Analysis & Commentary


23rd March 2017 - The Weekly Standard

Restarting the Fight Against Terror-Funding Charities

Jonathan Schanzer

Busting terrorist charities here in the United States was a low priority for the last eight years under Barack Obama. It's time for the Trump administration to instruct the bureaucracy to get back into this important fight.

22nd March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban confirms senior al Qaeda commander killed in Afghanistan

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

The Pakistani Taliban (Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan) confirmed in a statement today that Qari Muhammad Yasin, a senior al Qaeda military commander, was killed in a US drone strike. The bombing took place in the Laman area of the eastern Paktika province on Mar. 19. The statement confirming...

22nd March 2017 - Politico

What’s Really Behind Trump’s Laptop Ban

Thomas Joscelyn

More than 15 years after the September 11 hijackings, the U.S. government has issued yet another warning about airline security.

21st March 2017 - Quoted by Alan Neuhauser - U.S. News and World Report

What Sparked the ‘Laptop Ban’

Thomas Joscelyn

The Trump administration didn't refer to a specific threat when it abruptly announced Monday that it would begin banning laptops, tablets and other electronic devices from aircraft cabins on U.S.-bound flights from certain airports in the Middle East and North Africa.

14th March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Treasury sanctions Kuwait-based al Qaeda facilitator

Thomas Joscelyn

The US Treasury Department announced today that Muhammad Hadi al-`Anizi, who is “based in Kuwait,” has been designated as a terrorist. Al-`Anizi, a “terrorist facilitator and financier,” has “provided extensive material and financial support” for both al Qaeda and its arm in...

13th March 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellow Thomas Joscelyn discusses al-Qaeda in the Arabian peninsula.

12th March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda front group claims responsibility for suicide attacks in Damascus

Thomas Joscelyn

Hay’at Tahrir al Sham (HTS), a group formed by al Qaeda’s branch in Syria and several other organizations, has claimed responsibility for two suicide bombings in Damascus yesterday. Dozens were killed and many more wounded when the bombers struck Shiite pilgrims visiting holy sites in...

11th March 2017 - Quoted by Jamie McIntyre - Washington Examiner

Is al Qaeda more dangerous than ISIS again?

Thomas Joscelyn

Under expanded authority granted by President Trump shortly after he took office, U.S. commanders have taken the gloves off in the fight against al Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula, a terrorist group known by its initials AQAP.

10th March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Resolving the Conflict in Yemen: U.S. Interests, Risks, and Policy

Thomas Joscelyn

Senator Corker and other members of the committee, thank you for inviting me here today to discuss the ongoing war in Yemen. Unfortunately, I do not see a way that this conflict can be resolved any time soon. Yemen is rife with internal divisions, which are exacerbated by the proxy war being...

6th March 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellow and editor of FDD's Long War Journal, Thomas Joscelyn, discusses two al-Qaeda VIPs killed in US airstrikes in Yemen and Syria.

3rd March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Zawahiri’s deputy sought to ‘unify’ Syrian rebels

Thomas Joscelyn

On Feb. 26, jihadist social media sites reported that Abu al Khayr al Masri, one of al Qaeda’s top leaders, had been killed in a US drone strike in Idlib, Syria.

3rd March 2017 - Quoted by Eric Schmitt - The New York Times

United States Ramps Up Airstrikes Against Al Qaeda in Yemen

The United States military on Friday carried out a second night of airstrikes against suspected Qaeda terrorists in Yemen in what Pentagon officials said was part of a larger campaign to roll back territorial gains the group has made in the past two years.

2nd March 2017 - Quoted by Adam Taylor - The Washington Post

How Trump could find common ground with China, thanks to the Islamic State

Thomas Joscelyn

Since the election of Donald Trump, the relationship between Washington and Beijing has appeared strained. Despite diplomatic efforts to bridge the gap, China and the United States are at loggerheads over a variety of issues, including trade and territorial disputes in the South China Sea....

28th February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

The future of counterterrorism: Addressing the evolving threat to domestic security

Thomas Joscelyn

Chairman King, Ranking Member Rice, and other members of the committee, thank you for inviting me to testify today. The terrorist threat has evolved greatly since the September 11, 2001 hijackings. The U.S. arguably faces a more diverse set of threats today than ever. In my written and oral...

27th February 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellow Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio discusses the use of Ighimasi fighters by al-Qaeda and ISIS.

26th February 2017 - Quoted by Justin Stolzfus - Gulf News Journal

American-Arab terror alliance might be more talk than walk

David Andrew Weinberg

While on the surface the United States might seem like it has a close-knit and like-minded relationship with GCC nations, some U.S. officials say those American allies might be promising actions they aren't truly willing to carry out, as a way to appease the U.S. government but not foment...

25th February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Syrian military intelligence official killed in suicide assault in Homs

Thomas Joscelyn

A senior military intelligence official who was reportedly close to Syrian president Bashar al Assad was killed during a complex suicide assault in the city of Homs earlier today. The official, General Hassan Daabul, died after a suicide bomber penetrated security and made his way into...

24th February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Treasury, UN sanction 2 senior leaders in al Qaeda’s Syrian branch

Thomas Joscelyn

The US Treasury Department and the United Nations have designated two senior jihadists in Syria as terrorists. Both of them were leaders in Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official arm in Syria.

22nd February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda-linked Uzbek groups advertise operations in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Two al Qaeda-linked Uzbek jihadist groups have released videos touting their operations inside Afghanistan. The two groups, Katibat Imam al Bukhari (aka the Imam Bukhari Jamaat) and the Islamic Jihad Union, have claimed attacks in eastern and northern Afghanistan.

22nd February 2017 - Quoted by Natalie Johnson - The Washington Free Beacon

Political Instability in Africa Could Lead to ISIS Resurgence

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Islamic State has faced significant defeats in Africa over the past year but political instability across the northern and western regions could offer a ripe breeding ground for the terrorist group to resurge, according to a new report.

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