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13th March 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Spokesman Publicly Accepts Boko Haram’s Allegiance

Thomas Joscelyn

In a new audio speech, the Islamic State's spokesman, Abu Muhammad al Adnani, accepts the pledge of allegiance made by Boko Haram's leader earlier this month. more...

13th March 2015 – The Long War Journal

Foreign Suicide Bombers Launch Assault on Ramadi

Bill Roggio

At least 13 suicide bombers, including jihadists from Belgium, Australia, Uzbekistan, Chechnya, Syria, Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia launched a coordinated assault on Anbar's provincial capital. more...

12th March 2015 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Jihadist Groups, Lashkar-i-Islam Merge into the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

Omar Khalid Khorasani's Jamaat ul Ahrar faction and Mullah Fazlullah's group have put aside differences and reformed the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan. Lashkar-e-Islam also joined the group. more...

12th March 2015 – The Long War Journal

Analysis: Shiite Afghan Casualties of the War in Syria

Ali Alfoneh

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps - Qods Force is backing the Fatemiyoun Brigade, a unit comprise of Shiite Afghans living in Iran. The leader of the Fatemiyoun Brigade have been pictured with Qods Force commander Qassem Soleimani. more...

11th March 2015 – The Long War Journal

Analysis: Iran is No Partner in the Fight Against the Islamic State

Ali Alfoneh

The threat of the Islamic State not only makes Iraq more dependent on Tehran and legitimizes Iran’s military presence in Iraq, it also provides the regime in Tehran with another bargaining chip in nuclear negotiations. more...

10th March 2015 – The Long War Journal

Shiite Militias, Iraqi Forces Surround Tikrit

Bill Roggio

Shiite militias closely linked to Iran and Qods Force commander Qassem Suleimani have taken control of key towns surrounding the central Iraqi city. more...

9th March 2015 – The Long War Journal

Osama bin Laden’s Files: The Pakistani Government Wanted to Negotiate

Thomas Joscelyn

Recently released letters recovered in Osama bin Laden's compound reveal that key Pakistani leaders, including the brother of Pakistan's current prime minister, sought out negotiations with al Qaeda. Pakistan intelligence also communicated with al Qaeda leaders through jihadist intermediaries to discuss a possible truce. more...

8th March 2015 – The Long War Journal

Boko Haram Leader Pledges Allegiance to the Islamic State

Thomas Joscelyn

Boko Haram's leader, Abu Bakr Shekau, has pledged allegiance to the emir of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. more...

6th March 2015 – Cited by Nic Robertson and Paul Cruickshank - CNN

Source: Syrian Warplanes Kill Leaders of al Qaeda Affiliate

As many as 13 senior leaders of al-Nusra Front, including the terror group's military commander, were killed in two Syrian airstrikes Thursday, a Middle Eastern security source who was briefed by Syrian intelligence told CNN. more...

6th March 2015 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Veteran Reportedly Targeted in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Abu Hamam al Suri, an al Qaeda veteran who served as a senior military official in the Al Nusrah Front, was reportedly targeted in a recent strike in Syria. more...

4th March 2015 – The Long War Journal

Iranian-Backed Shiite Militias Lead Iraq’s Fight to Retake Tikrit

Bill Roggio

Massive columns of Shiite militas, including some groups that are listed by the US as Foreign Terrorist Organizations, have been leading the fight in Tikrit. Qods Force commander Qassem Soleimani has been spotted at the front lines. more...

3rd March 2015 – Fox News

The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson

Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellow Bill Roggio discusses the information on Al Qaeda revealed in bin Laden's documents. more...

3rd March 2015 – The Long War Journal

Osama Bin Laden’s Files: The Arab Revolutions

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda's general manager, Atiyah Abd al Rahman, believed there was "good" in the 2011 Arab uprisings. And he discussed with Osama bin Laden how to send al Qaeda operatives around the globe to take advantage of the situation. The Libyan "brothers" were especially anxious to wage jihad in their home countries. more...

3rd March 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Claims American Suicide Bomber Attacked Iraqi Troops

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State claimed that Abu Dawoud al Amriki executed a suicide attack against Iraqi troops and Iranian-backed Shiite militias as they massed in the central city of Samarra in preparation for the newly launched offensive in Tikrit. more...

2nd March 2015 – The Long War Journal

Osama bin Laden’s Files: Pakistan Operations Chief Denied Spot on Top Shura

Bill Roggio

Newly released documents seized from Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abottabad show that the jihadist leader exercised control over the terrorist organization during the summer of 2010, when the US drone campaign against al Qaeda’s leadership node in Afghanistan and Pakistan was at its apex. An exchange between bin Laden and his general manager, Atiyah Abd al Rahman, over the possible appointment of al Qaeda’s operations chief for Pakistan to the group’s shura majlis, or executive council, also sheds light on how al Qaeda elevates leaders to the group’s inner circle. more...

2nd March 2015 – 770 WABC-AM - New York, New York

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss their latest pieces for the Long War Journal on Osama bin Laden's files. more...

1st March 2015 – The Long War Journal

Osama bin Laden’s Files: Al Qaeda’s Deputy General Manager in Yemen

Thomas Joscelyn

Documents recovered in Osama bin Laden's compound reveal that Nasser bin Ali al Ansi, a senior Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) official, was appointed as one of al Qaeda's deputy general managers. It is highly likely that he continues to serve in that role underneath Nasir al Wuhayshi, who is both AQAP's emir and al Qaeda's global general manager. more...

27th February 2015 – The Long War Journal

Osama Bin Laden’s Files: ‘Very Strong Military Activity in Afghanistan’

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Correspondence between senior al Qaeda leaders indicates that the group maintains a larger foothold in Afghanistan than is widely recognized. more...

26th February 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Bomber Strikes NATO Diplomatic Convoy in Kabul

Bill Roggio

A Turkish soldier and an Afghan civilian were killed in the blast. The attack on NATO's envoy to Afghanistan takes place as rumors of peace talks between the Taliban, the Afghan government, and the US persist. more...

26th February 2015 – Cited by Doug Bandow - Forbes

Libya: Hold Policymakers Accountable For Another Washington War Gone Bad

Thomas Joscelyn

Will America ever again be at peace? A new war always seems to start before the last one ends. The U.S. is bombing targets in Syria and sending troops back into Iraq. more...

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