Analysis & Commentary


24th February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Treasury, UN sanction 2 senior leaders in al Qaeda’s Syrian branch

Thomas Joscelyn

The US Treasury Department and the United Nations have designated two senior jihadists in Syria as terrorists. Both of them were leaders in Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official arm in Syria.

22nd February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda-linked Uzbek groups advertise operations in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Two al Qaeda-linked Uzbek jihadist groups have released videos touting their operations inside Afghanistan. The two groups, Katibat Imam al Bukhari (aka the Imam Bukhari Jamaat) and the Islamic Jihad Union, have claimed attacks in eastern and northern Afghanistan.

22nd February 2017 - Quoted by Natalie Johnson - The Washington Free Beacon

Political Instability in Africa Could Lead to ISIS Resurgence

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Islamic State has faced significant defeats in Africa over the past year but political instability across the northern and western regions could offer a ripe breeding ground for the terrorist group to resurge, according to a new report.

21st February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban overruns Afghan district where al Qaeda ran training camps

Bill Roggio

The Taliban claimed it “completely liberated” the district center for Shorabak in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar earlier today. Shorabak was the site of a massive al Qaeda training camp that was assaulted and destroyed by US forces in Oct. 2015. The Taliban now claims to...

20th February 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellows Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio discuss the plan to defeat ISIS and al-Qaeda.

19th February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Afghan intelligence confirms top al Qaeda leader killed in raid

Bill Roggio

The National Directorate of Security (NDS), Afghanistan’s intelligence service, confirmed that its forces killed Qari Saifullah Akhtar, a top Pakistani al Qaeda leader, during a raid last month in the southern province of Ghazni. Akhtar’s involvement with jihad spanned four decades, and...

19th February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda often agitated for Omar Abdel Rahman’s release from US prison

Thomas Joscelyn

News broke yesterday that Omar Abdel Rahman, an Egyptian jihadi ideologue, died in a US prison. Within hours of the reports, al Qaeda re-released a copy of Rahman’s last “will,” in which Rahman asked his “brothers” to exact “revenge” for his death.

18th February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Osama bin Laden’s files: AQIM commander recommended training Boko Haram’s members

Thomas Joscelyn

On Jan. 19, the Office of Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released 49 documents recovered in Osama bin Laden’s compound. To date, only a few hundred documents from bin Laden’s massive cache have been declassified. Still, the files that have been posted online reveal new details...

16th February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State targets Sufi shrine in Pakistan suicide bombing

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State’s Khorasan province claimed credit for today’s suicide bombing at a Sufi shrine in Sindh province, Pakistan that killed at least 70 people and wounded scores more. The attack is the latest in a series of suicide bombings in Pakistan by an assortment of jihadist groups....

13th February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Jihadists and other rebels assault Syrian regime positions in southern city

Thomas Joscelyn

On Feb. 12, the newly formed Hay’at Tahrir al Sham and its allies launched an offensive against Syrian regime forces in the southern city of Daraa. The assault was led by two suicide bombers who detonated their vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs) in the regime-controlled...

13th February 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellow Bill Roggio comments on al-Qaeda launching offensive in Syria.

10th February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Hay’at Tahrir al Sham leader calls for ‘unity’ in Syrian insurgency

Thomas Joscelyn

Yesterday (Feb. 9), the jihadi known as Abu Jaber released his first speech as the leader of the newly formed Hay’at Tahrir al Sham (HTS), or “Assembly for the Liberation of Syria.”

8th February 2017 - Quoted by Alex Lockie - Business Insider

White House: Yemen raid a ‘huge success,’ anyone who suggests otherwise owes an apology

Bill Roggio

White House spokesman Sean Spicer again defended President Donald Trump's first significant military action, a raid on Al Qaeda forces in Yemen that resulted in the deaths of a Navy SEAL, an eight-year-old girl, 14 al Qaeda militants, and about 30 other civilians.

8th February 2017 - Quoted by Blake Hounshell, Nahal Toosi - Politico

CIA Memo: Designating Muslim Brotherhood Could ‘Fuel Extremism’

Jonathan Schanzer

Trump administration officials pushing to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization face at least one significant obstacle: analysts at the Central Intelligence Agency.

7th February 2017 - Quoted by David E. Sanger, Eric Schmitt - The New York Times

Yemen Withdraws Permission for U.S. Antiterror Ground Missions

Angry at the civilian casualties incurred last month in the first commando raid authorized by President Trump, Yemen has withdrawn permission for the United States to run Special Operations ground missions against suspected terrorist groups in the country, according to American officials....

6th February 2017 - Quoted by Antonia Ward - Georgetown Security Studies Review

Academics and Practitioners Give Open Advice to President Trump on ‘Eradicating’ Terrorism

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

January 26th-27th witnessed a convergence of academics and practitioners from across the world descend upon Georgetown University to offer policy lessons and advice to the new administration of President Donald Trump on the pressing issue of terrorism and counterterrorism in a seminal...

6th February 2017 - The Weekly Standard

The Final Obama Scandal

Thomas Joscelyn

Less than 24 hours before the official end of the Obama presidency, while White House staffers were pulling pictures off the walls and cleaning out their desks, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) posted without fanfare another installment of the documents captured in...

4th February 2017 - Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

Al-Qaida Leader Calls For Revenge After Trump’s Raid In Yemen

Bill Roggio

The leader of al-Qaida’s Yemen branch swore revenge after a U.S. raid on a compound killed several terrorists and some civilians.

4th February 2017 - Quoted by Sean Durns - The Washington Examiner

Al Qaeda is back

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Don't call it a comeback. Al Qaeda, the group responsible for the worst terrorist attack in United States history, never really left. Instead, while news media coverage inordinately focused on the Islamic State, al Qaeda re-tooled and re-established itself for a new age.

2nd February 2017 - The Huffington Post

Trump Effort To Pin Botched Yemen Raid On Barack Obama Falters

Bill Roggio

President Donald Trump’s first overseas operation as commander in chief, a botched raid that led to the death of an American serviceman and significant civilian casualties, was never approved by former President Barack Obama before he left office, two top former national security officials...

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