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7th January 2015 – The Long War Journal

Jihadists who attacked French magazine displayed professional training

Bill Roggio

Unidentified jihadists killed 12 people and injured seven in an assault on the Paris office of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo earlier today. Gunmen armed with assault rifles shouted "'we have avenged the prophet" and "Allahu akbar," or God is greatest, as they stormed the headquarters of the magazine that has in the past published irreverent cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed and the emir of the Islamic State. more...

5th January 2015 – The Long War Journal

The Islamic State’s Curious Cover Story

Thomas Joscelyn

The cover story of the Islamic State's recently released issue of Dabiq, an English-language magazine, is written by an alleged al Qaeda defector known as Abu Jarir ash-Shamali. The group has been trying to win over al Qaeda's and the Taliban's supporters, but Shamali's piece criticizes Osama bin Laden's jihadist legacy and the Taliban. Shamali also provides new details about how al Qaeda is currently structured. more...

5th January 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 their latest pieces for the Long War Journal with John Batchelor. more...

4th January 2015 – Cited by Rowan Scarborough - The Washington Times

Terrorists Adapting to Avoid U.S. Drones

The most dangerous al Qaeda affiliate to the U.S. homeland is teaching fighters how to avoid detection by the Predator drone, the terrorist group’s feared assassin flying over Yemen. more...

4th January 2015 – The Long War Journal

Boko Haram Overruns Multinational Joint Task Force Base

Bill Roggio

Hundreds of Boko Haram fighters assaulted and took control of the Multinational Joint Task Force base in Baga, Nigeria. The base was used by troops from Nigeria, Niger, and Chad to conduct counterterrorism missions. more...

4th January 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Drones Hit ‘Good Taliban’ Commander’s Compound in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The Hafiz Gul Bahadar Group was the target of the attack, and a "high-value target" is reported to have been killed. more...

3rd January 2015 – The Long War Journal

Analysis: Osama bin Laden’s Documents Pertaining to Abu Anas al Libi Should be Released

Thomas Joscelyn

A top al Qaeda operative known as Abu Anas al Libi has died in US custody while awaiting trial. Several documents recovered in Osama bin Laden's compound discuss al Libi after he was released from Iranian custody in 2010. These files should be released to the public. more...

3rd January 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Assaults Iraqi Army Base in Anbar

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State claims to have breached the perimeter of Camp Habbaniyah. The attack is reported to have been repelled by the Iraqi Army. more...

2nd January 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Video Highlights Training Camp, Operations in Kunar

Bill Roggio

The Taliban have released videos of two training camps in northern Afghanistan over the past two weeks. more...

31st December 2014 – The Long War Journal

Dagestani Jihadist Swears Allegiance to Islamic State, Invoking Backlash

Thomas Joscelyn

Rustam Asilderov, the former head of the Islamic Caucasus Emirate's Dagestan province, swore allegiance to the Islamic State's Abu Bakr al Baghdadi earlier this month. The move by Asilderov and other jihadists drew harsh criticism from their former superiors. more...

30th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

Senior al Qaeda Leader Returns to Twitter, Praises ‘Martyrs

Thomas Joscelyn

The al Qaeda leader known as Sanafi al Nasr praised al Qaeda's "martyrs" on Twitter. Among them is Adnan al Shukrijumah, an al Qaeda operative charged with attacking the West. Nasr's tweets also shed additional light on the identity of another terrorist reportedly killed earlier this month. more...

30th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

Somali Government Reports Shabaab’s Intel Chief Killed in US Airstrike

Bill Roggio

Somalia's National Security Agency said that the US killed the leader of the Amniyat. The US military later confirmed the report. more...

29th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

Ansar al Sharia Libya Showcases Spoils of War, Key Personalities in Video

Thomas Joscelyn

Ansar al Sharia, an al Qaeda-linked group in Libya, has released a six-minute long video showing its spoils won during a recent battle against forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar. The group claims to have captured tanks and heavy armaments during a Dec. 26 raid on one of Haftar's camps. more...

29th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

Ansar al Sharia Libya Showcases Spoils of War, Key Personalities in Video

Thomas Joscelyn

A newly released Ansar al Sharia video features Wissam Ben Hamid, a key figure in the security failures surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi. The video also shows Mohammed al Darsi, who appears to be the same jihadist released in exchange for a Jordanian ambassador earlier this year. more...

29th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Targets ‘Senior Leader’ for Shabaab in Southern Somalia

Bill Roggio

The US has launched multiple airstrikes and raids against Shabaab's leadership cadre over the past decade. more...

28th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

Jihadists Continue to Advertise Training Camps in Iraq and Syria

Bill Roggio

Several jihadist groups operating in Iraq and Syria continue to showcase facilities used to train their fighters. Since Dec. 1, seven new camps have been identified by The Long War Journal. Of the seven, six are in Syria and one is in Iraq. This brings the total number of training camps identified in Iraq and Syria to 64. more...

28th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Kills Qods Force General in Central Iraq

Bill Roggio

Brigadier General Hamid Taqavi served as an "adviser to the [Iraqi] Army and the popular mobilization of the Iraqi people," a reference to the Shiite militias. more...

27th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State’s ‘Provinces’ Claim Attacks in Egypt, Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State's "provinces" in Egypt and Libya claimed recent attacks in both countries via jihadist supporters earlier today. The group's claims of responsibility were first obtained and translated by the SITE Intelligence Group. more...

27th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

Captured Shabaab Official Previously Identified as Group’s ‘Chief of Intelligence’

Thomas Joscelyn

A senior Shabaab official, Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi, has been reportedly captured by Somali officials. Hersi "surrendered to the Somali police," the Associated Press reports, citing an anonymous Somali intelligence official. According to CNN, which cites two Somali military officials, the authorities "captured Hersi and his driver without confrontation." more...

26th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Targets Emir of Punjabi Taliban in Pair of Drone Strikes in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The US targeted a dual-hatted Pakistani Taliban leader and al Qaeda commander in one of two drone strikes that took place today in Pakistan's jihadist haven of North Waziristan. more...

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