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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...

21st April 2014 - Jihadology

Ayman al-Zawahiri on Jihadist Infighting and the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

On April 18, a jihadist social media user tweeted links to two parts of an Al-Sahab Establishment for Media Production interview with al-Qaeda emir Ayman al-Zawahiri.

20th April 2014 - Cited by Patrick Cockburn, The Independent - UK

Foreign Suicide Bombers Kill Thousands and Bring Iraq to the Brink of Civil War

Bill Roggio

A wave of suicide bombings carried out by foreign volunteers entering Iraq from Syria is killing some 1,000 civilians a month, bringing the country back to the brink...

19th April 2014 - The Long War Journal

Head of al Qaeda’s ‘Victory Committee’ Survived Battle in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

A senior al Qaeda operative who was reportedly killed while fighting in the Latakia province of Syria last month is, in fact, alive. Sanafi al...

18th April 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Sharia Official Uses Social Media to Condemn Killing of Fellow Jihadist

Thomas Joscelyn

Not long after the Al Nusrah Front's leader in the Idlib province of Syria was killed two days ago, a senior sharia (Islamic law) official in...

18th April 2014 - The Long War Journal

ISIS’ ‘Diyala Division’ Lauds Foreign Suicide Bombers, Including Dane

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham's "Diyala Division" recently praised 26 suicide bombers, including 24 foreign fighters who...

18th April 2014 - Quoted by F. Michael Maloof, WND

Chechen Jihadists Pose Threat 1 Year After Boston Bombings

Bill Roggio

As the nation commemorates the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013, there is increasing concern that the threat posed by the Islamic...

17th April 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda’s General Manager Threatens America in Video of Large Gathering

Thomas Joscelyn

A video released by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in late March has garnered renewed attention in the media. The video...

15th April 2014 - Quoted by Glen Johnson, Al Jazeera

Syria’s Conflict Raises Turkey Tension

Jonathan Schanzer

Men sit playing cards in a cafe perched beside the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. The craggy peak of Mount Aqraa stretches away in the distance.

14th April 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Official Explains al Qaeda’s Strategy, Conflict with Former Branch

Thomas Joscelyn

Abu Sulayman al Muhajir, a high-ranking sharia official in the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has released a video...

14th April 2014 - Syndicated

Nothing But Truth

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Providing military assistance to the Syrian rebels and Ukraine.

14th April 2014 - Quoted by Michael Weiss, NOW Media

Renewed Talks

David Andrew Weinberg

It was inevitable that US policy toward Syria and Iran would have a discernible knock-on effect in the Gulf Arab states. Whatever truth there is to the argument that the...

13th April 2014 - Quoted by Hend Kortam and Joel Gulhane, Daily News - Egypt

Egyptian Accused of Terrorism Charges After Returning From Syria

Prosecution has ordered the detention of an Egyptian citizen, who recently returned from fighting in Syria, for 15 days on terror-related...

11th April 2014 - The Long War Journal

Jihadist Ideologues Call on Zawahiri to Detail Problems with Former al Qaeda Affiliate

Thomas Joscelyn

A group of jihadist ideologues, including a sharia official in the Al Nusrah Front, have called on Ayman al Zawahiri to address the specific...

11th April 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Shura Council Member Addresses Infighting in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Abu Khalil al Madani, a senior member of al Qaeda's shura council, has released an audio message addressing the infighting...

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