Analysis & Commentary


23rd June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Benghazi Suspect Killed in Mosul, Pentagon Says

Thomas Joscelyn

The Pentagon said today that Ali Awni al Harzi, a suspect in the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, was killed on June 15 by an American airstrike in Mosul, Iraq.

19th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb Says Mokhtar Belmokhtar is ‘Alive and Well’

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), an official branch of al Qaeda, has posted a statement on Twitter saying that Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a veteran jihadist, is “alive and well.” AQIM refers to Belmokhtar as Khaled Abou El Abbas, a name he has long used, in the message.

15th June 2015 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

Islamic State Suffering Setbacks in Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

A few days ago fighters with Islamic State’s affiliate in Libya were gloating about recent battlefield successes and appeared poised to launch an offensive on oil fields near Sirte, the coastal city they overran last month. But in recent days they suffered two serious reversals.

15th June 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio & Thomas Joscelyn comment on the newest developments in Middle Eastern conflicts.

15th June 2015 - Quoted by Sean D. Naylor - Foreign Policy

Will the U.S. Go After Mokhtar Belmokhtar’s Network?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Jihadi leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar’s death in a weekend airstrike in Libya, if confirmed, presents U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration with both a tantalizing opportunity and a complicated choice.

14th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Jihadist Rivals Continue to Battle in Derna, Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

Earlier this year, one of the Islamic State’s so-called “provinces” in Derna, Libya advertised the opening of a police headquarters and a sharia court. The move was intended to demonstrate the group’s dominance over the city.

12th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Veteran Jihadists Killed by Islamic State’s ‘Province’ in Derna, Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

This week, one of the Islamic State’s so-called “provinces” began to battle its jihadist rivals for control of Derna, Libya. The animosity between the two sides had been brewing for months.

10th June 2015 - Quoted by Howard LaFranchi - The Christian Science Monitor

Europe’s Migrant Crisis: Is the Answer for UN to Authorize Use of Force?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

When the world was confronted with a sudden uptick in piracy in the waters off the coast of Somalia seven years ago, the United Nations Security Council authorized the use of force to take on the bandits.

9th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State ‘Province’ Advances In and Around Libyan City of Sirte

Thomas Joscelyn

Fighters loyal to the Islamic State continue to gain ground in the Libyan city of Sirte and its surrounding areas. Earlier today, one of the Islamic State’s official Libyan branches announced that its fighters have captured a power plant outside of the coastal city. The announcement, seen...

25th May 2015 - Quoted by Shane Harris - The Daily Beast

He’ll Tell You Where to Find Gaddafi’s Missing Billions—If He Gets His Cut

Yaya J. Fanusie

In August 2014, Erik Iskander Goaied formed a company to locate what he claims is $150 billion or more in U.S. currency, gold, diamonds, and other assets. This is the loot that Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi had squirreled away outside of Libya before he was deposed in 2011.

22nd May 2015 - Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Libyan Diplomat: Violence Likely If Peace Talks Fail

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Libya faces renewed violence if a June 17 deadline for the conclusion of peace talks next month doesn't unify the country, a move that's needed to help resolve the Mediterranean migrant crisis and the Islamic State threat to Europe, Libya's top diplomat in Washington said.

14th May 2015 - Quoted by Pinar Tremblay - Al Monitor

No Questions Asked for Turkey’s Suitcases Full of Cash

Jonathan Schanzer

The Turkish Ministry of Customs and Trade issued new regulations April 15 for entering and leaving Turkey with any amount of cash. The new Customs Code had passed without much public attention until early May, when the news broke with the headlines “Hot money days are over, now starts the...

7th May 2015 - Quoted by James Warren - Poynter

Without Fact Checking, ISIS’ Messages Go Unchallenged

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Media worldwide have at times exaggerated the strength of ISIS terrorists due to a combination of their use of social media and an inability of the press to do effective warzone fact checking, a U.S. Senate panel was told Thursday.

29th April 2015 - Quoted by Shane Harris - The Daily Beast

Dead Broke Libya Hires Million-Dollar American Lobbyist

Jonathan Schanzer

The fledgling government of Libya has hired a top-flight Washington PR firm to represent its interests in D.C., even though by all accounts Libya is a failed state with no real functioning government.

9th April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Ansar al Sharia Libya Relaunches Social Media Sites

Thomas Joscelyn

Ansar al Sharia Libya, the al Qaeda-linked jihadist group notorious for its role in the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, relaunched its social media presence in late March. The group set up several official Twitter feeds to promote its propaganda, including messages from its new...

8th March 2015 - Syndicated

The Mimi Geerges Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the Islamic State's international expansion.

3rd March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Osama Bin Laden’s Files: The Arab Revolutions

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda's general manager, Atiyah Abd al Rahman, believed there was "good" in the 2011 Arab uprisings. And he discussed with Osama bin Laden how to send al Qaeda operatives around the globe to take advantage of the situation. The Libyan "brothers" were especially anxious to wage jihad in...

2nd March 2015 - Foreign Policy

Is Libya the Next Stronghold of the Islamic State?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The chaotic civil war is giving the caliphate a foothold in North Africa, and its enemies can’t figure out whether to kill the jihadists or use them for their own purposes.

26th February 2015 - Cited by Doug Bandow - Forbes

Libya: Hold Policymakers Accountable For Another Washington War Gone Bad

Thomas Joscelyn

Will America ever again be at peace? A new war always seems to start before the last one ends. The U.S. is bombing targets in Syria and sending troops back into Iraq.

26th February 2015 - FDD Press Release

New Report by FDD Scholar Outlines Civil War in Libya

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

A new report authored by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, outlines how Libya’s civil war between the Dignity and Dawn campaigns empowers jihadist groups like the Islamic State and threatens the safety of Europe.

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