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4th August 2015 – The Long War Journal

Jihadists in Syria Honor Mullah Omar, Praise Taliban’s Radical State

Thomas Joscelyn

Just one day after the Taliban confirmed that Mullah Omar was dead, the Syria-based jihadist group Ahrar al Sham heaped praise on the Taliban leader in a statement released online. more...

2nd August 2015 – The Long War Journal

Former Guantanamo Detainee Mullah Zakir Supports New Taliban Emir

Bill Roggio

Mullah Adbul Qayoum Zakir, a member of the Taliban’s executive council and the group’s former military commander, denied reports that he disagrees with the appointment of Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour as the replacement for deceased Taliban emir Mullah Omar. more...

31st July 2015 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda’s branch in Syria says it captured US-backed rebels

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, has released a statement claiming that it has captured US-trained rebels belonging to a group called “Division 30.” more...

26th June 2015 – The Long War Journal

Terrorists Strike in France, Kuwait, and Tunisia, Killing Dozens

Thomas Joscelyn

Three terrorist attacks were carried out this morning in France, Kuwait, and Tunisia. more...

23rd June 2015 –

Former ISIS Bride Recruiter Warns European Girls of Caliphate Horrors

Benjamin Weinthal

A Syrian woman believed responsible for helping to deliver hundreds of young European girls to ISIS has defected, and is now warning young women of the hell that awaits them in the black-clad Islamist army's so-called caliphate. more...

11th June 2015 – Wikistrat

The Winner’s Messaging Strategy of the Islamic State

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Islamic State (ISIS) has taken strategic communications by a jihadist group to an entirely new level, with tightly choreographed and slickly produced videos, an apparently deep understanding of how to catch the Western media’s attention, and exceptionally skilled, coordinated distribution of content on platforms like Twitter. more...

26th May 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Defeating the Islamic State’s Suicide Drivers

Patrick Megahan

The Pentagon announced last week that it will deliver 2,000 AT-4 anti-tank rockets to help Iraqi forces combat the Islamic State (IS), after the jihadist group seized Ramadi, the strategically important Anbar province capital. While not a sophisticated or expensive weapon, the AT-4 could prove a valuable addition to the arsenals of Iraqi ground forces struggling to hold off IS attacks. more...

5th May 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Says ‘Soldiers of the Caliphate’ Responsible for Garland Shooting

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State has released a message on its Al Bayan radio program claiming that the shooting in Garland, Texas was the work of “two soldiers from the soldiers of the Caliphat‎e.” The claim, which was made in the group’s “news” bulletin, was first obtained and translated by the SITE Intelligence Group. more...

3rd May 2015 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent Leader Says Attacks on ‘Blasphemers’ Ordered by Zawahiri

Thomas Joscelyn

The leader of al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), Asim Umar, has claimed responsibility for the murders of six people who were supposedly “blasphemers,” including Avijit Roy, a prominent atheist blogger. Roy, an American, was murdered in Bangladesh in February when his attackers assaulted him with machetes. more...

1st May 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Beheads, Shoots 15 Yemeni Soldiers

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State in Yemen claimed credit for the brutal execution of 15 Yemeni soldiers who were captured in the city of Azzan in Shabwa province earlier this month. The treatment of the captured soldiers by the Islamic State presents a stark contrast to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s (AQAP) handling of captured Yemeni soldiers. more...

29th April 2015 – The Long War Journal

Boko Haram Rolls With the Punches, Remains a Threat

In the past few months, the tide has turned against Nigeria-based Boko Haram as coalition forces have successfully pushed the terrorist group from the majority of its strongholds. At the beginning of March, forces from Chad and Niger joined Nigeria to collectively fight against Boko Haram. This offensive has made significant headway, but it has not neutralized the terrorist outfit. On the heels of its pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS), Boko Haram has continued launching attacks across the region, illustrating that it remains a threat with several cells still active across a broad amount of territory. more...

28th April 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Promotes Training Camp in Eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Three photographs of the “Ustad Yasir” camp were obtained by journalist Saleem Mehsud and published on his Twitter account on April 18. The images were emailed to the Pakistani reporter, Mehsud told The Long War Journal. more...

28th April 2015 – Pragati

The Losing War Against Ungoverned Spaces

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

One of the biggest counterterrorism concerns for the United States and its allies since the attacks of September 11, 2001, has been managing the dangers posed by ungoverned spaces. While al-Qaeda stars as the primary villain in The 9/11 Commission Report, the U.S.’s definitive account of those attacks, ungoverned spaces feature as a critical henchman. We are now living in an era where ungoverned spaces, long the accomplice in jihadist activity, are playing a starring role. more...

26th April 2015 – The Jerusalem Post

Is Hamas Gaining Traction in Europe?

Benjamin Weinthal

The 13th Palestinians in Europe Conference on Saturday once again catapulted Hamas’s activities into the spotlight. more...

26th April 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Captures Dam, Overruns Base in Western Iraq

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State seized control of a dam and overran a military barracks in the Thar Thar area in western Iraq over the past several days. more...

23rd April 2015 – The Long War Journal

White House Says Hostages, Including American, Killed In Counterterrorism Operation

Thomas Joscelyn

The White House released a statement today saying that two hostages held by al Qaeda were killed in a counter terrorism operation earlier this year. more...

23rd April 2015 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front, Allies Launch New Offensives Against Syrian Regime

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, and its rebel allies have launched multiple new military offensives against the Syrian regime. more...

15th April 2015 – Politico

Al Qaeda Is Beating the Islamic State

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Islamic State’s lightning offensive through Iraq and Syria last year has dominated the headlines, but the jihadist group that has won the most territory in the Arab world over the past six months is Al Qaeda. more...

10th April 2015 – Foreign Policy

From Westgate to Garissa, Shabab’s Murderous Wave

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

ter the Somali militant group al-Shabab carried out a gruesome massacre of 148 people in the Kenyan city of Garissa on April 2, two questions repeatedly surfaced among policymakers and analysts: Did this attack signal that al-Shabab would increasingly focus on Kenya? And did the horrific attack at Garissa prove the success or failure of Somalia as a counterterrorism model? After all, last September President Barack Obama trumpeted U.S. policies toward Somalia, where the United States had “successfully pursued” al Qaeda for years. more...

6th April 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban laud Mullah Omar in ‘biography’

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban released an adulatory biography of Mullah Mohammd Omar that states he is “still the leader in the present hierarchy of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.” In addition to pumping up Omar, the Taliban outlined its current organizational structure in the release. more...


22nd February 2013 - 9:30 AM

Policy Under Fire: How Should the US Handle the Non-Criminal Detention of Violent Non-State Actors?

A Conversation with Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Dawit Giorgis, Raha Wala and Ben Wittes

Militant fighters have been captured during the war in Mali. This raises questions about whether the American and European positions on preventive detention rest on shaky foundations. Does the fact that Western nations don't do preventive detentions in some way encourage killing rather than capturing enemy forces?

30th January 2013 - 3:59 PM

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross Joins Conversation on Mali

Foreign Policy and the Pulitzer Center present a conversation with Peter Chilson, author of We Never Knew Exactly Where: Dispatches From the Lost Country of Mali, a masterful blend of reportage and history from one of the world's newest front lines in the war on terror -- the endangered African country of Mali.