Analysis & Commentary

19th February 2014 - Quoted by Bill Gertz, The Washington Free Beacon

Split within Al Qaeda Over Syrian Rebels Grows

Thomas Joscelyn

Sharp divisions among al Qaeda terrorists in the Middle East are continuing despite a recent appeal by the group’s top leader to heal the rift between two warring factions.

18th February 2014 - Quoted by David Kashi, International Business Times

Turkish Companies See New Business Opportunities In Iran

Mark Dubowitz

Ankara and Tehran may disagree over the Syrian conflict, but the two governments recognize opportunities for increasing trade between their countries in the wake...

17th February 2014 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Combat Fatigue May Finally Spell the End of Syrian Civil War

Benjamin Weinthal

The Geneva 2 peace talks between the Assad regime and a non-Islamist rebel group collapsed on Saturday. For the losers of President Bashar Assad’s blood...

16th February 2014 - The Daily Beast

Syria’s Jihadist Twitter Wars

Bill Roggio

In March 2012, Omar Hammami, the American jihadist who called himself Abu Mansour al Amriki and fought for Shabaab, al-Qaeda’s branch in Somalia...

14th February 2014 - The Long War Journal

Jihadists Release Video of British Suicide Bomber in Syria

Bill Roggio

Jihadists have released a video of a a British jihadist who carried out a suicide attack during the Al Nusrah Front and the Army of the Caliphate's assault to take

14th February 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Turkey Remains on Terror Finance ‘Gray List’

Jonathan Schanzer

The Financial Action Task Force, or FATF, the international body for setting the global standards to combat terrorist financing, held its plenary session this week...

10th February 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Praises Chechen Commander Killed in Aleppo

Bill Roggio

The Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, praised a Chechen jihadist commander

10th February 2014 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer, The Daily Beast

British Jihadists Torture Syrian Rebel

Jonathan Schanzer

The biggest looming security threat for many Western countries, including the United States, will come from hundreds of jihadists returning home after cutting...

8th February 2014 - CNN

News Update

Jonathan Schanzer

Will a Middle East arms race arise from the Iranian nuclear program and regional instability? FDD's Jonathan Schanzer describes a 'jittery' Middle East.

7th February 2014 - Cited by The Daily Star

U.S. Treasury Says Iran Helping Al-Qaeda in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Iran is assisting key Al-Qaeda figures to transfer Sunni fighters into Syria, the Obama administration charged Thursday. The accusation, detailed in new sanctions imposed...

6th February 2014 - NOW

Adjusting After Geneva

Tony Badran

Now that the opening round of the Geneva conference for Syria has concluded in spectacular failure, the Obama administration appears to be pursuing a twofold...

6th February 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Michael Ledeen

The US failure to remove Assad from power or find a peaceful resolution to the civil war in Syria.

5th February 2014 - The Long War Journal

ISIS Confirms Death of Senior Leader in Syria

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, the jihadist group that was denounced by al Qaeda's General Command just days ago, has confirmed that

5th February 2014 - Voice of Russia

News Update

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

On February 2, al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri announced he has broken ties with the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, better known as ISIS. ISIS was...

5th February 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Understanding Al-Qaeda’s ISIS Expulsion

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Al-Qaeda announced on Sunday that it was no longer affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). The statement shunning this former Iraqi affiliate...

4th February 2014 - House Armed Services Committee

The Arab Spring and Al-Qaeda’s Resurgence

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Chairman McKeon, Ranking Member Smith, distinguished members of the committee, it is an honor to appear before you to discuss the state of al-Qaeda, its affiliates...

4th February 2014 - Quoted by Oren Dorell, USA Today

Syria Holding Onto Chemical Weapons?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Syria will miss a second deadline to turn over its chemical weapons components for destruction Wednesday amid a British report that Bashar Assad's regime...

3rd February 2014 - Quoted by Hannah Allam and Mitchell Prothero, McClatchy

U.S. Officials Said Tuesday that an Interim Deal with Iran that Promises to Curb Its Nuclear Program

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Al Qaida’s central command publicly has disowned its Iraqi affiliate over that group’s brutal activities in Syria in an unprecedented break that analysts say may weaken...

3rd February 2014 - The Long War Journal

Pro-al Qaeda Saudi Cleric Calls on ISIS Members to Defect

Thomas Joscelyn

Not long after al Qaeda's general command yesterday disowned the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS), a popular Saudi cleric who has relocated to Syria

3rd February 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda’s General Command Disowns the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda's senior leadership has disowned the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS) in a statement released online. ISIS and its leader,


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