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Al-Qaeda Disavows Any Ties With Radical Islamist Isis Group In Syria, Iraq | The Washington Post

February 3, 2014

Brian Fishman, a counterterrorism research fellow with the New America Foundation in Washington who has written extensively on al-Qaeda and its affiliates, said that Zawahiri's action reflects an internal debate that dates back to the founding of al ...

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No Peace In Afghanistan Without Tribal Participation | The Nation

February 2, 2014

In 2012, Peter Bergen, CNN's National Security Analyst, wrote: "The tribal fighters of the Awakening movement ended up on the American payroll in the 'Sons of Iraq' program, which by the spring of 2009 had grown to around 100,000 men. Many of those men ...

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Official: U.S. Airstrike In Somalia Targets Suspected Militant Leader | CNN

January 26, 2014

Al-Shabaab, designated a terrorist organization by the United States, has a relationship with al Qaeda that goes back several years. In 2012, the two groups effectively merged, said CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen.

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Everything You Need to Know About Al-Qaeda in Iraq | Defense One

January 13, 2014

"For al-Qaeda, attaching its name to Zarqawi's activities enabled it to maintain relevance even as its core forces were destroyed [in Afghanistan] or on the run," writes Brian Fishman, a counterterrorism fellow at the New America Foundation. According ...

Gates’ Book: Emphasizing the Ways, Not the Wisdom, of War | TIME

January 13, 2014

The latest bad turn in Fallujah isn’t as much about the insurgents as it is the U.S.-installed Iraqi government. “Whatever his intentions, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has not effectively integrated Sunni tribal groups into the Iraqi government,” writes Brian Fishman of West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center. “Good governance, including effective law enforcement and intelligence work, is the only way to eliminate a terrorist organization, and that does not seem likely in Iraq any time soon.”

Everything You Need To Know About Al-Qaeda In Iraq | Defense One

January 13, 2014

"For al-Qaeda, attaching its name to Zarqawi's activities enabled it to maintain relevance even as its core forces were destroyed [in Afghanistan] or on the run," writes Brian Fishman, a counterterrorism fellow at the New America Foundation. According ...

Al-Qaida's Brutal Effort to Build a Caliphate Prompts Growing Fury | The Guardian

January 11, 2014

Through the rise of al-Qaida in Iraq to the second battle of Falluja and the emergence of the Sunni Awakening Movement – which began in 2006 and saw substantial numbers of tribal fighters turn against al-Qaida and join forces with the US – those tensions persisted.

Global Jihadis or Al Qaeda Wannabes: Who Are the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant? | NBC News

January 11, 2014

Extreme, violent and loyal to al Qaeda, the gunmen from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) who last week seized control of the Iraqi cities of Ramadi and Fallujah are refusing to withdraw despite government onslaughts and threats from local tribal leaders.

The group was established by Jordanian Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, according to Brian Fishman, a counterterrorism fellow at the New America Foundation think tank.

Growing Strength of Syria's Islamist Groups Undermines Hopes of Ousting Assad | The Guardian

December 14, 2013

Writing recently in the journal of the Combating Terrorism Centre at West Point, Brian Fishman argued: "Jabhat al-Nusra and the Isis have more safe havens than [al-Qaida] ever had in Iraq. The Syrian military has been denied access to vast swaths of ...

In Pushing Its Own Agenda for Syria, A Qaeda Franchise Turns Rebels Into ... | New York Times

October 1, 2013

Brian Fishman, a former director of research at West Point's Combating Terrorism Center and now a fellow at the New America Foundation, said those factors gave Al Qaeda a more favorable environment in Syria than it ever had in Iraq. “The conditions in ...

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