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30th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Leader Claims Key Operative in So-Called ‘Khorasan Group’ Was Killed

Thomas Joscelyn

A senior al Qaeda leader known as Sanafi al Nasr has tweeted that Muhsin al Fadhli was killed in the bombing raids in Syria last week. Both Nasr and al Fadhli are part of the so-called "Khorasan group." Al Fadhli may have been killed, but his death has not been confirmed. And there are sound reasons to treat Nasr's tweets with skepticism. more...

30th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Photos Details Rout of Iraqi Army at Camp Saqlawiya

Bill Roggio

The Islamic state seized or destroyed at least one M1 Abrams tank, four M113 armored personnel carriers, 15 Iraqi Army Humvees, a BMP infantry fighting vehicle, and other trucks. more...

30th September 2014 – Fox News

Happening Now

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn explains how the Khorosan group has evolved from al Qaeda. more...

30th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Adds Harakat-ul-Mujahideen’s Emir to Terrorism List

Bill Roggio

Fazle-ur-Rahman Khalil, Harakat-ul-Mujahideen's founder and leader, signed Osama bin Laden's infamous 1998 fatwa that declared war on the US and Israel. HUM was added to the list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations 18 years ago. more...

30th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Ambushes Iraqi Military Column Near Ramadi

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State was able to destroy an Iraqi military position near Ramadi in Anbar Province, as well as take over an Iraqi police checkpoint. more...

29th September 2014 – 960 AM - Phoenix, AZ

The Seth Leibsohn Show

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow and Editor of the Long War Journal Thomas Joscelyn discusses the lack of an overarching US strategy for combating IS. more...

29th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Leader Says Americans and Europeans Will Pay the ‘Tax’ of War

Thomas Joscelyn

Abu Muhammad al Julani seeks to undermine public support for air strikes in Syria by arguing that citizens in the West, and not just their rulers, will pay the price for the war. Julani also discusses Al Nusrah's fight against Hezbollah and urges jihadists not to join the West in the fight against the Islamic State. more...

29th September 2014 – Syndicated

John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss the latest developments regarding al Qaeda and the Islamic State. more...

29th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent Claims Attacks on Pakistani Ships Were More Audacious…

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), the newest branch of al Qaeda's international network, has released a nine-page statement giving its version of the attacks on two Pakistani frigates on Sept. 6. AQIS claims that all of the operatives, except one, were "serving officers in the Pakistani Navy." more...

28th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Killed 2 ‘Arabs’ in First Drone Strike in South Waziristan in More Than a Year

Bill Roggio

The US has not launched a drone strike in South Waziristan since mid-April 2013. more...

27th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Kills 2 AQAP Fighters in Al Jawf

Bill Roggio, Oren Adaki

The strike, the second in two days, took place in a northern province where top al Qaeda leaders have been targeted and killed in the past. more...

27th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Official Warns Against Islamic State in New Speech

Thomas Joscelyn

A senior al Qaeda official known as Abu Dujana al Basha urges jihadists not to join the Islamic State, a former branch of al Qaeda that was disowned by al Qaeda's senior leaders in February. more...

27th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

2 AQAP Commanders Reported Killed in Shabwa Drone Strike

Oren Adaki

Arabic media reports claim that two al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leaders were killed in a US drone strike in Shabwa province yesterday. One was reported to have been "rehabilitated." more...

27th September 2014 – Cited by Kathleen Caulderwood - International Business Times

Islamic State: Chechen Militants Outnumber Other Foreign Fighters, Experts Say

Bill Roggio

More than 15,000 citizens from 80 countries have joined the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, estimates from U.S. intelligence indicate. Of these, one particular group has become especially prominent. more...

26th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Trainer Suspected of Plotting Against 2004 NATO Summit Killed in US Airstrikes

Thomas Joscelyn

One of the first reported casualties of the US-led bombing campaign earlier this week was an Al Nusrah Front commander known as Abu Yusuf al Turki. He had been training al Qaeda snipers in Syria. He was previously suspected of plotting to attack the 2004 NATO summit in Turkey. more...

26th September 2014 – Quoted by Cristina Silva - The International Business Times

ISIS Baghdad March: Is Islamic State Targeting The Iraqi Capital?

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State may be refocusing its sights on Baghdad after the extremist group overran an Iraqi military base and executed 300 soldiers Sunday amid ongoing U.S. airstrikes aimed at weakening the militants' infrastructure and resources, according to Middle East analysts. more...

26th September 2014 – Quoted by Greg Botelho and Chelsea Carter - CNN

Latest Rout Raises Questions About Iraqi Military’s Ability to Defeat ISIS

Bill Roggio

This is what an ISIS rout looks like in Iraq: Up to 300 troops killed. Others missing, possibly dead or having fled. Dozens of military vehicles, from tanks to ambulances, destroyed or seized. more...

25th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Launches Second US Drone Strike in Shabwa in 2 Weeks

Oren Adaki

US drones targeted AQAP fighters in Yemen's southern Shabwa province for the second time in since Sept. 11. more...

25th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike in North Waziristan Kills Uzbeks, ‘Foreign Nationals’

Bill Roggio

"There is no need for such strikes," Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement, condemning the attack "as a violation of its sovereignty and territorial integrity." more...

25th September 2014 – Center for Security Policy

Secure Freedom Radio with Frank Gaffney

Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellow Bill Roggio discusses the strategy for countering IS. more...

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