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2nd October 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US strikes Shabaab on southern Somalia coast

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

Yesterday, US Forces killed nine Shabaab terrorists in a strike 40 km northeast of Kismayo after the al Qaeda branch attacked Somali forces operating in the area. The strike took place near the town of Jamaame, a former Shabaab safe haven that was liberated by Somali forces just one day eariler. more...

19th September 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistan continues to harbor Taliban, including al Qaeda-linked Haqqanis

Thomas Joscelyn

Pakistan continues to allow the Taliban, including the al Qaeda-linked Haqqani Network, to operate on its soil, despite pressure from the US government. That is one of the conclusions drawn in the State Department’s newly released Country Reports on Terrorism 2017. more...

19th September 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

State Department: Iran allows al Qaeda to operate its ‘core facilitation pipeline’

Thomas Joscelyn

The State Department released its annual Country Reports on Terrorism today. The report covers events during the previous calendar year. As in past assessments, State says that Iran “has allowed” al Qaeda to operate its key facilitation network on Iranian soil. more...

13th September 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban overruns military base in Zabul

Bill Roggio

The Taliban has released yet another video showing their fighters gathering in the open after overrunning a military base without fear of reprisal from NATO or Afghan warplanes. In many remote areas of Afghanistan, the Taliban has demonstrated that it can operate virtually unfettered. more...

13th September 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Shabaab attacks US and partner force outside Mogadishu

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

On Sept. 11, Al-Qaeda’s Somalia branch attacked US and partner forces, resulting in casualties on both sides, according to a US Forces Africa Command (AFRICOM) press release today. The attack occurred in Mubaraak, a central village located approximately 37 miles west of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu. US personnel did not incur injuries or casualties and are fully accounted for. more...

11th September 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda is very much alive, and widely misunderstood

Thomas Joscelyn

On Sept. 11, 2001, nineteen of Osama bin Laden’s operatives changed the course of world history. We are fortunate that al Qaeda hasn’t carried out another 9/11-style attack inside the U.S. in the seventeen years since. But that fact shouldn’t obscure the reality about al Qaeda and its global jihad. more...

7th September 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Iraqi militant Qayis Khazali warned us about Iran. We ignored him.

Bill Roggio

Iran has its tentacles all over Iraq, and the United States has no one to blame but itself. It is a bipartisan failure dating back to the March 2003 invasion. Even after the Bush administration adjusted its course in Iraq, waging a large counterinsurgency campaign, the United States was so eager to wash its hands of a messy insurgency that it did little to roll back Iran’s gains. more...

5th September 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State claims bombings at sports club in Kabul

Thomas Joscelyn

A suicide bomber detonated himself at a sports club hosting a wrestling match in the Afghan capital earlier today. As emergency personnel and the media converged on the scene, a second, larger explosion rocked the area. The follow-on blast was apparently caused when a car packed with explosives was remotely detonated, though there is some uncertainty concerning the exact details. more...

5th September 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US designates al Qaeda’s branch in Mali as terror organization

Thomas Joscelyn

The State Department announced today that it has added Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin (JNIM), al Qaeda’s branch in Mali and West Africa, to the US government’s terrorist designation lists. JNIM was established in Mar. 2017, bringing together several preexisting al Qaeda groups under a common banner. more...

4th September 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

AQAP claims Saudi spy network targeted its leaders

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has released a lengthy video documenting its efforts to uproot an alleged Saudi spy network that helped hunt down some of the group’s most senior figures. The production is titled, “The Preliminary Introduction [to] Demolishing the Espionage,” and is intended to be the first in a series. more...

4th September 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban announces death of Jalaluddin Haqqani

Bill Roggio

The Taliban announced today that Jalaluddin Haqqani, the founder of the Haqqani Network and senior leader of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, died of complications from a long illness. Jalaluddin’s death will have little impact on the Taliban as his son, Sirajuddin, has proven to be a highly effective leader and successor. more...

3rd September 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US confirms death of emir of Islamic State Khorasan

Bill Roggio

The US military confirmed that it killed Abu Saad Orakzai, the Islamic State’s emir for its Khorasan province, in an airstrike in Nangarhar, Afghanistan on Aug. 25. The Afghan government had previously announced his death, but the report was not confirmed. more...

3rd September 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Shabaab attacks focus on Somali military, African Union forces

A study of Shabaab’s attacks from the six-month period between Oct. 2017 and April 2018 provides insights on the main areas of operation, capabilities, and tactics for al Qaeda’s branch in East Africa. Shabaab has managed to launch 418 attacks of different types during the six-month timeframe in support of its persistent and ongoing insurgency against Somalia’s weak central government and allied African Union forces. more...

29th August 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US military on track to match record 2017 for airstrikes in Somalia

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

US forces killed three Shabaab terrorists in an airstrike on Monday. The strike occurred 40 km southwest of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, according to a US Forces Africa Command (AFRICOM) press release today. more...

29th August 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: Losing a War

Thomas Joscelyn

Trump’s disdain for the war in Afghanistan had long been well known, so no one in the White House knew what he would decide to do about it in the summer of 2017. Multiple options were on the table in Trump’s freewheeling administration. The president had heard plans ranging from privatizing the war under the authority of military contractors, to a narrowly defined, CIA-led counterterrorism mission, to a more robust deployment of American forces, to a complete withdrawal. more...

28th August 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US airstrike kills Islamic State terrorist in northern Libya

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

The US military killed an Islamic State terrorist in Libya’s Bani Walid, a northern village known as an al Qaeda and Islamic State hotbed, in a precision airstrike earlier today. No civilians were killed in the strike, according to a US Forces Africa Command (AFRICOM) press release today. more...

27th August 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Afghan forces cede Faryab district to the Taliban

Bill Roggio

Afghan security forces ceded control of the district of Ghormach in Faryab province after being besieged by the Taliban. The Afghan military’s weak grip on remote areas of the country forced the government to punt again on another district. more...

27th August 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: US terror designations target Islamic State’s Southeast Asian network

Thomas Joscelyn

On Aug. 24, the US Treasury Department announced that it had designated three Islamic State recruiters from Southeast Asia as terrorists. The move is the latest in a series of designations targeting jihadists from Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines who joined Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s caliphate building project. more...

26th August 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State’s emir for its Khorasan province reported killed

Bill Roggio

Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security claimed that Abu Sayed Bajauri, the emir of the Islamic State’s branch in Afghanistan and Pakistan, which it calls the Khorasan province, was killed in an airstrike in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar on Aug. 25. Bajauri’s death, if confirmed, is unlikely to affect the growth of the Islamic State in Afghanistan. more...

24th August 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda leader argues Taliban’s ‘blessed emirate’ a core part of new caliphate

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri calls on Muslims to unite against an alleged “international infidel alliance” in a newly released video. The 5-minute production, which was posted online yesterday (Aug. 23), is titled “The Battle of Awareness and Will – The Solid Structure.” more...

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