Analysis & Commentary


21st November 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Rejects Islamic State’s ‘Caliphate,’ Blasts Group for Sowing Dissent Among Jihadists

Thomas Joscelyn

Harith bin Ghazi al Nadhari, a senior AQAP sharia official, directly responds to a Nov. 13 speech by the Islamic State's Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. Nadhari says that Baghdadi's caliphate is illegitimate and criticizes him for trying to split the jihadists' ranks around the world.

21st November 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQIS Announces Death of Two Senior Leaders in US Operation

Bill Roggio

Adil Qudoos was a former major in the Pakistani Army; Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, planner of the 9/11 attacks, was arrested at Qudoos' home in 2003. The second jihadist leader, Dr. Sarbaland, served as a surgeon and senior propagandist for al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent.

20th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Launches Drone Strike in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

Nine of the 19 drone strikes in Pakistan this year have occurred in the jihadist hub of Datta Khel in North Waziristan.

19th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

UN Recognizes Ties Between Ansar al Sharia in Libya, al Qaeda

Thomas Joscelyn

The United Nations has added the Ansar al Sharia chapters in Benghazi and Derna to its al Qaeda sanctions list, explicitly recognizing their ties to each other, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, and other al Qaeda-linked groups.

19th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Military Continues to Claim al Qaeda is ‘Restricted’ to ‘Isolated Areas of NE Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

A recent military report says that al Qaeda is bottled up in Kunar and Nuristan, but the global jihadist group is active in several other provinces.

19th November 2014 - The Weekly Standard

Gitmo ‘Poet’ Now Recruiting for Islamic State

Thomas Joscelyn

An ex-Guantanamo detainee based in northern Pakistan is leading an effort to recruit jihadists for the Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot that controls large portions of Iraq and Syria.

18th November 2014 - Quoted by Maggie Ybarra - The Washington Times

Doubts About Afghan Forces Rise After Attack in Capital

Thomas Joscelyn

A Taliban attack in Afghanistan’s fortified capital Tuesday triggered fresh concerns about the ability of U.S.-trained Afghan security forces to secure Kabul as international combat troops withdraw from the war-torn nation.

17th November 2014 - CNN

CNN Newsroom

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer comments on Zacarias Moussaoui's latest claims that al Qaeda funding can be traced back to Saudi Arabia.

17th November 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn talk with John Batchelor about their latest pieces for the Long War Journal.

15th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Airstrike Targets al Qaeda in Syria

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The US targeted al Qaeda's network in Syria in one of the 20 airstrikes that took place between Nov. 12 and Nov. 14. While the US military has said the strike was carried out against al Qaeda's so-called Khorasan Group, the targets indicate that local infrastructure used by the Al Nusrah...

14th November 2014 - NPR

All Things Considered

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross explains the relationship between the Islamic State and al Qaeda amid reports that the groups have agreed to work together in Syria.

13th November 2014 - Quoted by Deb Riechmann - Associated Press

AP Sources: IS, al-Qaida Reach Accord in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Militant leaders from the Islamic State group and al-Qaida gathered at a farm house in northern Syria last week and agreed on a plan to stop fighting each other and work together against their opponents, a high-level Syrian opposition official and a rebel commander have told The Associated...

13th November 2014 - Quoted by Mark Pomerleau - The Hill

Reasons for a New Counterterrorism Framework

Thomas Joscelyn

Experts, scholars and some members of Congress have called for the Obama administration to reevaluate its approach to combating terrorism.

11th November 2014 - Cited by Andrew C. McCarthy - National Review Online

The Beltway’s Syria Fairy Tales

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Since the outbreak of the latest Middle East war a few years back, we have been chronicling the Washington political class’s Syria Fairy Tales.

11th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

‘Foreign Militants’ Reported Killed in Latest US Drone Strike in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

Eight of the 18 US drones strikes in Pakistan since June 11 have occurred in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan, which is a known hub for al Qaeda.

10th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Continues Escalation of Attacks in Yemen, Targets US Ambassador

Oren Adaki

Over the weekend, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed credit for a series of high-profile attacks throughout Yemen, including a failed assassination of the US ambassador, Matthew H. Tueller.

10th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

Sinai-Based Jihadists Pledge Allegiance to Islamic State in Audio Recording

Thomas Joscelyn

An unidentified jihadist has released an audio recording saying that Ansar Bayt al Maqdis, the most prolific terrorist group in Egypt, has pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr al Baghdad's Islamic State.

7th November 2014 - Quoted by Leah Barkoukis - Townhall

The Rise of the Islamic State

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Since the September 11 attacks, al Qaeda has been a household name in America, one that’s been seared into the minds of national consciousness as the country’s preeminent terrorist threat. But on the eve of September 11 this year, President Obama spoke from the White House about a new...

7th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: CENTCOM Draws Misleading Line Between Al Nusrah Front and Khorasan Group

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

CENTCOM denied that the five airstrikes on Nov. 5 targeted "the Nusrah Front as a whole" but instead were directed at the Khorasan Group. This is a distinction without difference, as the Khorasan Group is part of the Al Nusrah Front.

6th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Tweets Photos Allegedly Showing Aftermath of Coalition Airstrikes

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has tweeted a series of photos purportedly showing the aftermath of the US-led coalition's airstrikes in Idlib. Prior to today, the coalition had not announced any airstrikes against Al Nusrah since the first day of the bombing...

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