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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...

25th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Treasury Designations Target al Qaeda’s International Fundraising and Facilitation Network

Thomas Joscelyn

The threat posed by al Qaeda remains today. The "Khorasan group" is merely al Qaeda in Syria. more...

24th September 2014 – Quoted by Shane Harris - Foreign Policy

Islamic State Beheadings Beget Beheadings

Thomas Joscelyn

Of the many acts of violence perpetrated in Iraq and Syria by the Islamic State, none have captured the imagination or terrified the public like the gruesome videos showing masked terrorists beheading unarmed Western captives. more...

24th September 2014 – Syndicated

John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellow Bill Roggio details US airstrikes in Syria and the designation of a Chechen group by the State Department. more...

24th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Senior Islamic State Military Commander, ‘Emir of Suicide Bombers’ Among Treasury’s Terrorism Design

Bill Roggio

Islamic State military leader Omar al Shishani and 'emir of suicide bombers' Tariq Bin Al Tahar Bin Al Falih Al 'Awni Al Harzi were among five members of the group added to the terrorism list today. more...

24th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Senior al Qaeda Strategist Part of So-Called ‘Khorasan Group’

Thomas Joscelyn

An al Qaeda leader known as Sanafi al Nasr is a part of the so-called "Khorasan group," which was dispatched to Syria by Ayman al Zawahiri. Like another member of the group, Nasr was once the head of al Qaeda's Iran-based network. more...

24th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Targets Islamic State in 8 Strikes in Syria, Iraq

Bill Roggio

The most recent attacks did not hit the Khorasan group, al Qaeda's leadership cadre inside Syria that is plotting to attack the West. more...

23rd September 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Airstrikes Target Al Nusrah Front, Islamic State in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Jihadists on Twitter have posted pictures of Al Nusrah Front locations struck in the US bombing campaign in Syria. The strikes are aimed at the so-called Khorasan group, which has been planning attacks against the US and its interests, as well as a number of other targets. Jihadists claim that al Qaeda veterans have been killed in the bombings. more...

23rd September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Posts Photos Showing Aftermath of US Bombings

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has posted a series of photos purportedly showing sites struck by the US. more...

23rd September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Houthi Rebels Sweep Yemeni Capital

Oren Adaki

The stunning Houthi sweep of Sana'a on Monday provides an opportunity for al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. more...

22nd September 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Air War Against Jihadists in Syria Begins

Bill Roggio

Airstrikes targeted Islamic State command and control centers in Raqqah, the jihadist group's de facto capital in eastern Syria, as well as arms caches, supply depots, and ground units near the Iraqi border. Also, the US hit al Qaeda's Khorasan Group near Aleppo. more...

22nd September 2014 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio discuss the continuing threat of the al Nusrah Front. more...

21st September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Threatens to Execute 2nd Lebanese Hostage

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has threatened to kill a second Lebanese hostage. The group has already executed a Lebanese soldier who had been held in its custody since August. more...

20th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Commander Killed During Fighting in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan said that Mohammad Hassan recently was freed from a prison in Afghanistan before rejoining the fight in Pakistan's tribal areas. more...

19th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Leader Released from Iranian Custody Reported Killed

Bill Roggio

Abu Amru al Masri was previously described as a "mid-level commander," in one of Osama bin Laden's documents that was dated June 11, 2009. more...

19th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Threatens Life of Lebanese Soldier Held Hostage Amid Fighting

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has repeatedly threatened to kill a Lebanese soldier in its custody this week. In a tweet earlier today, the group said that the soldier was the "first casualty" in its stalled negotiations with the Lebanese military. more...

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