Analysis & Commentary


25th January 2015 - Quoted by Shane Harris, James Kirchick - The Daily Beast

Exclusive: Freed Al Qaeda Agent Was Part of Proposed Swap for Jailed Americans

David Andrew Weinberg

Before he was released from a U.S. maximum-security prison last week, a confessed al Qaeda sleeper agent was offered up in a potential prisoner swap that would have freed two Americans held abroad.

23rd January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Qatar Embraces Admitted al Qaeda Operative

David Andrew Weinberg

Qatar continues to celebrate the release of Ali Saleh Kahlah al Marri, an admitted al Qaeda sleeper agent, from a US federal prison last week. The prime minister of Qatar has even reportedly called al Marri to congratulate him.

21st January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Freed Former al Qaeda Operative Was Part of Intelligence Dispute

Thomas Joscelyn

The story of how Ali Saleh Kahlah al Marri was first identified and arrested became a key part of the dispute between Democrats on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the CIA. Al Marri, who was recently released from a US prison, admitted that he was an al Qaeda sleeper agent....

20th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Former al Qaeda Operative Freed, Sent Home to Qatar

David Andrew Weinberg

Ali Saleh Kahlah al Marri, who served as an al Qaeda sleeper operative, has been released from an American prison and returned to Qatar.

17th January 2015 - Quoted by Shane Harris - The Daily Beast

US Spies Expected Airline Bombs–And Got The Paris Attacks Instead

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Everyone worried that al Qaeda's deadliest affiliate would try to take down a plane. Then came the slaughter at Charlie Hebdo.

16th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Reported Ban of Haqqani Network Unlikely to End Pakistan’s Support of Group

Bill Roggio

Groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba have previously been banned in Pakistan, but continue to receive the support of the military and intelligence establishment.

15th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Drones Kill 2 ‘Uzbeks’ in South Waziristan

Bill Roggio

Seven "militants" are reported to have been killed in a strike on a compound in an area administered by Sajna Mehsud.

15th January 2015 - FoxNews.com

DefCon 3

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn explains how the US can build a stronger counterterrorism plan.

15th January 2015 - Fox News

Happening Now

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn comments on the threat of Boko Haram and its relationship to Al Qaeda.

15th January 2015 - Podcast

The Weekly Standard

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn explains Al Qaeda's role in the Paris massacre at the Charlie Hebdo offices.

14th January 2015 - Quoted by Rukmini Callimachi & Eric Schmitt - The New York Times

Qaeda Group in Yemen Claims Responsibility for Charlie Hebdo Attack

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen formally claimed responsibility on Wednesday for the deadly assault a week ago at the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo that killed 12 people, saying that the target was chosen by the Qaeda leadership and referring to the attackers as “two heroes of...

14th January 2015 - Cited by Brian Bennett, Paul Richter, Laura King - The Los Angeles Times

Yemen Branch of Al Qaeda Says it Planned Paris Attack

Al Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen on Wednesday claimed responsibility for planning and financing last week’s massacre at a satirical magazine in Paris.

14th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula Claims Responsibility for Charlie Hebdo Attack

Thomas Joscelyn

In a newly released video, a senior AQAP official states his organization planned the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo's offices. AQAP chose the target and financed the operation, he says.

14th January 2015 - Quoted by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

Al Qaeda Is Back In A Big Way

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Despite its claim of responsibility earlier today, there's a lot that isn't publicly known about Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's connection to last week's by Cherif and Said Kouachi in Paris.

13th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Adds Mullah Fazlullah to List of Global Terrorists

Bill Roggio

Fazlullah has presided over the fracturing of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, which remains a dangerous terrorist group.

11th January 2015 - Quoted by Steven Edwards - Fox News

Bloody Rivals: Paris Attack Helps Al Qaeda Gain Edge on ISIS

Jonathan Schanzer

The terrorist rampage at a Paris satirical magazine left the West reeling, but the attack was also the latest salvo in a lesser known fight, the public relations war between Al Qaeda and the Islamic State in which the prizes are funds from extremist benefactors around the globe and Muslim...

9th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Senior AQAP Official Praises Paris Attack in New Audio Message

Oren Adaki, Thomas Joscelyn

A senior AQAP official praises the Charlie Hebdo attack in a new audio message. Unverified statements also claim that AQAP ordered the attack.

9th January 2015 - The Weekly Standard

Jihad Comes to Paris

Thomas Joscelyn

The jihadists responsible for the most successful terrorist attack in France in decades hunted down cartoonists.

8th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Investigators Explore Ties to al Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula in Charlie Hebdo Attack

Thomas Joscelyn

One of the chief suspects in the attack on Charlie Hebdo reportedly received training at an al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) camp in 2011.

7th January 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

The Paris Attack: A Possible Yemen Connection

Oren Adaki

“Tell the media that this is al-Qaeda in the Yemen,” gunmen in today’s deadly attack in Paris allegedly told witnesses before launching their assault.

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