Analysis & Commentary


22nd February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda-linked Uzbek groups advertise operations in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Two al Qaeda-linked Uzbek jihadist groups have released videos touting their operations inside Afghanistan. The two groups, Katibat Imam al Bukhari (aka the Imam Bukhari Jamaat) and the Islamic Jihad Union, have claimed attacks in eastern and northern Afghanistan.

22nd February 2017 - Quoted by Natalie Johnson - The Washington Free Beacon

Political Instability in Africa Could Lead to ISIS Resurgence

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Islamic State has faced significant defeats in Africa over the past year but political instability across the northern and western regions could offer a ripe breeding ground for the terrorist group to resurge, according to a new report.

22nd February 2017 - The Washington Times

The kingdom, the power and the petroleum

Clifford D. May

Saudi Arabia is changing. When government officials here tell you that, you take it with an oversized grain of salt. But when Saudi human rights activists say the same, you pay attention.

21st February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban overruns Afghan district where al Qaeda ran training camps

Bill Roggio

The Taliban claimed it “completely liberated” the district center for Shorabak in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar earlier today. Shorabak was the site of a massive al Qaeda training camp that was assaulted and destroyed by US forces in Oct. 2015. The Taliban now claims to...

21st February 2017 - Quoted by Tom Rogan - National Review

Three Immediate Priorities for McMaster

Thomas Joscelyn

In 2005, Colonel Herbert McMaster prioritized victory above promotion. Attempting to secure Tal Afar, a city in northern Iraq, McMaster faced a big problem: He was witnessing an insurgency that was warping from nationalism into Salafi jihadism, and he knew that the U.S. Army’s...

20th February 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellows Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio discuss the plan to defeat ISIS and al-Qaeda.

20th February 2017 - FDD Press

Islamic State 2021

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Islamic State (referred to in this report as ISIL) has seen its prospects in North and West Africa grow increasingly dim since early 2015. ISIL has experienced significant losses in North Africa in the past year, especially in Libya, which was once ISIL’s most valuable territory...

20th February 2017 - Fox News

Happening Now

John Hannah

FDD senior counselor John Hannah comments on the death of Russia's UN ambassador and the investigation into Russia leaks.

20th February 2017 - FDD Press Release

Despite Recent Losses, Islamic State Still Threatens North and West Africa, FDD Study Finds

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The decline of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria may paradoxically help the group in Africa, particularly as state and non-state actors shift resources from combating ISIL to other urgent issues, giving the group breathing room to regenerate, according to a report issued today by the...

19th February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Afghan intelligence confirms top al Qaeda leader killed in raid

Bill Roggio

The National Directorate of Security (NDS), Afghanistan’s intelligence service, confirmed that its forces killed Qari Saifullah Akhtar, a top Pakistani al Qaeda leader, during a raid last month in the southern province of Ghazni. Akhtar’s involvement with jihad spanned four decades, and...

19th February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda often agitated for Omar Abdel Rahman’s release from US prison

Thomas Joscelyn

News broke yesterday that Omar Abdel Rahman, an Egyptian jihadi ideologue, died in a US prison. Within hours of the reports, al Qaeda re-released a copy of Rahman’s last “will,” in which Rahman asked his “brothers” to exact “revenge” for his death.

18th February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Osama bin Laden’s files: AQIM commander recommended training Boko Haram’s members

Thomas Joscelyn

On Jan. 19, the Office of Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released 49 documents recovered in Osama bin Laden’s compound. To date, only a few hundred documents from bin Laden’s massive cache have been declassified. Still, the files that have been posted online reveal new details...

18th February 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

German Party Condemns BDS, Compares Movement to Pre-WWII Antisemitism

Benjamin Weinthal

CDU, the opposition party in Hamburg, denounced the BDS movement as antisemitic and called for the senate to act against it, responding to the appointment of pro-BDS professor to the university.

18th February 2017 - Quoted by Nicolas Revise, Jonah Mandel - Agence France-Presse

Washington encourages Israel-Arab alliance against Iran

Jonathan Schanzer

With a new leader in the White House bent on disrupting the status quo, could it also be time for a fresh approach to Middle East peace?

17th February 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Financial Rebranding Efforts and the FATF Plenary

Toby Dershowitz

The Plenary and Working Group of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) – a global body for combatting money laundering and terror and proliferation finance – will meet from February 18 to 24 in Paris. While Iran is not on the agenda, it could figure prominently in discussions at the...

17th February 2017 - Fox Business

Countdown to the Closing Bell

John Hannah

FDD senior counselor John Hannah comments on the candidates for National Security Advisor.

17th February 2017 - Fox Business

Countdown to the Closing Bell

John Hannah

FDD senior counselor John Hannah discusses Michael Flynn and the need for more coordination between agencies within the Trump administration.

16th February 2017 - Fox Business

Cavuto: Coast to Coast

John Hannah

FDD senior counselor John Hannah discusses the White House leaks.

16th February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State targets Sufi shrine in Pakistan suicide bombing

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State’s Khorasan province claimed credit for today’s suicide bombing at a Sufi shrine in Sindh province, Pakistan that killed at least 70 people and wounded scores more. The attack is the latest in a series of suicide bombings in Pakistan by an assortment of jihadist groups....

16th February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State targets Sufi shrine in Pakistan suicide bombing

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State’s Khorasan province claimed credit for today’s suicide bombing at a Sufi shrine in Sindh province, Pakistan that killed at least 70 people and wounded scores more. The attack is the latest in a series of suicide bombings in Pakistan by an assortment of jihadist groups....

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