Analysis & Commentary


6th July 2015 - The Long War Journal

Amid Defections, Islamic Caucasus Emirate Publicly Recognizes New Leader

Thomas Joscelyn

Russian forces killed Ali Abu Muhammad al Dagestani, the emir of the al Qaeda-affiliated Islamic Caucasus Emirate (ICE), in April. In the weeks that followed, jihadists on social media spread rumors that a senior ICE sharia official known as Muhammad Abu Usman had been named as his...

30th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Ansar al Sharia Libya Fights on Under New Leader

Thomas Joscelyn

On June 18, a Twitter feed associated with Ansar al Sharia in Libya posted a link to a 30 minute audio recording of the group’s weekly radio broadcast covering news and events in Benghazi and elsewhere in Libya. The recording was the 24th such broadcast aired.

29th June 2015 - Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

Is ISIS’s Capital City Under Threat?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

ISIS is in trouble: Kurdish forces have advanced to within 35 miles of the Syrian city of Raqqa, the Islamic State's capital.

29th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Celebrates 9/11 Attacks in New Video

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, has released a 43-minute documentary titled, “The Heirs of Glory.” The video tells the history of Islam from Al Nusrah’s perspective, culminating in video footage of the 9/11 attacks and audio clips from Osama bin Laden’s...

28th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Wanted Saudi Al Qaeda Leader Reported Killed in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Mansur al Harbi, a Saudi jihadist who is listed by the United States, the United Nations, and Saudi Arabia as a senior al Qaeda leader, trainer, and facilitator is said to have been killed by the US in an airstrike in Afghanistan over the past several days. The report of his death has not...

25th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Treasury Designates Taliban Liaison to Al Qaeda

Thomas Joscelyn

The Treasury Department has added a senior Taliban leader, Maulawi Abdul Rashid Baluch, to the US government’s list of specially designated global terrorists. As of mid-2013, Rashid “served as a Taliban liaison officer to al Qaeda and was responsible for planning meetings between Taliban...

25th June 2015 - The Long War Journal - Co-written by Caleb Weiss

Jihadists Tout Taliban ‘Special Forces’ Training Camp in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Jihadists have have been circulating photographs online purporting to show a Taliban “special forces” training camp somewhere in Afghanistan.

24th June 2015 - Newsmax Tv

The Hard Line with Ed Berliner

John Hannah

FDD Senior Counselor John Hannah comments on domestic and international terrorism.

23rd June 2015 - The Weekly Standard

Why Was a Key Benghazi Suspect Free?

Thomas Joscelyn

On Monday, the Pentagon announced that Ali Ani al Harzi was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Mosul, Iraq. For those who have followed the public reporting on the September 11, 2012, Benghazi attack closely, al Harzi’s name will ring a bell. He was one of the first suspects to be publicly...

23rd June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Ban Ki-Moon Shakes Hands With Alleged Al Qaeda Emir

David Andrew Weinberg

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon was photographed last week shaking hands with ‘Abd al Wahhab al Humayqani, a man the United States accuses of being Al Qaeda’s emir for the Yemeni province of Al Bayda. Standing next to them was Ban’s special envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould...

23rd June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Benghazi Suspect Killed in Mosul, Pentagon Says

Thomas Joscelyn

The Pentagon said today that Ali Awni al Harzi, a suspect in the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, was killed on June 15 by an American airstrike in Mosul, Iraq.

22nd June 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss the conflicts in the Middle East.

19th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb Says Mokhtar Belmokhtar is ‘Alive and Well’

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), an official branch of al Qaeda, has posted a statement on Twitter saying that Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a veteran jihadist, is “alive and well.” AQIM refers to Belmokhtar as Khaled Abou El Abbas, a name he has long used, in the message.

19th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Guantanamo Detainee is Brother of AQAP’s New Top Leader

Thomas Joscelyn

Earlier this week, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) confirmed that its leader, Nasir al Wuhayshi, had been killed in a US drone strike. A new emir for the group was named in short order: Qasim al Raymi.

17th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Executes Alleged ‘Spies’ Blamed for Leaders’ Deaths

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), an official branch of al Qaeda’s international organization, has publicly executed at least two men who were accused of serving as spies for Saudi Arabia and the US. Some accounts say as many as four men have been executed.

16th June 2015 - Quoted by Guy Taylor and Jacqueline Klimas - The Washington Times

Nasir al-Wuhayshi Death by U.S. Drone Strike Creates al Qaeda Global Leadership Gap

Thomas Joscelyn

The U.S. drone strike that killed the leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula — the global terrorist group’s second-in-command — is unlikely to slow the group’s deadly operations in Yemen but is expected to have a deep and lasting effect on the struggling global operations of...

16th June 2015 - FOX News

Happening Now

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn comments on the death of Naser al-Wuhayshi.

16th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Confirms Death of Senior Leader

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), an official branch of al Qaeda, has released a video eulogy for Nasir al Wuhayshi, the group’s most senior leader. Wuhayshi was killed in a US drone strike earlier this month.

16th June 2015 - Feature Story News

CCTV News

David Andrew Weinberg

FDD Senior Fellow David Weinberg discusses the death of Nasir al-Wuhayshi and the significance to Al-Qaeda globally.

16th June 2015 - Sirius XM

The Arlene Bynon Show

Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellow Bill Roggio discusses the death of the AQAP emir.

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