’

Jonathan Schanzer

Washington has stopped trying to figure out the “Arab Street.” From what I can tell it happened somewhere around Nov. 9, 2016. America is probably better off for it.

10th May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

State offers $10 million for leader of ‘the Syria branch of al Qaeda’

Bill Roggio

The US State Department’s Rewards for Justice program is offering up to $10 million for information leading to the capture and prosecution of Abu Muhammad al Julani, the leader of “the Syria branch of al Qaeda.” The $10 million reward makes Julani one of the top five most wanted...

8th May 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discusses the death of a US soldier outside Mogadishu while fighting Shabaab.

8th May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

AQAP leader calls for ‘simple’ attacks in the West

Thomas Joscelyn

Qasim al Raymi, the emir of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), wants jihadists in the West to carry out “easy and simple” attacks. His message was delivered in a short video (just over 5 minutes long) that was released online yesterday by AQAP’s propaganda arm, Al Malahem Media....

5th May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US soldier killed battling al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia

Bill Roggio

A US soldier was killed yesterday outside the capital of Mogadishu while fighting Shabaab, al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia. The casualty took place just five weeks after the Trump administration approved the expansion of military counterterrorism operations against al Qaeda in the Horn of...

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