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12th September 2014 – Quoted by Krishnadev Calamur - NPR

Are Yemen And Somalia Good Examples Of U.S. Anti-Terror Strategy?

Bill Roggio

President Obama in his speech Wednesday night said the strategy the U.S. would pursue against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria would be similar to how it targeted al-Qaida affiliates in Yemen and Somalia. more...

11th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Targets AQAP Fighters in Shabwa

Bill Roggio, Oren Adaki

Five AQAP fighters, including a Saudi and an individual who shares the nom de guerre of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's emir for Mahfad, are reported to have been killed in the first drone strike since mid-August. more...

11th September 2014 – CBN

CBN News Today

Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellow Bill Roggio discusses the shortcomings of President Obama's strategy against ISIS. more...

11th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Strategy Against Islamic State to Mirror Counterterrorism Efforts in Yemen, Somalia

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Obama described the counterterrorism strategy in Yemen and Somalia as "one that we have successfully pursued ... for years." However, several years of cooperation with willing partners have yielded questionable results. more...

11th September 2014 – Cited by Ishaan Tharoor - The Washington Post

Yemen and Somalia Are Examples of U.S. Mission Creep, Not Success

In his speech Wednesday night, President Obama laid out in somewhat unclear terms the planned U.S. campaign to combat the Islamic State, a murderous terrorist organization that has gained strength in the midst of political chaos in Iraq and Syria. more...

11th September 2014 – Quoted by Bruce Wallace - PRI

ISIS Has Mastered High-End Video Production in its New Propaganda Wing

The terrorist group ISIS is known for its sophisticated social media outreach. Now it seems they are bringing that sophistication to their video propaganda, too. more...

10th September 2014 – Fox News

Happening Now

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn discussing Obama's potential strategy to tackle ISIS. more...

10th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Aided Hezbollah Brigades in Breaking Islamic State Siege of Iraqi Town

Bill Roggio

Hezbollah Brigades, which was listed by the US as a Foreign Terrorist Organization in 2009, now controls access to Amerli. more...

10th September 2014 – Cited by Julian E. Barnes and Siobhan Gorman - The Wall Street Journal

U.S. to Rely on Local Forces to Fight Islamic State

A cornerstone of the expanded U.S. military campaign against Islamic State militants will be reliance on U.S.-trained local forces to confront the group head on. more...

10th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Releases Eulogy Commemorating Ahrar al Sham Leaders

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has released a statement honoring the Ahrar al Sham leaders killed in yesterday's explosion. Al Nusrah says they were among the "best" of men and leaders. more...

10th September 2014 – Cited by Mark Landler - The New York Times

Obama, in Speech on ISIS, Promises Sustained Effort to Rout Militants

President Obama on Wednesday authorized a major expansion of the military campaign against rampaging Sunni militants in the Middle East, including American airstrikes in Syria and the deployment of 475 more military advisers to Iraq. more...

9th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Members Mourn Ahrar al Sham, Islamic Front Leaders on Twitter

Thomas Joscelyn

Several influential al Qaeda members have used their Twitter feeds to mourn the slain leaders of Ahrar al Sham and the Islamic Front. The jihadists were killed in an explosion earlier today. One well-connected jihadist, who appears to be an al Qaeda media operative, claimed that the head of the Islamic Front had been in communication with Ayman al Zawahiri. more...

9th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Head of Islamic Front, Other Senior Leaders Killed in Explosion

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic Front announced today that more than one dozen of its senior leaders were killed in a car bombing in Idlib. Among the slain leaders is Hassan Abboud, who was the leader of Ahrar al Sham and the head of the Islamic Front's political office. Abboud was especially close to Ayman al Zawahiri's representative in Syria. more...

8th September 2014 – Cited by Kristina Wong - The Hill

ISIS is Spreading, Experts Warn

Experts say the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is spreading to other countries and inspiring terrorist groups toward greater acts of brutality. more...

8th September 2014 – Cited by Joe Parkinson and Adam Entous - The Wall Street Journal

How Kurds Came to Play Key Role in U.S. Plans to Combat Islamic State

The anti-Islamic State strategy the U.S. is developing first began to take shape a month ago after a series of increasingly urgent phone calls from this Kurdish city. more...

8th September 2014 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellows Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio discuss IS, the Al Nusrah Front, and the killing of al-Shabaab's leader in Somalia. more...

8th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Releases English-Language Summary of Monthly Operations

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has released an English-language pamphlet highlighting its activities throughout the month of August. The publication focuses on the group's military operations, including targeting Assad's forces and Hezbollah fighters, as well as its social work. more...

8th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

AQAP Endorses New Branch of Terror Network in the Indian Subcontinent

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has congratulated its "brothers" in al Qaeda for creating a new branch in the Indian subcontinent. AQAP offers "special congratulations" to "our Sheikh and good Emir," Ayman al Zawahiri. more...

7th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Airstrikes Target Islamic State at the Haditha Dam

Bill Roggio

The US air campaign against the Islamic State has expanded into Anbar province. more...

6th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Shabaab Names New Emir, Reaffirms Allegiance to al Qaeda

Thomas Joscelyn

Less than one week after Ahmed Abdi Godane was killed in an American airstrike, Shabaab has named a new leader and publicly reaffirmed its allegiance to al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri. more...

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