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5th July 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US citizen pleaded guilty to training with al Qaeda in Syria, plotting attack

Thomas Joscelyn

On June 29, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, a 25-year-old US citizen and resident of Columbus, Ohio, pleaded guilty to various terror-related charges. more...

4th July 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US-backed forces enter Islamic State stronghold within Raqqa

Thomas Joscelyn

Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have entered the Old City of Raqqa, according to the US military and posts on the SDF’s social media. more...

27th June 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Qods Day commemorations highlight Tehran’s global reach

Amir Toumaj

The Islamic Republic of Iran and its allies abroad on Friday commemorated Qods (Jerusalem) Day, an annual event held on the last Friday of Ramadan and established by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to express support for Palestinians and opposition to Israel. more...

23rd June 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Key Islamic State ‘finance emir’ killed in eastern Syria, US says

Thomas Joscelyn

US Central Command (CENTCOM) announced today that Fawaz Muhammad Jubayr al-Rawi, a facilitator who handled millions of dollars for the Islamic State, was killed in a June 16 airstrike in Abu Kamal, Syria. more...

21st June 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State destroys mosque where Baghdadi delivered first speech as ‘caliph’

Thomas Joscelyn

The Iraqi government announced today that the Great Mosque of Al-Nuri in Mosul has been destroyed. more...

20th June 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US shoots down another Iranian UAV over Syria

Bill Roggio

arlier today, the US military shot down its second unmanned areal vehicle over Syria in the past two weeks. US Central Command (CENTCOM) said that the Iranian-made drone was shot down after it “displayed hostile intent and advanced on Coalition forces.” more...

20th June 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

CENTCOM confirms Islamic State’s ‘Grand Mufti’ killed in airstrike

Thomas Joscelyn

US Central Command (CENTCOM) confirmed today that the Islamic State’s Turki al-Bin’ali was killed in a May 31 airstrike in Mayadin, Syria. more...

19th June 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US downs Syrian warplane while defending SDF

Bill Roggio

The US military shot down a Syrian fighter bomber yesterday after it attacked Syrian Democratic Forces in a town recently liberated from the Islamic State. more...

19th June 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Iranian media reports missile strike in Syria

Behnam Ben Taleblu

On Sunday, Iranian outlets reported that their country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Aerospace Force (IRGC-AF) fired several missiles against “Takfiri terrorists” in the Syrian governorate of Deir ez-Zor. more...

16th June 2017 – The Hill

Boeing’s Iran deal: Jobs claim is murky at best

Toby Dershowitz, Tyler Stapleton

In December of 2016 Boeing announced that a new sale of 80 aircraft to Iran Air would “support nearly 100,000 U.S. jobs.” Those numbers seem murky at best. more...

14th June 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Qassem Soleimani allegedly spotted in Syria near the Iraqi border

Amir Toumaj

A Lebanese Hezbollah media arm released a photo of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Qods Force chief Qassem Soleimani today “by the Syrian border with Iraq.” more...

12th June 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US designates 2 Islamic State leaders tied to chemical weapons

Thomas Joscelyn

The US government has designated two Islamic State figures involved in the group’s chemical weapons program. more...

10th June 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Zawahiri lectures on global jihad, warns of national boundaries

Thomas Joscelyn

Sometime in the last few years, al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri got an editor. more...

9th June 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US military downs UAV, strikes militias in Syria

Bill Roggio

The US military shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that attacked coalition forces in the At Tanf area in southeastern Syria yesterday. more...

7th June 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Afghan Fatemiyoun Division operative killed near US base in southeastern Syria

Amir Toumaj

Iranian media announced the death of an Afghan militiaman in the vicinity of Tanf military base in southeastern Syria on Monday, where coalition forces are training Syrian insurgents fighting the Islamic State. more...

6th June 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US warplanes again strike militias near Syrian-Jordanian border

Bill Roggio

The US military again launched airstrikes against forces loyal to the Syrian government after they entered the “deconfliction zone” near At Tanf in southeastern Syria. more...

6th June 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Anti-Islamic State coalition begins Raqqah offensive

Bill Roggio

A coalition of anti-Islamic State groups backed by the United States has officially begun its assault on the jihadist-held city of Raqqah in northern Syria. more...

3rd June 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Iran tests the US in southeastern Syria

Amir Toumaj

Major powers involved in the Syrian war are racing to maximize gains from the crumbling Islamic State in southern and eastern Syria. more...

2nd June 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Qassem Soleimani spotted near the Syrian border with Iraqi militias

Amir Toumaj

Major General Qassem Soleimani, the chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ extraterritorial operations branch the Qods Force, has been photographed with Iranian-backed Iraqi militias of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) in the northwestern countryside of Iraq near the Syrian border. more...

26th May 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

CENTCOM: Three senior Islamic State foreign fighters killed

Thomas Joscelyn

US Central Command (CENTCOM) announced today that “three senior foreign fighters” in the Islamic State were killed near the Iraqi-Syrian border in recent weeks. Two of them, Mustafa Gunes and Abu Asim al-Jazaeri, were allegedly involved in planning attacks abroad. And the third, Abu-Khattab al-Rawi, helped oversee the jihadists’ drone program in western Iraq. more...

Experts

Tony Badran

Research Fellow

Events

9th June 2016 - 4:00 PM

Genocide by ISIS: The Plight of Yazidis in Iraq & Syria

When ISIS began attacking the Yazidi community in Iraq’s Sinjar Mountains in 2014, Ms. Dakhil brought international attention to the catastrophe through an impassioned parliamentary address, pleading for protection and assistance for a civilian population facing enslavement or execution.

13th May 2015 - 11:30 AM

Disputed Borders and the Struggle for Order: Addressing Security Threats in the Middle East

With continued Hezbollah activity emanating from Lebanon, Iran and the IRGC trying to set up a base of operations in the Golan Heights, the decline of the Assad regime in southern Syria, and rising tensions in the Sinai Peninsula, Israel's security situation has become increasingly complex and dangerous. What is the Israeli security outlook for the near and mid-term future?