Analysis & Commentary


27th April 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Afghanistan’s terrorist resurgence: Al Qaeda, ISIS, and beyond

Bill Roggio

Chairman Poe, Ranking Member Keating, and other members of this subcommittee, thank you for inviting me here today to speak about the terrorist groups based in Afghanistan and their continuing threat to U.S. national security.

14th April 2017 - The Cipher Brief

AQIS Fits Into al Qaeda’s Global Strategy

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In the region, AQIS is a highly significant group. This is an assessment that’s shared by top officials within the U.S., such as General John Nicholson, Commander of American and NATO troops in Afghanistan, who talked about this recently in an interview with CTC Sentinel.

4th April 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US military hits AQAP with more than 20 airstrikes

Bill Roggio

The US military has continued its increased targeting of al Qaeda’s network in Yemen, launching more that 20 airstrikes against the terrorist group over the weekend. The US has now launched more than 75 airstrikes in Yemen since the beginning of the year, already nearly double the yearly...

2nd April 2017 - Quoted by Rowan Scarborough - The Washington Times

With ISIS in crosshairs, al Qaeda makes comeback

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

Al Qaeda is making a comeback in the Middle East and North Africa by expanding its armies and infiltrating new territories, complicating President Trump’s priority of destroying the world’s other major Salafist Sunni group, the Islamic State.

29th March 2017 - Quoted by Bill Gertz - The Washington Free Beacon

London Attack Spotlights ISIS Use of Vehicle Ramming

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The terrorist attack in London on March 22 was carried out by an Islamic jihadist who used a rented vehicle in an attack that killed five people and injured dozens more.

28th March 2017 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

Fears of Islamic State’s Long Game Persist as Caliphate Crumbles

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Across much of Iraq and parts of Syria, the Islamic State terror group is in retreat. Yet, Iraqi and U.S. officials tell VOA they have a creeping fear that the larger war is still very much undecided.

26th March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda’s alleged ‘representative in Syria’ previously freed from US Custody in Afghanistan

David Andrew Weinberg

On Mar. 14, the US Treasury Department announced its decision to impose sanctions on Kuwaiti national Muhammad Hadi al-‘Anizi, saying he is “a terrorist facilitator and financier based in Kuwait.”

25th March 2017 - Quoted by Thomas Gibbons-Neff - The Washington Post

U.S. airstrike kills al-Qaeda leader responsible for deaths of two Americans, Pentagon says

A U.S. airstrike this week in southeastern Afghanistan targeted an al-Qaeda leader connected to multiple terrorist attacks, including a hotel bombing in 2008 that killed two U.S. service members, the Pentagon said Saturday.

25th March 2017 - Quoted by Thomas Gibbons-Neff - The Washington Post

U.S. strike kills an al Qaeda ‘leader’ in Afghanistan -Pentagon

A U.S. airstrike last week in southeastern Afghanistan targeted an al-Qaeda leader connected to multiple terrorist attacks, including a hotel bombing in 2008 that killed two U.S. service members, the Pentagon said Saturday.

25th March 2017 - Quoted by Thomas Gibbons-Neff - The Washington Post

U.S. strike kills an al Qaeda ‘leader’ in Afghanistan -Pentagon

A U.S. airstrike last week in southeastern Afghanistan targeted an al-Qaeda leader connected to multiple terrorist attacks, including a hotel bombing in 2008 that killed two U.S. service members, the Pentagon said Saturday.

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.

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