Analysis & Commentary

30th November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb Squadron Ambushed in Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), an official regional branch of al Qaeda’s international organization, has released a statement eulogizing a “commander” who was killed while traveling between the Libyan cities of Derna and Benghazi.

29th October 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb Honors Ansar al Sharia’s Slain Military Commander

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), a regional branch of al Qaeda’s international organization, has posted a eulogy for Mansur al Shalali (aka “Harun”), the slain military commander of Ansar al Sharia in Libya.

22nd October 2015 - Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Hillary Clinton Says Libya Chaos Shows Consequences of U.S. Withdrawal From Unstable Places

Bill Roggio

While all eyes in Washington watch the clash between former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and House Republicans over events in Benghazi four years ago, chaos reigns in Libya, where two separate governments battle for control. Islamists are in control in the capital city of...

13th September 2015 - The Long War Journal

In Dabiq Magazine, Islamic State Complains About Jihadist Rivals in Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

The latest edition of the Islamic State’s English-language Dabiq magazine, which was released online on September 9, contains the usual litany of horrors. Two men, Norwegian and Chinese nationals, are offered for sale as slaves. The group proudly advertises the destruction of ancient...

10th September 2015 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

IS Insurgents Say Europe-bound Refugees Are Courting Sin

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Syrians and Libyans fleeing their war-torn countries and seeking to settle in Europe are exposing their children to atheism, drugs, alcohol and sexual permissiveness, Islamic State insurgents say.

18th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

The Islamic State’s ‘Wanted Dead’ List in Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

Jihadists connected to the Islamic State’s branch in Libya have released dozens of wanted posters online in recent weeks. The graphics identify the “caliphate’s” enemies, including the jihadists and Islamists who have opposed its expansion in North Africa.

20th July 2015 - Quoted by Melissa Clyne - Newsmax

Qaida-Linked Group Executes ISIS Chief ‘Game of Thrones’ Style

Thomas Joscelyn

In an apparent attempt to beat the Islamic State at its own game of propaganda, a group in eastern Libya linked to al-Qaida has replicated HBO's popular series "Game of Thrones" by publicly humiliating and then hanging an ISIS commander to send a message to locals that sympathizing with ISIS...

19th July 2015 - Quoted by Shane Harris, Nancy A. Youssef - The Daily Beast

Town Shames ISIS Chief ‘Cersei Lannister-Style’—and Then Executes Him

Thomas Joscelyn

In a scene of medieval brutality, a jihadi group fighting to control a strategically important Libyan port captured ISIS’s local commander there, paraded him through the streets amid the taunts of onlookers, and then walked him to a gallows, where he was hanged.

9th July 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb Backs Jihadists Fighting Islamic State in Derna, Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

On July 3, three suicide bombers were deployed in the city of Derna, Libya. One of their bombs was intercepted, but the other two were detonated. Several people were killed and 10 or more others were wounded. The victims included women and children. The perpetrators of the attacks belonged...

30th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Ansar al Sharia Libya Fights on Under New Leader

Thomas Joscelyn

On June 18, a Twitter feed associated with Ansar al Sharia in Libya posted a link to a 30 minute audio recording of the group’s weekly radio broadcast covering news and events in Benghazi and elsewhere in Libya. The recording was the 24th such broadcast aired.

24th June 2015 - War on the Rocks - Co-written by Nathaniel Barr

The Islamic State’s Varying Fortunes in North Africa

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The jihadist group that calls itself the Islamic State has increasingly set its sights on expanding into North Africa.

23rd June 2015 - The Weekly Standard

Why Was a Key Benghazi Suspect Free?

Thomas Joscelyn

On Monday, the Pentagon announced that Ali Ani al Harzi was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Mosul, Iraq. For those who have followed the public reporting on the September 11, 2012, Benghazi attack closely, al Harzi’s name will ring a bell. He was one of the first suspects to be publicly...

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.


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