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13th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Spokesman Explains Differences with Islamic State in Video Appearance

Thomas Joscelyn

In a video released on Aug. 8, Abu Firas al Suri, a senior al Qaeda operative who currently serves as the Al Nusrah Front's spokesman, discusses al Qaeda's approach to waging jihad in Syria. Al Suri denies that Al Nusrah seeks to unilaterally establish an Islamic emirate. more...

12th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Chechen-Led Jihadist Group in Syria Releases Video of Training Camp

Bill Roggio

Jamaat Ahadun Ahad, or the Group of the One and Only, is led by a Chechen commander and its fighters include "many Chechens, Turks, Arabs, Europeans, and even several former members of the Taliban." more...

12th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Ansar Dine Leader Resurfaces, Urges Expulsion of France from Mali

Laura Grossman

Ansar Dine leader Iyad Ag Ghaly has appeared in a video calling on Muslims to fight back against France and its allies. more...

11th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

AQAP Claims Killing of 50 Yemeni Soldiers in Seyoun Attack

Oren Adaki

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed via Twitter that its fighters had killed more than 50 Yemeni soldiers in an attack on the 1st Military District headquarters in Seyoun on Aug. 7. more...

10th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Airstrikes Against Islamic State Continue in Northern Iraq

Bill Roggio

The US launched four airstrikes on Aug. 9 and five more on Aug. 10 against the Islamic State in the Sinjar area, where the Yazidi minority is facing a humanitarian crisis, and near Irbil. more...

9th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Kills 3 AQAP Fighters in Central Yemen

Bill Roggio

The strike took place in the al Qaeda stronghold of Wadi Abida. In eastern Yemen, the military and AQAP have been battling for control of Hadramout province. more...

8th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Harakat-ul-Mujahideen ‘Operates Terrorist Training Camps in Eastern Afghanistan’

Bill Roggio

The jihadist group, which is tolerated by the Pakistani state and whose leader lives openly in Islamabad, is currently running training camps in eastern Afghanistan, the US State Department said. more...

7th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Boko Haram Raises its Flag Over Another Nigerian Town

Laura Grossman

The Nigerian-based terrorist group Boko Haram is continuing its offensive in Nigeria's north while extending its tentacles into Cameroon, killing civilians on both sides of the border. more...

7th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Iraq’s Largest Christian Town Falls to Islamic State

Bill Roggio, Oren Adaki

Qaraqosh, as well as Tal Kayf, Bartella, and Karamlesh, fell to the Islamic State after Kurdish Peshmerga abandoned the towns without a fight. more...

6th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Overruns Syrian Artillery Regiment in Hasakah

Bill Roggio

The jihadist group seized a large amount of military hardware and munitions after overrunning Regiment 121. Chechen commander Omar al Shishani was spotted at the fighting. more...

6th August 2014 – Cited by Dan Lamothe and Pamela Constable - The Washington Post

U.S. General Killed in Attack at Afghan Military Academy

A man believed to be an Afghan soldier opened fire at an Afghan military academy in Kabul on Tuesday, killing a U.S. general and wounding up to 15 other personnel. more...

6th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Leader Who Defected From al Qaeda Reported Killed in Mosul

Bill Roggio

Abdul Rahman al Amjad al Pakistani is thought to be Abdullah al Punjabi, one of nine mid-level al Qaeda commanders to openly defect from the global jihadist group and join the Islamic State. more...

6th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Kills 5 ‘Militants,’ Including Foreigners in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The attack is the fourth by the US in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan since July 6; at least three al Qaeda leaders are thought to have been killed in one of the strikes. more...

5th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Insider Attack at Kabul Base Kills US Major General, Wounds 16 Troops Including Senior Coalition…

Bill Roggio

An Afghan soldier fired at fairly close range on Coalition and Afghan troops during a key leader engagement at an Afghan military training facility near Kabul, killing a US major general and injuring a German general as well as US, British, and Afghan troops. more...

5th August 2014 – Cited by Maggie Ybarra - The Washington Times

U.S. General Killed in Afghan Soldier’s Attack at Military Academy Near Kabul

A general became the U.S. military’s highest-ranking fatality in the war in Afghanistan on Tuesday when an Afghan soldier opened fire at a military training academy west of the capital, Kabul. more...

5th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Baloch Jihadist Group in Southern Afghanistan Announces Death of Commander

Bill Roggio

Junood al Fida, a jihadist group from Baluchistan, Pakistan that fights in Afghanistan, swore allegiance to the Taliban and called Ayman al Zawahiri its emir in July. more...

4th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Herat Police Chief Accuses Iran of Ramping Up Attacks in Western Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Herat's chief of police accused Iran of supporting the Taliban's killing spree in the province, which included the murder of two Finnish aid workers. more...

3rd August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Takes Control of Sinjar, Mosul Dam in Northern Iraq

Bill Roggio

Kurdish forces are reported to have fled Sinjar and the Mosul Dam after minimal fighting. The town of Zumar was abandoned after heavy clashes. more...

1st August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Analysis: What the Gaza War Means for Iran

Behnam Ben Taleblu

As the war in Gaza continues, Iran's political, military, and religious calculations ascribe similar but not identical values to the ongoing conflict. The ways in which Iranian leaders codify events on the ground vary depending on their interests at home and abroad. more...

31st July 2014 – The Long War Journal

Hezbollah ‘Trainer’ Killed During Fighting in Northern Iraq

Bill Roggio

Hezbollah, which helped establish Shia terror groups in Iraq beginning in 2005, said that Ibrahim al Hajj, a trainer, was killed while "performing his jihadi duties" in Tal Afar. more...

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