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Reported Israeli Raid on Sudan Could Reveal Khartoum’s Duplicity

6th May 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Reported Israeli Raid on Sudan Could Reveal Khartoum’s Duplicity

Jonathan Schanzer

Sudan may have joined the Saudi-led fight against Iran-backed proxies in Yemen last month, but it also may still be cooperating with Iran to arm the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas in the Gaza Strip. more...

Analysis & Commentary

23rd August 2015 – The Long War Journal

The Islamic State’s Supporters Want Mokhtar Belmokhtar Dead

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s supporters in Libya have continued their “wanted dead” campaign by targeting Mokhtar Belmokhtar, an al Qaeda leader who has long been loyal to Ayman al Zawahiri. The Islamic State’s loyalists have released an online poster for Belmokhtar (seen above), just as they have done for dozens of other pro-al Qaeda jihadists in North Africa. more...

19th August 2015 – The Long War Journal

Ayman al Zawahiri Discusses the Importance of Jihadist Media

Thomas Joscelyn

After a lengthy media absence, al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri has appeared in three separate releases this month. In the first, Zawahiri swore allegiance to Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, the Taliban’s new emir. Mansour, in turn, promptly accepted the pledge. more...

18th August 2015 – The Long War Journal

The Islamic State’s ‘Wanted Dead’ List in Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

Jihadists connected to the Islamic State’s branch in Libya have released dozens of wanted posters online in recent weeks. The graphics identify the “caliphate’s” enemies, including the jihadists and Islamists who have opposed its expansion in North Africa. more...

20th July 2015 – Quoted by Melissa Clyne - Newsmax

Qaida-Linked Group Executes ISIS Chief ‘Game of Thrones’ Style

Thomas Joscelyn

In an apparent attempt to beat the Islamic State at its own game of propaganda, a group in eastern Libya linked to al-Qaida has replicated HBO's popular series "Game of Thrones" by publicly humiliating and then hanging an ISIS commander to send a message to locals that sympathizing with ISIS would result in the same fate, The Daily Beast reports. more...

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