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13th February 2015 – The Long War Journal

New Al Nusrah Front Video Features Interview with Leader, Military Gains in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

An audio recording of Abu Muhammad al Julani, the emir of the Al Nusrah Front, introduces a newly-released video produced by the group. The video highlights Al Nusrah's purported military gains and ends with a clip of Ayman al Zawahiri calling for jihadist unity. more...

12th February 2015 – The Long War Journal

AQAP Seizes Yemeni Military Base in Shabwa

Bill Roggio, Oren Adaki

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula took control of the base and captured several soldiers in Shabwa province as the Shia Houthis tighten their grip on the capital and the US and Britain shutter their embassies. more...

12th February 2015 – Cited by Matthew Rosenberg, Eric Schmitt - The New York Times

U.S. Is Escalating a Secretive War in Afghanistan

As an October chill fell on the mountain passes that separate the militant havens in Afghanistan and Pakistan, a small team of Afghan intelligence commandos and American Special Operations forces descended on a village where they believed a leader of Al Qaeda was hiding. more...

11th February 2015 – Cited by Lolita C. Baldor, Matthew Lee - Associated Press

Amid Political Instability, US Closes Its Embassy in Yemen

The State Department has closed the U.S. Embassy in Yemen and evacuated its staff because of the political crisis and security concerns following the takeover of much of the country by Shiite rebels. more...

11th February 2015 – The Long War Journal

Ansar al Sharia Libya Leader Met With Osama bin Laden, Followed his ‘Methodology’

Thomas Joscelyn

Before his own death on Jan. 31, Harith al Nadhari, a senior AQAP sharia official, recorded an audio eulogy for the leader of Ansar al Sharia Libya, Mohammed al Zahawi. Nadhari noted that Zahawi had met with Osama bin Laden in the mid-1990s. more...

11th February 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Military Confirms It Killed Islamic State, Shabaab Leaders in Airstrikes

Bill Roggio

Mullah Khadim was the Islamic State's deputy emir for Khorasan province while Yusu Dheeq was the head of Shabaab's Amniyat. The US continues to rely on airstrikes as the core of its effort to defeat jihadist groups worldwide. more...

9th February 2015 – The Long War Journal

Rebel Coalition in Syria Mourns al Qaeda Official Killed in US Airstrike in Yemen

Thomas Joscelyn

The Ansar al Din Front in Syria has released a statement mourning the death of Harith al Nadhari, a sharia official in al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula who was killed in a US drone strike on Jan. 31. The statement is further evidence that Ansar al Din is, at a minimum, closely allied with al Qaeda's international network. more...

9th February 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Kills Islamic State’s Deputy Emir for ‘Khorasan Province’ in Airstrike: Report

Bill Roggio

Mullah Abdul Rauf Khadim was a senior Taliban leader before joining the Islamic State and being appointed the deputy emir of Khorasan province. more...

9th February 2015 – The Long War Journal

State Department Designates German Rapper Turned Islamic State ‘Operative’

Thomas Joscelyn

The State Department today announced that Denis Cuspert has been added to the US government's list of specially designated global terrorists. more...

6th February 2015 – The Long War Journal

Analysis: The Islamic State Claims Jordanian Airstrikes Killed an American Hostage

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State claims that an American hostage was killed during Jordanian airstrikes earlier today. However, the statement could very well be a propaganda ploy. more...

6th February 2015 – The Long War Journal

Jihadists Mourn Slain AQAP Sharia Official

Thomas Joscelyn

Jihadists aligned with al Qaeda's international network mourned the death of Harith bin Ghazi al Nadhari, a senior AQAP sharia official, shortly after AQAP confirmed that he had been killed in a US drone strike. more...

6th February 2015 – The Long War Journal

Jihadists Continue to Advertise Training Camps in Iraq and Syria

Bill Roggio

Training camps belonging to the Islamic State, Ansar al Islam, the Al Nusrah Front, Ansar Sham, the Kurdish Islamic Front, the Turkistan Islamic Party, and the small Uzbek group Katibat al Tawhid wal Jihad have been identified in Iraq and Syria. The total number of training camps identified by The Long War Journal now stands at 78. more...

6th February 2015 – Quoted by Lara Jakes, Elias Groll - Foreign Policy

ISIS Says Last American Hostage, a Female Aid Worker, Killed in Jordanian Airstrike

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State militant group said on Friday that its last known remaining American hostage, female aid worker Kayla Mueller, has been killed by a Jordanian airstrike against extremist targets in Syria. more...

5th February 2015 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Jihadists Celebrate Release of Anti-Islamic State Ideologue

Thomas Joscelyn

Jordan has reportedly released Abu Muhammad al Maqdisi. The move was celebrated by al Qaeda jihadists on social media, including those belonging to the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria. more...

5th February 2015 – The Long War Journal

Influential AQAP Ideologue Killed in US Drone Strike

Thomas Joscelyn

Harith bin Ghazi al Nadhari, a senior sharia official in al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, was killed in a US drone strike on Jan. 31. Al Qaeda had consistently elevated Nadhari's media profile, meaning he was considered a key ideologue for the global organization. more...

4th February 2015 – The Long War Journal

Analysis: DIA Head Warns al Qaeda in Syria May Gain Ground in 2015

Thomas Joscelyn

Lieutenant General Vincent R. Stewart, the director of the DIA, testified before the House Armed Services Committee yesterday. Stewart warned that al Qaeda in Syria may gain ground in 2015, the Islamic State remains capable of launching offensive operations despite the coalition's air campaign, and the Taliban-led insurgency has fought its opposition to a stalemate in Afghanistan. more...

3rd February 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Burns Captured Jordanian Pilot Alive

Bill Roggio

First Lieutenant Mu'adh Yusuf al Kasasibah was burned alive in a cage by Islamic State fighters. more...

3rd February 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Targets Shabaab’s External Operations Chief

Bill Roggio

Yusuf Dheeq, the head of Shabaab's Amniyat, which directs the group's intelligence and external operations activities, was the target of the strike. His fate is unknown. more...

2nd February 2015 – 770 WABC-AM - New York, New York

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss the topics of their latest pieces for the Long War Journal, including: US drone strikes in Yemen, the Islamic State, and the green-on-blue attacks in Afghanistan. more...

2nd February 2015 – The Long War Journal

Ansar al Sharia Photos Focus on Governance Efforts Near Benghazi

Thomas Joscelyn

Ansar al Sharia Libya released a set of propaganda photos in late January that are intended to demonstrate the group's authority over areas in and around Benghazi. The photos purportedly show a police station and a convoy of security vehicles under the group's control. However, forces loyal to General Haftar also claim to control much of the city. more...

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