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14th July 2016 – The Long War Journal

Lebanese Hezbollah training special Afghan Fatemiyoun forces for combat in Syria

Amir Toumaj

Established by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to fight in the Syrian Civil War on behalf of Bashar Assad’s government, the Afghan Fatemiyoun Division is comprised of Afghan Shias primarily recruited from the diaspora in Iran, and some from Afghanistan. The Fatemiyoun’s call to jihad is to defend Shia shrines in Syria, particularly the Sayyida Zaynab mosque in Damascus. They are thus referred to as “defenders of the shrine.” more...

14th July 2016 – The Long War Journal

US kills Pakistani Taliban commander behind attacks on schools

Bill Roggio

News of Mansour’s death was released by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations directorate, or ISPR. more...

13th July 2016 – The Long War Journal

Ex-Gitmo detainee, Islamic State’s leader in Chechnya designated by State Department

Thomas Joscelyn

The State Department announced today that two jihadists have been added to the US government’s list of designated terrorists. more...

13th July 2016 – The Long War Journal

Abu Omar al Shishani killed south of Mosul, Islamic State says

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

A propaganda arm of the Islamic State says that Abu Omar al Shishani, the elite Islamic State commander who earned international infamy, was killed fighting south of Mosul in recent days. more...

13th July 2016 – Quoted by Samuel Rubenfeld - The Wall Street Journal

U.S. Names 2 Russians as Terrorists

The U.S. State Department on Wednesday said it designated two men from Russia as terrorists, and imposed sanctions on them. more...

13th July 2016 – Quoted by Catherine Herridge - Fox News

Ex-Gitmo detainee connected to Turkey airport attack added to US list of terrorists

A former Gitmo detainee connected to last month’s ISIS attack on the Istanbul airport that killed 45 and injured more than 230 others was officially added to the U.S. government’s list of designated terrorists Wednesday. more...

12th July 2016 – The Long War Journal

Pakistan: Friend or Foe in the Fight Against Terrorism?

Bill Roggio

Chairman Poe and Chairman Salmon, Ranking Members Keating and Sherman, and other members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me here today to speak about Pakistan and its support for terrorist groups that threaten the security of the United States and its allies. more...

12th July 2016 – The Long War Journal

Iraqi forces retake Q-West airbase south of Mosul

Bill Roggio

The Iraqi military seized control of a key airbase that will be instrumental in the campaign to retake the northern city of Mosul from the Islamic State. Their takeover of Qayyarah Airfiled West, or Q-West, coincided with US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s visit to Iraq and the announcement that an additional 560 US troops will be deployed to aid in the Mosul offensive. more...

12th July 2016 – The Weekly Standard - Co-written by Stephen F. Hayes

Top Intel Official: Al Qaeda Worked on WMD in Iran

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda operatives based in Iran worked on chemical and biological weapons, according to a letter written to Osama bin Laden that is described in a new book by a top former U.S. intelligence official. more...

12th July 2016 – Quoted by Breaking Defense

Halfway To Transparency On Drone Strikes

As Pentagon enthusiasm grows for robotic weapons, and drones proliferate to militaries and terrorists around the world, it’s worth remembering some basic questions of ethics, law, and strategy remain unsettled. For insight, we turn to Rachel Stohl, the director of the Conventional Defense program at the Stimson Center and the primary author of the recently released report Grading Progress on U.S. Drone Policy. more...

11th July 2016 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellows Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio discuss the escalation in Afghanistan and Iraq. more...

10th July 2016 – The Long War Journal

Osama bin Laden’s son says al Qaeda has grown despite 15 years of war

Thomas Joscelyn

In a newly released audio message, Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza says that the number of “mujahideen” around the globe has grown despite a decade and a half of war. Hamza also threatens revenge for the death of his father, claiming that America has not yet witnessed al Qaeda’s retaliation. more...

10th July 2016 – The Long War Journal

Pakistan condemns killing of Kashmiri terrorist military leader

Bill Roggio

The government of Pakistan called the killing of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani by Indian troops “deplorable and condemnable.” This condemnation highlights Pakistan’s support for terrorist groups throughout the region. Hizb-ul-Mujahideen is listed by the US, the European Union, and India as a terrorist organization. more...

9th July 2016 – The Long War Journal

Russian helicopter downed by the Islamic State near Palmyra, Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State downed a Russian helicopter east of Palmyra, Syria yesterday. The Russian Defense Ministry initially denied losing any helicopter. But the Russians changed their story after the so-called caliphate released a video of the attack today. The video can be viewed above. more...

8th July 2016 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State claims nearly 600 suicide attacks in first six months of 2016

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State claims to have executed 589 “martyrdom operations” in Iraq, Syria and Libya during the first six months of 2016. more...

7th July 2016 – The Long War Journal

Ohio man conspired with Islamic State recruiter, Justice Department says

Thomas Joscelyn

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced today that Munir Abdulkader, a 21 year-old man living in West Chester, Ohio, pleaded guilty to various terrorist charges in March. Abdulkader communicated with a key Islamic State recruiter, Junaid Hussein, who was killed in an American airstrike in Raqqa, Syria on Aug. 24, 2015. more...

7th July 2016 – The Long War Journal

Zawahiri praises Uighur jihadists in ninth episode of ‘Islamic Spring’ series

Thomas Joscelyn

The ninth episode of Ayman al Zawahiri’s “Islamic Spring” series was released on social media on July 2. more...

7th July 2016 – The Long War Journal

Obama backtracks on Afghanistan withdrawal, cites ‘precarious’ security situation

Bill Roggio

President Barack Obama called the security environment in Afghanistan “precarious” and said today he will keep more troops on the ground in Afghanistan than previously planned. more...

5th July 2016 – Quoted by Marjorie Cohn - The Huffington Post

Numbers In Obama’s Drone Deaths Report Just Don’t Add Up

More than three years after President Barack Obama pledged to be transparent about the United States’ lethal drone program, his administration has finally come forward with an accounting of the numbers of civilian deaths that resulted from drone strikes between Jan. 20, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2015. more...

5th July 2016 – Quoted by Fred Kaplan - Slate Magazine

Reading Between the Lines of Obama’s Drone-Casualty Report

Just before the Fourth of July holiday weekend, President Barack Obama released data on how many people—combatants and civilians—that his drone strikes have killed since he took office. more...

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