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12th April 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Killed AQIS Deputy Emir, Shura Member in January Drone Strikes

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent confirmed that deputy emir Ustad Ahmad Farooq and shura member Qari ‘Imran were killed in separate strikes in January. Farooq was identified in Osama bin Laden's documents as an up and coming al Qaeda leader. more...

10th April 2015 – The Long War Journal - Co-written by Caleb Weiss

Islamic State Launches Assault on Ramadi

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State launched a new offensive in Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s western province of Anbar, and took control of an outlying district north of the city after heavy fighting with Iraqi troops. more...

10th April 2015 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Court Again Orders Release of Mumbai Attack Plotter

Bill Roggio

Yet again, a Pakistani court has ordered Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, one of the architects of the 2008 suicide assault in Mumbai, India that resulted in the deaths of more than 160 people, to be released from prison. more...

10th April 2015 – The Long War Journal

Haqqani Network Promotes Suicide, IED Attacks, and Ambushes in ‘Caravan of Heroes’

Bill Roggio

The Haqqani Network promoted suicide bombings, IED attacks, and ambushes that targeted Coalition and Afghan forces throughout eastern Afghanistan in a video that was recently released on Voice of Jihad, the official news outlet of the Afghan Taliban. One of the suicide bombers likely was a Uigher from China. more...

10th April 2015 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb Leader Congratulates Jihadists on Idlib Victory

Thomas Joscelyn

The emir of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Abdelmalek Droukdel, has released an audio message praising the jihadist coalition that took control of the city of Idlib late last month. The audio statement is nearly four minutes long and it is read while a picture of Droukdel is displayed on screen. more...

9th April 2015 – The Long War Journal

Ansar al Sharia Libya Relaunches Social Media Sites

Thomas Joscelyn

Ansar al Sharia Libya, the al Qaeda-linked jihadist group notorious for its role in the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, relaunched its social media presence in late March. The group set up several official Twitter feeds to promote its propaganda, including messages from its new sharia official. more...

8th April 2015 – The Long War Journal

Afghan Soldier Kills American in Insider Attack

Bill Roggio

An Afghan soldier opened fire on US troops in eastern Afghanistan today, killing one and wounding several more. The insider or green-on-blue attack, where a member of the Afghan security forces kills Coalition personnel, is the second of its kind recorded this year. more...

7th April 2015 – The Long War Journal

Ex-Gitmo Detainee Reportedly a Suspect in Killing of Ugandan Prosecutor

Thomas Joscelyn

An ex-Guantanamo detainee named Jamal Kiyemba has been arrested as a suspect in the assassination of Joan Kagezi, a senior counterterrorism prosecutor in Uganda. At the time of her death late last month, Kagezi was playing a lead role in the trial of 12 men who are accused of taking part in bombings in the capital of Kampala on July 11, 2010. More than 70 people were killed in the dual suicide attacks, which were carried out by a Shabaab unit named after a deceased al Qaeda operative. more...

7th April 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Adds Al Furqan Foundation to List of Terrorist Entities

Bill Roggio

The US Treasury Department added the Al Furqan Foundation Welfare Trust to the list of terrorist entities today. Al Furqan, which is based in Pakistan and Afghanistan, funds al Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taiba, and the Taliban, and has been directly linked to a notorious jihadist who is a leader in both al Qaeda and the Taliban. more...

6th April 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban laud Mullah Omar in ‘biography’

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban released an adulatory biography of Mullah Mohammd Omar that states he is “still the leader in the present hierarchy of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.” In addition to pumping up Omar, the Taliban outlined its current organizational structure in the release. more...

6th April 2015 – The Wall Street Journal

WSJ Live

Bill Roggio

As ISIS forces clash with militants in Damascus, Long War Journal editor Bill Roggio explains what will be required to defeat the jihadi insurgency around the globe. more...

3rd April 2015 – Quoted by Janine Davidson - Council on Foreign Relations

A Deal at Last; Dangerous Escalation in Yemen; Tikrit Recaptured After Four Bloody Weeks

Behnam Ben Taleblu

As fighting escalates in Yemen, civilians are caught in the crossfire. While Operation Decisive Storm, a nine-nation coalition led by Saudi Arabia, is targeting the Houthi insurgency, an errant strike has already killed potentially dozens of refugees camped along the Yemen-Saudi Arabia border. Saudi Arabia plans an ambitious land offensive to complement the air campaign—and faces grave risks in the process. more...

3rd April 2015 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda takes control of eastern Yemeni city

Bill Roggio

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula took control of Mukallah, the capital of Yemen’s eastern province of Hadramout, just one day after storming several government buildings and freeing hundreds of prisoners, including a senior commander. more...

2nd April 2015 – The Long War Journal

Shabaab Massacres Dozens in Attack on Kenyan University

Thomas Joscelyn

Shabaab terrorists attacked the Garissa University College in Kenya earlier today. Initial reports say that approximately 10 gunmen were involved in assault, which left at least 70 people dead and dozens more wounded. more...

2nd April 2015 – The Long War Journal

AQAP Storms Yemeni Prison, Frees Jihadist Leader

Oren Adaki

Early this morning, jihadists with al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) stormed a prison in al-Mukalla, an important coastal city and capital of Hadramout province in southeastern Yemen. AQAP fighters reportedly freed 300 inmates from the Central Prison, including a known AQAP leader named Khaled al-Batarfi. more...

2nd April 2015 – The Long War Journal

Jordan Closes Border Crossing as Rebels, Al Nusrah Front Advance

Thomas Joscelyn

Jordan has closed access to the Nasib border crossing with Syria after rebels, including the Al Nusrah Front, took control of the site. more...

1st April 2015 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Leader Preaches Jihadist Unity in Idlib

Thomas Joscelyn

Abu Muhammad al Julani, the emir of the Al Nusrah Front, has released a 15-minute audio speech in which he discusses the fall of Idlib to jihadist forces. more...

31st March 2015 – The Long War Journal

Afghan Intel Captures Taliban Commander Involved in Targeting ‘Foreigners’ in Kabul

Bill Roggio

The National Directorate of Security captured a senior Taliban commander who was involved in the network in the Afghan capital that targets Westerners and other foreigners. The commander also had a hand in the recent assassination of Uruzgan’s police chief, US intelligence officials told The Long War Journal. more...

31st March 2015 – The Long War Journal - Co-written by Caleb Weiss

Shiite Militias, Iraqi Troops Enter Central Tikrit

Bill Roggio

Iraqi troops and Iranian-backed Shiite militias entered central Tikrit alongside Iraqi troops today after days of US airstrikes weakened Islamic State forces holed up in the city. The militias entered Tikrit despite US military officials’ claims the the groups had disengaged from the fight. more...

30th March 2015 – The Long War Journal

Analysis: Iranian Reactions to Operation Decisive Storm

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Yemen’s Houthi rebels, who for roughly six-months have been ascendant and on the offensive, were met with airstrikes from a coalition of 10 countries on Wednesday evening. Designed to “defend and support the legitimate government of Yemen,” the airstrikes prominently feature Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) planes, with 100 of them reportedly from the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF). more...

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