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26th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Ex-Guantanamo Detainee Arrested in Spain Tied to Infamous al Qaeda Cell

Thomas Joscelyn

A former Guantanamo detainee named Lahcen Ikassrien was arrested earlier this month in Spain. Authorities suspect that he has led a network responsible for sending jihadist... more...

25th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Adds 2 Lashkar-e-Taiba Leaders, Several Aliases to Terrorism List

Bill Roggio

The US government added two Lashkar-e-Taiba leaders to its list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists today. Additionally, the US identified four additional aliases for Lashkar-e-Taiba... more...

25th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Egyptian Al Nusrah Front commander on Syrian border defects to ISIS

Bill Roggio, Oren Adaki

Abu Yusuf al Masri, a leader in Albu Kamal, swore allegiance to a senior "Chechen" commander in the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham. The move could strengthen ISIS' hold on the Iraq-Syrian border. more...

25th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Suspected Boko Haram Bombing In Abuja Kills 21

Laura Grossman

Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram is suspected of bombing a shopping center in Abuja, Nigeria. more...

24th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

ISIS Photos Show Control of Command Center, Execution of Prisoners

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham's Ninewa Division released a set of photographs that details the attack on and capture of an Iraqi military command center, captured... more...

24th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Analysis: A Protracted Struggle Ahead For Iraq

Bill Roggio

While Sunni Iraqi support of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham is not monolithic, the security forces of the central government will be unlikely to decisively uproot the terrorist organization from the far flung provinces of Iraq anytime soon. more...

23rd June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Ansar al Islam Releases Propaganda Photos Showing Operations in Iraq

Thomas Joscelyn, Oren Adaki

Ansar al Islam (AAI), a jihadist group founded in northern Iraq in September 2001, has released a set of photographs purportedly showing its ongoing operations. Since the... more...

23rd June 2014 – Cited by Thomas Erdbrink - The New York Times

Rifts Among Shiites Further Threaten The Future Of Iraq

Bill Roggio

MAP: Beginning on Friday and in a rapid succession, ISIS fighters captured the western border crossings at Qaim, Waleed and Trebil. more...

23rd June 2014 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

FDD experts Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn of The Long War Journal, discuss photos released by Ansar al Islam. more...

23rd June 2014 – Cited by The Washington Post

ISIS On The March

Patrick Megahan, Bill Roggio

MAP: The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) continues to expand its control of Iraq’s western border. more...

23rd June 2014 – The Times of India

Times Now

Bill Roggio

FDD expert and Long War Journal Editor, Bill Roggio, discusses threats that ISIS poses. more...

23rd June 2014 – Cited by Greg Miller - The Washington Post

Legal Memo Backing Drone Strike That Killed American Anwar al-Awlaki Is Released

A federal court on Monday released a previously secret government memo outlining the legal justification for the 2011 killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen and accused al-Qaeda operative, in a drone strike in Yemen. more...

22nd June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Military Claims 257 ‘Terrorists,’ No Civilians Killed in North Waziristan Offensive

Bill Roggio

The Pakistani military has claimed that more than 250 "terrorists" and zero civilians have been killed during the first week of military operations in the Taliban-controlled tribal... more...

21st June 2014 – The Long War Journal

ISIS and the Threat to Turkey

Merve Tahiroglu

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) seized the Turkish consulate in Mosul, Iraq last week, abducting 49 people, including several diplomats, guards, and... more...

20th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Ansar al Islam Claims Attacks Against Iraqi Military, Police

Thomas Joscelyn, Oren Adaki

Ansar al Islam, a jihadist group founded in northern Iraq in September 2001, has claimed a number of attacks against the Iraqi government since the rebel offensive began earlier this month. more...

19th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Suspect Planned To Kill Returning US Troops In Upstate NY

Benjamin Weinthal

Mufid A. Elfgeeh is said to have been inspired by French-Algerian jihadist Mohamed Merah, who was trained in Pakistan by an al Qaeda leader. more...

19th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

ISIS Photos Show Gains and Iraqi Support

Oren Adaki

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham's media wing in Wilayat Ninewa released a series of photos yesterday to social media sites illustrating the group's staggering gains. They... more...

18th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Captures Benghazi Suspect, But Most Attackers Remain Free

Thomas Joscelyn

Ahmed Abu Khattalah is the first suspect in the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi to be held by the US. Most of his accomplices remain free. more...

18th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Drones Strike in North Waziristan, Kill 6 ‘Militants’

Bill Roggio

As the Pakistani military is launching airstrikes against foreign terrorist groups such as the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and the Turkistan Islamic Party as part of an... more...

18th June 2014 – Quoted by James Novogrod & Robert Windrem - NBC News

Besieged Iraqi Refinery at Baiji ‘Could Fall’ To ISIS: U.S. Officials

Bill Roggio

Hours after Sunni militants attacked Iraq’s largest oil refinery Wednesday, U.S. officials told NBC News that the facility “could fall under ISIS control.” more...

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