Analysis & Commentary

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.

28th March 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

American forces kill senior al Qaeda leader in Libya

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

The US military announced that it killed Musa Abu Dawud, a high-ranking al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb leader in Libya, in an airstrike last weekend. Dawud is an established jihadist who has been in the fight with the GSPC and AIQM for at least three decades.

26th January 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda head blames Islamists for failure of Arab uprisings

Thomas Joscelyn

In a newly-released audio message, Ayman al Zawahiri blames Islamist parties in Tunisia and Egypt for the failure of the Arab uprisings to deliver sharia-based governance.

3rd January 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

2017: A record year for US counterterrorism strikes

Alexandra N. Gutowski, Bill Roggio

The pattern of operations in 2017 in what the Obama administration used to call areas outside of active hostilities indicates that the US will continue the reinvigorated air campaign in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and Libya in the coming year.

29th November 2017 - Quoted by Andrew C. McCarthy - National Review

Khatallah’s Acquittals on Benghazi Murders Show, Again, Need for New System

Clifford D. May, Thomas Joscelyn

There was never going to be justice for the American war dead of the Benghazi attack. The jihadist strike on the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 atrocities was too bound up in the politics of the 2012 presidential election. Moreover, the prosecution of the lone defendant charged in the...

21st November 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US air campaign in Libya moves south

Alexandra N. Gutowski

The United States conducted two strikes against the Islamic State in central Libya, its southernmost strikes in the Libyan air campaign.

30th September 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US resumes strikes against Islamic State in Libya

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

US Africa Command launched airstrikes against the Islamic State in Libya for the first time in eight months. AFRICOM also revealed to FDD's Long War Journal that an estimated 800 to 900 Islamic State fighters were killed during Operation Odyssey Lightning's air campaign in Sirte last year....

24th September 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US strikes Islamic State camp in Libyan desert

Thomas Joscelyn

The US carried out six airstrikes against an Islamic State camp "approximately 150 miles southeast of Sirte" on Sept. 22, according to US Africa Command. The bombings reportedly killed 17 jihadists and destroyed three vehicles.

24th August 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State fighters overrun checkpoint in Libya, behead captives

Thomas Joscelyn

Jihadists loyal to the Islamic State overran a checkpoint manned by the Libyan National Army (LNA) yesterday. A spokesman for the LNA confirmed that 11 victims were beheaded.

11th August 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Jonathan Schanzer

Since the 2011 revolution, Libya has been the site of a rather nasty proxy war. The UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and other traditional Gulf states have backed the eastern-based government and Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA). Seeking a more Islamist order in Libya, Qatar and Turkey...

6th August 2017 - Newsweek

Qatar’s Support Of The Worst Of The Worst In Libya Must End

Jonathan Schanzer

Libya’s eastern-based government joined Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt in cutting ties with Qatar in June, with Foreign Minister Mohammed al-Deri asserting that Doha was “harboring terrorism.” The move reflected longstanding grievances expressed by Libya’s...

24th July 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellow and Long War Journal editor Bill Roggio talks about ISIS's survival in Libya on The John Batchelor Show

20th July 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

How many fighters does the Islamic State still have in Libya?

Thomas Joscelyn

When the Islamic State lost control of Sirte, Libya late last year, it was a blow for the so-called caliphate’s plans in North Africa.

6th July 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Ohio man pleads guilty to terror charges after attempting to join ISIS in Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

The Department of Justice announced today that Aaron Travis Daniels pleaded guilty terror-related charges after trying to join the Islamic State in Libya last November.

28th May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

UK officials still investigating ‘wider conspiracy’ behind Manchester attack

Thomas Joscelyn

Law enforcement and counterterrorism officials are still investigating the possible “wider conspiracy” behind the May 22 Manchester Arena bombing, according to a statement released by the Manchester Police.

27th May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State claims attack on bus carrying Coptic Christians in Egypt

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a massacre that was carried out yesterday in Minya, south of Cairo, Egypt. Masked gunman opened fire on a bus filled with Coptic Christians who were traveling to the St. Samuel Coptic Orthodox Monastery. At least 28 people were killed.

25th May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: UK investigating possible ‘network’ behind Manchester attack

Thomas Joscelyn

The investigation into the Manchester Arena bombing quickly turned to the possibility that the bomber, 22-year-old Salman Abedi, had accomplices. “I think it’s very clear that this is a network that we are investigating,” Chief Constable Ian Hopkins of the Manchester Police told...

17th April 2017 - Quoted by Joel Gehrke - The Washington Examiner

Engel: US can’t allow Libya to become ‘puppet government of Russia’

Boris Zilberman

President Trump's team needs to take care to prevent Libya from falling under the sway of Russia, according to U.S. policymakers and experts.

3rd April 2017 - Foreign Affairs

Russia’s Charm Offensive in North Africa

Boris Zilberman

With the world’s attention focused on the question of Russian influence in the United States and the European Union, the Kremlin is quietly making inroads in another region critical to both the United States and Europe: the five North African states of the southern Mediterranean shore....

19th January 2017 - Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

US Sends Its Expensive Stealth Bombers To Annihilate ISIS In Libya

The U.S. Air Force deployed its ultra-stealthy B-2 bombers to strike an Islamic State camp in Libya Thursday, but it is unclear why such an expensive platform was necessary to attack the terrorist group.


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