Analysis & Commentary

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...

21st July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Taliban seizes district in northern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban took control of the district of Qala-i-Zal in Kunduz province after an operation the put Afghan forces under siege, Afghan officials and the Taliban confirmed. The district is the latest to fall under Taliban control.

20th July 2016 - Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

Obama Administration Imposes Sanctions on Iran-Based Al-Qaeda Members After Denying Cooperation

Thomas Joscelyn, Jonathan Schanzer

The Obama administration has sanctioned three senior al-Qaeda members operating in Iran just weeks after dismissing reports of cooperation between the global terror organization and the Islamic Republic, deepening criticism from experts and lawmakers that the administration is seeking to...

15th July 2016 - Quoted by Rukmini Callimachi - The New York Times

In Truck Attack in Nice, Mainstay of Commerce Reinvented as Tool of Death

Thomas Joscelyn

More than five years ago, Al Qaeda called on its followers to use cars as tools of terror. Soon after, the terrorist group that had brought down the twin towers scrapped the idea, feeling that the tactic was too indiscriminate, too likely to kill Muslims.

12th July 2016 - The Weekly Standard - Co-written by Stephen F. Hayes

Top Intel Official: Al Qaeda Worked on WMD in Iran

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda operatives based in Iran worked on chemical and biological weapons, according to a letter written to Osama bin Laden that is described in a new book by a top former U.S. intelligence official.

5th July 2016 - Quoted Jonathan Haggerty - The Daily Caller

Al-Qaida Leader Threatens To Attack America If Boston Bomber Is Executed

Thomas Joscelyn

Aging al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri threatened the “gravest consequences” for America if the Boston Marathon bomber is executed.

5th July 2016 - USA Today

Analysis: Attacks show radicals retain foothold in Saudi Arabia

David Andrew Weinberg

A wave of suicide attacks Monday in Saudi Arabia, especially one near the burial site of the prophet Mohammed, shows that radicals are increasingly challenging the Al Saud royal family and its role as official protector of Islam's holiest sites.

5th July 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Attacks Highlight Terrorists’ Goals in Saudi Arabia, but Also Limits

David Andrew Weinberg

Suicide bombers struck three Saudi cities on Monday, detonating themselves near the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, a U.S. diplomatic facility in Jeddah, and a Shiite mosque in the eastern city of Qatif.

2nd July 2016 - Fox News

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Mark Dubowitz

Mark Dubowitz on the recent terror attacks, Islamist ideology, and playing defense through offense.

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