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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.

3rd January 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: Islamic State claims historically high number of suicide attacks in 2016

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency claims that the so-called caliphate carried out at least 1,141 “martyrdom operations” (suicide attacks) in Iraq, Syria and Libya in 2016. The overwhelming majority of these, 1,112 in all, were launched in Iraq and Syria.

12th December 2016 - FDD's Long War Journal

US confirms death of high-profile Tunisian Islamic State assassin

Thomas Joscelyn

The US Defense Department has confirmed that Boubaker al-Hakim, a French-Tunisian Islamic State leader pictured above, was killed in airstrikes carried out in Raqqa, Syria on Nov. 26.

22nd November 2016 - Quoted by Associated Press

Libyans arrest wife of senior al-Qaida-linked militant

Libyan authorities said Tuesday that they have arrested a wife of the one-eyed militant leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar, once considered the most dangerous man in the Sahara and a veteran al-Qaida-linked figure.

19th November 2016 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State fighters remain in a few blocks of Sirte, Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

Islamic State fighters are holding onto a small part of Sirte, Libya more than six months after local Libyan forces began an offensive to retake the city.

8th November 2016 - FDD's Long War Journal

Ohio man allegedly communicated with an Islamic State ‘external attack planner’

Thomas Joscelyn

Aaron Travis Daniels, also known as Harun Muhammad and Abu Yusef, was arrested at an airport in Columbus, Ohio yesterday before he could fly to Trinidad.

7th November 2016 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State defends Mosul with dozens of suicide bombers

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State carried out 120 “martyrdom operations” in Iraq and Syria in October, according to an infographic posted online by the group’s Amaq News Agency.

24th October 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellows Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio comment on the airstrikes in Sirte and the Mosul offensive.

21st October 2016 - The Long War Journal

US has launched more than 300 airstrikes against the Islamic State in Sirte, Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

The US has launched 330 airstrikes against the Islamic State in Sirte, Libya since Aug. 1, according to data released by US Africa Command.

28th September 2016 - Quoted by John Hayward - Breitbart

Islamic State Hit Hard in Libya, but al-Qaeda Stronger Than Ever

Thomas Joscelyn

Thomas Joscelyn, senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and Senior Editor of the Long War Journal, told the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade on Tuesday that the Islamic State has suffered major setbacks in its Libyan stronghold...

27th September 2016 - The Long War Journal

Libya’s Terrorist Descent: Causes and Solutions

Thomas Joscelyn

Chairman Poe, Ranking Member Keating and members of the subcommittee, thank you for inviting me here today to discuss the turmoil in Libya.

22nd September 2016 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State’s safe haven in Sirte, Libya shrinks to a ‘single neighborhood’

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s safe haven in Sirte, Libya has been “reduced to a single square kilometer,” Secretary of Defense Ash Carter told the Senate Armed Services Committee earlier today.

16th August 2016 - CCTV America

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