Analysis & Commentary


7th April 2014 - The Long War Journal

Zawahiri’s Longtime Deputy Reportedly Arrested in Egypt

Thomas Joscelyn

Thirwat Salah Shehata, an Egyptian who long served as one Ayman al Zawahiri's top deputies, has reportedly been arrested in a suburb...

23rd March 2014 - Quoted by Sarah Lynch, USA Today

Tunisia, Arab Spring’s Birthplace, Takes on Militants

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Islamist militants across North Africa have been fighting governments in Egypt, Libya, Algeria and Mali for not imposing harsh sharia law, launching terror attacks...

20th March 2014 - NOW Media

The Ghosts of Lockerbie

Tony Badran

Last week, Al Jazeera aired a documentary on the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in December 1988. Although the bombing has been...

24th February 2014 - Quoted by Aryn Baker, Time

Al Qaeda’s Top Envoy Killed in Syria by Rival Rebel Group

Thomas Joscelyn

Running an international terrorist organization from a hiding place somewhere in Pakistan isn’t easy. Even though war, be it in Somalia, Yemen or Libya, presents great...

27th January 2014 - The Long War Journal

Saudi MSC in Jerusalem Fighter Fought in Libya, Sought to Join ‘Mujahideen’ in Somalia

On Jan. 18, the Gaza-based Mujahideen Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem (MSC) released the third episode in a series entitled "Journey of Martyrdom."

22nd January 2014 - The Daily Beast

Obama’s Kobe Bryant-Al Qaeda Flap

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

A long New Yorker profile of President Obama provides a great deal of insight into how the president and his administration view the undeniable expansion of jihadist...

16th January 2014 - War on the Rocks

Interpreting al-Qaeda: Milbank Gets it Wrong

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Earlier this month, I argued at Foreign Policy that U.S. commentary on al-Qaeda and the Arab Spring has largely misinterpreted what the revolutionary...

16th January 2014 - National Review Online

Spinning Al-Qaeda

Clifford D. May

Since June 2012, Peter Bergen, the swashbuckling reporter who serves as CNN’s national-security analyst and a director of the liberal New America Foundation...

16th January 2014 - Quoted by Oren Dorell, USA Today

Senate Says No Doubt al-Qaeda in on Benghazi

Thomas Joscelyn

A Senate report on the Benghazi attack that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans bolsters Obama administration critics who suspected from...

15th January 2014 - The Weekly Standard

New Senate Report: Al Qaeda Network Attacked in Benghazi

Thomas Joscelyn

The Senate Intelligence Committee has now released its declassified review of the intelligence surrounding the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi...

15th January 2014 - The Wall Street Journal

Opinion Journal

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD's Tom Joscelyn discusses a recent Senate committee report indicating the deadly attack in Libya could have been prevented.

15th January 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Can Hillary Clinton Survive Benghazi?

Thomas Joscelyn

The Post reports, “A long-delayed Senate intelligence committee report released Wednesday spreads blame among the State Department and intelligence...

15th January 2014 - The Long War Journal

Senate Report: Terrorists ‘Affiliated’ with Multiple al Qaeda Groups Involved in Benghazi Attack

Thomas Joscelyn

The US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has released its review of the intelligence concerning the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.

13th January 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

What core al Qaeda is and the terrorist group's links with the Benghazi attack.

10th January 2014 - Cited by Patrick Brennan, National Review Online

State Dept: Benghazi Perpetrators ‘Continue to Pose a Threat to U.S. Interests in Libya’

Thomas Joscelyn

The State Department released its official designation of three new terrorist groups and their leaders today, and all three have a record of attacking U.S. diplomatic...

10th January 2014 - The Long War Journal

State Department Designates 3 Ansar al Sharia Organizations, Leaders

Thomas Joscelyn

The US State Department announced today that it has added three chapters of Ansar al Sharia, as well as three of the groups' leaders, to the government's terrorist...

8th January 2014 - The Long War Journal

Ex-Guantanamo Detainee Remains Suspect in Benghazi Attack

Thomas Joscelyn

An ex-Guantanamo detainee, Sufian Ben Qumu, remains a key suspect in the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, the Washington Post reports.

8th January 2014 - Quoted by Patrick Brennan, National Review

The Gitmo Detainee the Times Just Denied Was in Benghazi . . . Was in Benghazi

Thomas Joscelyn

U.S. officials have told the Washington Post that they believe that former Guantanamo Bay detainee and al-Qaeda-linked militant Abu Sufian bin Qumu...

7th January 2014 - The Weekly Standard

Obama Administration’s Benghazi Bombshell

Thomas Joscelyn

The Washington Post reports that U.S. officials suspect Sufian Ben Qumu, an ex-Guantanamo detainee, “played a role in the attack on the American compound...

5th January 2014 - CNN

Reliable Sources

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD's Thomas Joscelyn on last week’s in-depth New York Times report on the Benghazi attack and the pushback against its findings by conservative media.

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