Analysis & Commentary


4th March 2014 - The Long War Journal

ISIS Suicide Assault Team Strikes Government Complex in Samarra

Bill Roggio

An Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham suicide assault team dressed in Iraqi military uniforms stormed a government complex in the city of Samarra

27th February 2014 - NOW

The Latest Iraqi-Syrian Rivalry

Tony Badran

On Monday, Abu Muhammad al-Jawlani, the leader of the Syrian jihadist group Jabhat al-Nusra, issued an ultimatum to the other main jihadist group in Syria, the...

25th February 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Emir Issues Ultimatum to ISIS

Bill Roggio

The leader of the Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, al Qaeda's branch in Syria, warned the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham to end

25th February 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Obama About to Repeat Iraq Disaster

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Reuters is reporting “U.S. President Barack Obama has told the Pentagon to prepare for the possibility that the United States will not leave behind any troops in...

5th February 2014 - The Long War Journal

ISIS Confirms Death of Senior Leader in Syria

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, the jihadist group that was denounced by al Qaeda's General Command just days ago, has confirmed that

5th February 2014 - Voice of Russia

News Update

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

On February 2, al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri announced he has broken ties with the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, better known as ISIS. ISIS was...

5th February 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Understanding Al-Qaeda’s ISIS Expulsion

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Al-Qaeda announced on Sunday that it was no longer affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). The statement shunning this former Iraqi affiliate...

4th February 2014 - House Armed Services Committee

The Arab Spring and Al-Qaeda’s Resurgence

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Chairman McKeon, Ranking Member Smith, distinguished members of the committee, it is an honor to appear before you to discuss the state of al-Qaeda, its affiliates...

3rd February 2014 - Quoted by Hannah Allam and Mitchell Prothero, McClatchy

U.S. Officials Said Tuesday that an Interim Deal with Iran that Promises to Curb Its Nuclear Program

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Al Qaida’s central command publicly has disowned its Iraqi affiliate over that group’s brutal activities in Syria in an unprecedented break that analysts say may weaken...

3rd February 2014 - The Long War Journal

Pro-al Qaeda Saudi Cleric Calls on ISIS Members to Defect

Thomas Joscelyn

Not long after al Qaeda's general command yesterday disowned the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS), a popular Saudi cleric who has relocated to Syria

3rd February 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda’s General Command Disowns the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda's senior leadership has disowned the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS) in a statement released online. ISIS and its leader,

3rd February 2014 - Quoted by J. Dana Stuster, Foreign Policy

Will al Qaeda’s Disowned Syria Affiliate Rival Its Old Boss?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

For more than a decade, al Qaeda has been aggressively extending its reach through a sort of franchising strategy, signing up an ally here and a subsidiary there to fight...

3rd February 2014 - Quoted by Michelle Shephard, The Star

Al Qaeda Disavows Ruthless Syrian Group

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Al Qaeda has squabbled about its leadership, debated its flag and even reprimanded members over tardy expense forms. But on Monday, the terrorist group took...

3rd February 2014 - Foreign Policy

An Edge in the Desert

Jonathan Schanzer

Weapons are pouring into the Middle East at an unprecedented rate. The Pentagon recently announced that it would sell six tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft to Israel for $1.3 billion...

30th January 2014 - The Long War Journal

ISIS Suicide Team Assaults Iraqi Ministry

Bill Roggio

A suicide assault team likely from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, al Qaeda's branch inside Iraq, killed at least 18 people after attempting...

17th January 2014 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Shifting Dynamics of Rebel Infighting in Syria

Bill Roggio

Over the past few weeks, the news has been rife with reports of infighting between the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, an al Qaeda affiliate, and other...

16th January 2014 - National Review Online

Spinning Al-Qaeda

Clifford D. May

Since June 2012, Peter Bergen, the swashbuckling reporter who serves as CNN’s national-security analyst and a director of the liberal New America Foundation...

14th January 2014 - The Weekly Standard

Know Your Enemy

Thomas Joscelyn

In the summer of 2008, Barack Obama, senator and presidential candidate, toured the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq. Obama had endeared himself to the...

13th January 2014 - Ottawa Citizen

Protecting the World’s Christians

Sheryl Saperia

As the winter holidays wind down for another year, Canadians can reflect on the blessing of their democracy, which enables its citizens to celebrate or ignore...

11th January 2014 - Fox News

America’s News HQ

Mark Dubowitz

FDD's Mark Dubowitz discusses al Qaeda's expansion in the Middle East and how it is the result of the US's withdrawal from the region.

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