Good Jihadist, Bad Jihadist? France’s Selective Struggle Against Jihadism in Syria

Posted by John Rosenthal

Last week, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve announced with much fanfare the launching of a plan to stem the ever-increasing flow of young French Muslims to Syria to participate in “jihad.” But the comments of a French intelligence officer quoted in today’s edition of the daily Libération suggest that the efforts of French authorities in [...]

European Jihadists Flock to ISIS in Syria

Posted by John Rosenthal

Recent reports in the European press and evidence from social media implicate European jihadists fighting with the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in atrocities committed in the vicinity of Aleppo, in northern Syria. The reports, moreover, suggest that European jihadists in Syria are more numerous than official statistics indicate. For the details, see [...]

Hamburg Recruiter of 9/11 Hijackers Freed in Syria Prisoner Exchange

Posted by John Rosenthal

The Al-Qaeda recruiter who is reputed to have assembled the Hamburg Cell, which planned and largely carried out the 9/11 attacks, has been released in a prisoner exchange in Syria. His “liberators” are the rebels of Ahrar al-Sham, a major component of the so-called Islamic Front. The rebel coalition in northern Syria has sometimes been [...]

Reported “Moderate” Syrian Arms Recipient Has Collaborated with Qaida-Affiliate

Posted by John Rosenthal

According to a recent report in The Wall Street Journal, Saudi Arabia, apparently with US backing, has agreed to provide advanced weaponry, including shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles, to a newly formed “Southern Front” of the Syrian rebellion. The choice to arm the Southern Front was reportedly made so as to minimize the chances of weaponry being [...]

The Return of Abu-Talha Al-Almani (a.k.a. “Deso Dogg”)

Posted by John Rosenthal

As if resurrected, Abu Talha al-Almani, a.k.a. “Deso Dogg,” has returned to the jihad in Syria. Just a few months ago, the German rapper-turned-jihadist was widely believed to have been killed in an airstrike by the Syrian air force. But now he is back and in new videos, he holds forth on his injuries, the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Syria: Rebel Supporters Sing Ode to Bin Laden, 9/11 Attacks

Posted by John Rosenthal

A new video has emerged showing a large crowd of supporters of the Syrian rebellion singing an apparent ode to the 9/11 attacks that celebrates Osama bin Laden as “America’s worst nightmare.” For the clip, as well as the context of the rally it documents, see my new report at WND here.

From Fallujah to Aleppo: Veterans of Anti-American Jihad in the Syrian Rebellion

Posted by John Rosenthal

While the Obama administration hastens to recognize the recently formed and supposedly “inclusive” Syrian National Coalition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people, recent reports from in and around the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo make clear that Syrian rebel forces on the ground consist virtually exclusively of jihadists, including self-avowed veterans of the [...]

In Rebel Syria: Summary Executions, Prisoner Abuse and Al-Qaeda Flags

Posted by John Rosenthal

There has recently been a small stir in the American media, as media organizations from the New York Times to the Wall Street Journal to the Associated Press have finally gotten around to acknowledging a “presence” of al-Qaeda and like-minded jihadist groups among the Syrian rebel forces seeking to topple the regime of Bashar al-Assad. [...]