Analysis & Commentary


13th April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Branches Eulogize Slain Egyptian Jihadist

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb have issued eulogies for Hammam Attiyah, who led Ajnad Misr until his death earlier this month. Little is known about Attiyah, but the eulogies are a significant indication that Ajnad Misr operates as part of al Qaeda's...

13th April 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Kills Four in Taliban, al Qaeda Haven

Bill Roggio

The US killed four fighters loyal to a jihadist commander who split from the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan last year in a drone strike in South Waziristan yesterday. The airstrike took place the same day that al Qaeda’s regional branch announced the death of two senior commanders and...

12th April 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Killed AQIS Deputy Emir, Shura Member in January Drone Strikes

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent confirmed that deputy emir Ustad Ahmad Farooq and shura member Qari ‘Imran were killed in separate strikes in January. Farooq was identified in Osama bin Laden's documents as an up and coming al Qaeda leader.

10th April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Court Again Orders Release of Mumbai Attack Plotter

Bill Roggio

Yet again, a Pakistani court has ordered Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, one of the architects of the 2008 suicide assault in Mumbai, India that resulted in the deaths of more than 160 people, to be released from prison.

10th April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Haqqani Network Promotes Suicide, IED Attacks, and Ambushes in ‘Caravan of Heroes’

Bill Roggio

The Haqqani Network promoted suicide bombings, IED attacks, and ambushes that targeted Coalition and Afghan forces throughout eastern Afghanistan in a video that was recently released on Voice of Jihad, the official news outlet of the Afghan Taliban. One of the suicide bombers likely was a...

10th April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb Leader Congratulates Jihadists on Idlib Victory

Thomas Joscelyn

The emir of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Abdelmalek Droukdel, has released an audio message praising the jihadist coalition that took control of the city of Idlib late last month. The audio statement is nearly four minutes long and it is read while a picture of Droukdel is...

9th April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Ansar al Sharia Libya Relaunches Social Media Sites

Thomas Joscelyn

Ansar al Sharia Libya, the al Qaeda-linked jihadist group notorious for its role in the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, relaunched its social media presence in late March. The group set up several official Twitter feeds to promote its propaganda, including messages from its new...

7th April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Ex-Gitmo Detainee Reportedly a Suspect in Killing of Ugandan Prosecutor

Thomas Joscelyn

An ex-Guantanamo detainee named Jamal Kiyemba has been arrested as a suspect in the assassination of Joan Kagezi, a senior counterterrorism prosecutor in Uganda. At the time of her death late last month, Kagezi was playing a lead role in the trial of 12 men who are accused of taking part in...

7th April 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Adds Al Furqan Foundation to List of Terrorist Entities

Bill Roggio

The US Treasury Department added the Al Furqan Foundation Welfare Trust to the list of terrorist entities today. Al Furqan, which is based in Pakistan and Afghanistan, funds al Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taiba, and the Taliban, and has been directly linked to a notorious jihadist who is a leader in...

2nd April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Jordan Closes Border Crossing as Rebels, Al Nusrah Front Advance

Thomas Joscelyn

Jordan has closed access to the Nasib border crossing with Syria after rebels, including the Al Nusrah Front, took control of the site.

1st April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Leader Preaches Jihadist Unity in Idlib

Thomas Joscelyn

Abu Muhammad al Julani, the emir of the Al Nusrah Front, has released a 15-minute audio speech in which he discusses the fall of Idlib to jihadist forces.

28th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Jihadist coalition claims control of Idlib

Thomas Joscelyn

Jihadist groups belonging to the Jaysh al Fateh coalition say they have seized control of the city of Idlib, or at least much of it, from Bashar al Assad’s forces.

27th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Shabaab suicide assault team storms hotel in Somali capital

Bill Roggio

A heavily armed group of fighters from al Qaeda’s branch in East Africa stormed a hotel and seized control of it in the Somali capital of Mogadishu today. The attack is the latest by Shabaab against high-profile and relatively secure targets in the city.

19th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Kills Pakistani Taliban Commander in Drone Strike

Bill Roggio

Khawray Mehsud served as a bodyguard and close aide to Baitulllah Mehsud, the founder of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan. The Taliban said Khawray was a skilled military commander who fought on multiple "fronts" in both Pakistan and Afghanistan.

16th March 2015 - Fox News

Happening Now

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn discusses new information from the recently released bin Laden documents.

10th March 2015 - CNN

The Situation Room

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses revelations from the bin Laden documents.

9th March 2015 - Cited by Stephen F. Hayes - The Weekly Standard

Obama’s Failure

Thomas Joscelyn

Barack Obama wants us all to simmer down about Iran. He wants Senator Bob Menendez, a fellow Democrat, and the donors he represents to butt out of the sanctions debate.

9th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Osama bin Laden’s Files: The Pakistani Government Wanted to Negotiate

Thomas Joscelyn

Recently released letters recovered in Osama bin Laden's compound reveal that key Pakistani leaders, including the brother of Pakistan's current prime minister, sought out negotiations with al Qaeda. Pakistan intelligence also communicated with al Qaeda leaders through jihadist...

8th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Boko Haram Leader Pledges Allegiance to the Islamic State

Thomas Joscelyn

Boko Haram's leader, Abu Bakr Shekau, has pledged allegiance to the emir of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi.

7th March 2015 - Cited by Fox News

Sources: bin Laden Docs Conflict with Obama’s Talk of Al Qaeda Demise

Thomas Joscelyn

A trove of documents that could hold the key to Al Qaeda's future have been gathering dust, say critics who believe the Obama administration is ignoring them because they don’t say what the White House wants to hear.

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