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11th August 2016 – The Long War Journal

Opposition to Islamic State claims more ground in Sirte, Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

Fighters opposed to the Islamic State in Sirte, Libya claim to have gained more ground inside the city in the past few days. The US has conducted dozens of airstrikes in support of their campaign. more...

8th August 2016 – The Long War Journal

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, Islamic State claim suicide attack at Pakistani hospital

Bill Roggio

Both the Islamic State and Jamaat-ul-Ahrar claimed credit for today’s suicide attack at a hospital in the Pakistani city of Quetta that killed scores of people. While the competing claims cannot be verified, both groups are capable of executing the mass-casualty suicide assault. more...

7th August 2016 – The Long War Journal

Jihadists and other rebels claim to have broken through siege of Aleppo

Thomas Joscelyn

Shortly after Al Nusrah Front announced on July 28 that it was relaunching its operations under the name Jabhat Fath Al Sham (“Conquest of the Levant Front”), jihadists, Islamists and other Sunni rebel groups began an offensive to break the siege of Aleppo. more...

3rd August 2016 – The Long War Journal

US State Department lists Jamaat-ul-Ahrar as terrorist group

Bill Roggio

The US State Department added Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a dangerous faction of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, to its list of global terrorists organizations earlier today. Jamaat-ul-Ahrar has been behind numerous deadly attacks inside Pakistan and is closely allied with the Afghan Taliban and al Qaeda. more...

1st August 2016 – The Long War Journal

US airstrikes target Islamic State stronghold in Libya

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The US military acknowledged today that it has targeted the Islamic State’s Libyan arm in the city of Sirte. The air strikes are part of an effort to deal a blow to the jihadist group in its largest base of operations inside Libya. more...

29th July 2016 – The Long War Journal

Analysis: Deterring Gulf States from backing the new Al Nusrah Front

David Andrew Weinberg

Al Nusrah Front – Al Qaeda’s largest branch in its history – announced yesterday that it was changing its name to the Levant Conquest Front, a group it claimed would have “no relationship with any foreign party.” more...

28th July 2016 – The Long War Journal

Iraq’s PM establishes Popular Mobilization Front as a permanent ‘independent military formation’

Bill Roggio, Amir Toumaj

The Iraqi government has officially incorporated the Iranian-supported Popular Mobilization Front (PMF) as an “independent military formation” in Iraqi’s security forces. The move, which was approved by Iraq’s prime minister in February, is disturbing as it establishes the PMF as a parallel security organization akin to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). Influential PMF commanders have openly expressed their affinity for Iran’s supreme leader and the head of IRGC’s Qods Force. more...

28th July 2016 – The Long War Journal

Analysis: Al Nusrah Front rebrands itself as Jabhat Fath Al Sham

Thomas Joscelyn

Abu Muhammad al Julani, the emir of Al Nusrah Front, delivered a short statement today concerning his organization’s future. He read his message in a video that was rebroadcasted by television stations throughout the Middle East, publicly showing his face for first time. In previous appearances on Al Jazeera and other stations, Julani’s image was obscured. more...

27th July 2016 – The Long War Journal

Terrorists in Normandy swore allegiance to Baghdadi before attacking church

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency has released a video purportedly featuring the two terrorists responsible for attacking a church in Normandy, France yesterday. The assailants killed an elderly priest during a morning mass in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, took several people hostage, and were then gunned down by police. more...

26th July 2016 – The Long War Journal

Attacks in France and Germany claimed by Islamic State propaganda arm

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency has claimed responsibility for two attacks in Europe. The first was a suicide bombing in Ansbach, Germany on July 24. More than one dozen people were injured, some of them seriously, when a bomber self-detonated outside of a music festival. more...

23rd July 2016 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State claims suicide bombings at Kabul protest

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State claimed credit for a double suicide attack today in Kabul that killed more than 60 people, wounded at least 200 more and caused much of the city to be shut down. more...

22nd July 2016 – The Long War Journal

Presence of French special forces in Libya sets off controversy

Thomas Joscelyn

A helicopter carrying three French soldiers crashed near Benghazi, Libya earlier this week. The French government subsequently confirmed that all three soldiers, along with their Libyan counterparts, were killed. The circumstances surrounding the crash remain murky, but jihadists and Islamists inside Libya have been rattling their sabres ever since the presence of French special forces was confirmed. more...

21st July 2016 – The Long War Journal

Taliban seizes district in northern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban took control of the district of Qala-i-Zal in Kunduz province after an operation the put Afghan forces under siege, Afghan officials and the Taliban confirmed. The district is the latest to fall under Taliban control. more...

20th July 2016 – The Long War Journal

Treasury designates 3 senior al Qaeda members in Iran

Thomas Joscelyn

The Treasury Department announced today that three senior al Qaeda members have been added to the US government’s list of designated terrorists. All three of them are “located in Iran.” more...

20th July 2016 – The Long War Journal

Ex-Gitmo ‘poet’ and committed jihadist denounces Islamic State for attacks on civilians

A former Guantanamo Bay detainee who defected from the Taliban in 2014 and joined the Islamic State denounced the group and called the emir of Khorasan province “illiterate” for conducting acts of wanton violence against civilians in Afghanistan. more...

20th July 2016 – Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

Obama Administration Imposes Sanctions on Iran-Based Al-Qaeda Members After Denying Cooperation

Thomas Joscelyn, Jonathan Schanzer

The Obama administration has sanctioned three senior al-Qaeda members operating in Iran just weeks after dismissing reports of cooperation between the global terror organization and the Islamic Republic, deepening criticism from experts and lawmakers that the administration is seeking to downplay those connections in order to avoid complications with last summer's nuclear deal. more...

20th July 2016 – Quoted by Stephen Kalin, Phil Stewart - Reuters

Mosul assault in focus two years after Islamic State takeover

Bill Roggio

When Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi pledged in December that Iraq would retake Islamic State's de facto capital Mosul by the end of 2016, the target was greeted with scepticism by Western allies and officials within his own government. more...

19th July 2016 – The Long War Journal

Teenager who terrorized German train appears in Islamic State video

Thomas Joscelyn

Amaq News Agency, a propaganda arm of the Islamic State, released a short video featuring a teenager identified as “Muhammad Riyad.” According to Amaq, Riyad was responsible for yesterday’s attack on a train in the German city of Würzburg. more...

18th July 2016 – The Long War Journal

US troops ‘are a target for us,’ Iraq’s Muqtada al Sadr says

Bill Roggio

Radical Shia cleric Muqtada al Sadr said that US troops supporting the Iraqi military’s offensive to retake Mosul from the Islamic State should be targeted by his militias. more...

18th July 2016 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn comment on the threat of Muqtada al Sadr. more...

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