Analysis & Commentary


21st July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Taliban seizes district in northern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban took control of the district of Qala-i-Zal in Kunduz province after an operation the put Afghan forces under siege, Afghan officials and the Taliban confirmed. The district is the latest to fall under Taliban control.

20th July 2016 - Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

Obama Administration Imposes Sanctions on Iran-Based Al-Qaeda Members After Denying Cooperation

Thomas Joscelyn, Jonathan Schanzer

The Obama administration has sanctioned three senior al-Qaeda members operating in Iran just weeks after dismissing reports of cooperation between the global terror organization and the Islamic Republic, deepening criticism from experts and lawmakers that the administration is seeking to...

15th July 2016 - Quoted by Rukmini Callimachi - The New York Times

In Truck Attack in Nice, Mainstay of Commerce Reinvented as Tool of Death

Thomas Joscelyn

More than five years ago, Al Qaeda called on its followers to use cars as tools of terror. Soon after, the terrorist group that had brought down the twin towers scrapped the idea, feeling that the tactic was too indiscriminate, too likely to kill Muslims.

12th July 2016 - The Weekly Standard - Co-written by Stephen F. Hayes

Top Intel Official: Al Qaeda Worked on WMD in Iran

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda operatives based in Iran worked on chemical and biological weapons, according to a letter written to Osama bin Laden that is described in a new book by a top former U.S. intelligence official.

5th July 2016 - Quoted Jonathan Haggerty - The Daily Caller

Al-Qaida Leader Threatens To Attack America If Boston Bomber Is Executed

Thomas Joscelyn

Aging al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri threatened the “gravest consequences” for America if the Boston Marathon bomber is executed.

5th July 2016 - USA Today

Analysis: Attacks show radicals retain foothold in Saudi Arabia

David Andrew Weinberg

A wave of suicide attacks Monday in Saudi Arabia, especially one near the burial site of the prophet Mohammed, shows that radicals are increasingly challenging the Al Saud royal family and its role as official protector of Islam's holiest sites.

5th July 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Attacks Highlight Terrorists’ Goals in Saudi Arabia, but Also Limits

David Andrew Weinberg

Suicide bombers struck three Saudi cities on Monday, detonating themselves near the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, a U.S. diplomatic facility in Jeddah, and a Shiite mosque in the eastern city of Qatif.

2nd July 2016 - Fox News

America’s News HQ

Mark Dubowitz

Mark Dubowitz on the recent terror attacks, Islamist ideology, and playing defense through offense.

22nd June 2016 - Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

Obama Admin Still Committed To Negotiating With Taliban After Blowing Up Its Leader

Bill Roggio

The Obama administration still wants to negotiate with the Taliban after President Barack Obama green lighted a drone strike that killed its top leader in late May.

20th June 2016 - Foreign Policy - Co-written by Jacob Zenn

Boko Haram’s Buyer’s Remorse

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

When Boko Haram pledged loyalty to the Islamic State in March 2015, it seemed to signal that the jihadi world was bending in the direction of the self-proclaimed caliphate.

17th June 2016 - Quoted by Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Missy Ryan - The Washington Post

U.S. Special Operations force extends Yemen mission against al-Qaeda

The U.S. military now plans to keep a small force of Special Operations advisers in Yemen — deployed in April for a limited, short-term operation — for the foreseeable future, a step toward reestablishing a counterterrorism mission that was shut down last year by civil war.

16th June 2016 - Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

Obama Poised To Leave Office With The Taliban More Powerful Than He Found It Read more: http://dail

Bill Roggio

With the U.S. set to cut its forces in Afghanistan by nearly half by the end of the year, and an expectation for a violent Taliban fighting season ahead, President Obama is set to leave office with the Taliban the most powerful it has been since 2001.

15th June 2016 - Quoted by Louis Jacobson - Politifact

Donald Trump suggests Barack Obama supported ISIS, but that’s a conspiracy theory

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In a series of comments designed to cast doubt on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump has charged that the Obama administration has actively supported the Islamic extremist group that became ISIS.

13th June 2016 - Fox News

Happening Now

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellow Thomas Joscelyn discusses the Orlando terror attack and the spread of jihadist ideology across the globe.

13th June 2016 - The Journal of International Security Affairs

An Opening for Al-Qaeda

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Since the Islamic State (IS) made its dramatic military advance in Iraq more than a year ago—capturing Mosul and other key cities and declaring the caliphate’s re-establishment—analysts have been near-unanimous that the group’s emergence has devastated its parent organization,...

7th June 2016 - Quoted by Michael Kugelman - War On The Rocks

Why Did Washington Wait So Long To Take Its Drone War To Baluchistan

The Hellfire missile that incinerated Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mansour on May 21 set a major new precedent: It marked the first time we know of that a U.S. drone strike was used in the Pakistani province of Baluchistan.

7th June 2016 - Quoted by Cassie Owens - Politifact

Pat Toomey’s beef with Supreme Court pick Merrick Garland for freeing ‘extremists’

Thomas Joscelyn

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey has doubts about Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland -- particularly regarding a ruling that set free prisoners from Guantánamo Bay.

6th June 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss al-Qaeda, Yemen, Afghanistan, and ISIS.

5th June 2016 - Quoted by Rowan Scarborough - The Washington Times

Pentagon brags of killing terrorists even as released Gitmo detainees return to battlefield

Thomas Joscelyn

The Pentagon is boasting of the al Qaeda operatives it has killed to make America safer, yet the same type of terrorists have been transferred out of the Guantanamo prison to countries with a poor history of security, and some have ended up back on the battlefield.

2nd June 2016 - CCTV America

World Insight

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on the attack on UN peacekeepers in Mali.

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