Analysis & Commentary


10th February 2016 - The Long War Journal

AQAP publishes insider’s account of 9/11 plot

Thomas Joscelyn

Sometime before his death in a US drone strike in June 2015, Nasir al Wuhayshi recorded an insider’s account of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. As the aide-de-camp to Osama bin Laden prior to the hijackings, Wuhayshi was well-placed to know such details. And al Qaeda in the Arabian...

10th February 2016 - The Washington Times

Winning an unconventional war

Clifford D. May

War is – and always will be -- hell. The Law of Armed Conflict is not meant to change that – only to make it a little less hellish. There are weapons you agree not to use. In exchange, your enemy doesn’t use those weapons against you. You treat captured combatants humanely. You expect...

4th February 2016 - The Long War Journal

Senior AQAP commander reportedly killed in US drone strike in Yemen

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

A senior al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leader may have been killed in a US drone strike that was launched in southern Yemen last night. Several fighters were reportedly killed and jihadists on social media claim that one of them was Jalal al Bala’idi, a prominent AQAP field...

3rd February 2016 - CBN

700 Club

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford D. May comments on President Obama's visit to the Islamic Center of Baltimore.

3rd February 2016 - The Long War Journal

US strikes Pakistani Taliban faction in eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The US is reported to have killed 18 Taliban fighters from Pakistan in an airstrike last night in an eastern Afghanistan area known to serve as a safe haven for several terrorist groups. The Taliban fighters who were killed are believed to belong to a group led by Sajna Mehsud, an al...

1st February 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss the latest from The Long War Journal.

23rd January 2016 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State defector in Yemen apologizes to al Qaeda

Thomas Joscelyn

A jihadist propaganda outfit named Al Hidayah Media Production released a video on Jan. 15 featuring a man who has purportedly defected from the Islamic State’s ranks in Yemen. The defector is identified as Antar al Kindi and he ends his testimony with an apology to Ayman al Zawahiri, as...

22nd January 2016 - The Weekly Standard

A Dangerous Combination

Benjamin Weinthal

Two weeks ago, al Qaeda-linked jihadists attacked the Splendid Hotel in Burkina Faso and murdered 28 people, including an American missionary.

20th January 2016 - The Long War Journal

The Islamic State’s Obsession with al Qaeda and the Taliban

Thomas Joscelyn

The newly released 13th issue of the Islamic State’s English-language Dabiq magazine begins with an article praising the Dec. 2 terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California.

20th January 2016 - The Washington Times

The threat to America’s national existence

Clifford D. May

President Obama judged the Islamic State the “JV team,” boasted that he’d set al Qaeda “on its heels” and implemented successful counterterrorism policies in Yemen.

19th January 2016 - The Daily Beast

The CIA’s Syria Program and the Perils of Proxies

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Almost every aspect of the Obama administration’s policy toward Syria has been scrutinized, lambasted or praised in recent months, but one of the most significant facets, the CIA’s covert aid program to Syrian rebels, has largely slipped below the radar.

18th January 2016 - The Long War Journal

US citizen pleads guilty to supporting al Qaeda-allied group in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

On Jan. 15, the Department of Justice announced that Amin al Baroudi, a naturalized US citizen from Syria, pleaded guilty to violating the US government’s sanctions against Syria.

16th January 2016 - CNN

CNN International

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on the Al-Qaeda attack in Burkina Faso.

15th January 2016 - CNN

CNN Tonight

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on the terror attack in Burkina Faso.

15th January 2016 - FOX News

Special Report with Bret Baier

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellow Thomas Joscelyn comments on risks posed by Gitmo detainees.

13th January 2016 - War on the Rocks

The Islamic State vs. Al-Qaeda: The War Within the Jihadist Movement

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The post-Arab Spring period has seen extraordinary growth in the global jihadist movement. In addition to the Islamic State seizing a vast swathe of territory spanning Syria and Iraq and al-Qaeda establishing itself as a potent military force in the Syrian civil war, instability and...

12th January 2016 - FOX News

Happening Now

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellow Thomas Joscelyn comments on terrorist detainees, al-Qaeda, and ISIS.

12th January 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio comment on the latest from The Long War Journal.

8th January 2016 - The Long War Journal

‘High Risk’ Guantanamo Detainee Transferred to Kuwait

Thomas Joscelyn

The Defense Department announced today that Fayez al Kandari, who was detained at Guantanamo since 2002, has been transferred to his home country of Kuwait.

5th January 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellow Thomas Joscelyn discusses the latest from The Long War Journal.

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