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7th June 2016 – The Long War Journal

Qods Force commander an official advisor to government, Iraq’s foreign minister says

Bill Roggio, Amir Toumaj

Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s Qods Force, serves as an official advisor to the Iraqi government, the foreign minister confirmed yesterday. Soleimani and Qods Force have provided advice and support for the Popular Mobilization Forces and its component militias. more...

7th June 2016 – Quoted by Michael Kugelman - War On The Rocks

Why Did Washington Wait So Long To Take Its Drone War To Baluchistan

The Hellfire missile that incinerated Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mansour on May 21 set a major new precedent: It marked the first time we know of that a U.S. drone strike was used in the Pakistani province of Baluchistan. more...

7th June 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

WATCH: In Latest Sign of Expanding Influence, Iranian IRGC Soldier Embeds with Iraqi Troops

Footage has emerged on Twitter of an Iranian soldier from the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) embedded among Iraqi troops, the latest indication of direct Iranian involvement in its neighboring country’s internal affairs. more...

7th June 2016 – Quoted by Cassie Owens - Politifact

Pat Toomey’s beef with Supreme Court pick Merrick Garland for freeing ‘extremists’

Thomas Joscelyn

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey has doubts about Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland -- particularly regarding a ruling that set free prisoners from Guantánamo Bay. more...

6th June 2016 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss al-Qaeda, Yemen, Afghanistan, and ISIS. more...

6th June 2016 – The Long War Journal

Senior al Qaeda religious official in Syria returns to social media

Thomas Joscelyn

A senior al Qaeda religious official in Syria has returned to social media in the past 24 hours after a prolonged absence. The jihadist known as Abu Sulayman al Muhajir has launched a new Telegram channel and Twitter feed. more...

6th June 2016 – The Long War Journal

State notes ‘severely degraded’ al Qaeda operated large training camp in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The US government continues to underestimate al Qaeda’s strength in Afghanistan and Pakistan. more...

5th June 2016 – Quoted by Rowan Scarborough - The Washington Times

Pentagon brags of killing terrorists even as released Gitmo detainees return to battlefield

Thomas Joscelyn

The Pentagon is boasting of the al Qaeda operatives it has killed to make America safer, yet the same type of terrorists have been transferred out of the Guantanamo prison to countries with a poor history of security, and some have ended up back on the battlefield. more...

4th June 2016 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front and allies launch new offensive in Syria’s Aleppo province

Thomas Joscelyn

The Jaysh al Fateh (“Army of Conquest”) coalition, which was cofounded by Al Nusrah Front and its closest allies, has launched a new offensive in the southern part of Syria’s Aleppo province. more...

3rd June 2016 – The Long War Journal

‘Pakistan did not take substantial action against the Afghan Taliban’ or Haqqani Network

Bill Roggio

The Department of State noted Pakistan’s unwillingness to deal with its preferred jihadist groups in the newly released Country Reports on Terrorism 2015. more...

3rd June 2016 – Quoted by Robert Chesney - Lawfare

Has the U.S. Quietly Ramped Up the Air Campaign Against AQAP in Yemen?

CENTCOM has just released a summary of publicly-acknowledged airstrikes conducted against AQAP targets in Yemen over the first five months of 2016. more...

3rd June 2016 – The Long War Journal

Analysis: State Department identifies Gulf shortcomings on counterterrorism efforts

David Andrew Weinberg

The State Department issued its annual Country Reports on Terrorism yesterday, and while the document was couched in diplomatic language, it identified significant areas in which counterterrorism efforts by America’s Gulf allies are coming up short. Indeed, Foggy Bottom implicitly or explicitly flagged Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Kuwait for failing to stamp out terrorist finance within their borders. more...

3rd June 2016 – The Long War Journal

US military announces 3 new airstrikes in Yemen

Bill Roggio

The US military announced three previously undisclosed airstrikes that targeted al al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in southern Yemen over the past four months and killed 11 AQAP operatives. more...

2nd June 2016 – The Long War Journal

Shabaab continues to strike popular hotels in Mogadishu

Bill Roggio

Al Qaeda’s official branch in East Africa, Shabaab, continues to demonstrate that it can penetrate high security areas of Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital city. In a suicide assault yesterday, Shabaab killed 13 people in a complex attack at the Ambassador’s Hotel. more...

1st June 2016 – Quoted by Pamela Engel - Business Insider

A new US plan against ISIS might be ‘dangerously counterproductive’

Thomas Joscelyn

US-backed forces are finally moving toward Raqqa, ISIS' de facto capital in Syria. more...

1st June 2016 – The Long War Journal

US military targets senior Shabaab commander in Somalia

Bill Roggio

The US military announced that it targeted Abdullahi Haji Da’ud, a top military commander and planner for Shabaab, or al Qaeda’s official branch in East Africa, in an airstrike late last month. It is unclear if Da’ud was killed in the strike. more...

1st June 2016 – Quoted by Aru Pande - Voice of America

US Drone Strike in Pakistan Renews Calls for Transparency

John Hannah

For the first time, a U.S. drone struck Pakistan outside its lawless border area with Afghanistan, killing the leader of the Afghan Taliban in the country’s southwestern province of Baluchistan. more...

31st May 2016 – Quoted by Alex MacDonald - Middle East Eye

Fears grow for Fallujah residents caught in the crossfire

Amir Toumaj

Concerns that the end of a siege on the Iraqi city of Fallujah could see retribution attacks on Sunni residents or leave a humanitarian catastrophe are growing as Iraqi army and the allied Popular Mobilisation Units (PMUs) troops delve further into the Islamic State-controlled city. more...

31st May 2016 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda branches eulogize Taliban leader Mullah Mansour

Thomas Joscelyn

Three of al Qaeda’s official branches have jointly published a eulogy for Mullah Mansour, the Taliban leader who was killed in an American drone strike on May 21. The statement of condolences is signed by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), and Al Nusrah Front. more...

29th May 2016 – Quoted by Sarah El Deeb, Bassem Mroue - Associated Press

Syria’s cease-fire strengthens al-Qaida branch

Thomas Joscelyn

Al-Qaida's branch in Syria has recruited thousands of fighters, including teenagers, and taken territory from government forces in a successful offensive in the north, illustrating how the cease-fire put in place by Russia and the United States to weaken the militants has in many ways backfired. more...

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