Analysis & Commentary

19th January 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Former Guantanamo detainee warns against spilling secrets

Thomas Joscelyn

Ibrahim al Qosi, a former Guantanamo detainee, is one of three senior AQAP leaders featured in a video released this week titled, "Secrets, its Dangers and the Departure of the Best of Us." The video is focused on the US drone campaign and the jihadists' lapses in security.

9th July 2017 - Quoted by Rick Moran - PJ Media

Trump Administration May Begin Sending Terrorists to Guantanamo Again

David B. Rivkin

Donald Trump promised during the campaign that he would not only keep the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, open but also send additional terrorists prisoners there. It now appears that his administration is serious about keeping that campaign promise.

8th July 2017 - Quoted by Rebecca Kheel - The Hill

Trump officials signal intent to begin refilling Guantanamo

David B. Rivkin

The Trump administration appears to be making its first moves toward fulfilling a campaign promise to fill the Guantanamo Bay prison camp with “bad dudes.”

7th June 2017 - Quoted by Christopher Wallace - Fox News

Qatar terror ties: Friend, foe or both?

Jonathan Schanzer

When Hamas released a new political document last month, the terrorist group announced it at a press conference at the Sheraton Grand Doha in Qatar, less than an hour’s drive across town from U.S. Central Command forward headquarters at Al Udeid Airbase.

6th March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Former Guantanamo detainee killed in US air campaign in Yemen

Thomas Joscelyn

The Pentagon announced today that a former Guantanamo detainee known as Yasir al Silmi was killed in an airstrike in Yemen on Mar. 2.

6th January 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

State Department designates founding member of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

Thomas Joscelyn

The US State Department announced yesterday that Ibrahim al Banna, who has served as one of al Qaeda’s most senior security and intelligence officials in Yemen since the 1990s, has been designated as a terrorist. State’s Rewards for Justice program has offered a bounty of up to $5...

16th September 2016 - The Long War Journal

Estimated number of Guantanamo recidivists continues to rise

Thomas Joscelyn

The number of former Guantanamo detainees “confirmed” or “suspected” of rejoining the jihad has grown to 208, according to statistics released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) this week.

17th August 2016 - The Long War Journal

An alleged ‘agent’ of Iran transferred from Guantanamo to the UAE

Thomas Joscelyn

On Aug. 15, the Pentagon announced the transfer of 15 Guantanamo detainees to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Twelve of the men are Yemenis and the remaining three are citizens of Afghanistan.

5th August 2016 - Quoted by Lucas Tomlinson - Fox News

Pentagon: Nearly half of remaining Guantanamo detainees slated for transfer

Thomas Joscelyn

Nearly half of the detainees remaining at Guantanamo Bay are slated for transfer, a Pentagon official confirmed to Fox News.

13th July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Ex-Gitmo detainee, Islamic State’s leader in Chechnya designated by State Department

Thomas Joscelyn

The State Department announced today that two jihadists have been added to the US government’s list of designated terrorists.

13th July 2016 - Quoted by Samuel Rubenfeld - The Wall Street Journal

U.S. Names 2 Russians as Terrorists

The U.S. State Department on Wednesday said it designated two men from Russia as terrorists, and imposed sanctions on them.

13th July 2016 - Quoted by Catherine Herridge - Fox News

Ex-Gitmo detainee connected to Turkey airport attack added to US list of terrorists

A former Gitmo detainee connected to last month’s ISIS attack on the Istanbul airport that killed 45 and injured more than 230 others was officially added to the U.S. government’s list of designated terrorists Wednesday.

26th June 2016 - Quoted by Stephen F. Hayes - The Weekly Standard

An al Qaeda Veteran Released From Gitmo Has Gone Missing

Thomas Joscelyn

A veteran al Qaeda fighter, and an expert in document forgery who has decades of experience helping jihadists travel internationally without detection, has gone missing after being released from the detention facility at Guantanamo.

23rd June 2016 - The Long War Journal

Possible 9/11 hijacking recruit transferred from Guantanamo to Montenegro

Thomas Joscelyn

A Guantanamo detainee who may have been selected to participate in a canceled part of al Qaeda’s Sept. 11, 2001 hijacking plot has been transferred.

22nd April 2016 - The Long War Journal

Taliban touts Bergdahl swap as key ‘achievement’

Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban says the exchange of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five top Taliban commanders in 2014 was a major “achievement” in its war against the West and its allies. The claim was made in a lengthy video released on the Taliban’s official website, Voice of Jihad, earlier this month.

18th April 2016 - The Long War Journal

US transfers 9 Yemeni detainees from Guantanamo to Saudi Arabia

Thomas Joscelyn

The Department of Defense (DOD) announced on Apr. 16 that nine Guantanamo detainees, all from Yemen, have been transferred to Saudi Arabia.

4th April 2016 - The Long War Journal

US transfers 2 Guantanamo detainees to the Republic of Senegal

Thomas Joscelyn

The Department of Defense and State Department announced today that two Libyans have been transferred from Guantanamo to the Republic of Senegal in West Africa.

16th February 2016 - Quoted by Eli Lake - Bloomberg

Military Tells Congress It Can’t Send Gitmo Detainees to U.S.

Thomas Joscelyn

Just as President Barack Obama is planning to send Congress his plan to close the Guantanamo Bay prison this year, leaders of the military say it will not transfer any detainees to the U.S., unless the law prohibiting such transfers is changed.

15th February 2016 - The Long War Journal

Ex-Guantanamo detainee prominently featured in al Qaeda propaganda

Thomas Joscelyn

Ex-Guantanamo detainee Ibrahim al Qosi has become a prominent fixture in Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s (AQAP) propaganda since early December, when he first revealed that he is a senior leader in the group. Qosi most recently delivered a two-part critique of the Saudi monarchy,...

21st January 2016 - The Long War Journal

US transfers Egyptian Guantanamo detainee who became a ‘highly prolific source’

Thomas Joscelyn

The Defense Department announced today that Tariq Mahmoud Ahmed Al Sawah, an Egyptian who had been held at Guantanamo since 2002, has been transferred to the Government of Bosnia.


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