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Thomas Joscelyn

Adjunct Senior Adviser

Thomas Joscelyn is Adjunct Senior Adviser at the Counter Extremism Group.

He is also a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) and senior editor of FDD’s Long War Journal, a widely read publication dealing with counterterrorism and related issues. Much of his research focuses on how al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (or ISIS, ISIL) operate around the globe. He has served as a trainer for the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division. Thomas has testified before Congress on 21 occasions, including before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, House Homeland Security Committee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee, and House Judiciary Committee. He was the senior counterterrorism adviser to Mayor Giuliani during the 2008 presidential campaign.

Tom has constructed dossiers for hundreds of terrorists during the course of his work. The Daily Beast has described him as one of “the most trusted authorities on the al-Qaeda network because of his encyclopedic knowledge of terrorist biographies.” In 2007, he published a monograph titled, “Iran’s Proxy War Against America,” which details Iran’s decades-long sponsorship of America’s terrorist enemies. In 2008, he completed an exhaustive review of the Guantanamo Bay detainee population, cataloging and analyzing thousands of pages of declassified documents.

His work has been published by a variety of publications, including The New York Times, Politico, The Daily Beast, The Wall Street Journal and The Dispatch, among others. He has also been cited by The Washington Post, The Associated Press, Reuters, USA Today, Time, Foreign Policy, and many others. He makes regular appearances on television and radio programs.

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