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2nd July 2016 – Quoted by Taimur Khan - The National

US releases report on counterrorism strike deaths – with glaring omissions

Bill Roggio

After months of anticipation over an ongoing review by the Obama administration of civilian deaths caused by US drone strikes, the White House has quietly issued a short report that raises far more questions than it answers. more...

2nd July 2016 – Quoted by Rukmini Callimachi - The New York Times

ISIS Seems to Tailor Attacks for Different Audiences

Thomas Joscelyn

The first to be killed was a jogger, gunned down last September during his daily run in the leafy diplomatic quarter of Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka. more...

2nd July 2016 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State says it singled out non-Muslims for death in Dhaka attack

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State says it separated non-Muslims from Muslims and killed the former in yesterday’s assault on a bakery in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka. more...

1st July 2016 – Quoted by Phil Stewart, Jonathan Landay and Roberta Rampton - Reuters

U.S. says kills up to 116 civilians in strikes outside war zones

President Barack Obama's government accepted responsibility on Friday for inadvertently killing up to 116 civilians in strikes in countries where America is not at war, a major disclosure likely to inflame debate about targeted killings and use of drones. Obama's goal for the release of the numbers, which are higher than any previously acknowledged by his government but vastly below private estimates, is to create greater transparency about what the U.S. military and CIA are doing to fight militants plotting against the United States. more...

1st July 2016 – Quoted by Mike Dorning - Bloomberg

U.S. Counts Drone Kills and Comes Up Short, Rights Groups Say

U.S. military and intelligence agencies have killed as many as 116 civilians in clandestine air strikes on terrorists and militants since President Barack Obama took office, the White House said on Friday in its first accounting of non-combatant deaths. more...

1st July 2016 – Quoted by Karen DeYoung, Greg Miller - The Washington Post

White House releases its count of civilian deaths in counterterrorism operations under Obama

The United States has inadvertently killed between 64 and 116 civilians in drone and other lethal air attacks against terrorism suspects in non-war zones, the Obama administration said Friday. more...

1st July 2016 – Quoted by Charlie Savage, Scott Shane - The New York Times

U.S. Reveals Death Toll From Airstrikes Outside War Zones

Bill Roggio

Partially lifting the secrecy that has cloaked one of the United States’s most contentious tactics for fighting terrorists, the Obama administration on Friday said that it believed that airstrikes it has conducted outside conventional war zones like Afghanistan have killed 64 to 116 civilian bystanders and about 2,500 members of terrorist groups. more...

1st July 2016 – The Long War Journal

Terrorists assault cafe in Bangladesh’s capital

Thomas Joscelyn

Terrorists assaulted a cafe in Dhaka, Bangladesh earlier today, taking a number of hostages and exchanging gunfire with police. more...

1st July 2016 – The Long War Journal

US government releases data on ‘counterterrorism strikes outside areas of active hostilities’

Bill Roggio

The US government released official data on “counterterrorism strikes outside areas of active hostilities,” including the number of strikes, and combatant and civilian casualties. more...

30th June 2016 – The Long War Journal

Taliban suicide bombers target police cadets, first responders in Kabul attack

Bill Roggio

A pair of Taliban suicide bombers killed dozens of people, including police cadets and the first responders who arrived to administer aid after the initial attack, in a coordinated assault in the Afghan capital of Kabul. more...

29th June 2016 – The Long War Journal

New Iran armed forces chief warns of military intervention if Baghdad is threatened

Amir Toumaj

Iran’s new Armed Forces General Staff chief, Major General Mohammad Bagheri, has reiterated the Islamic Republic’s security red lines and priorities the day after his appointment. more...

29th June 2016 – The Long War Journal

Afghan Ministry of Interior admits 9 districts under Taliban control

Bill Roggio

Afghanistan’s Ministry of Interior reported yesterday nine districts are under Taliban control, including four in the southern province of Helmand, and more than 40 others are heavily contested. more...

28th June 2016 – The Long War Journal

Jihadists and other rebels attack Syrian regime positions in Latakia province

Thomas Joscelyn

The jihadist-led Jaysh al Fateh (“Army of Conquest”) coalition and its allies launched a new assault on Syrian regime positions in the coastal province of Latakia on June 27. The offensive, named the “Battle of Yarmouk,” involves a mix of jihadists and fighters affiliated with the Free Syrian Army (FSA). more...

28th June 2016 – The Long War Journal

Hekmatyar withdraws from peace talks with Afghan government

Bill Roggio

The leader of Hezb-i-Islami Gulbuddin (HIG), a faction that fuels Afghanistan’s insurgency, has withdrawn from peace talks after raising the hopes of the Afghan government that an agreement was near. Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, HIG’s leader, has toyed with the Afghan government in the past. more...

27th June 2016 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellow Bill Roggio discusses Jihad winning Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and the Philippines. more...

24th June 2016 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda and allies gain more ground in Aleppo province

Thomas Joscelyn

In mid-June, the Jaysh al Fateh (“Army of Conquest”) alliance began a new offensive targeting three villages south of the city of Aleppo: Khalsa, Bernah, and Zeitan. The jihadist-led coalition quickly claimed success. more...

24th June 2016 – Quoted by Ken Dilanian, Courtney Kube - NBC News

Officials: U.S. Report Will Say Drones Have Only Killed 100 Civilians

The Obama administration is preparing to announce as early as next week that it believes around 100 civilians have died in nearly 500 U.S. drone strikes since 2009, U.S. officials tell NBC News. more...

23rd June 2016 – The Long War Journal

Possible 9/11 hijacking recruit transferred from Guantanamo to Montenegro

Thomas Joscelyn

A Guantanamo detainee who may have been selected to participate in a canceled part of al Qaeda’s Sept. 11, 2001 hijacking plot has been transferred. more...

22nd June 2016 – Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

Obama Admin Still Committed To Negotiating With Taliban After Blowing Up Its Leader

Bill Roggio

The Obama administration still wants to negotiate with the Taliban after President Barack Obama green lighted a drone strike that killed its top leader in late May. more...

22nd June 2016 – Quoted by Richard Pollock - The Daily Caller

EXCLUSIVE: At Least 280 Military Lawyers Scrutinize US Military Operations, Often In Real Time

Bill Roggio

U.S. military commanders must deal with at least 280 military lawyers overseeing their decisions and scrutinizing the legality all proposed U.S. combat missions before they are authorized, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation. more...

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