Analysis & Commentary


25th May 2016 - Catherine Herridge, Lucas Tomlinson - Fox News

Obama admin set to transfer up to 24 more detainees from Gitmo

Thomas Joscelyn

The Obama administration is preparing to transfer up to 24 additional detainees out of the Guantanamo Bay prison camp this summer, Fox News has learned.

25th May 2016 - Quoted by Ankit Panda - The Diplomat

Taliban Announce New Leader After Mullah Mansour’s Death

Bill Roggio

Four days after the United States announced it had killed Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, the leader of the Taliban, the group has announced a new leader.

23rd May 2016 - Quoted by Mushtaq Yusufzai, Fazul Rahim, and Jon Schuppe - NBC News

Who Will Lead Taliban Next? Four Contenders Emerge

Bill Roggio

As the Taliban collected the body of its slain leader on Monday, the insurgent group also began discussing his replacement, insiders say — a choice that could spark furious infighting and signal whether there's any chance of a negotiated peace in Afghanistan.

23rd May 2016 - Quoted by Kathy Gilsinan - The Atlantic

The Drone War Crosses Another Line

Bill Roggio

Following the death of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour in an American drone strike in Pakistan on Saturday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry remarked that “Peace is what we want” in Afghanistan.

22nd May 2016 - Quoted by Missy Ryan, Tim Craig - The Washington Post

U.S. strikes top Taliban leader in Pakistan

The U.S. military launched a drone strike against Taliban leader Akhtar Mohammad Mansour on Saturday, the Pentagon said, dealing a potential blow to the group whose insurgent assaults pose a major obstacle to U.S. hopes for ending the war in Afghanistan.

21st May 2016 - Fox News

America’s News HQ

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz weighs in on status of Taliban after alleged death of leader.

20th May 2016 - The Blaze

The Buck Sexton Show

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses radical jihadist groups and militias fighting in Syria on both sides of the ongoing civil war.

20th May 2016 - Quoted by C. Eugene Emery Jr. - Politifact

Donald Trump now being used in terrorist propaganda videos, Hillary Clinton says

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Hillary Clinton took flak from fact-checkers back in December when she claimed that Donald Trump’s comments were being used as a recruiting tool by ISIS.

16th May 2016 - Prager University

What ISIS Wants

Thomas Joscelyn

ISIS has conquered territory across the Middle East and northern Africa. It has terrorized its occupied cities, sown terror across Europe, and spread its ideology around the world.

14th May 2016 - Fox News

America’s News HQ

Jonathan Schanzer

Dr. Jonathan Schanzer, VP of research at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies explains what we now know -- and what more can be learned -- from the 2012 attacks in Benghazi.

10th May 2016 - The Long War Journal

US launched 4 airstrikes against AQAP at end of April

Bill Roggio

The US military announced that it launched four separate airstrikes against al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen in three different provinces over the span of a week at the end of April. The airstrikes coincided with the US-backed United Arab Emirates offensive against al Qaeda in southern Yemen....

9th May 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn comment on the Taliban's martyr bombers and other news from The Long War Journal.

6th May 2016 - Hoover Institution

The Battle For Europe

Reuel Marc Gerecht

In 2004 Gilles Kepel, the noted French scholar of the modern Middle East and Muslims in Europe, wrote:

4th May 2016 - CTV

CTV News

Clifford D. May

Today marks five years since Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan. Where does the jihadist group stand now, without their infamous leader? Clifford May, President of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies weighs in.

3rd May 2016 - Al Jazeera

Inside Story

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on the five year anniversary of Bin Laden's death.

3rd May 2016 - Quoted by Elisabeth Kendall - The Washington Post

How can al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula be defeated?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) went “on the run” 10 days ago as UAE-supported military forces closed in on the city of Mukalla, AQAP’s de facto capital in eastern Yemen. Saudi state media celebrated a mass annihilation of fleeing AQAP fighters.

2nd May 2016 - The Blaze

The Buck Sexton Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the death of Bin Laden and the state of al-Qaeda five years later.

27th April 2016 - The Washington Times

The Mr. Rogers Doctrine

Clifford D. May

Barack Obama last week visited Saudi Arabia, an unusual nation with which the United States has had a relationship that can be accurately characterized as both strategic and strange — and one that is now severely strained. To understand how we got to this juncture requires at least a...

26th April 2016 - Quoted by Mark Pomerleau - The Hill

Can ‘leadership decapitation’ strikes defeat ISIS?

Bill Roggio

Recent actions by the U.S.-led military effort against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has reignited a much-debated component of counterterrorism policy called "leadership decapitation," which aims to dismantle organizations from the top down by taking out high-ranking officials...

26th April 2016 - The National Interest

Obama is Right: The Gulf Arabs Ride Free on Terrorism

David Andrew Weinberg

President Obama missed the last real opportunity of his administration to urge the Arab Gulf monarchies to finally adopt a no-tolerance rule toward all terrorist groups and to end the inexcusable impunity of terror financiers in their territory. Rather than calling out how certain Gulf...

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