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28th June 2015 – The Long War Journal

Wanted Saudi Al Qaeda Leader Reported Killed in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Mansur al Harbi, a Saudi jihadist who is listed by the United States, the United Nations, and Saudi Arabia as a senior al Qaeda leader, trainer, and facilitator is said to have been killed by the US in an airstrike in Afghanistan over the past several days. The report of his death has not been confirmed. more...

27th June 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Claims Responsibility for Massacre in Tunisia as Death Toll Rises

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for yesterday’s terrorist attack in Sousse, Tunisia. The group has posted a photo of the gunmen it says carried out the shooting spree, identifying him as Abu Yahya al Qayrawani. more...

26th June 2015 – The Long War Journal

Terrorists Strike in France, Kuwait, and Tunisia, Killing Dozens

Thomas Joscelyn

Three terrorist attacks were carried out this morning in France, Kuwait, and Tunisia. more...

25th June 2015 – The Long War Journal

Treasury Designates Taliban Liaison to Al Qaeda

Thomas Joscelyn

The Treasury Department has added a senior Taliban leader, Maulawi Abdul Rashid Baluch, to the US government’s list of specially designated global terrorists. As of mid-2013, Rashid “served as a Taliban liaison officer to al Qaeda and was responsible for planning meetings between Taliban senior leadership and AQ members in Karachi, Pakistan.” more...

25th June 2015 – The Long War Journal - Co-written by Caleb Weiss

Hezbollah Brigades Flaunts US Equipment in Anbar Operation

Bill Roggio

A video released on a YouTube account linked to the Popular Mobilization Committee or the “People’s Mobilization Units” (PMU), a coalition of largely Shiite militia forces, shows a montage of Hezbollah Brigades footage from its operations in Iraq’s Anbar province. In the video, the US-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization is seen operating an array of US military hardware, including M113 armored personnel carriers, HUMVEEs, and artillery. more...

25th June 2015 – The Long War Journal - Co-written by Caleb Weiss

Jihadists Tout Taliban ‘Special Forces’ Training Camp in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Jihadists have have been circulating photographs online purporting to show a Taliban “special forces” training camp somewhere in Afghanistan. more...

24th June 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Suffers Losses in Provincial Home of the ‘Caliphate’

Thomas Joscelyn

Over the past two days, Kurdish forces and other rebel factions have seized a town and a military base from the Islamic State in its home province of Raqqa. As they have advanced on the seat of the so-called “caliphate,” the anti-Islamic State forces have been backed by US airstrikes. more...

24th June 2015 – The Long War Journal

Suicide Bombers Strike Maiduguri

Laura Grossman

Monday, two bomb blasts detonated by female suicide bombers went off at the Baga fish market in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, Nigeria. more...

23rd June 2015 – Quoted by Erica Wenig - The Daily Caller

Benghazi Terror Suspect Turned ISIS Operative Killed By US Airstrike

Thomas Joscelyn

A Benghazi terror suspect and Islamic State operative was killed by a U.S. airstrike in Mosul June 15, according to the Pentagon. more...

23rd June 2015 – Quoted by Ivan Plis - The Daily Caller

Here’s How Many Jihadi Camps Are In Syria And Iraq

A new online map shows 117 jihadi training camps in war-torn Iraq and Syria, including dozens belonging to the Islamic State. more...

23rd June 2015 – The Long War Journal

Ban Ki-Moon Shakes Hands With Alleged Al Qaeda Emir

David Andrew Weinberg

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon was photographed last week shaking hands with ‘Abd al Wahhab al Humayqani, a man the United States accuses of being Al Qaeda’s emir for the Yemeni province of Al Bayda. Standing next to them was Ban’s special envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Sheikh Ahmed. more...

23rd June 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Spokesman Calls on Other Factions to ‘Repent,’ Urges Sectarian War

Thomas Joscelyn more...

23rd June 2015 – The Long War Journal

Benghazi Suspect Killed in Mosul, Pentagon Says

Thomas Joscelyn

The Pentagon said today that Ali Awni al Harzi, a suspect in the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, was killed on June 15 by an American airstrike in Mosul, Iraq. more...

22nd June 2015 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss the conflicts in the Middle East. more...

22nd June 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Assault Afghan Parliament, Take Two Districts in Kunduz

Bill Roggio

The Taliban claimed credit for today’s attack in the capital on its website, Voice of Jihad, stating that “multiple martyrdom seekers of [the] Islamic Emirate … armed with heavy and light weapons” assaulted the heavily secured seat of government. more...

21st June 2015 – The Long War Journal - Co-written by Caleb Weiss

Over 100 Jihadist Training Camps Identified in Iraq and Syria

Bill Roggio

The number of training camps operated by jihadists inside Iraq and Syria continues to rise. The Long War Journal has identified more than 100 in the two countries. While not all of these facilities may be currently operational, the proliferation of camps by the Islamic State, the Al Nusrah Front, and other groups poses a regional and global threat. more...

19th June 2015 – Quoted by Edwin Mora - Breitbart

Report: Al-Qaeda Executes Alleged Spies Linked to Saudi Arabia, U.S.

Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) publicly executed at least two men accused of spying on behalf of Saudi Arabia and the United States and then hung their bodies from a bridge, reports The Long War Journal. more...

19th June 2015 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb Says Mokhtar Belmokhtar is ‘Alive and Well’

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), an official branch of al Qaeda, has posted a statement on Twitter saying that Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a veteran jihadist, is “alive and well.” AQIM refers to Belmokhtar as Khaled Abou El Abbas, a name he has long used, in the message. more...

19th June 2015 – The Long War Journal

Guantanamo Detainee is Brother of AQAP’s New Top Leader

Thomas Joscelyn

Earlier this week, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) confirmed that its leader, Nasir al Wuhayshi, had been killed in a US drone strike. A new emir for the group was named in short order: Qasim al Raymi. more...

18th June 2015 – 660 AM

The Mark Davis Show

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn discusses AQAP and ISIS. more...

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