Analysis & Commentary


28th July 2013 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Al Qaeda’s Iraqi, Syrian Affiliates Jointly Battle Kurds

Thomas Joscelyn

A stream of reports from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) beginning in mid-July say that al Qaeda's Iraqi and Syrian wings are jointly...

26th July 2013 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Eulogizes Tunisian Suicide Bomber

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) released a martyrdom statement for a Tunisian fighter who executed a suicide attack on the first day...

24th July 2013 - The Weekly Standard

Al Qaeda’s Jailbreaks Fuel the Fight

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda’s jailbreaks have been an all too common occurrence in the post-9/11 world. And they have directly fueled the fight. Chances are the massive...

23rd July 2013 - Project Syndicate

Al-Qaeda in Iraq and the Abu Ghraib Prison Break

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Even accounting for the inevitable errors that creep into early reports on any security incident, it is clear that Sunday night’s operation to break inmates...

23rd July 2013 - The Long War Journal

American Passport Found At al Qaeda Base in Northern Syria

Bill Roggio

A passport said to belong to an American citizen was found among a number of identification documents belonging to foreign fighters who have been waging...

22nd July 2013 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

500 prisoners or more escaping from Abu Ghraib, the most secure prison in Iraq.

22nd July 2013 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Assaults Iraqi Jails, Frees Hundreds of Prisoners

Bill Roggio

Al Qaeda's affiliate, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, launched coordinated suicide assaults last night against two Iraqi jails, killing 26 policemen and freeing...

18th July 2013 - House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade

Global al Qaeda: Affiliates, Objectives, and Future Challenges

Thomas Joscelyn

Chairman Poe, Ranking Member Sherman and members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me here today to discuss the threat posed by al Qaeda.

12th July 2013 - Quoted by Dustin Walker, Real Clear Defense

Zero Option Talk Makes McKeon Fear Iraq Repeat

Bill Roggio

On Monday, the New York Times reported that the Obama administration was “giving serious consideration to speeding up the withdrawal of United States...

27th June 2013 - Scripps Howard News Service

Roll, Jordan, Roll

Clifford D. May

American boots are on the ground here in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Nearly 5,000 U.S. military personnel joined Jordanian troops for “Eager Lion,” a training exercise...

15th June 2013 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State of Iraq Leader Defies Zawahiri in Alleged Audio Message

Thomas Joscelyn

An audio message attributed to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the emir of the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), "surfaced on social networking web sites on June 14," according to the...

11th June 2013 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Zawahiri’s Letter to al Qaeda Branches in Syria, Iraq

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Jazeera has published a letter that was purportedly written by Ayman al Zawahiri to the heads of al Qaeda's franchises in Iraq and Syria. Two senior US intelligence officials...

24th May 2013 - The Long War Journal

Obama Pulls Back in Fight Against al Qaeda

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

President Obama's speech yesterday which outlined his vision of the future of the fight against al Qaeda and allied groups was a long time coming.

22nd May 2013 - FDD Policy Brief

New Ideas for Cooperatively Preventing WMD Attacks from the Middle East

Orde Kittrie

The danger that weapons of mass destruction (WMD) from the Middle East will be used against the United States or its allies has been heightened by several recent developments.

22nd May 2013 - Testimony before the House Committee on Homeland Security

Assessing the Threat to the Homeland from al Qaeda Operations in Iran and Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda’s Iran-based network has not only facilitated the movement of terrorists to the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, but has also been implicated in plots...

21st May 2013 - Faster, Please! - PJ Media

Catastrophic Consensus: A Dissent From Spengler and Mead

Michael Ledeen

Spengler (aka David Goldman) is one of my close friends and a long-time guru. William Russell Mead is just a guru, but I’m an avid fan. So when I find myself disagreeing...

16th May 2013 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front’s Emir to be Added to US Terrorism List

Bill Roggio

The US State Department will add Sheikh Abu Muhammad al Julani, the emir of al Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, to the list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists in a decision to be announced...

14th May 2013 - Foreign Policy

Erdogan’s Great Gamble

John Hannah

Something quite extraordinary -- perhaps even historic -- is afoot in Turkey. The country's prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is engaged in a colossal roll of the political dice...

7th May 2013 - Fox News

Report Finds Iran Among Worst Violators of Religious Freedom

Benjamin Weinthal

Religious freedom is in short supply in the Middle East, according to the bipartisan U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, which has issued a report finding Iran chief...

30th April 2013 - Fox News

America Live

Clifford D. May

FDD's Clifford D. May discusses a recent Pew poll on the popularity of sharia in the Muslim world and alarming opinions on the use of suicide bombing.

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