Analysis & Commentary


24th March 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Video Features Veteran al Qaeda Military Leader

Thomas Joscelyn

An Al Nusrah Front video released on March 23 features Abu Hammam al Shami, an al Qaeda operative who swore bayat (an oath of

17th March 2014 - Cited by Robert Sibley, Ottawa Citizen

Terrorism of the Mundane: Al Qaeda’s Shift to Street Jihad Tactics

Thomas Joscelyn

I’ve often wondered when the Islamists would bring the kind of IED tactics that were deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq against western soldiers to the cities of North America.

8th March 2014 - The Long War Journal

Dane, Uzbek Among 30 Suicide Bombers Eulogized by ISIS

Bill Roggio

A Danish citizen and an Uzbek are among the 30 suicide bombers who were recognized by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham just two

6th March 2014 - Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Syria Spillover: The Growing Threat of Terrorism and Sectarianism in the Middle East

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The war in Syria has already produced tremendous ripple effects internationally, and they will only widen over time. The impact the Syria war will have on this generation...

5th March 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Drones Kill al Qaeda Operative Who Fought in Iraq

Bill Roggio

Today the US launched the second drone strike in Yemen in three days. The strike, which took place in northern Yemen, killed a jihadist who

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...

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