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22nd July 2015 – The Long War Journal

Pentagon Says Al Qaeda Veteran Killed in ‘Kinetic Strike’ in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The Defense Department announced today that Muhsin al Fadhli, a longtime al Qaeda operative from Kuwait, was killed on July 8 “in a kinetic strike” while “traveling in a vehicle near Sarmada, Syria.” more...

20th July 2015 – Quoted by Melissa Clyne - Newsmax

Qaida-Linked Group Executes ISIS Chief ‘Game of Thrones’ Style

Thomas Joscelyn

In an apparent attempt to beat the Islamic State at its own game of propaganda, a group in eastern Libya linked to al-Qaida has replicated HBO's popular series "Game of Thrones" by publicly humiliating and then hanging an ISIS commander to send a message to locals that sympathizing with ISIS would result in the same fate, The Daily Beast reports. more...

20th July 2015 – The Long War Journal

Officials From Al Nusrah Front, Ahrar al Sham Vow to Continue Fight Against Islamic State

Thomas Joscelyn

On July 18, jihadists belonging to the Al Nusrah Front (al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria), Ahrar al Sham, Jaish al Muhajireen wal Ansar (the Army of the Emigrants and Helpers, or Muhajireen Army), and three other individual jihadists published a statement online saying that they will continue to oppose the Islamic State. more...

20th July 2015 – The Long War Journal

Jihadist Front Established to Represent Foreign Fighters in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

In mid-June, a new jihadist brand appeared online. “Al Muhajirun,” which claims to represent fighters who have emigrated to Syria to wage jihad, posted its first statement in several languages on Twitter. The message makes it clear that Al Muhajirun is not a new organization, but instead represents “a community” of foreign fighters “from different groups and with different interests united in order to show the ummah [community of worldwide Muslims] the true face of the muhajirun [emigrant helpers], the mujahideen and jihad.” more...

19th July 2015 – Quoted by Shane Harris, Nancy A. Youssef - The Daily Beast

Town Shames ISIS Chief ‘Cersei Lannister-Style’—and Then Executes Him

Thomas Joscelyn

In a scene of medieval brutality, a jihadi group fighting to control a strategically important Libyan port captured ISIS’s local commander there, paraded him through the streets amid the taunts of onlookers, and then walked him to a gallows, where he was hanged. more...

18th July 2015 – The Long War Journal - Co-written by Caleb Weiss

Taliban Parades in Northern Helmand

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban overran an Afghan military base and paraded its troops through the bazaar in Kajaki in northern Helmand province, the jihadist group claimed. more...

16th July 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Strikes Egyptian Naval Vessel Off Sinai Coast

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State claimed credit for a rocket attack off the coast of the Sinai that set an Egyptian ship ablaze earlier today. The attack was confirmed by the Egyptian military, which disputed the jihadist group’s claim that the ship was destroyed and all crew members were killed. more...

15th July 2015 – The Long War Journal

Mullah Omar Takes Aim at the Islamic State in Thinly-Veiled Message

Thomas Joscelyn

In a newly-released statement, Taliban emir Mullah Omar argues that the jihadists’ gains in Afghanistan won’t be squandered due to infighting as they were in the past. Although Omar doesn’t address the Islamic State directly, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s “caliphate” is clearly on the Taliban leader’s mind. more...

14th July 2015 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Confirms Death of Khorasan Province Spokesman

Bill Roggio

The spokesman for a faction of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan confirmed the death of his counterpart for the Islamic State’s Khorasan province, vowed to avenge his death, and called for the Islamic State and the Afghan Taliban to reconcile. more...

13th July 2015 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

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

13th July 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Says Emir for Khorasan Province is Alive

Bill Roggio

A former detainee at Guantanamo Bay who was one of the first jihadists to defect to the Islamic State in the Afghan-Pakistan region has denied reports that the group’s emir for its Khorasan province was killed last week in a US airstrike. more...

11th July 2015 – The Long War Journal

Afghan Intelligence Claims US Killed Islamic State’s Emir for Khorasan Province

Bill Roggio

Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) claimed that the United States killed the Islamic State’s leader for its Khorasan province in an airstrike yesterday in eastern Afghanistan. If his death and the deputy emir’s death, which was reported earlier this week, are confirmed, the US has decapitated the top leadership of the Khorasan province. more...

10th July 2015 – The Long War Journal

Chechen Commander in Syria Pledges to Islamic Caucasus Emirate

Bill Roggio

Salahuddin Shishani, the former emir of the Jaish al Muhajireen wal Ansar who now leads a group of jihadists from the Caucasus in Syria, swore allegiance to the new leader of the Islamic Caucasus Emirate. Shishani and his deputy, Abdul Karim Krymsky, were removed from the leadership of Jaish al Muhajireen wal Ansar (the Army of the Emigrants and Helpers, or Muhajireen Army) just last month. more...

9th July 2015 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb Backs Jihadists Fighting Islamic State in Derna, Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

On July 3, three suicide bombers were deployed in the city of Derna, Libya. One of their bombs was intercepted, but the other two were detonated. Several people were killed and 10 or more others were wounded. The victims included women and children. The perpetrators of the attacks belonged to the Islamic State’s arm in the country. more...

9th July 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State’s Spokesman for Khorasan Province Thought Killed in US Airstrike

Bill Roggio

Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) claimed that the US killed the Islamic State’s spokesman for its Khorasan province in a recent airstrike in eastern Afghanistan. The NDS also claimed that the US killed the deputy emir for Khorasan province earlier this week. more...

9th July 2015 – The Long War Journal

New AQAP Leader Renews Allegiance to the ‘Beloved Father,’ Ayman al Zawahiri

Thomas Joscelyn

Qasim al Raymi has released his first audio message as the new emir of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Al Raymi became the head of AQAP after his predecessor, Nasir al Wuhayshi, was killed in a US drone strike in mid-June. His message has been translated by the SITE Intelligence Group. more...

8th July 2015 – Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

Syrian Rebels, Government Forces Renew Fight in South

Thomas Joscelyn

A southern rebel alliance is making another a big push to try to capture Dara’a city, and Syrian government warplanes are lashing back with intensive air raids. more...

8th July 2015 – The Long War Journal

Deputy Emir of Islamic State’s Khorasan Province Reported Killed in US Drone Strike

Bill Roggio

The US killed the Islamic State’s deputy emir for its Khorasan province in a drone strike on July 6 in eastern Afghanistan, according to Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security. If confirmed, the US has killed two deputy emirs of the Khorasan province since February. more...

7th July 2015 – AM 560

Chicago’s Morning Answer

Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellow Bill Roggio comments on U.S. strategy to defeat ISIS. Listen to Bill starting at 3:00. more...

6th July 2015 – The Long War Journal

Amid Defections, Islamic Caucasus Emirate Publicly Recognizes New Leader

Thomas Joscelyn

Russian forces killed Ali Abu Muhammad al Dagestani, the emir of the al Qaeda-affiliated Islamic Caucasus Emirate (ICE), in April. In the weeks that followed, jihadists on social media spread rumors that a senior ICE sharia official known as Muhammad Abu Usman had been named as his successor. It does not appear, however, that ICE formally announced Abu Usman’s new role. more...

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