Analysis & Commentary


25th May 2014 - The Long War Journal

Zawahiri Again Addresses Jihadist Infighting in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

In a three-page statement released online, al Qaeda head Ayman al Zawahiri again discusses the infighting between jihadist groups in Syria. Zawahiri's missive is addressed...

20th May 2014 - The Long War Journal

ISIS Names Danish, French Suicide Bombers Killed In ‘Ninewa Division’

Bill Roggio

A Frenchman and a Dane were among six foreign suicide bombers who conducted attacks in the Islamic State of Iraq's northernmost administrative unit in Iraq.

11th May 2014 - The Long War Journal

ISIS Executes 20 Iraqi Soldiers

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham captured and then executed 20 Iraqi soldiers yesterday in the north. Iraqi officials said the soldiers...

8th May 2014 - The Long War Journal

ISIS Video Shows Zarqawi Training Camp in Syria

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, the former al Qaeda branch that was disowned by Al Qaeda General Command, has announced...

5th May 2014 - National Post

The Troubling Rise of American ‘Withdrawalism’

Jonathan Kay

Eastern Ukraine is falling to pieces. Suicide bombings remain epidemic in Iraq. Much of eastern Syria now is controlled by an al-Qaeda spin-off group that calls itself...

4th May 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Says it Will Comply with Zawahiri’s Orders

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has issued a statement saying it will comply with Ayman al Zawahiri's orders with...

2nd May 2014 - The Long War Journal

Zawahiri Makes Another Attempt at Reconciliation in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Ayman al Zawahiri, the head of al Qaeda, discusses the infighting in Syria and the history of al Qaeda's branch in Iraq at length in a...

1st May 2014 - The Long War Journal

‘Al Qaeda in Kurdistan’ Breaks Ranks with ISIS Over Syria

Bill Roggio

A group calling itself "al Qaeda in Kurdistan" sided with al Qaeda's emir against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham in the ongoing...

25th April 2014 - VOA News

Iraqi Elections Coming Amid Surge of Violence

Jonathan Schanzer

On April 30, Iraq will hold its first national election since U.S. military forces withdrew from the country in 2011. The voting will take place amid a surge of bloody...

21st April 2014 - The Long War Journal

Zawahiri Discusses Infighting in Syria, Opposition to Egyptian Goverment

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri discusses the infighting between jihadist groups in Syria and his opposition to the Egyptian government...

21st April 2014 - Jihadology

Ayman al-Zawahiri on Jihadist Infighting and the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

On April 18, a jihadist social media user tweeted links to two parts of an Al-Sahab Establishment for Media Production interview with al-Qaeda emir Ayman al-Zawahiri.

20th April 2014 - Cited by Patrick Cockburn, The Independent - UK

Foreign Suicide Bombers Kill Thousands and Bring Iraq to the Brink of Civil War

Bill Roggio

A wave of suicide bombings carried out by foreign volunteers entering Iraq from Syria is killing some 1,000 civilians a month, bringing the country back to the brink...

18th April 2014 - The Long War Journal

ISIS’ ‘Diyala Division’ Lauds Foreign Suicide Bombers, Including Dane

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham's "Diyala Division" recently praised 26 suicide bombers, including 24 foreign fighters who...

14th April 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Official Explains al Qaeda’s Strategy, Conflict with Former Branch

Thomas Joscelyn

Abu Sulayman al Muhajir, a high-ranking sharia official in the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has released a video...

9th April 2014 - The Long War Journal

ISIS’ ‘Southern Division’ Praises Foreign Suicide Bombers

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham's "Southern Iraq Division" praised eight foreign fighters who conducted suicide attacks in the province...

8th April 2014 - The Long War Journal

Jordan Rearrests Ex-Gitmo Detainee Once Deemed a ‘High’ Risk

Thomas Joscelyn

Jordanian authorities have arrested nine members of the Salafi jihadist trend, including a former Guantanamo detainee named Osama...

1st April 2014 - The Long War Journal

ISIS Parades on Outskirts of Baghdad

Bill Roggio

Less than two weeks ago, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, or ISIS, held a military parade in Fallujah and another parade in Abu

1st April 2014 - Cited by Christopher Bedford, The Daily Caller

Terrorists parade through Abu Ghraib, Fallujah

Bill Roggio

A video of a brazen, 8-minute terrorist parade in Abu Ghraib, Iraq, just two miles from Baghdad, was published to YouTube Tuesday. The parade received no visible...

28th March 2014 - Fox News

Surrendering America

Clifford D. May

FDD's Clifford D. May discusses how President Obama's foreign policy is weakening America's hand abroad and invites aggression by adversaries.

26th March 2014 - Iraqiya TV

News Update

David Andrew Weinberg

The President’s trip and Saudi support for jihadi extremists.

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