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10th March 2016 – The Long War Journal

US special operations forces raid Shabaab in southern Somalia

Bill Roggio

Just days after the US military struck a Shabaab training camp north of Mogadishu, special operations forces and Somali troops launched a raid near the Somali capital overnight. Details are scarce, but Shabaab has reported that one of its fighters was killed in the firefight. Somali officials claimed that 19 Shabaab fighters were killed. more...

9th March 2016 – The Long War Journal

US targeted senior Islamic State military commander in airstrike in Syria

Bill Roggio

The US military said it targeted and may have killed a senior military commander in an airstrike on March 4 in northern Syria. The commander, Tarkhan Tayumurazovich Batirashvili, who is better known as Omar al Shishani (the Chechen), played an important role in the Islamic State’s military operations, and was listed by the US as a specially designated global terrorist in 2014. more...

8th March 2016 – The Long War Journal

ODNI: 204 former Guantanamo detainees are confirmed or suspected recidivists

Thomas Joscelyn

The number of former Guantanamo detainees confirmed or suspected of rejoining the jihad has grown to 204, according to a summary released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) yesterday. Nearly two-thirds of the jihadists, 128 in total, are at-large. The remaining 76 ex-detainees have been killed, died of natural causes, or were re-captured. more...

4th March 2016 – The Long War Journal

Osama Bin Laden’s Files: Boko Haram’s leader wanted to be ‘under one banner’

Thomas Joscelyn

Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram, requested to speak with Osama bin Laden’s deputy, according to a newly released letter recovered during the May 2011 raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan. more...

3rd March 2016 – The Long War Journal

Bin Laden Files: Al Qaeda in Pakistan engaged journalists, directed media operations from Waziristan

Bill Roggio

Many of the documents seized from Osama bin Laden’s safe house in Abbottabad provide in interesting window on al Qaeda media operations, and the jihadist group’s relations with the Taliban in both Afghanistan and Pakistan. more...

3rd March 2016 – The Long War Journal

Osama Bin Laden’s Files: Letters to the ‘Commander of the Faithful’

Thomas Joscelyn

In a letter addressed to Mullah Omar in late 2010, Osama bin Laden argued that the West had been “undermined and weakened in every respect” by the war in Afghanistan. The al Qaeda master believed the jihadists simply needed to be patient, as the West lacked the will to keep fighting and had suffered “socially, politically, militarily and economically” from the war. more...

2nd March 2016 – Quoted by Duane Bean - IJ Review

Ex-Gitmo Detainee Arrested in Spain for Leading an ISIS Recruiting Cell

Bill Roggio

Hamed Abderrahaman Ahmed, a former Gitmo detainee released in 2004 to Spain, was arrested for leading a ISIS recruiting cell. more...

2nd March 2016 – The Long War Journal

Osama Bin Laden’s Files: AQAP emir foreshadowed 2011 takeover of southern Yemen

Bill Roggio

Nasir al Wuhayshi, the emir of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula who later became al Qaeda’s general manager, detailed the group’s strengths in Yemen’s provinces prior its spring 2011 offensive that saw much of the south fall under its control. more...

2nd March 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Bin Laden Letter: “Iran is Our Main Artery for Funds, Personnel, and Communication”

Bill Roggio

Osama bin Laden ordered his al-Qaeda deputies not to attack Iran, which he called a “main artery” for his terror organization’s operations, recently-disclosed documents from his Pakistan compound reveal. more...

1st March 2016 – The Long War Journal

Osama Bin Laden’s Files: Al Qaeda considered a truce with Mauritania

Thomas Joscelyn

A newly declassified memo recovered in Osama bin Laden’s compound reveals that al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) considered a truce with the government of Mauritania. more...

1st March 2016 – The Long War Journal

Osama Bin Laden’s Files: Al Qaeda relocated operatives out of northern Pakistan

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

Months prior to his death, Osama bin Laden ordered one of his chief lieutenants to evacuate “the brothers” from Pakistan’s tribal agencies of North and South Waziristan to “Afghanistan and Pakistan,” according to a letter seized by US forces in the al Qaeda master’s Abbottabad, Pakistan compound. more...

1st March 2016 – WSJ Video

Opinion Journal

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn on why bureaucrats are slow-walking the release of the late terrorist’s documents. more...

1st March 2016 – Quoted by Fox News

Ex-Gitmo detainee nabbed in Spain latest on growing list of terrorists returning to battle

Bill Roggio

A terror suspect nabbed last week in North Africa is the latest in a mounting and alarming list of former Guantanamo Bay detainees to return to the battlefield, say experts who have tracked Gitmo prisoners in and out of the facility for the last 14 years. more...

29th February 2016 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss Guantanamo Bay and the OBL documents. more...

27th February 2016 – The Long War Journal

Saudi Arabia targets alleged Hezbollah procurement agents

David Andrew Weinberg

Saudi Arabia imposed sanctions yesterday on three Lebanese nationals and four companies in Lebanon and China due to alleged connections to the terrorist group Hezbollah. All seven entities had been previously sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department in 2014 or 2015, accused of being “Hizballah procurement agents” or firms under their control. more...

27th February 2016 – The Long War Journal

Shabaab suicide assault team strikes hotel in Mogadishu

Bill Roggio

A team of heavily armed fighters from al Qaeda’s branch in East Africa launched a suicide assault on a popular hotel and park in the Somali capital of Mogadishu. The attack was likely carried out by Shabaab’s “Abu Musab al Zarqawi Martyrdom Battalion,” which has carried out similar operations in the past. more...

24th February 2016 – Quoted by Howard Altman - The Tampa Tribune

Obama’s Gitmo closure plan yields stinging criticism in Tampa Bay area

Thomas Joscelyn

President Barack Obama’s pledge Tuesday to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and transfer detainees to a facility in the United States drew sharp criticism from Tampa Bay area members of Congress and from a Tampa man who once ran the facility. more...

22nd February 2016 – The Long War Journal

2 Damascus-based jihadist groups swear allegiance to Al Nusrah Front

Thomas Joscelyn

Two small jihadist groups based in the Syrian capital of Damascus – Ansar al Sharia and Al Muntasir Billah – have sworn allegiance to Abu Muhammad al Julani, the head of Al Nusrah Front. more...

22nd February 2016 – The Long War Journal

US drones target jihadist ‘hideouts’ in Pakistan’s tribal areas

Bill Roggio

The US targeted a jihadist safe haven in Pakistan’s tribal agency of Kurram today. The drone strike, which possibly targeted the Haqqani Network, is just the second reported inside Pakistan this year. more...

20th February 2016 – The Long War Journal

Another town in southern Yemen reportedly falls to AQAP

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s (AQAP) fighters reportedly seized the southern Yemeni town of Ahwar earlier today. A Twitter feed maintained by AQAP’s political and military front, Ansar al Sharia, posted a short message saying that the jihadists have stormed Ahwar and sent their opposition fleeing. more...

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