Analysis & Commentary


22nd June 2016 - Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

Obama Admin Still Committed To Negotiating With Taliban After Blowing Up Its Leader

Bill Roggio

The Obama administration still wants to negotiate with the Taliban after President Barack Obama green lighted a drone strike that killed its top leader in late May.

20th June 2016 - Foreign Policy - Co-written by Jacob Zenn

Boko Haram’s Buyer’s Remorse

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

When Boko Haram pledged loyalty to the Islamic State in March 2015, it seemed to signal that the jihadi world was bending in the direction of the self-proclaimed caliphate.

17th June 2016 - Quoted by Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Missy Ryan - The Washington Post

U.S. Special Operations force extends Yemen mission against al-Qaeda

The U.S. military now plans to keep a small force of Special Operations advisers in Yemen — deployed in April for a limited, short-term operation — for the foreseeable future, a step toward reestablishing a counterterrorism mission that was shut down last year by civil war.

16th June 2016 - Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

Obama Poised To Leave Office With The Taliban More Powerful Than He Found It Read more: http://dail

Bill Roggio

With the U.S. set to cut its forces in Afghanistan by nearly half by the end of the year, and an expectation for a violent Taliban fighting season ahead, President Obama is set to leave office with the Taliban the most powerful it has been since 2001.

15th June 2016 - Quoted by Louis Jacobson - Politifact

Donald Trump suggests Barack Obama supported ISIS, but that’s a conspiracy theory

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In a series of comments designed to cast doubt on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump has charged that the Obama administration has actively supported the Islamic extremist group that became ISIS.

13th June 2016 - Fox News

Happening Now

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellow Thomas Joscelyn discusses the Orlando terror attack and the spread of jihadist ideology across the globe.

13th June 2016 - The Journal of International Security Affairs

An Opening for Al-Qaeda

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Since the Islamic State (IS) made its dramatic military advance in Iraq more than a year ago—capturing Mosul and other key cities and declaring the caliphate’s re-establishment—analysts have been near-unanimous that the group’s emergence has devastated its parent organization,...

7th June 2016 - Quoted by Michael Kugelman - War On The Rocks

Why Did Washington Wait So Long To Take Its Drone War To Baluchistan

The Hellfire missile that incinerated Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mansour on May 21 set a major new precedent: It marked the first time we know of that a U.S. drone strike was used in the Pakistani province of Baluchistan.

7th June 2016 - Quoted by Cassie Owens - Politifact

Pat Toomey’s beef with Supreme Court pick Merrick Garland for freeing ‘extremists’

Thomas Joscelyn

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey has doubts about Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland -- particularly regarding a ruling that set free prisoners from Guantánamo Bay.

6th June 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss al-Qaeda, Yemen, Afghanistan, and ISIS.

5th June 2016 - Quoted by Rowan Scarborough - The Washington Times

Pentagon brags of killing terrorists even as released Gitmo detainees return to battlefield

Thomas Joscelyn

The Pentagon is boasting of the al Qaeda operatives it has killed to make America safer, yet the same type of terrorists have been transferred out of the Guantanamo prison to countries with a poor history of security, and some have ended up back on the battlefield.

2nd June 2016 - CCTV America

World Insight

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on the attack on UN peacekeepers in Mali.

1st June 2016 - Quoted by Pamela Engel - Business Insider

A new US plan against ISIS might be ‘dangerously counterproductive’

Thomas Joscelyn

US-backed forces are finally moving toward Raqqa, ISIS' de facto capital in Syria.

31st May 2016 - Quoted by Neville Teller - The Jerusalem Post

The jihadist civil war

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The bloodthirsty jihadist organization that calls itself Islamic State (IS) sprang from the loins of al-Qaeda, once the supreme bane of the western world, which achieved its apogee with the destruction of the twin towers in New York.

29th May 2016 - Quoted by Sarah El Deeb, Bassem Mroue - Associated Press

Syria’s cease-fire strengthens al-Qaida branch

Thomas Joscelyn

Al-Qaida's branch in Syria has recruited thousands of fighters, including teenagers, and taken territory from government forces in a successful offensive in the north, illustrating how the cease-fire put in place by Russia and the United States to weaken the militants has in many ways...

25th May 2016 - Catherine Herridge, Lucas Tomlinson - Fox News

Obama admin set to transfer up to 24 more detainees from Gitmo

Thomas Joscelyn

The Obama administration is preparing to transfer up to 24 additional detainees out of the Guantanamo Bay prison camp this summer, Fox News has learned.

25th May 2016 - Quoted by Ankit Panda - The Diplomat

Taliban Announce New Leader After Mullah Mansour’s Death

Bill Roggio

Four days after the United States announced it had killed Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, the leader of the Taliban, the group has announced a new leader.

23rd May 2016 - Quoted by Mushtaq Yusufzai, Fazul Rahim, and Jon Schuppe - NBC News

Who Will Lead Taliban Next? Four Contenders Emerge

Bill Roggio

As the Taliban collected the body of its slain leader on Monday, the insurgent group also began discussing his replacement, insiders say — a choice that could spark furious infighting and signal whether there's any chance of a negotiated peace in Afghanistan.

23rd May 2016 - Quoted by Kathy Gilsinan - The Atlantic

The Drone War Crosses Another Line

Bill Roggio

Following the death of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour in an American drone strike in Pakistan on Saturday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry remarked that “Peace is what we want” in Afghanistan.

22nd May 2016 - Quoted by Missy Ryan, Tim Craig - The Washington Post

U.S. strikes top Taliban leader in Pakistan

The U.S. military launched a drone strike against Taliban leader Akhtar Mohammad Mansour on Saturday, the Pentagon said, dealing a potential blow to the group whose insurgent assaults pose a major obstacle to U.S. hopes for ending the war in Afghanistan.

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