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25th October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US and Gulf nations sanction 8 jihadists in Yemen

Thomas Joscelyn

The US Treasury Department and several Gulf States announced today that eight jihadists in Yemen have been designated as terrorists. The newly-sanctioned terrorists serve either the Islamic State's Yemeni branch, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or both.

28th July 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

PA Payments to Palestinian Who Killed 3 Israelis Could Lead to Passage of Taylor Force Act

Jonathan Schanzer

The generous monthly salary that Palestinian terrorist Omar al-Abed will receive from the Palestinian Authority as a reward for his murder of the Salomon family could be a powerful incentive to a pending U.S. legislative bill that would cut aid to the PA for sponsoring terrorism.

6th July 2017 - Quoted by Ira Stoll - The Algemeiner

‘Sick’ New York Times Article Portrays Terrorist as ‘Political Prisoner’ of Israel

Jonathan Schanzer

A New York Times article inaccurately portraying convicted terrorist Marwan Barghouti as a political prisoner is triggering outrage, concern, and dismay among the newspaper’s readers.

26th October 2016 - Quoted by James Gordon Meek - ABC News

FBI’s most wanted terrorists 15 years later: The ones who got away

Thomas Joscelyn

Fifteen years ago this month, then-President George W. Bush responded to 9/11 by publicly placing 22 top terrorists on an FBI most wanted list. In the decade and half since, more of the original list of fugitives have been killed than caught, while several remain on the run — including two...

24th February 2016 - Quoted by Kathy Gilsinan - The Atlantic

Is Guantanamo a Terrorist Recruitment Tool?

Thomas Joscelyn

In his last year in office, President Obama has submitted to Congress a plan to achieve what he had promised to do in his first: Close the facility housing terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In the interim, Obama and a series of other officials, including former CIA Director David...

26th October 2011 - The Weekly Standard

The Terrorists’ War in Iraq Continues

Thomas Joscelyn

President Obama’s announcement that U.S. military forces will be withdrawn from Iraq by the end of the year has been accompanied by a renewed wave of terrorist attacks.

22nd September 2011 - The Long War Journal

US Designates Hamas Operative Linked to Iran, al Qaeda

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Today the US State Department added Muhammad Hisham Muhammad Isma'il Abu Ghazala, a Hamas operative who is linked to Iran and al Qaeda and fought with Ansar al Islam in Iraq, to the list of specially designated global terrorists.

1st September 2011 - C-SPAN 2

State of U.S. Safety Ten Years After September 11, 2001

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Peter Bergen and Daveed Gartenstein-Ross debated the question of whether the United States is safer in the present than before September 11, 2001. They talked about lessons learned from the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks and the threats of domestic terrorists and the future of...

25th August 2011 - Scripps Howard News Service

Among the Believers

Clifford D. May

Nearly ten years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, many politicians, diplomats, journalists and academics remain reluctant even to name America’s enemies. To take but one example: John Brennan, head of the White House homeland security office, has argued that America is only “at war...

16th August 2011 - The Long War Journal

US State Department Adds Mullah Sangeen to Terrorist List

Bill Roggio

Today under Executive Order 13224, the US State Department added Mullah Sangeen Zadran, a top Haqqani Network leader, to the list of specially designated global terrorists.

23rd November 2010 - Foreign Policy

Death By a Thousand Cuts

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

"Two Nokia phones, $150 each, two HP printers, $300 each, plus shipping, transportation and other miscellaneous expenses add up to a total bill of $4,200. That is all what Operation Hemorrhage cost us…

12th May 2010 - AOL News

Top 10 Dumbest Terrorists

Jonathan Schanzer

(May 12) -- Failed Times Square bombing suspect Faisal Shahzad could join the ranks of terrorists who blundered while attempting to carry out violence against the U.S. or its allies.

12th May 2010 - Scripps Howard News Service

The Long and Foggy War

Clifford D. May

We Americans are uncomfortable with such ideas as holy war and religiously motivated mass murder.

10th February 2010 - Henry Jackson Society

Terror Finance and the Transatlantic Relationship

Jonathan Schanzer

By kind invitation of Ben Wallace MP, the Henry Jackson Society was pleased to be able to host a discussion with Jonathan Schanzer, a former counterterrorism analyst for the Office of Intelligence and Analysis at the US Department of the Treasury. Mr

24th November 2009 - National Post (Canada)

The Danger Signs of Terror

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In the wake of U.S. Army Major Nidal Hasan's shooting rampage at the Fort Hood military base in Texas, experts are debating the process by which people are radicalized into accepting militant Islamic beliefs. Looming large in this debate is the spectre of "profiling," which some commentators...

18th November 2009 - Weekly Standard Blog

Al Qaeda’s Civil Liberties Union

Thomas Joscelyn

"I'll talk to you guys after I get to New York and see my lawyer."

24th September 2009 - Scripps Howard News Service

Authority Complex

Clifford D. May

In 1996, Vice President Al Gore was named by President Bill Clinton to chair the White House Commission on Aviation Safety.

10th September 2009 - Scripps Howard News Service

Eight Years and Counting

Clifford D. May

Eight years ago this week, Osama bin Laden watched and then celebrated as a terrorist attack he had authorized brought down the World Trade Center and part of the Pentagon, slaughtering thousands of innocent Americans.

4th June 2009 - New York Times

Here We Go Again

Reuel Marc Gerecht

For decades, Democratic and Republican administrations have attempted to cajole the terrorist-supporting Alawite regime in Damascus away from its anti-Israeli and anti-American positions.

8th May 2009 - U.S. News and World Report

Should Those Behind Torture Be Prosecuted?

Clifford D. May

Imagine you are an intelligence officer in 2002, when journalist Daniel Pearl is being held captive by terrorists in Pakistan.

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