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23rd June 2015 – The Long War Journal

Benghazi Suspect Killed in Mosul, Pentagon Says

Thomas Joscelyn

The Pentagon said today that Ali Awni al Harzi, a suspect in the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, was killed on June 15 by an American airstrike in Mosul, Iraq. more...

22nd June 2015 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss the conflicts in the Middle East. more...

22nd June 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Assault Afghan Parliament, Take Two Districts in Kunduz

Bill Roggio

The Taliban claimed credit for today’s attack in the capital on its website, Voice of Jihad, stating that “multiple martyrdom seekers of [the] Islamic Emirate … armed with heavy and light weapons” assaulted the heavily secured seat of government. more...

21st June 2015 – The Long War Journal - Co-written by Caleb Weiss

Over 100 Jihadist Training Camps Identified in Iraq and Syria

Bill Roggio

The number of training camps operated by jihadists inside Iraq and Syria continues to rise. The Long War Journal has identified more than 100 in the two countries. While not all of these facilities may be currently operational, the proliferation of camps by the Islamic State, the Al Nusrah Front, and other groups poses a regional and global threat. more...

19th June 2015 – Quoted by Edwin Mora - Breitbart

Report: Al-Qaeda Executes Alleged Spies Linked to Saudi Arabia, U.S.

Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) publicly executed at least two men accused of spying on behalf of Saudi Arabia and the United States and then hung their bodies from a bridge, reports The Long War Journal. more...

19th June 2015 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb Says Mokhtar Belmokhtar is ‘Alive and Well’

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), an official branch of al Qaeda, has posted a statement on Twitter saying that Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a veteran jihadist, is “alive and well.” AQIM refers to Belmokhtar as Khaled Abou El Abbas, a name he has long used, in the message. more...

19th June 2015 – The Long War Journal

Guantanamo Detainee is Brother of AQAP’s New Top Leader

Thomas Joscelyn

Earlier this week, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) confirmed that its leader, Nasir al Wuhayshi, had been killed in a US drone strike. A new emir for the group was named in short order: Qasim al Raymi. more...

18th June 2015 – 660 AM

The Mark Davis Show

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn discusses AQAP and ISIS. more...

17th June 2015 – Quoted by Shane Harris, Katie Zavadski - The Daily Beast

Drones Turn Al Qaeda Killers On Each Other

Thomas Joscelyn

Jihadist social media accounts on Wednesday claimed that al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the terror group’s Yemen division, had executed an alleged spy. more...

17th June 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State’s Khorasan Province Beheads Former Shura Member Who Defected Back to the Taliban

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State’s Khorasan province brutally executed one of its former shura members, purportedly for defecting back to the Taliban last month. The execution, as well as the assassination of the Taliban’s shadow governor for Nangarhar province, likely by the Islamic State, preceded a warning by the Taliban’s deputy emir to the leader of the Islamic State to end discord between the jihadist groups in Afghanistan. more...

17th June 2015 – The Long War Journal

AQAP Executes Alleged ‘Spies’ Blamed for Leaders’ Deaths

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), an official branch of al Qaeda’s international organization, has publicly executed at least two men who were accused of serving as spies for Saudi Arabia and the US. Some accounts say as many as four men have been executed. more...

16th June 2015 – Quoted by Guy Taylor and Jacqueline Klimas - The Washington Times

Nasir al-Wuhayshi Death by U.S. Drone Strike Creates al Qaeda Global Leadership Gap

Thomas Joscelyn

The U.S. drone strike that killed the leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula — the global terrorist group’s second-in-command — is unlikely to slow the group’s deadly operations in Yemen but is expected to have a deep and lasting effect on the struggling global operations of “al Qaeda prime” — the core group that Osama bin Laden founded and led until his death in 2011. more...

16th June 2015 – Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

Pentagon: IS ‘Cracking’ from Kurdish Advance, US Air Power

Bill Roggio

Islamic State fighters trying to hold on to a key town along the Syrian border with Turkey may be “cracking” as they try to slow Kurdish fighters and other rebels backed by U.S. air power. more...

16th June 2015 – FOX News

Happening Now

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn comments on the death of Naser al-Wuhayshi. more...

16th June 2015 – Quoted by Eli Lake and Josh Rogin - Bloomberg

How the U.S. Tracked Down Al-Qaeda’s Yemen Chief

The Central Intelligence Agency was able to do something last weekend many suspected it could not: locate and kill the leader of al-Qaeda's Yemen franchise, Nasir al-Wuhayshi. more...

16th June 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Chastise Islamic State for Dividing Jihadist Ranks in Afghanistan and Beyond

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban released a statement today from Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, the “deputy leader of the Islamic Emirate [of Afghanistan] and acting head of the Leadership Council,” to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the emir of the Islamic State, that demanded the Islamic State fight under the Taliban’s banner in Afghanistan and end divisions amongst jihadists throughout the world. more...

16th June 2015 – The Long War Journal

AQAP Confirms Death of Senior Leader

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), an official branch of al Qaeda, has released a video eulogy for Nasir al Wuhayshi, the group’s most senior leader. Wuhayshi was killed in a US drone strike earlier this month. more...

16th June 2015 – Sirius XM

The Arlene Bynon Show

Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellow Bill Roggio discusses the death of the AQAP emir. more...

15th June 2015 – Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

Islamic State Suffering Setbacks in Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

A few days ago fighters with Islamic State’s affiliate in Libya were gloating about recent battlefield successes and appeared poised to launch an offensive on oil fields near Sirte, the coastal city they overran last month. But in recent days they suffered two serious reversals. more...

15th June 2015 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio & Thomas Joscelyn comment on the newest developments in Middle Eastern conflicts. more...

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