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Al Qaeda

9th July 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Jihadists claim to crack down on Islamic State cells in Idlib, Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Hay’at Tahrir al Sham (the “Assembly for the Liberation of the Levant,” or HTS), an insurgent coalition of several groups, claims to have launched security operations targeting Islamic State cells throughout the Syrian province of Idlib. more...

Analysis & Commentary

5th August 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US killed Shabaab commander in recent strike

Bill Roggio

US Africa Command (AFRICOM) confirmed that the July 30 “kinetic strike” killed a Shabaab commander who led forces and conducted attacks in Mogadishu and the Banadir regions in southern Somalia for al Qaeda’s arm in East Africa. more...

1st August 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban video details takeover of eastern Afghan district

Bill Roggio

The Taliban released a propaganda video of its fighters battling to take control of the district of Jani Khel in Paktia province. more...

1st August 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban control of Afghan districts remains ‘unchanged,’ according to SIGAR

Bill Roggio

The battle between the Afghan government and the Taliban “remains a stalemate” and the number of districts under Taliban control or influence is “unchanged” since the last assessment by the US military was made more than five months ago. more...

31st July 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US military kills Shabaab fighter in ‘kinetic strike’

Bill Roggio

US Africa Command (AFRICOM) killed one Shabaab fighter in a “kinetic strike” against an al Qaeda branch in southern Somalia on July 29. more...