Analysis & Commentary

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...

4th September 2015 - The Weekly Standard

More Than 100 Ex-Gitmo Recidivists At Large

Thomas Joscelyn

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has released its latest statistics on the number of former Guantanamo detainees who are either confirmed or suspected of returning to the fight. As expected, there has been a slight increase in the number of ex-detainees who have...

2nd August 2015 - The Long War Journal

Former Guantanamo Detainee Mullah Zakir Supports New Taliban Emir

Bill Roggio

Mullah Adbul Qayoum Zakir, a member of the Taliban’s executive council and the group’s former military commander, denied reports that he disagrees with the appointment of Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour as the replacement for deceased Taliban emir Mullah Omar.

29th January 2015 - The Weekly Standard

CNN: 1 of the Taliban 5 Back in the Game

Thomas Joscelyn

CNN’s Barbara Starr reports that the U.S. military and intelligence community thinks that one member of the so-called Taliban Five “has attempted to return to militant activity from his current location in Qatar.”

28th January 2015 - Cited by Michael Helm -

Second Chances for Jihadists Must Stop

Most Americans do not know who Ali al-Marri is and it is my sincere hope that they never find out because of another horrendous attack.

20th January 2015 - Cited by Jordan Schachtel - Breitbart

Obama-Freed Al Qaeda Terrorist Welcomed Home as Hero in Qatar

A former Al Qaeda operative and Guantanamo detainee has been freed from an American citizen and sent home to the gulf state of Qatar.

20th January 2015 - Cited by Andrew McCarthy - National Review

Obama Releases Convicted Terrorist al-Marri

David Andrew Weinberg

Long War Journal reports that the Obama administration has released Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri from a U.S. prison – not from Gitmo, but from a civilian jail after a federal terrorism conviction.

17th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Ex-Gitmo Detainee Leads Contingent of Islamic State Fighters in Afghanistan

Thomas Joscelyn

Mullah Raouf Khadim, an ex-Guantanamo detainee, leads a contingent of fighters loyal to the Islamic State in Helmand, Afghanistan. Raouf and another top Taliban commander were previously forced out of their positions in the Taliban's hierarchy. According to a leaked threat assessment, the...

14th January 2015 - Fox News

Happening Now

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn comments on the connection between Guantanamo detainees and AQAP.

24th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

4 Gitmo Detainees Transferred to Afghanistan Are Veteran Insurgents, Files Allege

Thomas Joscelyn

On Dec. 20, the Defense Department announced the transfer of four Afghans to their home country. Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO) deemed all four to be "high" risks to the US, its interests and allies. All four are veteran insurgents, according to JTF-GTMO.

22nd December 2014 - 77 WABC-AM - New York, New York

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio discuss US boots on the ground in Iraq, released Guantanamo detainees, and much more with John Batchelor.

20th December 2014 - Fox News

America’s News HQ

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz comments on the recent release of detainees from Guantanamo Bay.

19th December 2014 - The Weekly Standard

The Uruguay Six

Thomas Joscelyn

On Sunday, December 7, a U.S. military medical aircraft landed in South America, to deliver six jihadists from the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay to Uruguay.

19th December 2014 - Cited by Stephen F. Hayes - The Weekly Standard

Nonstop Appeasement

Thomas Joscelyn

We don’t expect much. It’s been nearly six years. We’re long past the point of hoping that Barack Obama will adopt policies that deserve our grudging approval, if not enthusiastic endorsement, particularly on foreign policy and national security.

9th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

6 Guantanamo Detainees Transferred to Uruguay Were Part of al Qaeda’s Network, Files Allege

Thomas Joscelyn

Intelligence cited in leaked Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO) threat assessments link the six recently transferred Guantanamo detainees to Abu Zubaydah and al Qaeda.

21st November 2014 - The Long War Journal

5 Transferred Gitmo Detainees Served al Qaeda, Leaked Files Allege

Thomas Joscelyn

The Defense Department announced the transfer of five Guantanamo detainees yesterday. According to leaked threat assessments prepared by Joint Task Force Guantanamo, all five served al Qaeda. Four of the five were deemed either "high" or "medium to high" risks.

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.

6th November 2014 - Fox News

Special Report with Bret Baier

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn comments on the recent return of a Guantanamo detainee to Kuwait.

21st October 2014 - Cited by Catherine Herridge - Fox News

Taliban Claim Freed ex-Gitmo Prisoners Visited by Members of Terror Group

Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban are claiming that two senior members of the Haqqani terror network recently visited the five former Guantanamo detainees who were traded for an American soldier, raising new questions about the terms of their one-year house arrest in Qatar and eventual release in the spring as...

25th July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Kuwaiti Gitmo Detainee Should Remain in US Custody, Review Board Finds

Thomas Joscelyn

A periodic review board has determined that Fayiz al Kandari, a Kuwaiti held at Guantanamo, should remain in US custody.


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