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19th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

Boko Haram Fighters Storm Nigerian Village, Kidnap Over 100 Women and Children

Laura Grossman

The terrorist group is suspected of attacking yet another village in northeastern Nigeria and kidnapping more than 100 civilians, including women and children. more...

19th December 2014 – Quoted by Ishaan Tharoor - Washington Post

Egyptian Jihadists Thank U.S. State Department for ‘Terrorist’ Designation

Thomas Joscelyn

On Thursday, the U.S. State Department designated Ajnad Misr, a Salafist militant group in Egypt, as a terrorist organization. Not long thereafter, the jihadists responded on the group's official Twitter account, thanking the U.S. for this "blessing." more...

18th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

State Department Designates Egyptian Jihadist Group, ex-Gitmo Detainee

Thomas Joscelyn

The State Department today added Ajnad Misr, an Egyptian jihadist group, and Ibrahim Rubaish, a senior al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) official, to the US government's list of specially designated global terrorists. more...

18th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Retakes Baiji After Iraqi Forces Withdraw

Bill Roggio

Iraqi forces withdrew from the city yesterday just one month after retaking it from the Islamic State with the help of Iranian-backed Shiite militias. more...

18th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

Mass Grave of Islamic State’s Victims Reportedly Found in Eastern Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

A mass grave of approximately 230 Sheitaat tribesmen has been reportedly found in eastern Syria. The tribe has been battling the Islamic State since earlier this year. more...

17th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Airstrike Targets Pakistani, Afghan Taliban in Nangarhar

Bill Roggio

The strike is the fifth that has targeted Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan fighters and leaders operating inside Afghanistan since the last week of November. more...

16th December 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

The Peshawar Attack: Sickening, but No Surprise

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, one of many al-Qaeda-linked jihadist groups operating in the South Asian country, launched one of its more horrific attacks earlier today. more...

16th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Assault Military High School in Peshawar

Bill Roggio

More than 100 high school students are said to have been killed as Taliban fighters fanned out and killed everyone in their path. more...

16th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

Afghan Taliban Releases Statement Condemning Attack on Pakistani School

Thomas Joscelyn

The Afghan Taliban has released a statement condemning the Pakistani Taliban's attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar. more...

16th December 2014 – 77 WABC-AM - New York, New York

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellow Bill Roggio comments on the Taliban's attack on a school in Pakistan. more...

16th December 2014 – CCTV

The Heat

Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellow Bill Roggio participates in a panel discussion on the recent Taliban attacks in Pakistan. more...

15th December 2014 – 77 WABC-AM - New York, New York

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn talk with John Batchelor about responding to terror attacks in the early stages, Abu Zubaida, and the Senate CIA report. more...

15th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front, Ahrar al Sham Advance in Northwestern Syria

Bill Roggio

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, backed by Jund al Aqsa, Ahrar al Sham, and several other groups, has launched an offensive on two major regime bases in the northwestern province of Idlib. more...

14th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Attacks in Afghanistan Surge as Coalition Ends Combat Mission

Bill Roggio

The Taliban launched suicide bombings, assassinations, IED attacks, and ambushes in the capital and four provinces over the weekend. more...

12th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

AQAP Blames Obama Administration for Death of Luke Somers

Oren Adaki

In the most recent video released by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, one of the terrorist group's senior leaders blames President Barack Obama for the death of American hostage Luke Somers last week. more...

11th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Overruns Badr Brigade Position Near Samarra

Bill Roggio

The jihadist group also launched suicide attacks and assaults in towns around the central Iraqi city. more...

11th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

French Troops Kill MUJAO Founder During Raid in Mali

Bill Roggio

In a midnight raid in the Gao region of Mali, the French military killed Ahmed el Tilemsi. He had a long history of al Qaeda ties, and was wanted by the United States. more...

10th December 2014 – Podcast

The Weekly Standard

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn on the Democrats' CIA interrogation report, and how it was tailored to fit their biases. more...

9th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

6 Guantanamo Detainees Transferred to Uruguay Were Part of al Qaeda’s Network, Files Allege

Thomas Joscelyn

Intelligence cited in leaked Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO) threat assessments link the six recently transferred Guantanamo detainees to Abu Zubaydah and al Qaeda. more...

9th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

AQAP Claims Double Suicide Attack at Military Base in Hadramout

Oren Adaki

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed credit for today's double suicide attack at the First Military Command base in Hadramout which killed at least 5 soldiers. more...

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