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13th August 2015 – CTV

CTV News

Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellow Bill Roggio discusses the latest developments in Afghanistan. more...

13th August 2015 – Quoted by Jordan Schachtel - Breitbart

Al-Qaeda Chief Pledges Allegiance to New Afghan Taliban ‘Mullah’

Thomas Joscelyn

In a sign that there could be dangerous times ahead for Afghanistan and the entire surrounding region, al-Qaeda chief Ayman al Zawahiri pledged allegiance to the newly-appointed Taliban “emir,” Mullah Akhtar Mohammed Mansour, in an audio tape released Thursday by the jihadist group. more...

13th August 2015 – The Long War Journal

Mokhtar Belmokhtar Now Leads ‘Al Qaeda in West Africa’

Thomas Joscelyn

A statement attributed to Al Murabitoon, an al Qaeda group that operates in North and West Africa, was published online earlier today. The message says that Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a veteran jihadist who is openly loyal to Ayman al Zawahiri, has been selected by members of Al Murabitoon’s shura (advisory council) to serve as their leader. more...

13th August 2015 – The Long War Journal

Ayman al Zawahiri Pledges Allegiance to the Taliban’s New Emir

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda has released an audio message from Ayman al Zawahiri in which he pledges allegiance to the newly appointed emir of the Taliban, Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour. Although the speech was released earlier today, it is dated August 1, meaning that Zawahiri recorded it just two days after the Taliban confirmed Mullah Omar’s death on July 30. Zawahiri describes Mansour as the “Emir of the Faithful,” an honorific usually reserved for the head of an Islamic caliphate. more...

13th August 2015 – The Long War Journal - Co-authored by Caleb Weiss

Islamic State Claims Advances in Baiji

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State claimed to have made advances in the central Iraqi city of Baiji after renewed clashes with Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and their Shiite militia allies. In a video released by ‘Amaq News entitled “The arrival of Islamic State fighters to the vicinity of the Fatah Mosque after taking new locations within the city of Baiji,” the unofficial news agency of the Islamic State shows the jihadists in fierce firefights with pro-government forces. more...

12th August 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Drones Target AQAP Near Eastern Stronghold in Yemen

Bill Roggio

The US killed five al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters in a drone strike near a city in southeastern Yemen where the terror organization openly rules, and where the group’s previous emir was killed two months ago. more...

12th August 2015 – The Long War Journal

New Leader of Islamic Caucasus Emirate Killed by Russian forces

Thomas Joscelyn

Just a few months into his tenure as the head of the al Qaeda-linked Islamic Caucasus Emirate (ICE), Magomed Suleimanov, also known as Abu Usman Gimrinsky, has been killed by Russian security forces. more...

11th August 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Raise Flag Over Captured District in Helmand Province

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban raised its white banner over military outposts after overrunning the district of Now Zad in Helmand province two weeks ago. Afghan officials have confirmed that Now Zad is under Taliban control. more...

10th August 2015 – The Long War Journal

Proposed Buffer Zone Leads al Qaeda to Withdraw Fighters From Northern Aleppo Province

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, has released a statement saying its fighters have been ordered to withdraw from their frontline positions north of Aleppo. Al Nusrah’s jihadists had been fighting against the Islamic State in the area. more...

10th August 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Continues Terror Attacks in Afghan Capital

Bill Roggio

The Taliban continued its attacks in the Afghan capital of Kabul today, targeting a NATO military convoy just outside the city’s airport with a suicide bombing. The bombing is the fourth in Kabul in four days, and has led Afghanistan’s president and chief executive to lash out at Pakistan for continuing to support and shelter the Taliban. more...

10th August 2015 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Tom Joscelyn discuss the fights against the Taliban and al Qaeda. more...

7th August 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Targets Haqqani Network in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

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7th August 2015 – The Long War Journal

Jaysh al Fateh Coalition Continues to Battle Syrian Regime Forces in Important Plain

Thomas Joscelyn

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6th August 2015 – The Long War Journal

3 Al Qaeda Branches Issue Joint Eulogy for Mullah Omar

Thomas Joscelyn

Three al Qaeda branches have released a joint statement commemorating Mullah Omar’s jihadist career. more...

5th August 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Touts Camp in Paktia Province

Bill Roggio

A Taliban fighter promoted what he described as a training camp for jihadists in the eastern Afghan province of Paktia. The camp is located in a district that is a stronghold of the Haqqani Network and which has hosted members of al Qaeda’s network in the past. more...

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...

31st July 2015 – The Long War Journal

The Taliban’s New Leadership is allied With Al Qaeda

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban has announced that a new emir and two deputy emirs have been chosen to lead the organization following the confirmation of Mullah Omar’s death.The Taliban’s new emir is Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, a longtime deputy to 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.” The statement, seen below, was released today on one of the group’s official Twitter feeds. more...

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