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6th April 2016 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front confirms al Qaeda veteran killed in US airstrike

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Nusrah Front confirmed today that Abu Firas al Suri, a veteran jihadist who served al Qaeda since the 1980s, was killed in an American airstrike on Apr. 3. The group eulogized Abu Firas in a statement released online that was translated by the SITE Intelligence Group. more...

5th April 2016 – The Long War Journal

Syrian fighter jet downed in Aleppo province

Thomas Joscelyn

A Syrian fighter jet was reportedly downed in the Aleppo province earlier today. “A warplane was exposed to [a] surface-to-air missile during its reconnaissance mission over the countryside of Aleppo which led to its downfall,” the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported. more...

5th April 2016 – The Long War Journal

Taliban appoints Mullah Omar’s brother, son to key leadership positions

Bill Roggio

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, the official name of the Taliban, appointed Mullah Omar’s brother and eldest son to key leadership positions in the jihadist group’s executive council. more...

4th April 2016 – The Long War Journal

US transfers 2 Guantanamo detainees to the Republic of Senegal

Thomas Joscelyn

The Department of Defense and State Department announced today that two Libyans have been transferred from Guantanamo to the Republic of Senegal in West Africa. more...

4th April 2016 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellow Thomas Joscelyn discusses the latest al-Qaeda news and work from The Long War Journal. more...

4th April 2016 – The Long War Journal

Treasury Department: Charity run by Scottish-born jihadist an al Qaeda ‘front organization’

Thomas Joscelyn

At first blush, Al Rahmah Welfare Organization (RWO) is a charity that serves orphans, widows and the downtrodden in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria and elsewhere. The group’s web page and social media sites are filled with projects for prospective donors to fund: water wells, an “Educators [sic] Teaching Course” for would-be instructors at one of RWO’s Koran schools, emergency relief for refugees, the building of orphanages and mosques, as well as “many more humanitarian works.” more...

3rd April 2016 – The Long War Journal

Jihadists say airstrike killed veteran al Qaeda leader in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Jihadists on social media reported earlier today that Abu Firas al Suri, who served al Qaeda since the 1980s, was killed in an airstrike in Syria. more...

3rd April 2016 – The Long War Journal

US airstrike targets senior leader of Shabaab’s security and intelligence service

Bill Roggio

The US military targeted a senior al Qaeda leader who also serves in the Amniyat, a key security and intelligence organization within Shabaab, al Qaeda’s offical branch in Somalia, in an airstrike last week. The US military has not confirmed the death of Hassan Ali Dhoore, the dual hatted al Qaeda and Shabaab leader, who was the focus of the airstrike. more...

3rd April 2016 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front, allies launch offensive south of Aleppo

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Nusrah Front and allied rebel groups launched an offensive in the countryside south of the city of Aleppo on April 1. The battle began when three Al Nusrah suicide bombers struck positions occupied by Shiite militias and Syrian regime forces near the Talat al-‘Iss hill. more...

31st March 2016 – The Long War Journal

US strike on camp targeted local AQAP fighters, not external network, commander claims

Bill Roggio

A US airstrike on a training camp in Yemen that killed more than 50 jihadists two weeks ago targeted al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s local operations, not its external operations network, an AQAP commander claimed. While the AQAP commander’s statement may be technically true, it ignores the fact that jihadist groups’ local and foreign operations support each other, and both pose a threat to the West. more...

29th March 2016 – The Long War Journal

Syrian Army, allies retake Palmyra from the Islamic State

Thomas Joscelyn

The Syrian Army and its Iranian-backed allies have retaken the ancient city of Palmyra from the Islamic State. After several days of heavy fighting, Bashar al Assad’s regime claimed victory over the so-called caliphate’s fighters. more...

28th March 2016 – The Long War Journal

‘The target was Christians,’ Pakistani Taliban says of Lahore Easter attack

Bill Roggio

The spokesman for a faction of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan said that the group intentionally targeted Christians in a suicide bombing which killed and wounded hundreds of women and children on Easter Sunday. more...

26th March 2016 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State propaganda celebrates Brussels attacks

Thomas Joscelyn

Within hours of the terrorist attacks in Brussels on Mar. 22, the Amaq News Agency released a claim of responsibility on behalf of the Islamic State. Amaq has played a more prominent role in the Islamic State’s propaganda in recent months, reporting on events from many of the areas around the globe where the so-called caliphate’s fighters operate. Not long after, the Islamic State released a formal statement saying “soldiers of the caliphate” carried out the operation. more...

25th March 2016 – The Long War Journal

Pentagon announces death of senior Islamic State leader

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

The Pentagon announced today that a senior Islamic State leader named Abd al Rahman Mustafa al Qaduli (also known as Hajji Iman and Abu Ala al Afri, among other aliases) has been killed. more...

25th March 2016 – The Long War Journal

Iran deploys Army Special Forces to Syria and Iraq

Amir Toumaj

A senior commander in Iran’s Army told reporters Wednesday that Special Forces would be deployed as “advisors” to Syria and Iraq. more...

23rd March 2016 – The Long War Journal

US military strikes AQAP training camp in Yemen

Bill Roggio

The US military killed “dozens” of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters in an airstrike yesterday that targeted a training camp in western Yemen. While the US military claims that the strike will deny AQAP “safe haven,” the air campaign waged by the US against the jihadist group since 2009 has done little to halt its advance. more...

22nd March 2016 – The Long War Journal

US adds emir of Mujahidin Indonesia Timur to list of global terrorists

Bill Roggio

The US Department of State added the emir of the Islamic State-linked Mujahidin Indonesia Timur (MIT) to its list of specially designated global terrorists. Abu Warda Santoso, the MIT leader, swore allegiance to the Islamic State in 2014. His group was previously listed by the US as a terrorist group last year. more...

22nd March 2016 – The Long War Journal

Terrorists attack subway, airport in Brussels

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Terrorists struck an international airport in Brussels and a subway station not far from the European Union’s headquarters earlier today. more...

22nd March 2016 – The Weekly Standard

ISIS Overwhelming Europe’s Counterterrorism Forces

Thomas Joscelyn

The Amaq News Agency, a propaganda arm of the Islamic State (or ISIS), has claimed responsibility for today's attacks in Brussels. The claim is hardly surprising: The Islamic State has had Belgium in its crosshairs since at least 2014. more...

21st March 2016 – The Long War Journal

Veteran Egyptian jihadist now an al Qaeda leader in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Ahmad Salama Mabruk, a veteran Egyptian jihadist who has worked for al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri for decades, has been publicly identified as a senior member of Al Nusrah Front. Mabruk, also known as Abu-al-Faraj al-Masri, is featured in part two of Al Nusrah’s “The Heirs of Glory,” which was released via social media on Mar. 18. The video focuses on the Arab uprisings that began in 2011. more...

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