What is Al-Qaeda Today? — An Interview

Posted by John Rosenthal

What is Al-Qaeda today? This is the main question that I discussed with host Mark Anderson in a 45-minute-long interview on the iSpy radio show last week. We also discussed the role of AQ in the Benghazi attacks, the place of AQ and AQ-inspired groups in the Muslim world more generally, and the responsibility of [...]

Benghazi: Yes, the Video — and Al-Qaeda

Posted by John Rosenthal

The famous “anti-Islam video” really did play an important role in the run-up to the 9/11/2012 Benghazi attack. The evidence recently provided by the NYTimes is weak. But (pace Fox News) the record of local social media provides clear proof. The alternative “the video or al-Qaeda” is, however, a false one. The record of local [...]

Abu Anas’s “Al-Qaeda Manual”: A Blueprint for the “Arab Spring”?

Posted by John Rosenthal

In May 2000, British police raided the Manchester home of reputed al-Qaeda operative Nazih Abdul Hamed al-Raghie, better known by his nom de guerre Abu Anas al-Libi. Last Tuesday, some 10 days after having been plucked from the streets of Tripoli by US special forces, al-Libi was arraigned in a New York courthouse on charges [...]

Abu Anas al-Libi and the Contradictions of US Libya Policy

Posted by John Rosenthal

The seizure and rendition of key al-Qaeda operative Abu Anas al-Libi in Tripoli on Oct. 5 is being hailed as a victory for American counterterrorism efforts. Given that Libi has been a wanted man in the United States for more than a decade, a victory undoubtedly it is. On closer inspection, however, the rendition operation [...]

The Video and Benghazi Revisited – And What if Susan Rice was Right?

Posted by John Rosenthal

Examination of contemporaneous chatter on Libyan websites and social media shows that locals really were in an uproar about the famous “anti-Islam video” in both the run-up to and immediate  aftermath of the Benghazi attack. This finding is all the more significant  inasmuch as the chatter in question comes from precisely the same extremist  milieu as [...]

Benghazi: Security Force at US Mission Had Clear Al-Qaeda Sympathies

Posted by John Rosenthal

The February 17th Martyrs Brigade, the Libyan militia employed by the U.S. government to provide security at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, featured an al-Qaeda flag in the original banner for a Facebook page it maintains. That banner was posted on June 10, 2012, i.e. just three months before the September 11, 2012 attack [...]

Q&A with Diana West on Libya, Syria, Boston — and “The Jihadist Plot”

Posted by John Rosenthal

Diana West was kind enough to ask me to do an interview on The Jihadist Plot. Even better, Diana asked several questions that go beyond the book itself to related current issues such as the war in Syria and the Boston bombings. Here is a small excerpt: DW: You make a strong case that on [...]

The Jihadist Plot — Now Also Available Internationally

Posted by John Rosenthal

My new e-book, The Jihadist Plot: the Untold Story of Al-Qaeda and the Libyan Rebellion, is now also available to Amazon customers based in Europe and, I gather, elsewhere in the world as well. The Amazon.com page is here. The book can also be purchased on some other local Amazon sites in Europe and elsewhere. Also now available [...]

The Jihadist Plot: The Untold Story of Al-Qaeda and the Libyan Rebellion

Posted by John Rosenthal

My new e-book The Jihadist Plot: The Untold Story of Al-Qaeda and the Libyan Rebellion is now available on Amazon.com here. Beware that as far as I know, it is not currently available when accessing from Europe or perhaps elsewhere outside of the United States. If readers could let me know their own experiences trying [...]

America’s Libyan “Allies”: Osama bin Laden a Great Man

Posted by John Rosenthal

While Obama administration sources continue to suggest that the Sept. 11 anti-American attacks in Benghazi were the work of a “rogue” Libyan militia with links to al-Qaida, a new French documentary reveals just how thoroughly and openly the mainstream of last year’s Libyan rebellion was inspired by al-Qaida and its founder, Osama bin Laden. For [...]