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14th January 2015 – Cited by Brian Bennett, Paul Richter, Laura King - The Los Angeles Times

Yemen Branch of Al Qaeda Says it Planned Paris Attack

Al Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen on Wednesday claimed responsibility for planning and financing last week’s massacre at a satirical magazine in Paris. more...

14th January 2015 – Cited by Johnlee Varghese - International Business Times

Former Taliban Leader Mullah Abdul Rauf now Recruiting for ISIS in Afghanistan?

Bill Roggio

With the US forces exiting the conflict-ridden country, reports have found that a former Taliban leader has now turned into a recruiter for Islamic State (ISIS) in Afghanistan. more...

14th January 2015 – Quoted by Dave Boyer - The Washington Times

Obama’s ‘Lone Wolf’ Focus Misguided as Terrorist Threat Expands, Critics Say

Thomas Joscelyn

President Obama has assured Americans for years that the core of al Qaeda is “decimated,” but the group’s claimed role in last week’s massacres in France, the spread of splinter terrorist groups throughout the Middle East and rise of the Islamic State underscore how the terrorist threat is expanding as the administration tries to prevent such commando-style attacks in the U.S. more...

14th January 2015 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula Claims Responsibility for Charlie Hebdo Attack

Thomas Joscelyn

In a newly released video, a senior AQAP official states his organization planned the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo's offices. AQAP chose the target and financed the operation, he says. more...

14th January 2015 – The Long War Journal

Boko Haram Continues to Slaughter Nigerians

Laura Grossman

Boko Haram has continued its murderous rampage against civilians and security personnel. While concentrated in northeastern Nigeria, the group's recent attacks have also targeted Cameroon and its security apparatus. more...

13th January 2015 – Cited by Dan Lamothe - The Washington Post

Meet the Shadowy Figure Recruiting for the Islamic State in Afghanistan

Several reports in the last few days suggest that the Islamic State is now recruiting in southern Afghanistan, the spiritual heart of the Taliban and the site of fierce combat between U.S. troops and insurgents in recent years. At the center of it: a former Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detainee who led a Taliban unit before the U.S. sent forces into the country in 2001. more...

13th January 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Adds Mullah Fazlullah to List of Global Terrorists

Bill Roggio

Fazlullah has presided over the fracturing of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, which remains a dangerous terrorist group. more...

12th January 2015 – The Long War Journal

CENTCOM Sites Hacked with Pro-Islamic State Propaganda

Thomas Joscelyn

Hacker(s) purportedly serving the Islamic State hacked CENTCOM's official Twitter feed and YouTube page on Monday. more...

12th January 2015 – 770 WABC-AM - New York, New York

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn comment on the hacking of CENTCOM's Twitter, new video of the Paris attacks, and more. more...

12th January 2015 – Cited by Thomas Donnelly - The Weekly Standard

Paris Attacks: An Al Qaeda, Islamic State Combined Operation

Thomas Joscelyn

The terrorist attacks in Paris were nightmarish in many ways, but perhaps the most worrisome news to come out of the Charlie Hebdo affair is that followers of a “pure” al Qaeda affiliate – al Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula – and of ISIS – the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria – worked together. more...

12th January 2015 – Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

France Fears More Terrorists Still at Large After Charlie Hebdo Attack

Thomas Joscelyn

French authorities said Monday that as many as six members of a terrorist sleeper cell involved in last week’s attack on a satirical magazine in Paris may still be at large, as U.S. officials investigated the actual role played by al Qaeda’s main affiliate in the Middle East. more...

11th January 2015 – The Long War Journal

Video Shows Terrorist Responsible for Paris Market Attack Pledging Allegiance to Islamic State

Thomas Joscelyn

A newly released video shows Amedy Coulibaly, who killed a French policewoman and attacked a kosher market in Paris, swearing allegiance to the Islamic State. Coulibaly says he worked in concert with the Kouachi brothers, who attacked Charlie Hebdo's offices and claimed allegiance to al Qaeda. more...

9th January 2015 – The Long War Journal

Senior AQAP Official Praises Paris Attack in New Audio Message

Oren Adaki, Thomas Joscelyn

A senior AQAP official praises the Charlie Hebdo attack in a new audio message. Unverified statements also claim that AQAP ordered the attack. more...

9th January 2015 – The Long War Journal

Paris Terrorist Reportedly Claimed Ties to Anwar al Awlaki, AQAP

Thomas Joscelyn

One of the brothers responsible for the attack on Charlie Hebdo claimed to have met with Anwar al Awlaki. The other may have met with Awlaki as well. Meanwhile, another terrorist responsible for the siege of a kosher market claimed he was a member of the Islamic State. more...

9th January 2015 – The Long War Journal

French Police End Hostage Crisis, Kill 3 Jihadists Linked to Known Terrorists

Bill Roggio

Cherif and Said Kouachi were killed after holding a hostage at a print shop. Amedi Coulibalay, who is thought to have killed a policewoman, was killed while holding hostages at a Jewish deli. more...

9th January 2015 – Quoted by Sarah El Deeb - Associated Press

Al-Qaida in Yemen Urges Local and International Jihad

Bill Roggio

The al-Qaida offshoot that claimed Friday to have masterminded the bloody rampage in France has been the most active of the terror network's branches in trying to strike in the West. more...

8th January 2015 – Cited by Terrence McCoy - The Washington Post

How a Suspected Charlie Hebdo Gunman Turned Into a Jihadist

Cherif Kouachi was known to French authorities as a recruiter, a middleman, a guy who had conflicted feelings about joining the fight alongside Islamist militants in Iraq. What appeared Wednesday was very different. more...

8th January 2015 – Quoted by Maggie Ybarra - The Washington Times

Afghan President to Visit U.S. as Taliban Tension Flares

Thomas Joscelyn

Obama administration officials say they expect a high-profile visit from President Ashraf Ghani right before the Taliban fighting season begins in early spring. more...

8th January 2015 – Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Paris Newspaper Attack Underscores Terrorist Shift to ‘Soft Targets’

Bill Roggio

Where the al Qaeda of Osama bin Laden’s leadership flew an airplane into the Pentagon in a meticulously prepared operation, the tip of today’s global jihadi spear is increasingly pointed at exploiting such “soft targets” as shopping malls, sporting events, tourist attractions and, in the case of this week’s horror in Paris, the office of a satirical news magazine. more...

8th January 2015 – The Long War Journal

Investigators Explore Ties to al Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula in Charlie Hebdo Attack

Thomas Joscelyn

One of the chief suspects in the attack on Charlie Hebdo reportedly received training at an al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) camp in 2011. more...

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