Analysis & Commentary


31st August 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Tom Joscelyn discuss conflicts across the Middle East.

28th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Spokesman Admits Mullah Omar’s Death Was Covered Up

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

In an interview published on the Taliban’s official English-language website, the organization’s spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, admits that Mullah Omar’s death was covered up. And a careful reading of the interview indicates that Omar either died in 2013, as was first claimed by Afghan...

27th August 2015 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

Al-Qaida’s Syria Affiliate Reemerges

Thomas Joscelyn

The almost singular focus by the United States and some of its coalition partners on defeating the group known as the Islamic State appears to be giving new life to the group's chief rival.

26th August 2015 - Quoted by Alessandria Masi - International Business Times

NATO Ally Turkey Finds A New Friend In Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Omar Khatib began his conversation with International Business Times last April with this disclaimer: “I am not a terrorist. I just wanted to tell you that.” Khatib, who preferred not to disclose his real name for security reasons, had reason to be cautious -- the Syrian rebel had just...

26th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Takes Another District in Southern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban overran the Musa Qala district center when Afghan forces fled after several days of fighting. The fall of Musa Qala puts the Taliban in effective control of northern Helmand, and will allow it to threaten the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah.

26th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

Jihadists Say Nephew of 9/11 Mastermind Killed in Raid by Pakistani Intelligence

Thomas Joscelyn

Jihadists, including at least one senior al Qaeda member, are claiming that the nephew of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) was killed in a raid by Pakistani intelligence in Karachi. KSM’s nephew has been identified by these online sources as Idris al Balushi (or al Baluchi), indicating his...

25th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

Jundallah Emir Killed in Northern Afghanistan, NDS Claims

Bill Roggio

The National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan’s intelligence service, claimed it killed the leader of Jundallah’s fighters who are based in the country in an airstrike in Kunduz province yesterday.

25th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Adds Haqqani Network Commander to List of Global Terrorists

Bill Roggio

State described Aziz as “a senior member of the Haqqani Network and brother to Haqqani Network leader Sirajuddin Haqqani.” Aziz replaced Badruddin Haqqani, his brother, who was killed in a US drone strike in August 2012, as a senior military commander.

25th August 2015 - Quoted by Nancy A. Youssef - The Daily Beast

The U.S.-Backed War in Yemen Is Strengthening al Qaeda

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The U.S.-backed war in Yemen has strengthened al Qaeda there, American defense officials concede, posing a serious threat to U.S. security. Months into the U.S.-supported Saudi intervention in Yemen, fighters linked to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), long considered the terror...

25th August 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand and Michael B. Kelley - Business Insider

Explosive Accusations Against Turkey are Exposing a Major Problem for Obama

Jonathan Schanzer

US-trained rebels allege that Turkish intelligence tipped off Al Qaeda's al-Nusra Front and orchestrated the kidnapping of US-trained rebels entering Syria, Mitchell Prothero of McClatchy reports.

24th August 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Tom Joscelyn and Bill Roggio discuss Syria, Iraq, and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.

24th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

Central Asian Groups Split Over Leadership of Global Jihad

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) and the Islamic Jihad Union (IJU), two Central Asian groups that have been allied with al Qaeda in the past, have taken different sides in the ongoing struggle between the Islamic State and al Qaeda for the leadership of the global jihad.

23rd August 2015 - The Long War Journal

The Islamic State’s Supporters Want Mokhtar Belmokhtar Dead

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s supporters in Libya have continued their “wanted dead” campaign by targeting Mokhtar Belmokhtar, an al Qaeda leader who has long been loyal to Ayman al Zawahiri. The Islamic State’s loyalists have released an online poster for Belmokhtar (seen above), just as they...

20th August 2015 - WJTN

The Jim Roselle Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and Husain Haqqani discuss the Middle East.

19th August 2015 - Quoted by Margherita Stancati and Nathan Hodge - The Wall Street Journal

Islamic State Ally Emerges As Threat to Afghanistan, Central Asia

Bill Roggio

An extremist group allied with Islamic State has emerged as a potent force on the battlefield in northern Afghanistan, threatening to further destabilize the country and sow instability throughout Central Asia, senior Afghan officials say.

19th August 2015 - Quoted by Sam Flynn - The Chautauquan Daily

Haqqani, Gartenstein-Ross Relate Past and Future Paths of the Middle East

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Husain Haqqani and Daveed Gartenstein-Ross said the person who “solves” the Middle East situation would be very rich, but both men did their best to simply relate the troubling circumstances of the world hotspot to the Chautauqua audience.

19th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

Ayman al Zawahiri Discusses the Importance of Jihadist Media

Thomas Joscelyn

After a lengthy media absence, al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri has appeared in three separate releases this month. In the first, Zawahiri swore allegiance to Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, the Taliban’s new emir. Mansour, in turn, promptly accepted the pledge.

19th August 2015 - Quoted by Daniel Byman and Jennifer R. Williams - Foreign Policy

Al Qaeda Is Losing the Battle for Jihadi Hearts and Minds

Thomas Joscelyn

Terrorists usually try to stay in the news, but Ayman al-Zawahiri has seemed an exception. Al Qaeda’s leader has gone almost a year between public statements before breaking his silence last Thursday. The archterrorist’s remarks, however, were as underwhelming as they were overdue.

18th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

The Islamic State’s ‘Wanted Dead’ List in Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

Jihadists connected to the Islamic State’s branch in Libya have released dozens of wanted posters online in recent weeks. The graphics identify the “caliphate’s” enemies, including the jihadists and Islamists who have opposed its expansion in North Africa.

17th August 2015 - The Wall Street Journal

Opinion Journal

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn on the terror group’s strategy and implications for U.S. policy.

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