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12th July 2016 – The Long War Journal

Iraqi forces retake Q-West airbase south of Mosul

Bill Roggio

The Iraqi military seized control of a key airbase that will be instrumental in the campaign to retake the northern city of Mosul from the Islamic State. Their takeover of Qayyarah Airfiled West, or Q-West, coincided with US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s visit to Iraq and the announcement that an additional 560 US troops will be deployed to aid in the Mosul offensive. more...

12th July 2016 – The Weekly Standard - Co-written by Stephen F. Hayes

Top Intel Official: Al Qaeda Worked on WMD in Iran

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda operatives based in Iran worked on chemical and biological weapons, according to a letter written to Osama bin Laden that is described in a new book by a top former U.S. intelligence official. more...

12th July 2016 – Quoted by Breaking Defense

Halfway To Transparency On Drone Strikes

As Pentagon enthusiasm grows for robotic weapons, and drones proliferate to militaries and terrorists around the world, it’s worth remembering some basic questions of ethics, law, and strategy remain unsettled. For insight, we turn to Rachel Stohl, the director of the Conventional Defense program at the Stimson Center and the primary author of the recently released report Grading Progress on U.S. Drone Policy. more...

11th July 2016 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellows Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio discuss the escalation in Afghanistan and Iraq. more...

10th July 2016 – The Long War Journal

Osama bin Laden’s son says al Qaeda has grown despite 15 years of war

Thomas Joscelyn

In a newly released audio message, Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza says that the number of “mujahideen” around the globe has grown despite a decade and a half of war. Hamza also threatens revenge for the death of his father, claiming that America has not yet witnessed al Qaeda’s retaliation. more...

10th July 2016 – The Long War Journal

Pakistan condemns killing of Kashmiri terrorist military leader

Bill Roggio

The government of Pakistan called the killing of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani by Indian troops “deplorable and condemnable.” This condemnation highlights Pakistan’s support for terrorist groups throughout the region. Hizb-ul-Mujahideen is listed by the US, the European Union, and India as a terrorist organization. more...

9th July 2016 – The Long War Journal

Russian helicopter downed by the Islamic State near Palmyra, Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State downed a Russian helicopter east of Palmyra, Syria yesterday. The Russian Defense Ministry initially denied losing any helicopter. But the Russians changed their story after the so-called caliphate released a video of the attack today. The video can be viewed above. more...

8th July 2016 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State claims nearly 600 suicide attacks in first six months of 2016

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State claims to have executed 589 “martyrdom operations” in Iraq, Syria and Libya during the first six months of 2016. more...

7th July 2016 – The Long War Journal

Ohio man conspired with Islamic State recruiter, Justice Department says

Thomas Joscelyn

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced today that Munir Abdulkader, a 21 year-old man living in West Chester, Ohio, pleaded guilty to various terrorist charges in March. Abdulkader communicated with a key Islamic State recruiter, Junaid Hussein, who was killed in an American airstrike in Raqqa, Syria on Aug. 24, 2015. more...

7th July 2016 – The Long War Journal

Zawahiri praises Uighur jihadists in ninth episode of ‘Islamic Spring’ series

Thomas Joscelyn

The ninth episode of Ayman al Zawahiri’s “Islamic Spring” series was released on social media on July 2. more...

7th July 2016 – The Long War Journal

Obama backtracks on Afghanistan withdrawal, cites ‘precarious’ security situation

Bill Roggio

President Barack Obama called the security environment in Afghanistan “precarious” and said today he will keep more troops on the ground in Afghanistan than previously planned. more...

5th July 2016 – Quoted by Marjorie Cohn - The Huffington Post

Numbers In Obama’s Drone Deaths Report Just Don’t Add Up

More than three years after President Barack Obama pledged to be transparent about the United States’ lethal drone program, his administration has finally come forward with an accounting of the numbers of civilian deaths that resulted from drone strikes between Jan. 20, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2015. more...

5th July 2016 – Quoted by Fred Kaplan - Slate Magazine

Reading Between the Lines of Obama’s Drone-Casualty Report

Just before the Fourth of July holiday weekend, President Barack Obama released data on how many people—combatants and civilians—that his drone strikes have killed since he took office. more...

5th July 2016 – Quoted Jonathan Haggerty - The Daily Caller

Al-Qaida Leader Threatens To Attack America If Boston Bomber Is Executed

Thomas Joscelyn

Aging al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri threatened the “gravest consequences” for America if the Boston Marathon bomber is executed. more...

5th July 2016 – Quoted by Kevin Liptak - CNN

White House reveals number of civilian deaths from drone strikes

President Barack Obama's administration estimated Friday that between 64 and 116 civilians have died during the years 2009-2015 from U.S. drone strikes outside of Iraq and Afghanistan. more...

5th July 2016 – The Long War Journal

Taliban condemns suicide attack in Medina, Saudi Arabia

Bill Roggio

The Taliban has condemned a July 4 suicide attack that targeted security personnel in Medina, Saudi Arabia. Four Saudi guards and five others were wounded in what the Taliban describes as “an act of enmity and hatred towards Islamic rituals.” more...

4th July 2016 – The Long War Journal

Taliban shows ‘Omar ibn Khattab’ training camp in Kunduz

Bill Roggio

In a newly released video from the Taliban’s media wing, the jihadist group advertises the existence of the Omar ibn Khattab training camp somewhere in the northern Kunduz Province. more...

4th July 2016 – Fox News

Happening Now

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellow Thomas Joscelyn discusses the terror attacks in Iraq and Bangladesh. more...

2nd July 2016 – Quoted by Tim Chester - Mashable

Up to 116 civilians killed by drones during Obama administration, White House says

Bill Roggio

Between 64 and 116 civilians were killed by drone strikes outside conventional warzones during the Obama administration by the end of 2015, according to figures released Friday. more...

2nd July 2016 – Quoted by Taimur Khan - The National

US releases report on counterrorism strike deaths – with glaring omissions

Bill Roggio

After months of anticipation over an ongoing review by the Obama administration of civilian deaths caused by US drone strikes, the White House has quietly issued a short report that raises far more questions than it answers. more...

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