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10th November 2014 – The Long War Journal

AQAP Continues Escalation of Attacks in Yemen, Targets US Ambassador

Oren Adaki

Over the weekend, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed credit for a series of high-profile attacks throughout Yemen, including a failed assassination of the US ambassador, Matthew H. Tueller. more...

10th November 2014 – The Long War Journal

Sinai-Based Jihadists Pledge Allegiance to Islamic State in Audio Recording

Thomas Joscelyn

An unidentified jihadist has released an audio recording saying that Ansar Bayt al Maqdis, the most prolific terrorist group in Egypt, has pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr al Baghdad's Islamic State. more...

10th November 2014 – The Long War Journal

Austria’s Radical Islam Problem

Benjamin Weinthal

Berlin -- The small Central European country of Austria has recently made headlines because of its jihadi teenagers who have gone to fight in Syria. more...

10th November 2014 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio explain why the connection CENTCOM has drawn between Al Nusrah and the Khorasan Group is misleading. more...

7th November 2014 – The Long War Journal

Analysis: CENTCOM Draws Misleading Line Between Al Nusrah Front and Khorasan Group

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

CENTCOM denied that the five airstrikes on Nov. 5 targeted "the Nusrah Front as a whole" but instead were directed at the Khorasan Group. This is a distinction without difference, as the Khorasan Group is part of the Al Nusrah Front. more...

7th November 2014 – The Long War Journal

3 New Jihadist Training Camps Identified in Syria

Bill Roggio

Training camps run by the Al Nusrah Front, the Khorasan Group, and a Chechen-led group, Khalifat Jamaat, were identified in Syria. The Long War Journal has identified 42 jihadist training camps in Iraq and Syria. more...

5th November 2014 – The Long War Journal

Wanted AQAP Leader Involved in Embassies Plot, Provincial Emir Killed in US Drone Strike

Bill Roggio, Oren Adaki

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula confirmed that Shawki Ali Ahmed al Badani and Nabil al Dhahab were killed in yesterday's drone strike in central Yemen. Badani was wanted by the US for plotting to attack US embassies. more...

4th November 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent Calls for Jihadist Unity Against US-Led Coalition

Thomas Joscelyn

Usama Mahmood, the spokesman for al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), has released a statement calling on all jihadists to unite against the US-led coalition, which is bombing targets throughout Iraq and Syria. more...

4th November 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Kills 20 AQAP Fighters in Yemen

Bill Roggio, Oren Adaki

The US drone strike in central Yemen coincides with an offensive by Iranian-backed Shiite Houthi rebels who are fighting al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. more...

3rd November 2014 – Cited by Alessandria Massi - International Business Times

Pakistan Border Bombing: ISIS, al-Qaeda Affiliated Terrorist Groups Race To Claim Responsibility

A suicide attack on the Pakistani border with India that left at least 60 people dead and more than 150 wounded is so significant that several jihadist groups are trying to claim responsibility. more...

3rd November 2014 – Cited by Haaretz

Wanted: ISIS Seeking Manager for its New Oil Refineries, Paying $225k

The Islamic State is seeking "ideologically suitable" oil industry experts to help run oil fields and refineries it has seized in Iraq and Syria. more...

3rd November 2014 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss their recent pieces for the Long War Journal. more...

2nd November 2014 – The Long War Journal

Suicide Bomber Strikes in Pakistan at Border Crossing With India

Bill Roggio

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a recently formed splinter group of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, and Jundallah both claimed credit for the suicide attack in Wagah that killed more than 50 people. more...

1st November 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Forces Western-Backed Rebel Group to Flee Base in Idlib

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front has forced the leader of the Western-backed Syrian Revolutionaries' Front, Jamal Maarouf, to flee his base of operations in Idlib. more...

1st November 2014 – The Long War Journal

AQAP Continues to Portray US-Led Bombing Campaign as a ‘Crusade’

Oren Adaki, Thomas Joscelyn

In a pair of videos released in late October, two leading AQAP ideologues preached jihadist unity in the face of the US-led coalition's bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria. One of the videos also included thinly-veiled criticisms of the Islamic State's declared caliphate. more...

31st October 2014 – The Long War Journal

Explosions at Nigerian Bus Station Kill 23, Wound Scores More

Laura Grossman

Boko Haram is suspected of bombing a crowded bus station in Gombe in northeastern Nigeria. more...

30th October 2014 – The Long War Journal

Arab, Haqqani Network Commanders Reported Killed in Latest Drone Strike in South Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The US is reported to have killed a "senior Arab commander" in a drone strike today in Pakistan's Taliban-infested tribal agency of South Waziristan. The strike took place in an area where, less than two years ago, the US killed a Taliban commander who was supported by the Pakistani state. more...

30th October 2014 – Quoted by Bill Gertz - The Washington Free Beacon

Treasury Efforts to Squeeze Islamic State Funding Will Be Difficult

Bill Roggio, Mark Dubowitz

The Treasury Department faces difficulties as it mounts a program to cut off funding to Islamic State (IS) terrorists that are currently raising “tens of millions” each month through oil sales, ransoming hostages, criminal activities, and donations from wealthy Islamist sympathizers. more...

29th October 2014 – Quoted by Deb Riechmann and Bassem Mroue - Associated Press

Analysts: IS Ignores al-Qaida’s Call to Reunite to Fight West, but Their Feud Has Tapered Off

Thomas Joscelyn

Al-Qaida is using U.S. airstrikes in Syria as a reason to extend olive branches to the renegade Islamic State group, saying the two should stop feuding and join forces to attack Western targets — a reunification that intelligence analysts say would allow al-Qaida to capitalize on the younger group's ruthless advance across the region. more...

29th October 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Offensive in Idlib Targets Assad Regime, Fellow Rebels

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has captured several towns and villages in the countryside of Idlib. The territory was controlled by the Syrian Revolutionaries Front (SRF), which has been allied with Al Nusrah despite being part of the Free Syrian Army. more...

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