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25th March 2014 – The Long War Journal

Report: Former Head of al Qaeda’s Network in Iran Now Operates in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Muhsin al Fadhli, a senior al Qaeda leader who once headed the organization's network in Iran, relocated to Syria in mid-2013, according to a report in... more...

24th March 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Video Features Veteran al Qaeda Military Leader

Thomas Joscelyn

An Al Nusrah Front video released on March 23 features Abu Hammam al Shami, an al Qaeda operative who swore bayat (an oath of more...

24th March 2014 – The Long War Journal

Ansar Jerusalem Confirms Deaths of 6 Members, 2 Tied to Syria Conflict

David Barnett

In a statement released to jihadist forums on March 23, Ansar Jerusalem (Ansar Bayt al Maqdis) confirmed the deaths of six of its fighters more...

24th March 2014 – The Long War Journal

Turkish Charity İMKANDER Praises Slain Islamic Caucasus Emirate Emir in Rally

Bill Roggio

A charity known as İMKANDER has praised Doku Umarov, the former emir of the Islamic Caucasus Emirate whose death was announced more...

24th March 2014 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Jihadist foreign fighters in Syria. more...

23rd March 2014 – The Long War Journal

AQAP Releases First Installment of ‘Journey of Jihad’ Video Series

Oren Adaki

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) recently released the first part of a video series titled "Journey of Jihad" about the life of Sa'id more...

22nd March 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Official Confirms Senior al Qaeda Leader has Been Killed

Thomas Joscelyn

A senior al Qaeda leader known as Sanafi al Nasr was killed in the Latakia province of Syria on March 21. Nasr's death was first reported more...

22nd March 2014 – The Long War Journal

Chechen Commander for Al Nusrah Front Reported Killed in Fighting Against Syrian Forces

Bill Roggio

A Chechen leader of a unit that joined the Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, al Qaeda's branch in Syria, has been killed more...

21st March 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Official in Syria was Extremist Preacher in Australia

Thomas Joscelyn

An extremist preacher known for his fiery sermons in Australia, where he implored listeners to join the jihad in Syria, is now a leader in the more...

20th March 2014 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Claim Suicide Assault on Jalalabad Police HQ

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban claimed credit for today's suicide assault on a police headquarters in Jalalabad in the eastern province of more...

20th March 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Veteran Appears in Al Nusrah Front Video, Criticizes Rival

Thomas Joscelyn

A recently released video produced by the Al Nusrah Front features Abu Firas al Suri, an al Qaeda veteran who has waged jihad since the late 1970s. In his video... more...

19th March 2014 – The Long War Journal

‘American’ Jihadist in Syria Pictured with Dangerous ISIS Commanders

Bill Roggio

An American who previously explained his defection from the Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, or ISIS, is seen... more...

18th March 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic Caucasus Emirate Confirms Death of Emir Doku Umarov

Bill Roggio

The Islamic Caucasus Emirate, an al Qaeda-linked group that operates in southern Russia, confirmed today that its emir, Doku Umarov, has more...

18th March 2014 – The Long War Journal

New Ansar al Sharia in Egypt Claims More than a Dozen Shooting Attacks

David Barnett

In a statement released to jihadist forums and social media sites yesterday, a group calling itself Kataeb Ansar al Sharia fi Ard al Kinanah more...

17th March 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula Releases 12th Issue of Inspire Magazine

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has released the 12th issue of Inspire magazine. The Long War Journal has more...

17th March 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Names Training Camps After Top al Qaeda Leaders

Bill Roggio

The Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant has announced the establishment of two training camps in Syria that are named after more...

17th March 2014 – Cited by Ty McCormick, Foreign Policy

Al Qaeda Core: A Short History

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Ever since launching the war on terror in 2001, the United States has struggled to define -- let alone defeat -- what has proved to be a maddeningly amorphous enemy. more...

17th March 2014 – Cited by Robert Sibley, Ottawa Citizen

Terrorism of the Mundane: Al Qaeda’s Shift to Street Jihad Tactics

Thomas Joscelyn

I’ve often wondered when the Islamists would bring the kind of IED tactics that were deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq against western soldiers to the cities of North America. more...

17th March 2014 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The United States withdrawal from Afghanistan and jihadist fighters in Syria. more...

17th March 2014 – Cited by Joshua Keating, Slate

The New Center of Obama’s Drone War

Bill Roggio, Oren Adaki

Last month I noted that we’re in the midst of the longest pause in drone strikes in Pakistan since the beginning of Barack Obama’s presidency. The pause corresponds... more...

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