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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.

4th January 2014 - Cited by Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

Down the Times’ Benghazi Rabbit Hole

Thomas Joscelyn

What was the commander-in-chief of the United States armed forces doing through the night of September 11, 2012, while he knew Americans were under...

1st January 2014 - The Weekly Standard

Not a ‘Bogus’ Benghazi Connection

Thomas Joscelyn

During an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, New York Times reporter David Kirkpatrick was asked about the connections between Muhammad Jamal’s...

30th December 2013 - The Weekly Standard

Politico Jumps in the Benghazi Debate

Thomas Joscelyn

Blake Hounshell of Politico takes a look at the latest back and forth over Benghazi sparked by David Kirkpatrick’s 7,000-plus word piece for the New...

30th December 2013 - The Wall Street Journal

Opinion Journal

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD's Tom Joscelyn explains al Qaeda's involvement in the 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

30th December 2013 - National Review Online

Al-Qaeda Is Alive and Kicking in Benghazi

Benjamin Weinthal

The organizational energy and sophisticated firepower used to attack the U.S. consulate in Benghazi struck many seasoned counterterrorism experts as...

30th December 2013 - Politico

Al Qaeda’s Big Year

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Any way you measure it, 2013 was a good year for al Qaeda. It wasn’t supposed to be. Shortly after the United States killed the group’s charismatic leader...

29th December 2013 - The Weekly Standard

The New York Times Whitewashes Benghazi

Thomas Joscelyn

David D. Kirkpatrick of the New York Times has published a lengthy account of the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. While much in...

22nd December 2013 - The Long War Journal

Suicide Bomber Strikes Security Checkpoint Mear Benghazi, Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

A suicide bomber detonated a truck bomb at a checkpoint outside the city of Benghazi earlier today. The number of casualties varies in the early reporting.

1st December 2013 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Seeks to Spin Capture of Top Operative

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda propagandist Adam Gadahn has released a new video denouncing the capture of a top operative known as Abu Anas al Libi. In the video, titled "The...

27th November 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISIS Praises Slain Commander Who Fought in Iraq, Libya, and Syria

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, one of two official al Qaeda branches operating in Syria, praised a Libyan commander who had fought in Iraq and Libya...

26th November 2013 - The Long War Journal

Ansar al Sharia Battles Security Forces in Benghazi

Thomas Joscelyn

More than one year after a US ambassador and three other Americans were killed during a terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, the city remains plagued...

25th November 2013 - ASMEA

Libya: The Rise and Fall of Qaddafi

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In Plato’s classic work Republic, his protagonist Socrates delineates five types of political regimes, and assigns a different kind of person to each to illustrate...

21st November 2013 - Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs

Political, Economic, and Security Situation in Africa

Thomas Joscelyn

Chairman Kaine, Ranking Member Risch and members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me here today to discuss the security situation in North Africa.

11th November 2013 - The Weekly Standard

Questions They Won’t Answer

Thomas Joscelyn

When South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham threatened last week to place a hold in the Senate on all Obama administration nominations until the president and...

27th October 2013 - CBS News

60 Minutes

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD's Tom Joscelyn tells Lara Logan that al Qaeda is pushing their agenda forward in Libya. Part of the problem, Joscelyn says, is that the West's definition...

24th October 2013 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: UN Adds Benghazi Suspect to al Qaeda Sanctions List

Thomas Joscelyn

The United Nations added Muhammad Jamal al Kashef, a longtime subordinate to al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri, to its sanctions list on Oct. 18. The UN's...

22nd October 2013 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer, The Daily Beast

Anas al-Liby’s Health Care During Terror Trial Could Gouge Taxpayers

Jonathan Schanzer

Libya’s beleaguered Prime Minister Ali Zidan is likely to be hit by more political fallout from the U.S. nabbing two weeks ago of an al-Qaeda suspect off the streets...

18th October 2013 - Fox News

Happening Now

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD's Tom Joscelyn comments on a report that al Qaeda and its Somali affiliate, al Shabaab, are planning revenge attacks against Americans.

15th October 2013 - The Daily Beast

Anas Al-Liby’s Pakistan Qaeda Connection

Thomas Joscelyn

The recent counterterrorism raids in Libya and Somalia highlight a fundamental flaw in the U.S. Government’s analysis of al Qaeda. A common misconception...

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