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5th May 2015 – The Long War Journal - Co-written by Caleb Weiss

Islamic State Details Rout of Brigade 26 Headquarters in Anbar

Bill Roggio

A video released over the past several days by the Islamic State details the scale of last month’s rout of the Iraqi Army’s 26 Brigade headquarters in the Thar Thar area of Anbar province. more...

5th May 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Says ‘Soldiers of the Caliphate’ Responsible for Garland Shooting

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State has released a message on its Al Bayan radio program claiming that the shooting in Garland, Texas was the work of “two soldiers from the soldiers of the Caliphat‎e.” The claim, which was made in the group’s “news” bulletin, was first obtained and translated by the SITE Intelligence Group. more...

4th May 2015 – Quoted by Lee Keath and Maggie Michael - The Associated Press

In the Face of IS Successes, Al-Qaida Adapts, Grows Stronger

When al-Qaida overran the Yemeni port city of Mukalla last month, the group's commanders immediately struck a deal to share power with the area's tribesmen. No jihadi banners were raised. Al-Qaida even issued a statement denying rumors that it had banned music at parties or men wearing shorts. more...

3rd May 2015 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent Leader Says Attacks on ‘Blasphemers’ Ordered by Zawahiri

Thomas Joscelyn

The leader of al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), Asim Umar, has claimed responsibility for the murders of six people who were supposedly “blasphemers,” including Avijit Roy, a prominent atheist blogger. Roy, an American, was murdered in Bangladesh in February when his attackers assaulted him with machetes. more...

3rd May 2015 – The Long War Journal

Muqtada al Sadr Threatens to ‘Unfreeze the Military Wing,’ Attack US Interests

Bill Roggio

Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al Sadr threatened to attack US personnel inside Iraq and beyond if the US House of Representatives passed a bill that would have recognized Kurdistan and Sunnis in western Iraq as their own independent countries. more...

2nd May 2015 – The Long War Journal

An Al Qaeda Front Group in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

On April 26, Jund al Aqsa, a jihadist group based in Syria, posted a martyrdom notice for its “military commander” on its official Twitter feed. (The tweet, in Arabic, can be seen above.) Of course, jihadist groups frequently mourn their members and leaders on social media. But the identity of this particular commander was especially noteworthy. more...

1st May 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Touts Success in Kunduz Offensive

Bill Roggio

The Taliban released a video today titled “Kunduz and Renewed Resolve” that shows its fighters in control of Afghan security forces’ outposts, captured security personnel, and vehicles and weapons seized during the fighting. The title of the video is a play on the the name of the Taliban’s newly-launched spring offensive, which is called Azm and means resolve or determination. more...

1st May 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Beheads, Shoots 15 Yemeni Soldiers

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State in Yemen claimed credit for the brutal execution of 15 Yemeni soldiers who were captured in the city of Azzan in Shabwa province earlier this month. The treatment of the captured soldiers by the Islamic State presents a stark contrast to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s (AQAP) handling of captured Yemeni soldiers. more...

28th April 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Promotes Training Camp in Eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Three photographs of the “Ustad Yasir” camp were obtained by journalist Saleem Mehsud and published on his Twitter account on April 18. The images were emailed to the Pakistani reporter, Mehsud told The Long War Journal. more...

27th April 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Launch Offensive in Northern Afghan Province

Bill Roggio

Thousands of Taliban fighters attacked Afghan forces in the northern province of Kunduz in an effort to seize control of the provincial capital and outlying districts. more...

26th April 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Captures Dam, Overruns Base in Western Iraq

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State seized control of a dam and overran a military barracks in the Thar Thar area in western Iraq over the past several days. more...

25th April 2015 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda, Jihadist Allies Declare Victory Over Syrian Regime in Key City

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, and its allies have declared victory over the Syrian regime in the city of Jisr Al Shughur. more...

23rd April 2015 – The Long War Journal

White House Says Hostages, Including American, Killed In Counterterrorism Operation

Thomas Joscelyn

The White House released a statement today saying that two hostages held by al Qaeda were killed in a counter terrorism operation earlier this year. more...

23rd April 2015 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front, Allies Launch New Offensives Against Syrian Regime

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, and its rebel allies have launched multiple new military offensives against the Syrian regime. more...

23rd April 2015 – Quoted by Charlotte Alfred - Huffington Post

What We Know About Killed Al Qaeda Leader Ahmed Farouq

Thomas Joscelyn

The U.S. airstrike in Pakistan that killed two al Qaeda hostages earlier this year also left a senior leader of the global terrorist network dead, the White House said Thursday. more...

23rd April 2015 – Quoted by Editorial Staff - USA Today

Drone Strikes Claim America’s Best, and Worst: Our View

Islamic militants in Pakistan regularly prey on civilians who are trying to help ordinary Pakistanis, probably because they're the softest of soft targets. more...

23rd April 2015 – Quoted by Adam Entous, Damian Paletta and Felicia Schwartz - The Wall Street Journal

American, Italian Hostages Killed in CIA Drone Strike in January

A U.S. drone killed an American and an Italian held hostage in a January attack on an al Qaeda compound in Pakistan, sparking new questions about the use of the controversial and still-evolving weapon. more...

22nd April 2015 – The Long War Journal

Afghan Taliban Announces New ‘Spring Operations’

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban announced today that this year’s “spring operations” will begin on April 24, and, like previous years, the main targets will be the “foreign occupiers” and “the stooge regime,” or Afghan government. more...

21st April 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Adds Shabaab Leaders to Designated Terrorist List

Thomas Joscelyn

The State Department today added two senior officials in Shabaab, al Qaeda’s official branch in East Africa, to the US government’s list of designated terrorists. more...

21st April 2015 – The Long War Journal

Lebanese Army Defector Portrayed as ‘Martyr’ in Al Nusrah Front Video

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, has released a video honoring a man who defected from the Lebanese Army to the jihadists’ cause before he was killed. The video, which was posted online last week, is part of Al Nusrah’s ongoing attempt to rally Sunnis to its cause by portraying the Lebanese government as an agent of Iran and its terror proxy Hezbollah. more...

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