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9th June 2015 – Quoted by David Pugliese - Ottawa Citizen

Islamic State Makes Use of Captured U.S. Supplied TOW Missile Systems

In a new video released by the Islamic State, the jihadist group shows the capture of the ancient city of Palmyra, Syria…the video also shows at least one US-made BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missile being used against Syrian troops, the Long War Journal reports. more...

8th June 2015 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

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

8th June 2015 – The Long War Journal

Suicide Bomber Kills 7 Pakistani Troops in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

A suicide bomber killed seven Pakistani soldiers in an area in the tribal agencies where the US has concentrated its drone campaign over the past several months. more...

8th June 2015 – The Long War Journal

Jihadist-led Coalition Continues to Make Gains in Idlib

Thomas Joscelyn

Jaysh al Fateh (“Army of Conquest”), a jihadist-led coalition of several groups, swept through several towns and villages in the Syrian province of Idlib in recent days. The coalition’s military successes began in March, when the alliance was announced and quickly overran Assad’s forces in the city of Idlib. more...

6th June 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Kills Afghan Taliban Fighters in Drone Strike in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

The US killed nine Afghan Taliban fighters in an drone strike in Pakistan’s Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan today. more...

5th June 2015 – The Long War Journal

The Al Nusrah Front’s ‘Inherited Jihad’

Thomas Joscelyn

On Wednesday (June 3), Al Jazeera aired the second part of its interview with Abu Muhammad al Julani, who leads the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria. The interviewer, Ahmad Mansur, once again provided a friendly forum for Julani to portray his organization in a positive light. more...

4th June 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State’s ‘Khorasan Province’ Threatens Taliban in Latest Video

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s so-called “Khorasan province” threatened the Taliban in a video released late last month. The video, which is more than 15 minutes long, features a lengthy speech by an unnamed jihadist (see image above) in front of armed fighters and local villagers. more...

3rd June 2015 – Quoted by Max Boot - Commentary

Obama Is Losing Iraq Just as LBJ Lost Vietnam

Bill Roggio

The Obama White House’s mental synapses must be short-circuiting right now. more...

3rd June 2015 – Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

Islamic State Undeterred by Mounting Body Count

Bill Roggio

The United States and other countries fighting to push back and ultimately destroy the group known as Islamic State are being forced to confront an unpleasant quandary: an enemy unafraid of death and seemingly undeterred by a mounting death toll. more...

3rd June 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Continues to Clash with Multiple Foes in Aleppo, Hasakah

Thomas Joscelyn

Four days after the Islamic State launched a sudden assault on towns and villages in Syria’s northern Aleppo province, the heavy fighting continues. Not only is the Islamic State battling a consortium of rebel groups and jihadists in Aleppo, the “caliphate” is attempting to push into the predominately Kurdish city of Hasakah, which is the capital of the northeastern province with the same name. more...

2nd June 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Said to Have Killed ‘Foreigners’ in Drone Strike in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

The US is reported to have killed at least four jihadists, including “foreigners,” in a drone strike that struck a vehicle in an area of Pakistan’s tribal agency of North Waziristan that serves as a safe haven for al Qaeda and other groups that operate in the region. more...

1st June 2015 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellows Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio discuss the conflicts in Iraq and Syria. more...

1st June 2015 – The Long War Journal

With Sudden Advances in Aleppo, Islamic State Provokes Counteroffensive

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State has launched yet another new offensive in Syria, just weeks after its fighters captured the ancient city of Palmyra and the Iraqi city of Ramadi. The so-called “caliphate” is attempting to take more territory from anti-Assad rebels in the province of Aleppo, not far from the Turkish border. more...

1st June 2015 – The Long War Journal

Qods Force Commander Soleimani Reportedly Spotted in Anbar Province

Bill Roggio

Major General Qassem Soleimani, the commanding officer of Qods Force, the special operations branch of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, has reportedly been photographed in Iraq’s Anbar province alongside Shiite militiamen. Additionlly, Soleimani was photographed with the head of the Popular Mobilization Committee, who is listed by the US as a terrorist, and the leader of the Imam Ali Brigade, an Iranian-backed Shiite terror group. more...

30th May 2015 – The Long War Journal

Iranian Military Commander Killed Fighting in Ramadi

Bill Roggio

The commander, Jassem Nouri, was reportedly killed on May 28 while fighting against the Islamic State near Ramadi. The Islamic State defeated the Iraqi military in Ramadi and drove it out of the city on May 17. The Iraqi government has called on Iranian-supported Shiite militias to eject the jihadist group from the provincial capital of Anbar. Hezbollah Brigades, which is listed by the US as a Foreign Terrorist Organization and is supported by Qods Force, is leading the fight to retake the city. more...

29th May 2015 – The Long War Journal

Analysis: Al Nusrah Front ‘Committed’ to Ayman al Zawahiri’s ‘Orders’

Thomas Joscelyn

On Wednesday (May 27), Al Jazeera aired the first part of its lengthy interview with Abu Muhammad al Julani, who heads the Al Nusrah Front in Syria. The broadcast portrayed Julani and his organization, which is an official branch of al Qaeda, in an overwhelmingly positive light. more...

28th May 2015 – Quoted by Jordan Schachtel - Breitbart

Pakistani Taliban Officially Declares ISIS Caliphate Illegitimate

Thomas Joscelyn

The Pakistani Taliban has declared that the Islamic State’s (ISIS) proclamation of an Islamic caliphate is illegitimate, according to a statement relayed through its official media outlet. more...

28th May 2015 – The Long War Journal

Jaish al Muhajireen wal Ansar Leader Accuses Islamic State of Creating ‘Fitna’

Bill Roggio

Salahuddin al Shishani, the emir of the Jaish al Muhajireen wal Ansar, or the Army of the Emigrants and Helpers or Muhajireen Army, also accused the Islamic State of attempting to assassinate him after he and others tried to mediate a truce between the Islamic State and the Al Nusrah Front. Jaish al Muhajireen wal Ansar is listed by the US as Specially Designated Global Terrorist organization. The jihadist group has sworn loyalty to the Islamic Caucasus Emirate, an al Qaeda-linked group that operates in the Russian Caucasus. more...

27th May 2015 – The Long War Journal

Another Al Qaeda Veteran Reportedly Killed While Leading Jund al Aqsa in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Said Arif, an al Qaeda veteran who trained in Afghanistan in the 1990s, has reportedly been killed in Syria while leading Jund al Aqsa’s forces. Arif’s death has been reported by multiple jihadists on social media, but has not yet been confirmed on Jund al Aqsa’s official Twitter feed. He was allegedly killed in an airstrike conducted by the US-led coalition just days ago. more...

27th May 2015 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Rejects Islamic State’s ‘Self-Professed Caliphate’

Thomas Joscelyn

The Pakistani Taliban’s official propaganda wing, Umar Media, has released a statement rejecting the Islamic State’s “self-professed caliphate” in Iraq and Syria. The publication, written by a jihadist known as Abu Usman Salarzai, is nearly 60 pages long and purports to expose the errors in Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s claim to be the new caliph. more...

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