Analysis & Commentary


2nd February 2015 - The Long War Journal

Ansar al Sharia Photos Focus on Governance Efforts Near Benghazi

Thomas Joscelyn

Ansar al Sharia Libya released a set of propaganda photos in late January that are intended to demonstrate the group's authority over areas in and around Benghazi. The photos purportedly show a police station and a convoy of security vehicles under the group's control. However, forces loyal...

28th January 2015 - The Weekly Standard

Former U.S. Marine Killed by Islamic State’s Tripoli ‘Province’

Thomas Joscelyn

Two gunmen entered the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli Tuesday morning. When their shooting rampage was over, at least ten people had been killed.

28th January 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Libyan Ansar al-Sharia Leader Gets Medical Treatment in Turkey

Thomas Joscelyn

Ansar al-Sharia Libya confirmed this weekend that its leader, Mohamed al-Zahawi, had passed away from wounds sustained last year.

27th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State’s ‘Province’ Claims Responsibility for Attack on Hotel in Tripoli

Thomas Joscelyn

Gunmen assaulted the Corinthia hotel in Tripoli early this morning. According to some accounts, a car bomb was detonated outside of the hotel during the attack.

26th January 2015 - 770 WABC-AM - New York, New York

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn talk with John Batchelor about their latest articles for the Long War Journal.

3rd January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Osama bin Laden’s Documents Pertaining to Abu Anas al Libi Should be Released

Thomas Joscelyn

A top al Qaeda operative known as Abu Anas al Libi has died in US custody while awaiting trial. Several documents recovered in Osama bin Laden's compound discuss al Libi after he was released from Iranian custody in 2010. These files should be released to the public.

29th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Ansar al Sharia Libya Showcases Spoils of War, Key Personalities in Video

Thomas Joscelyn

A newly released Ansar al Sharia video features Wissam Ben Hamid, a key figure in the security failures surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi. The video also shows Mohammed al Darsi, who appears to be the same jihadist released in exchange for a Jordanian ambassador...

27th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State’s ‘Provinces’ Claim Attacks in Egypt, Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State's "provinces" in Egypt and Libya claimed recent attacks in both countries via jihadist supporters earlier today. The group's claims of responsibility were first obtained and translated by the SITE Intelligence Group.

11th December 2014 - The Weekly Standard

The Benghazi Report

Thomas Joscelyn

After a long day on November 13, 2013, Speaker of the House John Boehner walked down the marble hallways of the Longworth House Office Building to the personal office of Representative Devin Nunes for a drink, a cigarette, and maybe a brief reprieve.

7th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Representative of Ayman al Zawahiri Reportedly Captured in Turkey

Thomas Joscelyn

Abd al Baset Azzouz, an al Qaeda operative who served as Ayman al Zawahiri's representative in Libya, was captured in Turkey in mid-November. Azzouz is reportedly being investigated for his possible ties to the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi.

19th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

UN Recognizes Ties Between Ansar al Sharia in Libya, al Qaeda

Thomas Joscelyn

The United Nations has added the Ansar al Sharia chapters in Benghazi and Derna to its al Qaeda sanctions list, explicitly recognizing their ties to each other, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, and other al Qaeda-linked groups.

16th October 2014 - The Weekly Standard

What Happened to the ‘Sensitive Information’ Stolen in Benghazi?

Thomas Joscelyn

The Justice Department has released a new, superseding indictment in the government’s case against Ahmed Abu Khatallah, the only suspect held by the U.S. in connection with the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.

11th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Ansar al Sharia Video Features Jihadist Once Thought to be US Ally in Benghazi

Thomas Joscelyn

A new video posted by Ansar al Sharia Libya features Wissam Bin Hamid. American officials once considered Bin Hamid an ally in Benghazi, but he stood idly by as the US Mission and Annex were overrun on the night of Sept. 11, 2012.

8th September 2014 - AM 970, WNYM - New York, New York

The Joe Piscopo Show

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May discusses the lack of US strategy in the Middle East.

3rd September 2014 - 104.1 KQTH, Tucson

The Jon Justice Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, discusses the missing aircraft in Libya and other developments in the Middle East.

26th August 2014 - Huffington Post

HuffPost Live

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, on the deteriorating situation in Libya.

13th August 2014 - War on the Rocks

Libya’s Islamist Counteroffensive

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Through much of June and the first half of July, fighting between the forces of rogue General Khalifa Hifter and Benghazi’s Islamist militias had reached an uneasy stalemate that now appears to be broken.

6th August 2014 - Quoted by Mariusz Zawadzki - Gazeta

Libia pogrąża się w całkowitym chaosie

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Naloty NATO, które trzy lata temu uratowały Libijczyków przed zemstą szalonego dyktatora, w rzeczywistości ich pogrążyły.

1st August 2014 - The Weekly Standard

Ansar al Sharia Ally A Key Figure in Benghazi Security Failures

Thomas Joscelyn

A key figure in the security failures surrounding the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya is fighting alongside members of Ansar al Sharia, which is one of the terrorist groups responsible for the assault on the U.S. mission and annex that night.

30th July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Ansar al Sharia, Allies Seize Libyan Special Forces Base in Benghazi

Thomas Joscelyn

Ansar al Sharia and its allies have captured a key Libyan special forces base in the city of Benghazi. The base fell after days of heavy fighting and Ansar al Sharia is celebrating the spoils of its victory on its official Twitter page.

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