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2nd November 2014 – The Long War Journal

Suicide Bomber Strikes in Pakistan at Border Crossing With India

Bill Roggio

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a recently formed splinter group of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, and Jundallah both claimed credit for the suicide attack in Wagah that killed more than 50 people. more...

1st November 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Forces Western-Backed Rebel Group to Flee Base in Idlib

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front has forced the leader of the Western-backed Syrian Revolutionaries' Front, Jamal Maarouf, to flee his base of operations in Idlib. more...

1st November 2014 – The Long War Journal

AQAP Continues to Portray US-Led Bombing Campaign as a ‘Crusade’

Oren Adaki, Thomas Joscelyn

In a pair of videos released in late October, two leading AQAP ideologues preached jihadist unity in the face of the US-led coalition's bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria. One of the videos also included thinly-veiled criticisms of the Islamic State's declared caliphate. more...

31st October 2014 – The Long War Journal

Explosions at Nigerian Bus Station Kill 23, Wound Scores More

Laura Grossman

Boko Haram is suspected of bombing a crowded bus station in Gombe in northeastern Nigeria. more...

30th October 2014 – The Long War Journal

Arab, Haqqani Network Commanders Reported Killed in Latest Drone Strike in South Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The US is reported to have killed a "senior Arab commander" in a drone strike today in Pakistan's Taliban-infested tribal agency of South Waziristan. The strike took place in an area where, less than two years ago, the US killed a Taliban commander who was supported by the Pakistani state. more...

30th October 2014 – Quoted by Bill Gertz - The Washington Free Beacon

Treasury Efforts to Squeeze Islamic State Funding Will Be Difficult

Bill Roggio, Mark Dubowitz

The Treasury Department faces difficulties as it mounts a program to cut off funding to Islamic State (IS) terrorists that are currently raising “tens of millions” each month through oil sales, ransoming hostages, criminal activities, and donations from wealthy Islamist sympathizers. more...

29th October 2014 – Quoted by Deb Riechmann and Bassem Mroue - Associated Press

Analysts: IS Ignores al-Qaida’s Call to Reunite to Fight West, but Their Feud Has Tapered Off

Thomas Joscelyn

Al-Qaida is using U.S. airstrikes in Syria as a reason to extend olive branches to the renegade Islamic State group, saying the two should stop feuding and join forces to attack Western targets — a reunification that intelligence analysts say would allow al-Qaida to capitalize on the younger group's ruthless advance across the region. more...

29th October 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Offensive in Idlib Targets Assad Regime, Fellow Rebels

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has captured several towns and villages in the countryside of Idlib. The territory was controlled by the Syrian Revolutionaries Front (SRF), which has been allied with Al Nusrah despite being part of the Free Syrian Army. more...

28th October 2014 – The Long War Journal

French Warplanes Bomb Islamic State Camp in Iraq

Bill Roggio

French warplanes hit an Islamic State training facility, recruitment center, and IED factory in Hawijah in Salahaddin province on Oct. 23. more...

27th October 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Uses British Hostage in Propaganda Video to Rebut Western, Kurdish Claims

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State has released a propaganda video featuring John Cantlie, a British photojournalist who is being held hostage by the group. Cantlie is made to rebut Western claims about the efficacy of airstrikes in Kobane, a town that sits on the border of Syria and Turkey. more...

27th October 2014 – The Long War Journal

AQAP Profiles Slain Media Operative Tied to Ayman al Zawahiri’s Brother

Thomas Joscelyn

On Oct. 20, AQAP released a biography for Mustafa Ali, an Egyptian who was killed in a US drone strike in late 2013. The group says he sought "knowledge" from Mohammed al Zawahiri, the younger brother of Ayman al Zawahiri, while imprisoned in Egypt. more...

27th October 2014 – The Long War Journal

Pro-al Qaeda Saudi Ideologue Criticizes Jihadist Leaders in Syria, Calls for Unity

Thomas Joscelyn

A popular pro-al Qaeda jihadist ideologue who relocated from Saudi Arabia to Syria last year has criticized the Islamic State's rivals on his Twitter feed. Abdallah Muhammad al Muhaysini says that the failures of various jihadist leaders have driven the youth into the Islamic State's arms. more...

27th October 2014 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn chat with John Batchelor about their latest pieces for the Long War Journal. more...

26th October 2014 – The Long War Journal

Iraqi forces, Kurds claim success against Islamic State near Baghdad and Mosul

Bill Roggio

The Iraqi military and the Kurdish Peshmerga said their forces have driven the Islamic State from Jurf al Sahkar south of Baghdad and the town of Zumar northwest of Mosul over the weekend. The two towns have changed hands several times over the past few months. more...

24th October 2014 – The Long War Journal

Jihadist Training Camps Proliferate in Iraq and Syria

Bill Roggio

More than 30 training camps have been established by the Islamic State, al Qaeda, and allied jihadist groups in both Iraq and Syria since 2012. more...

24th October 2014 – Cited by Geoffrey Norman - The Weekly Standard

Digging In

Bill Roggio

Bill Roggio and Caleb Weiss write, at The Long War Journal, that: more...

24th October 2014 – The Long War Journal

3 AQAP Fighters Reported Killed in US Drone Strike

Bill Roggio

The US reportedly killed three al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters today in a province in central Yemen where the jihadist group is battling Shia Houthi rebels who have advanced southward after taking control of the capital of Sana'a last month. more...

23rd October 2014 – The Long War Journal

Analysis: Al Qaeda’s ‘Resurgence’ Focuses on Indian Subcontinent

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda released its new English-language, online magazine "Resurgence" earlier this week. At 117 pages, the magazine covers a number of themes, but it focuses on the Indian Subcontinent more than any other region. more...

22nd October 2014 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Control 3 Districts in Afghan Provinces of Wardak and Kunduz

Bill Roggio

One of the districts was the location of the shoot down of a US helicopter that resulted in the deaths of 31 special operations personnel, including 17 US Navy SEALs, in 2011. more...

21st October 2014 – The Long War Journal

State Department Adds Osama bin Laden’s Doctor to Terrorist Designation List

Thomas Joscelyn

Ramzi Mawafi was added to the US government's list of specially designated global terrorists today. Mawafi has been publicly identified as the emir of al Qaeda in the Sinai Peninsula, which serves as a platform for funneling al Qaeda's assistance to allied jihadist groups. more...

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