On October 11, 2011 the Department of Justice revealed that U.S. authorities had foiled a plot by Iran's Qods Force to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States in a potential mass-casualty attack in Washington, DC. The Treasury Department subsequently identified several senior Qods Force officials involved in the plot, including Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Qods Force. AEI's Critical Threats Project and the Institute for the Study of War have partnered to produce this video briefing on the plot and the networks involved.
The Institute for the Study of War (ISW), a non-partisan, non-profit research organization, provides the U.S. military, Congress, business leaders, the media, and the general public with open-source, granular, and real-time information and analysis on current military operations and emerging threats. ISW's work on Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and the broader Middle East fills a critical gap in the policy debate, ensuring that leaders have an accurate understanding of current andevolving conflicts. They utilize Palantir to integrate and analyze ISW's rich data on wide-ranging topics that include money-flows in corruption networks, temporal battlefield developments, and enemy activity. ISW will demonstrate how it has used Palantir to capture the developments of the Libyan revolution over the past eight months.
This presentation integrates open-source data from the Institute for the Study of War's recent publication series, The Libyan Revolution, and leverages the Palantir analytic platform to examine relational, geospatial, and temporal elements of the strategic landscape moving forward. Our assessment showcases the tribal dynamics and regional fractures within the rebel forces and the NTC, Libya’s National Transitional Council. It also demonstrates how the conflict in Libya has unfolded over the past eight months.