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5th October 2014 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Group Urges Jihadists in Iraq and Syria ‘to Reconcile’

Bill Roggio

Omar Khalid al Khorasani, a top leader in Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, offered to help mediate the dispute between the Islamic State and the Al Nusrah Front and other jihadist rivals. more...

3rd October 2014 – Quoted by James Gordon Meek - ABCNews

From Bang to Whimper, ISIS Propaganda Withers Under US Strikes

Thomas Joscelyn

As explosions erupted from airstrikes in Iraq and Syria over the past 12 days in the U.S.-led military campaign against terrorists there, the sounds of silence from jihadi propagandists also have intensified. more...

3rd October 2014 – CBC Radio

The Current

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn discusses the relationship between Khorasan and Al Qaeda. more...

3rd October 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Beheads Another Brit, Threatens American Aid Worker

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State carried through on its threat to execute British aid worker Alan Henning, and said former US Army Ranger Peter Edward Kassig is next. more...

3rd October 2014 – The Long War Journal

Jihadist Group Loyal to Taliban, al Qaeda Claims to Have Captured Afghan District

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Both the Taliban and Junood al Fida, a jihadist group loyal to the Taliban and al Qaeda, have claimed that the Registan district in the southern Kandahar province has fallen to the jihadists. Afghan officials quickly denied the claim as "exaggerated." more...

2nd October 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Propaganda Focuses on Iranian Influence in Lebanon, Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front continues to use its Lebanese hostages in its propaganda campaign against Iran and Hezbollah. more...

2nd October 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Seizes Hit, Assaults Iraqi Military Headquarters in Anbar

Bill Roggio, Oren Adaki

The Islamic State raised the black flag of jihad in Hit and attacked military headquarters in Ramadi and at Al Asad Airbase in the latest phase of its offensive to consolidate control of Anbar province. more...

2nd October 2014 – The Long War Journal

Pro-al Qaeda Ideologues Propose Truce Between Islamic State, Rivals

Oren Adaki, Thomas Joscelyn

Jihadist ideologues, including several who have backed al Qaeda against the Islamic State, have proposed a truce between the rival factions in Syria. The initiative is similar to the calls made by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, both of which have urged the jihadists to unite against the "Crusader" West. more...

1st October 2014 – Cited by Andrew C. McCarthy - National Review Online

Al-Qaeda Calls For Truce With Islamic State So Jihadists Can Unite Against America

Oren Adaki, Thomas Joscelyn

At the Long War Journal, Tom Joscelyn and Oren Adaki report that a high-ranking member of al-Qaeda’s Arabian Peninsula franchise has called on rival jihadist factions in Iraq and Syria to unite for the greater good of confronting the United States and the West. more...

1st October 2014 – The Long War Journal

AQAP Official Calls on Rival Factions in Syria to Unite Against West

Oren Adaki, Thomas Joscelyn

Nasser bin Ali al Ansi, an AQAP leader, is featured in a new video calling on rival jihadists in Iraq and Syria to unite against their common enemies. Al Ansi says the jihadists should form a "coalition" to strike America. more...

30th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Leader Claims Key Operative in So-Called ‘Khorasan Group’ Was Killed

Thomas Joscelyn

A senior al Qaeda leader known as Sanafi al Nasr has tweeted that Muhsin al Fadhli was killed in the bombing raids in Syria last week. Both Nasr and al Fadhli are part of the so-called "Khorasan group." Al Fadhli may have been killed, but his death has not been confirmed. And there are sound reasons to treat Nasr's tweets with skepticism. more...

30th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Photos Details Rout of Iraqi Army at Camp Saqlawiya

Bill Roggio

The Islamic state seized or destroyed at least one M1 Abrams tank, four M113 armored personnel carriers, 15 Iraqi Army Humvees, a BMP infantry fighting vehicle, and other trucks. more...

30th September 2014 – Fox News

Happening Now

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn explains how the Khorosan group has evolved from al Qaeda. more...

30th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Adds Harakat-ul-Mujahideen’s Emir to Terrorism List

Bill Roggio

Fazle-ur-Rahman Khalil, Harakat-ul-Mujahideen's founder and leader, signed Osama bin Laden's infamous 1998 fatwa that declared war on the US and Israel. HUM was added to the list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations 18 years ago. more...

30th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Ambushes Iraqi Military Column Near Ramadi

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State was able to destroy an Iraqi military position near Ramadi in Anbar Province, as well as take over an Iraqi police checkpoint. more...

29th September 2014 – 960 AM - Phoenix, AZ

The Seth Leibsohn Show

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow and Editor of the Long War Journal Thomas Joscelyn discusses the lack of an overarching US strategy for combating IS. more...

29th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Leader Says Americans and Europeans Will Pay the ‘Tax’ of War

Thomas Joscelyn

Abu Muhammad al Julani seeks to undermine public support for air strikes in Syria by arguing that citizens in the West, and not just their rulers, will pay the price for the war. Julani also discusses Al Nusrah's fight against Hezbollah and urges jihadists not to join the West in the fight against the Islamic State. more...

29th September 2014 – Syndicated

John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss the latest developments regarding al Qaeda and the Islamic State. more...

29th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent Claims Attacks on Pakistani Ships Were More Audacious…

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), the newest branch of al Qaeda's international network, has released a nine-page statement giving its version of the attacks on two Pakistani frigates on Sept. 6. AQIS claims that all of the operatives, except one, were "serving officers in the Pakistani Navy." more...

28th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Killed 2 ‘Arabs’ in First Drone Strike in South Waziristan in More Than a Year

Bill Roggio

The US has not launched a drone strike in South Waziristan since mid-April 2013. more...

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