Analysis & Commentary


3rd March 2015 - Fox News

The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson

Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellow Bill Roggio discusses the information on Al Qaeda revealed in bin Laden's documents.

3rd March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Osama Bin Laden’s Files: The Arab Revolutions

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda's general manager, Atiyah Abd al Rahman, believed there was "good" in the 2011 Arab uprisings. And he discussed with Osama bin Laden how to send al Qaeda operatives around the globe to take advantage of the situation. The Libyan "brothers" were especially anxious to wage jihad in...

2nd March 2015 - 770 WABC-AM - New York, New York

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss their latest pieces for the Long War Journal on Osama bin Laden's files.

1st March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Osama bin Laden’s Files: Al Qaeda’s Deputy General Manager in Yemen

Thomas Joscelyn

Documents recovered in Osama bin Laden's compound reveal that Nasser bin Ali al Ansi, a senior Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) official, was appointed as one of al Qaeda's deputy general managers. It is highly likely that he continues to serve in that role underneath Nasir al...

27th February 2015 - Fox News

Special Report with Bret Baier

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn on new revelations from the bin Laden documents.

27th February 2015 - The Long War Journal

Osama Bin Laden’s Files: ‘Very Strong Military Activity in Afghanistan’

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Correspondence between senior al Qaeda leaders indicates that the group maintains a larger foothold in Afghanistan than is widely recognized.

26th February 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Bomber Strikes NATO Diplomatic Convoy in Kabul

Bill Roggio

A Turkish soldier and an Afghan civilian were killed in the blast. The attack on NATO's envoy to Afghanistan takes place as rumors of peace talks between the Taliban, the Afghan government, and the US persist.

21st February 2015 - Quoted by Ricki Gurwitz - CTV News

Al Qaeda vs. ISIS: A Battle for Jihadist Supremacy in Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

News that ISIS is forming bases in Libya has Western countries on edge, but it's also not welcome news to another group that operates in that country: al Qaeda.

20th February 2015 - CTV

CTV News

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn on the battle between the Islamic State and Al Qaeda in Libya.

20th February 2015 - The Long War Journal

Shabaab Suicide Assault Team Strikes in Somali Capital

Bill Roggio

Al Qaeda's branch in Somalia continues to demonstrate that it can penetrate security at the heavily protected areas in the capital and carry out deadly attacks.

20th February 2015 - The Weekly Standard

Doomed Diplomacy

Thomas Joscelyn

Not long after his inauguration in January 2009, President Barack Obama penned a letter to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran.

20th February 2015 - The Long War Journal

AQIM Battalion Takes Credit for Killing 4 Tunisian Security Officers

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb's (AQIM) Uqba bin Nafi Battalion has claimed credit for an attack that killed four members of Tunisia's National Guard. The group remains loyal to AQIM despite some claims that it had defected to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi's Islamic State.

18th February 2015 - Cited by Corri Zoli, Emily Schneider - Foreign Policy

Ten Recommendations for Obama’s CVE Summit

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

President Obama's Summit on Countering Violent Extremism begins today. Here are ten things the administration needs to keep in mind when formulating a strategy.

17th February 2015 - Fox News

Happening Now

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn discusses the Islamic State's presence in Libya.

17th February 2015 - Quoted by Guy Benson - Townhall

Expert: ISIS is Very Much Islamic, West Stunningly Ignorant

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Graeme Wood's lengthy piece on the roots, goals and motivations of ISIS in The Atlantic has gone viral this week, and deservedly so.

16th February 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer G. Hickey - Newsmax

ISIS’ Sources of Revenue Unclear, But Group Well Financed

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

During a Feb. 3 briefing, Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby told reporters that "we know that oil revenue is no longer the lead source of [the Islamic State's] income in dollars."

16th February 2015 - Quoted by Molly Hunter and James Gordon Meek - ABCNews

ISIS, Al Qaeda Heading for Terror Showdown in Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

Recent moves by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria [ISIS] to assert itself in Libya have led to clashes with al Qaeda-affiliated jihadis there, experts say, and Egypt stepped into the fray Monday by launching new airstrikes against ISIS targets in Libya.

13th February 2015 - The Long War Journal

New Al Nusrah Front Video Features Interview with Leader, Military Gains in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

An audio recording of Abu Muhammad al Julani, the emir of the Al Nusrah Front, introduces a newly-released video produced by the group. The video highlights Al Nusrah's purported military gains and ends with a clip of Ayman al Zawahiri calling for jihadist unity.

12th February 2015 - Cited by Matthew Rosenberg, Eric Schmitt - The New York Times

U.S. Is Escalating a Secretive War in Afghanistan

As an October chill fell on the mountain passes that separate the militant havens in Afghanistan and Pakistan, a small team of Afghan intelligence commandos and American Special Operations forces descended on a village where they believed a leader of Al Qaeda was hiding.

11th February 2015 - The Long War Journal

Ansar al Sharia Libya Leader Met With Osama bin Laden, Followed his ‘Methodology’

Thomas Joscelyn

Before his own death on Jan. 31, Harith al Nadhari, a senior AQAP sharia official, recorded an audio eulogy for the leader of Ansar al Sharia Libya, Mohammed al Zahawi. Nadhari noted that Zahawi had met with Osama bin Laden in the mid-1990s.

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