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6th February 2015 – The Long War Journal

Jihadists Mourn Slain AQAP Sharia Official

Thomas Joscelyn

Jihadists aligned with al Qaeda's international network mourned the death of Harith bin Ghazi al Nadhari, a senior AQAP sharia official, shortly after AQAP confirmed that he had been killed in a US drone strike. more...

6th February 2015 – The Long War Journal

Jihadists Continue to Advertise Training Camps in Iraq and Syria

Bill Roggio

Training camps belonging to the Islamic State, Ansar al Islam, the Al Nusrah Front, Ansar Sham, the Kurdish Islamic Front, the Turkistan Islamic Party, and the small Uzbek group Katibat al Tawhid wal Jihad have been identified in Iraq and Syria. The total number of training camps identified by The Long War Journal now stands at 78. more...

6th February 2015 – Quoted by Lara Jakes, Elias Groll - Foreign Policy

ISIS Says Last American Hostage, a Female Aid Worker, Killed in Jordanian Airstrike

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State militant group said on Friday that its last known remaining American hostage, female aid worker Kayla Mueller, has been killed by a Jordanian airstrike against extremist targets in Syria. more...

5th February 2015 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Jihadists Celebrate Release of Anti-Islamic State Ideologue

Thomas Joscelyn

Jordan has reportedly released Abu Muhammad al Maqdisi. The move was celebrated by al Qaeda jihadists on social media, including those belonging to the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria. more...

5th February 2015 – The Long War Journal

Influential AQAP Ideologue Killed in US Drone Strike

Thomas Joscelyn

Harith bin Ghazi al Nadhari, a senior sharia official in al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, was killed in a US drone strike on Jan. 31. Al Qaeda had consistently elevated Nadhari's media profile, meaning he was considered a key ideologue for the global organization. more...

4th February 2015 – The Long War Journal

Analysis: DIA Head Warns al Qaeda in Syria May Gain Ground in 2015

Thomas Joscelyn

Lieutenant General Vincent R. Stewart, the director of the DIA, testified before the House Armed Services Committee yesterday. Stewart warned that al Qaeda in Syria may gain ground in 2015, the Islamic State remains capable of launching offensive operations despite the coalition's air campaign, and the Taliban-led insurgency has fought its opposition to a stalemate in Afghanistan. more...

3rd February 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Burns Captured Jordanian Pilot Alive

Bill Roggio

First Lieutenant Mu'adh Yusuf al Kasasibah was burned alive in a cage by Islamic State fighters. more...

3rd February 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Targets Shabaab’s External Operations Chief

Bill Roggio

Yusuf Dheeq, the head of Shabaab's Amniyat, which directs the group's intelligence and external operations activities, was the target of the strike. His fate is unknown. more...

2nd February 2015 – 770 WABC-AM - New York, New York

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss the topics of their latest pieces for the Long War Journal, including: US drone strikes in Yemen, the Islamic State, and the green-on-blue attacks in Afghanistan. more...

2nd February 2015 – The Long War Journal

Ansar al Sharia Photos Focus on Governance Efforts Near Benghazi

Thomas Joscelyn

Ansar al Sharia Libya released a set of propaganda photos in late January that are intended to demonstrate the group's authority over areas in and around Benghazi. The photos purportedly show a police station and a convoy of security vehicles under the group's control. However, forces loyal to General Haftar also claim to control much of the city. more...

2nd February 2015 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Emir for Bajaur Joins Islamic State

Bill Roggio

Maulana Abu Bakr, the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan's emir for Bajaur, swore allegiance to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the "caliph" of the Islamic State. more...

31st January 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Drones Kill 4 AQAP Fighters in Southern Yemen

Bill Roggio

The strike is the second this week, and is an indication that the US counterterrorism program in Yemen will continue despite the Houthi takeover of the capital. more...

31st January 2015 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Battles Western-Backed Rebels Outside Aleppo

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front has taken the fight to the Hazm Movement in the areas surrounding Aleppo. Hazm is one of the few rebel groups to receive Western aid and arms in the Syrian war. more...

30th January 2015 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Sharia Officials Address Caucasus Defectors in Joint Statement

Thomas Joscelyn

Sharia officials from both Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and the Al Nusrah Front, two official branches of al Qaeda, have signed a statement saying that the Islamic State's 'caliphate' is invalid. The statement is addressed to the Caucasus jihadists who announced their allegiance to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi in December. more...

30th January 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Claim Insider Attack at Kabul Airport That Killed 3 US Contractors

Bill Roggio

The commander of police at the airport confirmed that a guard killed the three contractors. The green-on-blue or insider attack is the first of its kind recorded so far this year. more...

30th January 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State’s Sinai ‘Province’ Claims Simultaneous Attacks on Egyptian Military, Police

Thomas Joscelyn

The group's attacks are likely its deadliest since it swore allegiance to the Islamic State last November. more...

30th January 2015 – Cited by Kevin Lilley - Army Times

Video: Iran-Backed Militia Brings M1 Tank to Fight IS

A video posted Tuesday to YouTube appears to show a militia group preparing for battle against the Islamic State with the help of an M1 Abrams tank, but how the fighters got the tank — and what good it will do them — remains unclear. more...

28th January 2015 – The Long War Journal

‘Foreigners’ Among 7 Jihadists Killed in US Drone Strike in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

The strike took place in the Shawal Valley, a jihadist hub that spans both North and South Waziristan. more...

28th January 2015 – The Long War Journal

Video Shows Hezbollah Brigades Convoy Transporting American M1 Tank

Bill Roggio

A video posted online shows the Iranian-backed Hezbollah Brigades, a designated terrorist organization, transporting an American-made M1 Abrams tank and other US military equipment in Iraq. more...

28th January 2015 – Cited by Douglas Ernst - The Washington Times

Hezbollah Brigades Convoy Video Shows American M1 Abrams Tank

A YouTube video of a Hezbollah Brigades convoy seemingly on its way to fight the Islamic State group includes numerous American-made military vehicles. more...

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