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The Rhyme and Reason of Jihad

10th June 2015 – The Washington Times

The Rhyme and Reason of Jihad

Clifford D. May

You probably didn’t know it but Osama bin Laden was a poet. In fact, according to Yale’s Robyn Creswell and Princeton’s Bernard Haykel, “of all jihadi poets, bin Laden was the most celebrated, and he prided himself on his knowledge of the art.” more...

Analysis & Commentary

2nd September 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State’s Caucasus ‘Province’ Claims First Official Attack on Russian Forces

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s so-called “province” in the Caucasus region has claimed responsibility for its first official attack since its was established earlier this year. more...

31st August 2015 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Tom Joscelyn discuss conflicts across the Middle East. more...

28th August 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Spokesman Admits Mullah Omar’s Death Was Covered Up

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

In an interview published on the Taliban’s official English-language website, the organization’s spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, admits that Mullah Omar’s death was covered up. And a careful reading of the interview indicates that Omar either died in 2013, as was first claimed by Afghan intelligence, or was otherwise incapacitated at that time. more...

27th August 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Mass in Northern Afghanistan to Swear Allegiance to New Emir

Bill Roggio

Hundreds of heavily armed Taliban fighters gathered in the open in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz to pledge an oath of allegiance to Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, the new emir of the group. more...

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