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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...

6th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Veteran Takes On A More Prominent Role As Spokesman in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Abu Firas al Suri long served as a clandestine figure in al Qaeda's international terrorist network. Today he serves as the Al Nusrah Front's spokesman. He is tasked with defending Al Nusrah's capture of more than 40 UN peacekeepers. more...

5th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Confirms Shabaab Emir Godane Killed in Airstrike

Bill Roggio

'Removing Godane from the battlefield is a major symbolic and operational loss to al-Shabaab," the Pentagon's spokesman said. But jihadist groups have withstood the loss of top leaders in the past. more...

5th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent Incorporates Regional Jihadist Groups

Bill Roggio

Usama Mahmoud, AQIS's spokesman, openly stated that the group "was formed by the gathering of several jihadi groups that have a long history in jihad and fighting." more...

5th September 2014 – Cited by Greg Jaffe - The Washington Post

In Amerli, An Unusual Alliance Defeated Islamic Radicals. Don’t Count on That Lasting.

For weeks, Iraqi Kurdish fighters had joined an unusual alliance to free this dusty highway town besieged by Islamic State fighters. more...

4th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Assault Team Targets NDS Headquarters in Ghazni

Bill Roggio

Fourteen security personnel and 19 heavily armed Taliban fighters were killed and another 154 people were wounded during the coordinated attack. more...

4th September 2014 – Cited by Mirwais Harooni - Reuters

Afghan Forces Hunt Militant Leader Once Welcomed Under Peace Process

Afghan security forces are hunting a senior Islamist militant allowed to settle in the country in 2011 under a government peace plan but who is now leading hundreds of insurgents seeking to overrun the northern province of Kunduz, officials said. more...

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