Analysis & Commentary

30th November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb Squadron Ambushed in Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), an official regional branch of al Qaeda’s international organization, has released a statement eulogizing a “commander” who was killed while traveling between the Libyan cities of Derna and Benghazi.

30th November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Denies Children Serve ‘In Jihadi Ranks’

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban has released a statement claiming that reports of children serving in its frontline units or its suicide brigade are “fabricated.” The Taliban issued the denial despite the fact that the group’s own propaganda has advertised armed children in its ranks.

25th November 2015 - The Washington Times

Memo to Presidential Campaign Advisers

Clifford D. May

This memorandum is addressed to the brave souls advising presidential candidates. As you know, the recent terrorist attacks in France – and in Mali, Nigeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey and Israel – have altered the political landscape. With less than a year to go before the...

24th November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Jihadist-led Coalition Launches Counteroffensive in Syria’s Aleppo Province

Thomas Joscelyn

The Jaysh al Fateh coalition, which is led by jihadist groups, claims to have overrun several towns and villages in the southern part of Syria’s Aleppo province in the past 24 hours. Leading factions in Jaysh al Fateh, including Al Nusrah Front and Ahrar al Sham, have posted a series of...

24th November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Assault Squad Pledges Allegiance to Emir Mullah Mansour

Bill Roggio

A Taliban suicide assault team known as the Muaskar ul Fida has pledged allegiance to the Taliban’s new emir, Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour. The suicide squad is likely loyal to the Haqqani Network, an al Qaeda-linked Taliban group that is backed by Pakistan’s military and intelligence...

23rd November 2015 - NPR

The Diane Rehm Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on globalization, religious extremism, and jihad around the world.

20th November 2015 - Los Angeles Times

Mali Attack Latest to Rattle Global Security

Bill Roggio

From cafes in Paris to the teeming markets of Nigeria, in tourist resorts on the Sinai peninsula and now a glitzy hotel in the dusty capital of Mali, the message Islamist terrorists sent to the world over the last several weeks is that no one — almost anywhere — is safe.

20th November 2015 - CNN

CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the terror attack in Mali.

20th November 2015 - The Weekly Standard

Al Qaeda Hasn’t Been Neutralized

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Secretary of State John Kerry believes that al Qaeda’s “top leadership” has been “neutralize[d]” as “an effective force.” He made the claim while discussing the administration’s strategy, or lack thereof, for combating the Islamic State (ISIS), which is al Qaeda’s jihadist...

20th November 2015 - The Weekly Standard

The Long War Continues

Thomas Joscelyn

In many ways, the reaction to the horrific attacks in Paris has been familiar. There were the expressions of solidarity: flowers at French embassies; social media avatars changed from silly selfies to photos of the French flag snapping defiantly in the wind; buildings across the Western...

17th November 2015 - The Wall Street Journal

10 Must-Read Books on the Evolution of Terrorism in the Middle East

Tony Badran

In the wake of Friday night’s violent attacks in Paris, The Wall Street Journal asked several experts for book recommendations on the evolution of terrorism in the Middle East. Here are their top picks:

17th November 2015 - The Hill

What to Do About the Kidnapping for Ransom Problem

David Andrew Weinberg

President Obama announced the results of a study to overhaul U.S. policy for handling hostage crises this June, a consequence of the execution of four courageous, compassionate Americans at the hands of the Islamic State the preceding year.

15th November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Dozens of Afghan Troops Surrender to Taliban in Helmand

Bill Roggio

Sixty-five Afghan soldiers and several of their officers laid down their weapons two days ago and surrendered to the Taliban in the embattled district of Sangin in the southern province of Helmand.

11th November 2015 - The Long War Journal

State Department Offers Rewards for Information on 6 Shabaab Leaders

Thomas Joscelyn

The US State Department today announced rewards for “information leading to the identification or location of six key leaders of” Shabaab, al Qaeda’s official branch in East Africa.

10th November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Deputy Emir of ‘Moderate’ Taliban Faction Oversaw ‘Massacre of Thousands of Shiites’

Bill Roggio

The deputy emir of a new Taliban faction in Afghanistan that is attempting to portray itself as more moderate than the established branch has been directly implicated in the massacre of thousands of Afghans during the 1998 takeover of Mazar-i-Sharif. Mullah Abdul Manan Niazi also helped...

9th November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Rival Taliban Factions Clash in Southeastern Afghanistan

The Taliban and a breakaway faction of the jihadist group fought each other in two districts in southeastern Afghanistan that are out of the Afghan government’s control. At least 80 fighters from both sides are reported to have been killed during clashes in Zabul province.

9th November 2015 - The Weekly Standard

Not a Conspiracy

Thomas Joscelyn

In May, the London Review of Books published a 10,000-word exposé by veteran investigative journalist Seymour Hersh on the killing of Osama bin Laden. It was widely read online, receiving “more than two million page-views,” according to an editor’s note inserted at the bottom.

8th November 2015 - Quoted by Brian Dowling - The Boston Herald

Pentagon Expected to Present Plan to Close Guantanamo

David B. Rivkin

The Pentagon is expected this week to unveil a plan to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center and move terrorists to U.S. soil, suggesting prisons such as the ­Supermax in Colorado that houses marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as a suitable site for detainees whom officials believe...

5th November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Front Group Claims Success in Key Syrian Town

Thomas Joscelyn

Jund al Aqsa, an al Qaeda front group in Syria, claims to have seized much of the town of Morek from Bashar al Assad’s regime. The town sits on a major highway connecting the cities of Aleppo and Hama. The group posted celebratory photos (seen above and below) on its official Twitter feed...

5th November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Senior IRGC Officers Killed During Fighting in Syria

Bill Roggio

A brigadier general and a colonel from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) were killed while fighting jihadists and rebels in Syria over the past several weeks. Nine other IRGC members were also killed during that time.

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