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13th August 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

AQAP publishes guide for derailing trains in the US, Europe

Thomas Joscelyn

The 17th edition of AQAP’s Inspire magazine provides a how-to guide for building a train derailment device. Al Qaeda has plotted against trains in the West in the past.

8th February 2017 - The Washington Times

Border disputes

Clifford D. May

Al Qaeda does not value diversity and it’s not an equal opportunity employer. The same can be said of the Islamic State. And when the rulers of the Islamic Republic of Iran want to commit an act of terrorism – the bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut in 1983, to take just one...

12th December 2016 - USIP Press

The Jihadi Threat

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross co-authored a report covering ISIS and al-Qaeda, exploring their movements, possible strategies, the future scenarios, and policy considerations.

9th September 2016 - 105.1 FM WAVA

The Don Kroah Show

Clifford D. May

FDD President Cliff May discusses the state of the "war on terror" 15 years after 9/11.

19th July 2016 - The Washington Times

The jihadis in France, the Islamists in Turkey

Clifford D. May

Streets ran red with blood in both France and Turkey last week. A terrorist atrocity and an attempted coup are quite different events. But underlying both is this question: How are the most dynamic forces within the Islamic world shaping the 21st century?

18th June 2016 - Quoted by Saagar Enjeti - The Daily Caller

Experts: Radical Ideology Is A Clear Motivation For Orlando, Despite Media Claims

Thomas Joscelyn

During his rampage in a popular LGBT club in Orlando, Omar Mateen called 911 to send a clear message: His allegiance to the Islamic State. After his initial burst of fire, he reaffirmed his pledge to the terrorist group and justified his attack as the “vengeance” of ISIS for U.S....

13th June 2016 - The Journal of International Security Affairs

An Opening for Al-Qaeda

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Since the Islamic State (IS) made its dramatic military advance in Iraq more than a year ago—capturing Mosul and other key cities and declaring the caliphate’s re-establishment—analysts have been near-unanimous that the group’s emergence has devastated its parent organization,...

31st May 2016 - Quoted by Neville Teller - The Jerusalem Post

The jihadist civil war

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The bloodthirsty jihadist organization that calls itself Islamic State (IS) sprang from the loins of al-Qaeda, once the supreme bane of the western world, which achieved its apogee with the destruction of the twin towers in New York.

20th May 2016 - The Blaze

The Buck Sexton Show

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses radical jihadist groups and militias fighting in Syria on both sides of the ongoing civil war.

10th February 2016 - The Washington Times

Winning an unconventional war

Clifford D. May

War is – and always will be -- hell. The Law of Armed Conflict is not meant to change that – only to make it a little less hellish. There are weapons you agree not to use. In exchange, your enemy doesn’t use those weapons against you. You treat captured combatants humanely. You expect...

8th June 2015 - Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

Islamic Extremism, Explained

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, is nothing if not ambitious. In a speech last July, Baghadi promised his fighters much more than their already large empire in Iraq and Syria: "if you hold to [the Islamic State]," he said, "you will conquer Rome and own the world."

15th September 2014 - The Weekly Standard

They Have a Strategy

Thomas Joscelyn

During a press conference on August 28, Barack Obama had a rare moment of candor.

10th September 2014 - The Washington Times

Thirteen Years After 9/11

Clifford D. May

Do not call what happened 13 years ago this week a tragedy. It was a terrorist atrocity, an act of war and a war crime. Very different.

8th May 2013 - al-Wasat

Radicalization and Political Violence

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Rolling Stone has published a new article entitled “Everything You’ve Been Told About Radicalization is Wrong.” It is primarily an attack on the NYPD’s study Radicalization in the West...

21st November 2012 - CBN News

Stakelbeck on Terror

FDD's Sebastian Gorka explains how America is losing the ideological war against Islamists.

2nd November 2012 - Pragati

A Blind Spot

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

One area of study that has significantly grown over the past decade is that of radicalisation. How do individuals come to believe that violence is a proper response to current political problems or unjust...

18th February 2012 - National Post

The Pakistan Problem Isn’t Just The Government. It’s The People

Since the Taliban resurgence began gaining force in 2005, a common refrain in the West has been that Pakistan must “do more” to rein in the jihadis who are drawing support from bases in the borderlands of Balochistan and Waziristan.

9th February 2012 - Scripps Howard News Service

If You See Something, Shut Up

Clifford D. May

M. Zudi Jasser is a physician, a U.S. Navy veteran, an American patriot and a Muslim who does not hold with those who preach that Islam commands its followers to take part in a war against unbelievers.

11th August 2011 - Scripps Howard News Service

Borrowing From the Communists to Pay the Jihadis

Clifford D. May

The debt crisis, chronic high unemployment, the tumbling stock market, the credit downgrade -- these are, fairly obviously, symptoms of an economy in distress. We might disagree about the best policy responses.

22nd July 2011 - The Long War Journal

Norwegian Police Dismiss Jihadist Role in Oslo Attacks

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

Norwegian authorities have reportedly arrested a 32-year-old man named Anders Behring Breivik in connection with Friday's terrorist attack. While his precise motives remain unclear, the police have reportedly dismissed any ties to jihadism.

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