Analysis & Commentary


12th May 2014 - Cited by Hassan Hassan and Michael Weiss, The American Interest

Saudi Arabia Recalibrates

Tony Badran

Significant changes in Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy over the past six months have been precipitated by the Gulf giant’s troubled relations with two very different countries...

12th May 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio

ISIS's split with al Qaeda in Syria and drone strikes in Yemen.

12th May 2014 - Forbes

Eyes Wide Shut to North Korea’s Terror Ties

Claudia Rosett

News of North Korea is dominated right now by Pyongyang’s threats to carry out yet another nuclear test, which would be its fourth...

8th May 2014 - The Long War Journal

ISIS Video Shows Zarqawi Training Camp in Syria

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, the former al Qaeda branch that was disowned by Al Qaeda General Command, has announced...

7th May 2014 - CCTV

News Update

Tony Badran

With Syrian rebels withdrawing from Homs, does this mean Bashar al-Assad is close to claiming victory? FDD's Tony Badran discusses.

7th May 2014 - The Long War Journal

Central Asian Jihadist Group Joins ISIS

Bill Roggio

A jihadist group made up of Uzbeks, Tajiks, and Russians from the Caucasus that operates in Syria has sworn allegiance to the Islamic State...

5th May 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Al Nusrah Front in Syria and fighting in Yemen.

5th May 2014 - National Post

The Troubling Rise of American ‘Withdrawalism’

Jonathan Kay

Eastern Ukraine is falling to pieces. Suicide bombings remain epidemic in Iraq. Much of eastern Syria now is controlled by an al-Qaeda spin-off group that calls itself...

4th May 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Says it Will Comply with Zawahiri’s Orders

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has issued a statement saying it will comply with Ayman al Zawahiri's orders with...

1st May 2014 - The Long War Journal

‘Al Qaeda in Kurdistan’ Breaks Ranks with ISIS Over Syria

Bill Roggio

A group calling itself "al Qaeda in Kurdistan" sided with al Qaeda's emir against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham in the ongoing...

1st May 2014 - Quoted by Zack Beauchamp, Vox

Al-Qaeda’s Getting Weaker — But Terrorism is Getting Worse

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Terrorism is getting more dangerous. According to new data, first released in an official State Department report on Wednesday, almost 7,000 more people were...

30th April 2014 - The Long War Journal

Abu Qatada Provides Jihadists with Ideological Guidance From a Jordanian Prison

Thomas Joscelyn

On July 7, 2013, Omar Mohammed Othman, better known as Abu Qatada, was deported from the UK to Jordan to stand trial on terrorism...

29th April 2014 - The Washington Times

Russian Riddle

Clifford D. May

“A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma” is how Winston Churchill famously described Russia in 1939. Churchill less famously added: “But perhaps there...

25th April 2014 - The Long War Journal

Uzbek Commands Group Within the Al Nusrah Front

Bill Roggio

An Uzbek commander known as Abu Hussein leads a group of his countrymen fighting in the ranks of the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official...

24th April 2014 - NOW Media

Obama has Had a Strategy All Along

Tony Badran

Last week, Frederic Hof, one of the Obama administration's former top Syria hands, asked whether the administration had a conscious strategy in Syria. Hof, who...

24th April 2014 - Quoted by Catherine Herridge, Fox News

Top Al Qaeda Commander Relocates to Syria

Jonathan Schanzer

A member of Al Qaeda's senior leadership, Sanafi al Nasr, has relocated to Syria, where he is living openly and publicly courts his followers on twitter, according...

23rd April 2014 - CNN International

News Update

Claudia Rosett

FDD's Claudia Rosett on North Korea's increased nuclear activity and efforts by the international community to counter it.

23rd April 2014 - Quoted by Lee Smith, The Weekly Standard

Syria Announces Presidential Elections for June

Tony Badran

Monday the Syrian regime announced that presidential elections will be held June 3. The State Department dismissed the news. “The fact that you would even think..

22nd April 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

American Missiles in Syria

Patrick Megahan

Since the start of the Syrian civil war, the secular-leaning Free Syrian Army has repeatedly called for arms from the United States to help level the playing field against...

21st April 2014 - The Long War Journal

Zawahiri Discusses Infighting in Syria, Opposition to Egyptian Goverment

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri discusses the infighting between jihadist groups in Syria and his opposition to the Egyptian government...

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