Analysis & Commentary


31st May 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban and Islamic State target religious opponents in Afghanistan

Thomas Joscelyn

According to a State Department report published this week, the Taliban continues "to assassinate and threaten religious leaders with death for preaching messages contrary to" its "interpretation of Islam or its political agenda.” As part of its widespread assassination campaign, Taliban...

30th May 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State claims its soldier killed 3 in Liège, Belgium

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State's Amaq News Agency has issued a short statement claiming that the assailant who conducted the attack in Liège, Belgium yesterday was one of the group's soldiers. Amaq did not provide any descriptive information about the attacker, whom authorities have identified as a...

13th May 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Authorities say ISIS-linked family conducted suicide bombings at Indonesian churches

Thomas Joscelyn

According to authorities, an ISIS-linked family carried out suicide bombings at three churches in the Indonesian city of Surabaya earlier today. The bombings came just days after other ISIS-affiliated militants conducted a prison riot south of Jakarta. ISIS has long targeted Christians,...

9th May 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

ISIS claims its ‘soldiers’ are responsible for prison riot in Indonesia

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State claims that its "soldiers" were responsible for a prison riot south of Jakarta, Indonesia yesterday. A police spokesman was quick to dismiss the group's statements, images and a video purportedly shot at the scene. Instead, he blamed the clash on a fight over food.

7th May 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

ISIS targets elections in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

Since late April, the Islamic State has claimed a string of operations targeting elections in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. The group's spokesman, Abu al-Hasan al-Muhajir, threatened Iraq's upcoming election on May 12 and the jihadists are carrying out operations accordingly.

7th May 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State continues to battle Assad regime, allies

Thomas Joscelyn

Since mid-April, the Islamic State and the Assad regime have been engaged in an intense battle in the southern neighborhoods of Damascus. ISIS claims to have killed or wounded hundreds of Assad's soldiers, but its figures cannot be independently verified. Meanwhile, the so-called caliphate...

30th April 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Treasury sanctions ISIS facilitator based in the Philippines

Thomas Joscelyn

The Treasury Department announced today that it has added Myrna Mabanza, an Islamic State (ISIS) facilitator based in the Philippines, to the US government’s list of designated terrorists. Treasury identifies Mabanza as a woman in her mid-20s who has worked with some of the Islamic...

24th April 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: Islamic State spokesman says ‘new phase’ of jihad has begun

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s Al-Furqan Media released a lengthy speech from its spokesman, Abu al-Hasan al-Muhajir, on Apr. 22. In the 49-minute message, titled “So Follow Their Guidance,” al-Muhajir summarizes his organization’s war against its many enemies, both in the region and abroad....

22nd April 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Suicide bomber strikes voter registration office in Kabul

Thomas Joscelyn

A suicide bomber struck a voter registration office in Kabul earlier today. More than 50 people were killed, including women and children, while over 100 others were injured in the bombing, according to the Afghan government.

6th April 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: A premature declaration of victory in Syria?

Thomas Joscelyn

The White House declared on Apr. 4 that the "military mission to eradicate ISIS in Syria is coming to a rapid end, with ISIS being almost completely destroyed." But ISIS continues to operate in several areas of Syria, as well as in Iraq, which wasn't even mentioned in the White House's...

23rd March 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State claims its ‘soldier’ took hostages in southern France

Thomas Joscelyn

French authorities ended a hostage crisis earlier today after an armed man assaulted a supermarket in Trèbes. The man reportedly killed at least three people, including a passenger in a car he attempted to hijack and two others in the market. The Islamic State (ISIS) claims the perpetrator...

22nd March 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

US designates ISIS chemical weapons expert from France as terrorist

Thomas Joscelyn

The State Department announced today that Joe Asperman, a French national, has been designated as a terrorist. Asperman works as "a senior chemical weapons expert for ISIS" and "oversaw chemical operations production within Syria for ISIS and the deployment of these chemical weapons at the...

22nd March 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

US designates ISIS chemical weapons expert from France as terrorist

Thomas Joscelyn

The State Department announced today that Joe Asperman, a French national, has been designated as a terrorist. Asperman works as "a senior chemical weapons expert for ISIS" and "oversaw chemical operations production within Syria for ISIS and the deployment of these chemical weapons at the...

2nd March 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

ISIS supporter tried to recruit 55 children for attacks in London

Thomas Joscelyn

The UK Metropolitan Police announced today that three men have been convicted on terrorism-related charges after it was learned they planned to use up to 55 children in attacks throughout London.

22nd February 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: ISIS hasn’t been defeated

Thomas Joscelyn

On January 19, the Pentagon released its new National Defense Strategy, which prioritizes "inter-state strategic competition" from China and Russia over "terrorism." In many ways, the strategy makes sense. However, the threat from ISIS and al Qaeda has not been eliminated. The jihadists are...

18th February 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State claims church shooting in Dagestan

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a shooting at a church in Kizlyar, a town in Dagestan, earlier today. Russian officials have confirmed that at least five people were killed and four more wounded.

23rd January 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

State Department designates Islamic State executioner, fighter as terrorists

Thomas Joscelyn

19th January 2018 - Quoted by Jason Burke - The Guardian

Al-Qaida moves in to recruit from Islamic State and its affiliates

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Al-Qaida has been trying to win over extremists from Islamic State, while the Isis “caliphate” collapses amid heavy losses of men, material, territory and prestige.

18th January 2018 - Quoted by Louis Jacobson - PolitiFact

Fact-checking Donald Trump’s ‘results’ from his fake news awards

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

As part of his much-hyped "fake news awards," President Donald Trump offered 10 pieces of news he said the media was ignoring. "While the media spent 90 percent of the time focused on negative coverage or fake news, the President has been getting results," he wrote.

28th December 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State’s Khorasan ‘province’ claims responsibility for attack on cultural center in Kabul

Thomas Joscelyn

Dozens of civilians were killed during a bombing at the Tabayan cultural center in Kabul, Afghanistan earlier today. The Islamic State's Khorasan "province," which regularly targets Shiite civilians and places of worship in Afghanistan, quickly claimed responsibility.

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