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26th July 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Destroys Tombs, Mosques in Mosul

Bill Roggio

The destruction of the mosques housing the tombs of Jonah and Seth is only the latest in the Islamic State's campaign to purge minority religions from Mosul. more...

25th July 2014 – The Long War Journal

Kuwaiti Gitmo Detainee Should Remain in US Custody, Review Board Finds

Thomas Joscelyn

A periodic review board has determined that Fayiz al Kandari, a Kuwaiti held at Guantanamo, should remain in US custody. more...

25th July 2014 – The Long War Journal

Review Board Recommends Transfer of Guantanamo Detainee to Kuwait

Thomas Joscelyn

A periodic review board has recommended that Fouzi Khalid Abdullah Al Awda, a Kuwaiti held at Guantanamo since 2002, be transferred to his home country. Jihadists on Twitter celebrated the ruling before it was released to the public. more...

24th July 2014 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Officials, Taliban Deny Adnan Rasheed Was Captured

Bill Roggio

Pakistani officials have said there was a "mix-up" and an al Qaeda explosives expert, and not Rasheed, was captured during a raid two weeks ago in South Waziristan. more...

24th July 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Describes Its Seizure of Central Syrian Gas Field

Oren Adaki

The Islamic State's media office in Homs province released a report earlier this week detailing the terror group's takeover of a large gas facility in central Syria. more...

24th July 2014 – The Long War Journal

Boko Haram Consolidates Power in Northeastern Nigeria

Laura Grossman

As Boko Haram continues its offensive across northeastern Nigeria, the Nigerian government and other players are taking steps to combat the group. more...

23rd July 2014 – The Long War Journal

Ansar al Islam Claims New Attacks on Official Twitter Feed

Thomas Joscelyn

Ansar al Islam (AAI), a jihadist group based in northern Iraq, claimed a string of new attacks in a series of tweets between July 13 and July 21. more...

22nd July 2014 – The Long War Journal

Boko Haram Gains Ground

Laura Grossman

Launching more attacks, Boko Haram hoisted its flag in a northeastern Nigerian town where it recently killed over 100 civilians. more...

21st July 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Renews Its Oath of Allegiance to Taliban Leader Mullah Omar

Thomas Joscelyn

In the first edition of its new online newsletter, Al Nafir, al Qaeda renews its oath of allegiance to Taliban leader Mullah Omar. The move is likely a response to the Islamic State's claim that it rules over a caliphate with its leader, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, serving as the new caliph. Last week, al Qaeda released a video of Osama bin Laden discussing his oath of allegiance to Mullah Omar. more...

20th July 2014 – The Long War Journal

6 al Qaeda Operatives Thought Killed in Recent Drone Strike in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

Sanafi al Nasr, a top al Qaeda leader based in Syria, named three jihadists killed in the "Khorasan." more...

19th July 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Storms Camp Speicher, Routs Iraqi Forces

Bill Roggio

The large military base fell just two days after the retreat of the Iraqi military and allied militias following their failure to recapture Tikrit. more...

18th July 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Drones Target ‘Punjabi Taliban’ in North Waziristan Strike

Bill Roggio

The US has launched three strikes in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan in the past 10 days, indicating that a top jihadist leader is thought to be operating there. more...

17th July 2014 – The Long War Journal

Australian Islamic State Suicide Bomber Attacks Shia Shrine in Baghdad

Bill Roggio

The Baghdad Division of the Islamic State claimed that Abu Bakr al Australi detonated his vest at a Shia mosque in the Shorja district. more...

16th July 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Launches Another Drone Strike in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The US killed 18 suspected "militants" in another drone strike targeting an area of Pakistan's tribal agency of North Waziristan that previously served as a military command center for al Qaeda's military. more...

16th July 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State, Allies Blunt Iraqi Offensive to Retake Tikrit

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State and its Baathist allies have forced Iraqi forces that were attempting to retake Tikrit to withdraw from the city just one day after launching a much touted offensive. more...

15th July 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Adds Norwegian AQAP Bomb Maker to List of Terrorists

Bill Roggio

The US State Department added a Norwegian who serves as a bomb maker for al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula to its list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists. more...

15th July 2014 – The Long War Journal

Boko Haram Leader Fires Back at Twitter Campaign

Laura Grossman

Boko Haram sent a new video over the weekend to Agence France Presse, boasting of the group's latest feats while mocking the global hashtag campaign #BringBackOurGirls. more...

15th July 2014 – The Long War Journal

Analysis: Al Qaeda Attempts to Undermine New Islamic State With Old Video of Osama bin Laden

Thomas Joscelyn

On July 13, al Qaeda's propaganda arm, As Sahab, tweeted a link to an old video of Osama bin Laden. more...

14th July 2014 – The Long War Journal

AQIM Rejects Islamic State’s Caliphate, Reaffirms Allegiance to Zawahiri

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has purportedly released a statement rejecting the Islamic State's caliphate. more...

13th July 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Routs Iraqi Armored Column in Anbar

Bill Roggio

Fighters from the newly established Islamic State ambushed and destroyed an Iraqi armored column in the western province of Anbar. more...

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