Analysis & Commentary

28th May 2015 - Quoted by Jordan Schachtel - Breitbart

Pakistani Taliban Officially Declares ISIS Caliphate Illegitimate

Thomas Joscelyn

The Pakistani Taliban has declared that the Islamic State’s (ISIS) proclamation of an Islamic caliphate is illegitimate, according to a statement relayed through its official media outlet.

28th May 2015 - The Long War Journal

Jaish al Muhajireen wal Ansar Leader Accuses Islamic State of Creating ‘Fitna’

Bill Roggio

Salahuddin al Shishani, the emir of the Jaish al Muhajireen wal Ansar, or the Army of the Emigrants and Helpers or Muhajireen Army, also accused the Islamic State of attempting to assassinate him after he and others tried to mediate a truce between the Islamic State and the Al Nusrah Front....

27th May 2015 - The Long War Journal

Another Al Qaeda Veteran Reportedly Killed While Leading Jund al Aqsa in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Said Arif, an al Qaeda veteran who trained in Afghanistan in the 1990s, has reportedly been killed in Syria while leading Jund al Aqsa’s forces. Arif’s death has been reported by multiple jihadists on social media, but has not yet been confirmed on Jund al Aqsa’s official Twitter feed....

27th May 2015 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Rejects Islamic State’s ‘Self-Professed Caliphate’

Thomas Joscelyn

The Pakistani Taliban’s official propaganda wing, Umar Media, has released a statement rejecting the Islamic State’s “self-professed caliphate” in Iraq and Syria. The publication, written by a jihadist known as Abu Usman Salarzai, is nearly 60 pages long and purports to expose the...

26th May 2015 - Sirius XM

The Arlene Bynon Show

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn discusses Khorasan group.

23rd May 2015 - The Long War Journal

Osama Bin Laden’s Files: Taliban Mourned Senior Al Qaeda Leader as US Attempted Negotiations

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

Newly-released documents seized from Osama bin Laden’s compound reveal that the Taliban expressed its condolences to al Qaeda for the death of one of its top leaders who was killed in a US drone strike in Pakistan in May 2010. The letter of sympathy and unity was issued during the same...

22nd May 2015 - FOX News

Happening Now

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn critiques the rollout of the Bin Laden documents.

21st May 2015 - The Wall Street Journal

Opinion Journal

Thomas Joscelyn

Foundation for Defense of Democracies Senior Fellow Tom Joscelyn on the intelligence recovered from Osama bin Laden’s compound.

21st May 2015 - Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

The Hidden Story of the Bin Laden Documents: They Tell Us How al-Qaeda Really Works

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Who would have guessed that al-Qaeda had a job application so full of corporate jargon — "What objectives would you would like to accomplish on your jihad path?" — that it reads like a gag from Office Space?

21st May 2015 - The Long War Journal

Coalition Airstrikes Kill 14 Al Nusrah Front Members

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, has released a series of photos purportedly showing the aftermath of coalition airstrikes in Syria. The group claims that 14 members were killed. The photos can be seen below.

21st May 2015 - FOX News

Happening Now

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn comments on the importance of the Bin Laden documents.

20th May 2015 - Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Osama Bin Laden Seen as Isolated, Frustrated in Documents

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden spent his final years pleading with followers to stay focused on the goal of large-scale attacks against Americans, and avoid getting sucked into the regional wars and Muslim-on-Muslim violence that have come to define so much of the global jihadi...

20th May 2015 - The Long War Journal

Nearly All of Osama Bin Laden’s Files Should Be Released

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Earlier today, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a set of files recovered from Osama bin Laden’s compound. The public release of the files is step towards transparency. However, the files released today are a tiny fraction of the total cache recovered in...

20th May 2015 - Al Jazeera America


James Woolsey

FDD Chairman James Woolsey discusses the significance of the Bin Laden documents.

20th May 2015 - FOX News

Special Report with Bret Baier

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn discusses the Bin Laden documents.

19th May 2015 - Quoted by Sean D. Naylor - Foreign Policy

New Question About Drone Strike That Killed Missing American

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

More than three weeks after the White House announced that a U.S. drone strike that killed a high-ranking al Qaeda figure had also taken the lives of two Western hostages, experts are still puzzling over why a senior terrorist was sharing a compound with hostages in the first place.

19th May 2015 - Voice of America


Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses Michael Morell's new book and U.S. counterterrorism efforts.

18th May 2015 - The Long War Journal

Veteran Jihadist Served Al Qaeda for 17 Years, ‘Martyred’ in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

In late March, a coalition of jihadist groups named Jaysh al Fateh overran Bashar al Assad’s forces in the provincial capital of Idlib. Their victory was one of the insurgents’ most significant accomplishments to date.

14th May 2015 - The Long War Journal

Confusion Surrounds West African jihadists’ Loyalty to Islamic State

Thomas Joscelyn

Yesterday, Al Akhbar published a report saying that the leader of Al Murabitoon had sworn allegiance to the Islamic State and its emir Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. The news agency posted a short audio clip of a jihadist known as Adnan Abu Walid al Sahrawi calling on all other jihadist groups to...

13th May 2015 - Quoted by Alexander Smith, James Novogrod, and Paul Ziad Nassar - NBC News

ISIS Deputy Leader Abu Alaa al-Afri Killed by Airstrike: Iraq Military

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The deputy leader of ISIS has been killed in an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition, Iraq's government announced Wednesday.

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