Analysis & Commentary


21st September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Threatens to Execute 2nd Lebanese Hostage

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has threatened to kill a second Lebanese hostage. The group has already executed a Lebanese soldier who had been held in its custody since August.

20th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Commander Killed During Fighting in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan said that Mohammad Hassan recently was freed from a prison in Afghanistan before rejoining the fight in Pakistan's tribal areas.

20th September 2014 - Quoted by I24News

Qaida Tunisia Offshoot Offers Backing to IS

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

An Al-Qaeda-linked Tunisian group has offered backing to the Islamic State organisation that has overrun chunks of Iraq and Syria, becoming the third jihadist group to do so this week, a US-based monitor says.

19th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Leader Released from Iranian Custody Reported Killed

Bill Roggio

Abu Amru al Masri was previously described as a "mid-level commander," in one of Osama bin Laden's documents that was dated June 11, 2009.

19th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Threatens Life of Lebanese Soldier Held Hostage Amid Fighting

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has repeatedly threatened to kill a Lebanese soldier in its custody this week. In a tweet earlier today, the group said that the soldier was the "first casualty" in its stalled negotiations with the Lebanese military.

17th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQIS Claims Plot to Strike US Warships Was Executed by Pakistani Navy Officers

Bill Roggio

The spokesman for al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent said that all of those who participated in the attempted hijacking of the PNS Zulfiqar were active duty naval officers.

17th September 2014 - War on the Rocks

The Islamic State’s Vulnerability

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

As the U.S. military joins with its allies and temporarily-aligned enemies to fulfill President Obama’s promise to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the self-proclaimed caliphate that spans portions of Iraq and Syria, it’s worth understanding the vulnerability of that foe.

16th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Operations Chief, Propagandist Reported Killed in Airstrikes

Bill Roggio, Oren Adaki

Influential jihadists said that Sufyan al Maghribi, a Moroccan who served as al Qaeda's military chief in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and Umar al Talib, a propagandist who narrated videos for As Sahab, have been killed in airstrikes.

16th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Branches Urge Jihadist Unity Against US

Thomas Joscelyn

AQAP and AQIM have issued a joint statement encouraging the jihadists in Syria to unite in the face of the American-led opposition. However, the statement should not be read as an indication that they are breaking ranks from al Qaeda. The two groups also offer their condolences for the Ahrar...

12th September 2014 - National Review Online

No Time to Forget Iran’s Terrorism

Benjamin Weinthal

To confront America’s enemies, the Obama administration needs to relentlessly confront al-Qaeda, the Islamic State, and the most potent sponsor of state-sponsored terrorism: the Islamic Republic of Iran.

4th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Herat Police Chief Accuses Iran of Ramping Up Attacks in Western Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Herat's chief of police accused Iran of supporting the Taliban's killing spree in the province, which included the murder of two Finnish aid workers.

2nd July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb Calls for Reconciliation Between Jihadist Groups

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has issued a statement praising the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham's (ISIS) gains in Iraq and calling for reconciliation between jihadist groups in Syria. The statement was authored prior to the ISIS declaring that it ruled over a caliphate and rebranding...

28th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Military Kills Local Taliban Leader, Captures al Qaeda Bomb Expert

Bill Roggio

The military said the Taliban commander is known as "Commander Umer" but did not name the al Qaeda explosives expert.

19th June 2014 - The Spectator

Terror’s Comeback Kids

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Jihadi groups like ISIS rarely manage to hold their ground – but that doesn’t mean they’re going away.

17th June 2014 - 1110WBT

Doc Washburn Show

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellow, Thomas Joscelyn, discusses ISIS in Iraq, the release of the Taliban five and potential partnering with Iran.

28th May 2014 - The Globe and Mail

Is Al Qaeda A Global Terror Threat Or A Local Military Menace?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Some feel the jihadist group has become nothing more than a loosely affiliated network of regional militias...

17th May 2014 - PJ Media

Confusion On Boko Haram And Terrorism

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

For admirers of George Will and Charles Krauthammer, it’s a real treat to find them together many nights on Bret Baier’s panel on Special Report.

25th March 2014 - The Long War Journal

Report: Former Head of al Qaeda’s Network in Iran Now Operates in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Muhsin al Fadhli, a senior al Qaeda leader who once headed the organization's network in Iran, relocated to Syria in mid-2013, according to a report in...

24th March 2014 - VOA News

Iran’s Ties to al-Qaida Pose Nagging Questions

Jonathan Schanzer

As the U.S. and the West continue negotiations with Iran over its controversial nuclear program, the specter of Iran's ties to terrorism - and specifically al-Qaida - lingers...

5th March 2014 - Quoted by Jayson Browder, Foreign Policy Journal

The Gray List: Turkey’s Financing of Terrorism

Jonathan Schanzer

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) gathered in Paris, France on February 14th for a plenary session to analyze the efforts of its 36 member

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