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13th May 2016 – The Long War Journal

Storied Hezbollah commander killed in Syria

David Daoud

Hezbollah announced the death of Mustafa Badreddine, its notorious senior military commander, in Syria early Friday morning. more...

11th May 2016 – The Long War Journal

IRGC, allies sustained significant losses in battle for Khan Touman

Amir Toumaj

On May 6, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) lost the Syrian village of Khan Touman, strategically located near the Aleppo-Damascus highway southwest of Aleppo, to Jaysh al Fath, a jihadist-led alliance of rebel groups. Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s Syria branch, and other jihadi groups publicized footage of the assault and its aftermath on social media, which included images of captives and dead bodies. more...

10th May 2016 – The Long War Journal

US launched 4 airstrikes against AQAP at end of April

Bill Roggio

The US military announced that it launched four separate airstrikes against al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen in three different provinces over the span of a week at the end of April. The airstrikes coincided with the US-backed United Arab Emirates offensive against al Qaeda in southern Yemen. more...

10th May 2016 – The Long War Journal

US, Afghan forces rescue son of former Pakistani prime minister from ‘al Qaeda cell’

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Siraj Haqqani, the group’s operational leader, serves as one of the Taliban’s two deputy emirs is also a member of al Qaeda’s executive council. The Taliban and Haqqani Network are known to shelter al Qaeda’s men and they conduct joint operations with the group inside of Afghanistan. more...

10th May 2016 – The Long War Journal

US kills Islamic State’s military emir for Anbar province

Bill Roggio

The US military killed Abu Wahib, the notorious Islamic State military commander who was responsible for overrunning much of Anbar province in 2014. Abu Wahib (above, center) waged jihad with al Qaeda during the US occupation and escaped from an Iraqi prison in 2012 to rejoin the fight. more...

10th May 2016 – The Long War Journal

Taliban claims to have ‘thousands of fully armed martyrdom seekers’

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban said it would give “top priority” to retaliate against government agencies involved in the execution of jihadist prisoners and claimed it has “thousands of fully armed martyrdom seekers” at its disposal who are “awaiting to take revenge.” more...

9th May 2016 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn comment on the Taliban's martyr bombers and other news from The Long War Journal. more...

9th May 2016 – The Long War Journal

Osama bin Laden’s son says jihad in Syria key to ‘liberate Palestine’

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda’s propaganda arm, As Sahab, has released a new message from Osama bin Laden’s son, Hamzah. more...

8th May 2016 – The Long War Journal

Ayman al Zawahiri discusses al Qaeda’s goal of building an Islamic emirate in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda has released a new audio message from Ayman al Zawahiri entitled, “Go Forth to the Levant.” Zawahiri is known for his long-winded lectures. By his standard, the new audio is mercifully short at just over ten minutes long. It was disseminated via social media yesterday. more...

7th May 2016 – The Long War Journal

2 Romanian soldiers killed in insider attack in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Two Romanian soldiers were killed and another was wounded today in an insider or “green-on-blue” attack, where Afghan security personnel turn their weapons on coalition forces. more...

6th May 2016 – The Long War Journal

Jaysh al Fath coalition launches new offensive in Aleppo province

Thomas Joscelyn

Jaysh al Fath (the “Army of Conquest”), a jihadist-led alliance of rebel groups, has launched a new offensive south of the Syrian city of Aleppo. The early fighting centered on the town of Khan Tuman, where a suicide bomber detonated a large vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) in an area controlled by fighters defending Bashar al Assad’s regime. more...

4th May 2016 – The Long War Journal

Assad regime and Islamic State battle for control of Shaer gas field in Homs

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State and forces loyal to Bashar al Assad’s regime are battling for control of the Shaer gas field in Syria’s Homs province once again. The two sides have fought at Shaer and other nearby gas facilities on multiple occasions since 2014. more...

3rd May 2016 – The Long War Journal

Taliban denies shadow governor for Kandahar killed by Afghan forces

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban denied reports from the Ministry of Interior that the shadow governor and his deputy were among the 45 jihadists killed during a raid in the southern Afghan province. more...

3rd May 2016 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda defector discusses group’s secrets in Islamic State magazine

Thomas Joscelyn, David Daoud

The man known as Abu Ubaydah Al Lubnani (“the Lebanese”) is one of the most senior al Qaeda leaders to defect to the Islamic State since the two jihadist organizations split in early 2014. Lubnani was once a top security official for al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan. But after being demoted from his sensitive post, he joined Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s organization. more...

2nd May 2016 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn the latest attack in Iraq. more...

2nd May 2016 – The Long War Journal

Series of deadly operations named after fallen Islamic State leader

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State has named a series of deadly attacks throughout Iraq and Syria in honor of one of its most senior leaders: Abu Ali al Anbari. Suicide bombers and other fighters have killed dozens of people since the campaign was launched on Apr. 30. more...

1st May 2016 – The Long War Journal

AQAP says it withdrew from Mukalla to protect residents

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has published a two-page statement online confirming the group’s withdrawal from the Yemeni port city of Mukalla that occurred one week ago. AQAP members and supporters have discussed the retreat on social media in the days since, but the organization did not officially comment until its statement yesterday. more...

30th April 2016 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State claims dozens of troops killed in suicide assault in western Anbar

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State took responsibility for the killing of dozens of Iraqi security personnel in a suicide assault on a police station in a western Anbar province town which was recently liberated from the jihadist organization. more...

28th April 2016 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda-linked cleric leads new recruiting campaign for jihadists in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Sheikh Abdallah Muhammad al Muhaysini, one of the most influential jihadist ideologues in Syria, has launched a new recruiting campaign that aims to indoctrinate thousands of young men. The mobilization effort, named “Take Up Arms, Do Not Sit Still,” began online and throughout Syria on Apr. 20. more...

27th April 2016 – The Long War Journal

US military searches for Kabul Attack Network members

Bill Roggio

The US military made an unusual public plea for information yesterday in its hunt for eight members of a terrorist network which is plotting attacks in four provinces in eastern Afghanistan. The organization, known as the Kabul Attack Network, is comprised of fighters from various jihadist groups operating in the country, and has endured for years. more...

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