Two weeks ago, Thought Front reported on the fact that both Islamic State and Al Qaeda spinoff Jabhat Fatah al-Sham were rooting for Donald Trump to win the presidential election. And now, they are at it again. The Twitter account Al-Maqalaat (@Al_Maqalaat_Ps), which appears to be connected to JFS and threw its support behind Trump, […]Read more "Terrorists Are Still Ripping on Trump Online"
Given all the media coverage of Islamic State, the terrorist group Al Qaeda has become increasingly marginalized in public discourse, seeming almost passé. Indeed, Al Qaeda has lagged far behind IS in attempting to gain territory in Syria, possibly explaining why its Syria branch officially spun off in July and became Jabhat Fatah al-Sham. However, […]Read more "Al Qaeda Says ISIS Is Too Violent"
Terrorist organizations in the Middle East are well aware of American politics, including the 2016 presidential campaign. Numerous experts believed that Republican candidate Donald Trump’s anti-Islam rhetoric, particularly his call for a Muslim entry ban into the United States, would create a wealth of material for Islamic State to use in its propaganda. (However, initially […]Read more "The Terrorists Are Rooting for Trump"
In July, Al Qaeda’s Syrian branch, Jabhat al-Nusra, officially spun off from the terrorist organization and rebranded itself as Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (“Front for the Conquest of Syria”). The actual reasons for the spinoff are still not entirely clear, nor what it indicates as to the state of affairs within Al Qaeda. Prima facie one […]Read more "Al Qaeda’s Unconvincing Explanations for Fracturing"