Analysis & Commentary

19th January 2017 - Quoted by Matisak

Trump wants to fight terrorism. But what could be his approach?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

It seems clear that Donald Trump and many people around him perceive the islamist terrorism as the biggest security threat. Do you think that the approach of the US towards fighting jihadi groups will change, maybe even radically change, with the new administration and how it might change?...

19th January 2017 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

Last of the Declassified Osama bin Laden Materials Released

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Right up until the end, al-Qaida founder Osama bin Laden remained focused on striking the United States, its Western allies and governments seen as U.S. proxies, and he was leery of distractions that could weaken the terror group's resolve.

18th January 2017 - FDD Press

Qatar and Terror Finance

David Andrew Weinberg

Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani abdicated as the emir of Qatar in June of 2013, making his son Tamim the youngest ruler in the Arab world. Hamad’s reign was characterized by persistent negligence toward local U.S.-designated funders of al-Qaeda, but some American officials have expressed hope...

12th January 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US launches ‘self-defense strike’ during raid against Shabaab

Bill Roggio

US Africa Command announced that it launched an airstrike against Shabaab, al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, while US advisors accompanied Somali and African Union forces in a counterterrorism exercise on Jan. 7.

5th January 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Pentagon: Airstrikes kill 20 or more al Qaeda fighters in northern Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The Department of Defense announced today that multiple airstrikes killed an estimated 20 or more al Qaeda “militants” in northern Syria at the beginning of the month.

5th January 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Osama bin Laden’s son designated as a terrorist by State Department

Thomas Joscelyn

The State Department announced today that Osama bin Laden’s son, Hamza, has been added to the US government’s list of designated terrorists.

14th December 2016 - FDD's Long War Journal

US military: 250 al Qaeda operatives killed or captured in Afghanistan this year

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

American counterterrorism forces have killed or captured approximately 250 al Qaeda operatives in 2016, according to US military officials.

8th December 2016 - The Cipher Brief

Al Qaeda Assessment Off the Mark

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Throughout his two terms in office, President Barack Obama faced an array of challenges from both al Qaeda and ISIS. In an interview with The Cipher Brief, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense, explained that the Obama Administration’s evaluation of al...

28th November 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellows Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio discuss Taliban training camps and al-qaeda in Afghanistan.

27th November 2016 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban feature 2 training camps in latest propaganda

Bill Roggio

The Taliban said 100 “mujahideen” have graduated from its “Khalid bin Walid Camp” and 50 more from its “Abu Dujana Camp.” These two facilities are designed to indoctrinate and train fighters in basic combat techniques, and the Khalid bin Walid Camp “can train up to 2000...

23rd November 2016 - FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda’s general command comments on ‘martyrdom’ of senior figure in Afghanistan

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda’s propaganda arm, As Sahab, released a statement earlier today concerning the “martyrdom” of Faruq al Qahtani, who was killed in an American airstrike on Oct. 23.

21st November 2016 - Quoted by Ed Blanche - UPI

In Syria, a resurgent al-Qaida gathers strength

Thomas Joscelyn

As the Islamic State caliphate crumbles, al-Qaida, the pioneering jihadist organization that IS eclipsed by seizing large chunks of Syria and Iraq, is resurgent, deftly maneu­vering itself into the jihadist van­guard in Syria wearing a nationalist mask as its strength grows through...

17th November 2016 - Quoted by Rukmini Callimachi - The New York Times

Protest of U.S. Terror Listing Offers a Glimpse at Qaeda Strategy

Thomas Joscelyn

American officials accuse him of being part of the “inner leadership circle” of Al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, most widely known as the Nusra Front, and of raising as much as $5 million for the terrorist group while signing up thousands of fighters.

21st October 2016 - Quoted by Glenn Kessler - The Washington Post

Trump’s claim that the Islamic State ‘is in 32 countries’

Bill Roggio

Many readers have asked us about this comment, repeated twice, by Trump. We wondered as well, and put it aside for further review after the debate.

20th October 2016 - Quoted by Nancy A. Youssef - The Daily Beast

‘Islamic State’ Turning Into a Guerrilla Army, Top General Warns

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The capital of the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq is now under assault. But ISIS isn’t going anywhere. Instead, the terror group is beginning to rebrand itself from a “caliphate” to an insurgency, a top U.S. general fighting ISIS said Wednesday.

1st October 2016 - Quoted by Dan Christensen - Miami Herald

Widow of ex-South Florida al Qaeda figure reported in Pakistan hostage swap Read more here: http://

Thomas Joscelyn

Nearly two years after Pakistan’s army said it killed fugitive terrorist leader and ex-Broward resident Adnan El Shukrijumah, the FBI still hasn’t verified his death. But recent news reports say al Qaeda recently claimed that Shukrijumah’s widow was one of three women released by...

27th September 2016 - The Long War Journal

Libya’s Terrorist Descent: Causes and Solutions

Thomas Joscelyn

Chairman Poe, Ranking Member Keating and members of the subcommittee, thank you for inviting me here today to discuss the turmoil in Libya.

23rd September 2016 - The Long War Journal

US commander in Afghanistan downplays Taliban control of 10 percent of population

Bill Roggio

The Taliban and allied jihadist groups control 10 percent of the Afghan population and contest another 20 percent, the top US commander in Afghanistan said.

28th July 2016 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

Syrian Rebel Realignment Likely as al-Qaida Leader Blesses Split

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Showing his face for the first time since his jihadist group was formed in 2012, the head of Syria's Jabhat al-Nusra, Abu Mohamad al-Jolani, announced that he was breaking ties with al-Qaida in remarks broadcast Thursday by Al-Jazeera news channel.

28th July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Al Nusrah Front rebrands itself as Jabhat Fath Al Sham

Thomas Joscelyn

Abu Muhammad al Julani, the emir of Al Nusrah Front, delivered a short statement today concerning his organization’s future. He read his message in a video that was rebroadcasted by television stations throughout the Middle East, publicly showing his face for first time. In previous...

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