Analysis & Commentary


6th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

ISIS Touts French, German, and Libyan Suicide Bombers in Syria

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Sham, a former al Qaeda affiliate that operates in Iraq and Syria, praised French, German, and Libyan suicide bombers in the latest release of...

5th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

ISIS Takes Control of Areas in Central Iraqi City

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham seized control of several neighborhoods in the central Iraqi city of Samarra during an assault launched earlier today.

5th June 2014 - Now Lebanon

Jihadist Blowback?

Tony Badran

Analysts are mistakenly placing the Brussels shootings within the context of Syria.

5th June 2014 - AM1130

Up And At Em’

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD expert, Daveed Gartenstein Ross discusses people being recruited to fight in Syria.

4th June 2014 - CCTV

CCTV America

Tony Badran

FDD Research Fellow, Tony Badran, discusses elections in Syria.

4th June 2014 - World Politics Review

Defending Against Syrian Jihadists A Slippery Challenge For The West

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

For years, security experts have warned of the threat from “homegrown terrorists” inspired by al-Qaida’s violent ideology.

3rd June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Uzbek Jihadist Group Releases Footage From Syrian Training Camp

Bill Roggio

The Imam Bukhari Jamaat, which fights alongside the Al Nusrah Front and Jaish al Muhajireen wal Ansar...

31st May 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Officials Have Identified American Suicide Bomber in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

US officials have identified the American who took part in a suicide operation carried out by the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, earlier this month.

30th May 2014 - The Long War Journal

Previously Obscure al Qaeda Leader Responds to Dissenters

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda has published a response to the nine jihadists operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan who sided with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS) in a letter...

27th May 2014 - The Long War Journal

American Took Part in Suicide Bombings, Al Nusrah Front Sharia Official Says

Thomas Joscelyn

An American was one of four suicide bombers who took part in a recent coordinated assault in Syria, according to an Al Nusrah Front sharia official who is active on Twitter.

26th May 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front, Suqour al Sham Launch Joint Suicide Assault in Syria

Bill Roggio

A "correspondent" for the Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, said that three foreign fighters and a Syrian national conducted a complex...

25th May 2014 - The Long War Journal

Zawahiri Again Addresses Jihadist Infighting in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

In a three-page statement released online, al Qaeda head Ayman al Zawahiri again discusses the infighting between jihadist groups in Syria. Zawahiri's missive is addressed...

23rd May 2014 - Bloomberg

Russian Companies Active In Syria At Risk of U.S. Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz, Tony Badran

The Obama administration may conclude that the road to Donetsk leads on to Damascus.

22nd May 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Rejects Syrian Rebels’ Revolutionary Covenant

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has rejected a "revolutionary covenant" recently issued by a number of other prominent Syrian rebel groups.

20th May 2014 - The Long War Journal

ISIS Names Danish, French Suicide Bombers Killed In ‘Ninewa Division’

Bill Roggio

A Frenchman and a Dane were among six foreign suicide bombers who conducted attacks in the Islamic State of Iraq's northernmost administrative unit in Iraq.

17th May 2014 - The Long War Journal

Shabaab Leader Calls For Meditation In Syria, Says Zawahiri Is ‘Our Sheikh And Emir’

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

Abu Zubayr, the emir of Shabaab, restates his support for Ayman al Zawahiri and calls for mediation in Syria.

16th May 2014 - The Long War Journal

Muhajireen Army Commander Calls for Muslims to Wage Jihad in the Ukraine

Bill Roggio

The deputy leader of a al Qaeda-allied jihadist group that is led by commanders from the Caucasus and other former Soviet...

15th May 2014 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon, The Jerusalem Post

Assad Regime-rebel Agreement in Homs a Sign of Things to Come?

Tony Badran

If Syrian forces continue to win battles against the rebels, it may force them to make more cease-fire deals and withdrawals in other cities.

15th May 2014 - Cited by Michael Weiss, NOW Media

The Devil’s in the Details

Tony Badran

It’s an odd sort of president who demands credit for selling a humanitarian catastrophe to two countries committed to furthering it. Yet that’s...

14th May 2014 - The Long War Journal

Treasury Department Designates 2 ‘al Qaeda Leaders’ in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The US Treasury Department today added two "al Qaeda leaders" in Syria to the list of specially designated global terrorists. One of the...

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