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Long War Journal Senior Editor Thomas Joscelyn discusses the state of the war with al Qaeda on Fox News.
Posted by Mark L at August 17, 2012 11:55 PM ET:
Terrific interview. A real shame that it won't run in prime time on every network. Mr Joscelyn articluated the situation very acurrately. One thing I am curious about and I'm not sure if it simply isn't known or just wasn't mentioned in the interview - is part of the weapons being funnelled into Syria by the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood some of the multitude of missing surface-to-air missiles from Libya?
Posted by Ghost Soldier at August 18, 2012 12:31 AM ET:
Analysts need to stop seeing the largess of the Islamic fundamentalist terrorist threat as a single, monolithic organism. 'Al Qaeda' metastasized during the post-Afghan invasion and the subsequent war in Iraq. It went from an 'organization' to a 'federation'. Previously, the group found common enough purpose and motivation for the cooperation between disparate groups of nationalistic separatists in places like Pakistan to focus solely on US personnel in places like Afghanistan. Fast forward.. the former Al Qaeda is now an inspirational brand rather than an organizational one. Since the diffusing of Al Qaeda as an 'organizational' element, groups of ex-pats in places like Europe and the US have found new motivations to target their host governments while nationalistic groups in Pakistan and Africa continue to undermine the legitimacy of governments in their home countries.
'Al Qaeda' the former was an organizational brand. 'Al Qaeda' the present is inspirational; it provides the direction for the rage and less of the financing. The recruitment is now on cruise control via geo-political events. The US is the focus of the anger while the targets are now local. Exactly the opposite of what Bin Laden initially intended when he imagined the US as the 'head of the snake' and the local governments subsequently falling. Now, the Al Qaeda ideal is to, one-by-one, eliminate the US-supported regional powers in places like Libya. Continuing unrest and instability serves AQ's interests... and prevents a US-friendly government from ruling what will eventually be a failed state.
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Studies in Conflict & Terrorism cited Thomas Joscelyn abd Bill Roggio's reports on al Qaeda.
TIME cited David Barnett's report on the Abdullah Azam Brigade's threats agaisnt Israel.
The Los Angeles Times cited LWJ's data on drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen.
The Jerusalem Post cited David Barnett's reports jihadists threats against Egypt.
The Lede cited David Barnett's report on Ansar Jerusalem's assassination attempt on Egypt's interior minister.
Voice of America quoted David Barnett on jihadist attacks in the Egyptian Sinai.
The New York Times quoted Bill Roggio on Pakistan's condemnation of the US drone strike that killed Hakeemullah Mehsud.
The Christian Science Monitor cited LWJ's data and reports on drone strikes in Yemen.
The Daily Beast cited Thomas Joscelyn's reporting on al Qaeda operative Mohammed Jamal.
Slate cited David Barnett's report on threats by al-Salafiyya al-Jihadiyya against the Egyptian military.
Investor's Business Daily cited LWJ's data on drone strikes in Pakistan.
FOX News quoted Bill Roggio on the Obama administration's definition of al Qaeda and cited LWJ's data on drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen.
The Washington Times cited Bill Roggio's report of al Qaeda and the Free Syrian Army jointly taking over a border crossing in Syria.
Arutz Sheva cited David Barnett's report on Ansar Jerusalem's threats against the Egyptian government.
Bloomberg cited LWJ's data on drone strikes in Pakistan.
Foreign Policy cited cited David Barnett's reporting on jihadist groups in the Egyptian Sinai.
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