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Author: Thomas Joscelyn

Thomas Joscelyn is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Senior Editor for FDD's Long War Journal.

Zawahiri criticizes jihadists in Syria for clinging to territory under Turkey’s protection

In a message released on Feb. 5, al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri harshly criticizes the jihadists in Syria. He says…

2 al Qaeda leaders reject proposed military council in Syria

Abu Hammam al-Shami and Dr. Sami al-Uraydi have rejected a proposal that they say would create a new military council…

ODNI releases annual overview of Islamic State and al Qaeda networks

According to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), al Qaeda's senior leaders are strengthening the al Qaeda…

Islamic State claims suicide bombings at Catholic cathedral in the Philippines

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for two suicide bombings at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in…

Al Qaeda ideologue justifies Shabaab’s war with the Islamic State in Somalia

Bilal Khuraysat, an al Qaeda ideologue in Syria, has released a treatise justifying Shabaab's war with the Islamic State in…

Taliban suicide bomber leads attack on Afghan training center in Wardak province

Three Taliban jihadists attacked a National Directorate of Security (NDS) training center in Wardak earlier today. The assault was led…

Russia says gas leak likely caused apartment explosion claimed by Islamic State

The Russian government says that a gas leak was most likely responsible for an explosion at an apartment building in…

Shabaab says Nairobi attack carried out in accordance with Zawahiri’s guidelines

Shabaab released a two-page statement saying the Jan. 15 attack at a hotel in Nairobi was conducted in accordance with…