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21st December 2015 – Quoted by Jamie Novogrod - MSNBC

In New Video, Iraqi Forces Battle ISIS Outside Ramadi

A group of five men crouch behind a berm. Periodically they stand and fire, and then duck again behind sandbags. Their outfit is about a dozen in all. A commander surveys the scene, studying the plumes of smoke in the distance. Later, a helicopter flies overhead, its guns making the sound of a buzzsaw. more...

19th December 2015 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Says Islamic State Leader Baghdadi ‘Is Not a Islamic Khalifa’

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan has yet again rejected the Islamic State and said its emir, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, is unfit to lead an Islamic caliphate. more...

17th December 2015 – FOX News

Happening Now

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellow Thomas Joscelyn comments on terror threats in the U.S. and the F.B.I. more...

17th December 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Continues To Push For Negotiations With Taliban Despite Direct Ties To Al Qaeda

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The Department of Defense asserts in its biannual Enhancing Security and Stability in Afghanistan report, released earlier this week, that “reconciliation and a political settlement with the Taliban” is a key part of its strategy to end the conflict in Afghanistan. more...

17th December 2015 – The Long War Journal

Saudi Satellite Operator Drops Hezbollah Channel From Airwaves

Toby Dershowitz

Last week, Arabsat, the satellite operator majority-owned by Saudi Arabia, dropped Hezbollah’s television station from its broadcasts. Arabsat is the latest in a long list of satellite operators to drop the channel, Al-Manar, from its broadcasts. more...

17th December 2015 – The Long War Journal

San Bernardino Terrorists Allegedly Studied AQAP’s Inspire Magazine, Pledged Allegiance To Baghdadi

Thomas Joscelyn

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced today that it has brought charges against Enrique Marquez Jr., “a longtime friend of Syed Rizwan Farook, the male shooter in the San Bernardino, California” terrorist attack. more...

16th December 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Military Insists Al Qaeda Is “Concentrated” In Afghan East and Northeast

Bill Roggio

The US military continues to claim that al Qaeda is “primarily concentrated in the east and northeast” of Afghanistan, despite a major operation two months ago that targeted the jihadist group at two established training facilities in the southeast. more...

16th December 2015 – The Long War Journal

An Al Qaeda Commander Comes Out From The Shadows

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) publicly identified one of its founding members for the first time in a video released earlier this month. Ibrahim Abu Salih (also known as Abu al Hassan al Hashimi) has been a jihadist for more than 35 years, but AQAP’s “Guardians of Sharia” is the first production he has been featured in. more...

14th December 2015 – Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Leader Refuses To Break With Al Qaeda

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Nusrah Front leader Abu Muhammad Julani defended his organization’s role in the al Qaeda network during an interview that aired on Orient News TV on Dec. 12. Julani also claimed that the Free Syrian Army (FSA) is nothing more than a loosely affiliated collection of factions with no real organizational structure. more...

14th December 2015 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn comment on the latest from The Long War Journal. more...

11th December 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Military Fails To ‘Decimate’ Islamic State Leadership Despite Thousands Of Airstrikes

Bill Roggio

The US killed three senior Islamic State commanders in separate airstrikes in the Iraqi-Syrian theater in late November, with a US military spokesman touting the strikes as “an example of how we’re able to decimate networks.” more...

11th December 2015 – The Weekly Standard

More of the Same

Thomas Joscelyn

On December 6, Barack Obama addressed the nation from the Oval Office for just the third time in his tenure. The president sought to reassure the American people that he has a strategy for defeating ISIL (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), just days after supporters of the self-declared "caliphate" massacred 14 people at a holiday party in San Bernardino, California. more...

10th December 2015 – The Long War Journal - Quoted by FOX News

Prophecy Realized: Ex-Gitmo Detainee, UBL Aide Resurfaces on Battlefield in Yemen

A hardened Al Qaeda fighter who served as Usama bin Laden's jack-of-all-trades before spending a decade at Guantanamo Bay made a military prosecutor's prophecy come true when he resurfaced on the field of battle in Yemen, where he is one of the terror group's top leaders. more...

10th December 2015 – FOX News

America’s Newsroom

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellow Thomas Joscelyn comments on radicalization and the San Bernardino shootings. more...

10th December 2015 – Quoted by FOX News

Former Guantanamo Detainee Appears In Latest Al Qaeda In Yemen Video

A former Guantanamo detainee has appeared in the latest video released this week by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). more...

9th December 2015 – The Long War Journal

Ex-Guantanamo Detainee Now An Al Qaeda Leader In Yemen

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released a new video featuring a former Guantanamo detainee, Ibrahim Qosi, who is also known as Sheikh Khubayb al Sudani. more...

9th December 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Squad Kills Dozens In Assault On Kandahar Airport

Bill Roggio

A Taliban suicide assault team killed more than 30 people in an attack on Kandahar International Airport in southern Afghanistan that lasted for more than a day before Afghan forces backed by the U.S. military could regain control. more...

9th December 2015 – Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

Taliban Strikes Back: Massive Attack On Afghan Airport Leaves 37 Dead

Bill Roggio

Taliban militia engaged in a coordinated suicide assault on Kanadahar airport in southern Afghanistan Wednesday leaving 37 dead and 35 wounded. more...

8th December 2015 – The Long War Journal

American Jihadist Reportedly Flees Al Qaeda’s Crackdown in Somalia

Thomas Joscelyn

An American jihadist who fought in the ranks of Shabaab, al Qaeda’s official branch in East Africa, has reportedly surrendered to African Union forces in Somalia. more...

7th December 2015 – FOX News

Happening Now

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellow Thomas Joscelyn discusses the San Bernardino attack, jihadist ideology, and implications for U.S. law enforcement. more...

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