Analysis & Commentary


11th May 2013 - The Long War Journal

Egyptian Interior Minister: Al Qaeda Cell Plotted Suicide Attack Against Western Embassy

Thomas Joscelyn

Egypt's interior minister announced today the arrest of three members of an al Qaeda cell who were plotting to attack a Western embassy. "The interior ministry was able to direct a qualitative...

6th May 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Claim Bombing at Political Rally, Name New Emir of Kurram

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan claimed credit for a bombing today at a political rally in the tribal agency of Kurram that killed at least 18 people. Additionally...

5th May 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Kills 2 ‘Arab’-Linked Commanders in Nuristan

Bill Roggio

Coalition and Afghan forces killed two "Arab"-linked insurgent commanders, a wanted Saudi and an Afghan, during two separate raids in the Waygal district of Nuristan province...

3rd May 2013 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Praise bin Laden by ‘Waging Jihad for the Caliphate’

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan has released a video praising slain al Qaeda emir Osama bin Laden on the second anniversary of his death and vowing to continue...

2nd May 2013 - CCTV

Biz Asia America

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD's Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses al Qaeda two years after the death of Osama Bin Laden.

2nd May 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Targets ‘Insurgent Leader’ Linked to Haqqanis, Pakistani Taliban, and ‘Arabs’

Bill Roggio

Coalition and Afghan special operations forces targeted a "senior insurgent leader" with links to the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, the Haqqani Network, and "Arabs" operating...

30th April 2013 - Fox News

America Live

Clifford D. May

FDD's Clifford D. May discusses a recent Pew poll on the popularity of sharia in the Muslim world and alarming opinions on the use of suicide bombing.

29th April 2013 - National Post

China’s Ruthless Foreign Policy is Changing the World in Dangerous Ways

Jonathan Kay

Are we witnessing the end of the “American age”? It depends whom you ask. But one thing is certain: Thanks to the near-bankruptcy of the American welfare state...

26th April 2013 - Quoted by Jennifer Pagliaro, Andrew Livingstone, Wendy Gillis and Michelle Shephard, The Star

Smaller-Scale, Locally Conceived Attacks May be the Future of Terrorism

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

From his hideout in Pakistan, Osama bin Laden detailed what he hoped would become of the group he created and chastised those who had veered off course.

24th April 2013 - The Long War Journal

Turkistan Islamic Party Releases Video of Children in Training

Bill Roggio

The Turkistan Islamic Party, an al Qaeda-affiliated terror group, has released a video that shows young children firing weapons while at a training camp in Pakistan.

22nd April 2013 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Intelligence Chief Reported Killed in Drone Strike

Bill Roggio

Abu Ubaydah Abdullah al Adam, a senior al Qaeda leader who serves as the intelligence chief for the terror group, is reported to have been killed in a recent US drone strike in Pakistan's tribal areas.

21st April 2013 - The Weekly Standard

Investigating the Boston Bombers’ Foreign Ties

Thomas Joscelyn

There is still much we don’t know about the Boston Marathon bombers. It will take time to piece together a more complete picture of their backgrounds. But the investigation has taken an important turn...

19th April 2013 - The Long War Journal

Manhunt Continues in Boston, as Analysts Turn to Social Media for Clues

Thomas Joscelyn

The manhunt for one of the two chief suspects in this week's Boston Marathon bombings has continued throughout the day. And as the younger of two brothers is pursued by authorities...

18th April 2013 - The Long War Journal

IMU Lauds Another German Killed in US Drone Strike

Bill Roggio

The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan released martyrdom tape today praising a German member who was killed in a US drone strike in Pakistan over a year ago. The German, who was identified...

16th April 2013 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Deny Responsibility for Boston Marathon Bombings

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan denied that it executed yesterday's bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon that killed three people, including an 8-year-old boy...

15th April 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Captures Senior Lashkar-e-Taiba Leader in Ghazni

Bill Roggio

Coalition and Afghan special operations forces captured a senior leader from the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba during a raid today in the southeastern Afghan province of Ghazni. Additionally...

14th April 2013 - The Long War Journal

4 ‘Militants’ Killed in US Drone Strike in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

The US killed four "militants" in a drone strike in the jihadist hub of Datta Khel in Pakistan's Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan. The strike today is the first reported by the US...

7th April 2013 - Cited by Scott Shane, The New York Times

Targeted Killing Comes to Define War on Terror

Bill Roggio

In Pakistan, where the SEAL raid that killed Bin Laden sent Pakistani-American relations into a tailspin, drone strikes — though deeply unpopular — are tolerated by the security establishment.

4th April 2013 - Scripps Howard News Service

Holy Wars

Clifford D. May

In much of what we now call the Muslim world, Muslims are fighting Muslims. The conflicts fall into two broad categories: those in which militants battle militants, and those in which militants battle moderates. The outcomes of these conflicts matter.

25th March 2013 - National Post

What Pakistan Needs is a South Asian Anwar Sadat

Jonathan Kay

Power is an addictive drug. And like all addictions, it can drive men to reckless, even suicidal risks. Of this, there is no better example than Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s President from 2001 to 2008...

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