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5th July 2014 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Torch Hundreds of Fuel Tankers In Kabul

Bill Roggio

A police official said more than 400 fuel and supply trucks were destroyed by the Taliban last night in an attack on a trucking terminal just outside the Afghan capital. more...

3rd July 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Consolidates Gains In Eastern Syria

Bill Roggio

With the fall of Mayadin as well as Shujail, the home town of the Al Nusrah Front's emir, the Islamic State controls contiguous territory along the Euphrates River Valley from the town of Jarabulus, which borders Turkey, in Syria's northern Aleppo province to the town of Anah in Anbar province in Iraq. more...

3rd July 2014 – The Long War Journal

Benghazi Suspect Has ‘Extensive Contacts’ With Jihadist Leaders in Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

In a court filing earlier this week, the US government argued that the only suspect in custody for the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya should remain in pretrial detention. Prosecutors cited his "extensive contacts" with senior members of other jihadist organizations and plans for additional attacks as reasons to keep him behind bars as he awaits trial. more...

3rd July 2014 – Cited by New York Times

A Rogue State Along Two Rivers

Bill Roggio

The militant group called the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria seemed to surprise many American and Iraqi officials with the recent gains it made in its violent campaign to create a new religious state. more...

3rd July 2014 – Cited by Sam Dagher - The Wall Street Journal

Militants Seize Oil Field, Expand Syrian Domain

Bill Roggio

Militants from the Sunni extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State have captured Syria's largest oil field and now hold nearly half of the northeastern province of Deir-Ezzour after monthslong battles with other rebel factions, according to opposition activists, rebels and local residents. more...

2nd July 2014 – CNN

CNN Newsroom

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow and Editor of The Long War Journal, Thomas Joscelyn, discusses the rivalry between ISIS and Al Qaeda. more...

2nd July 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb Calls for Reconciliation Between Jihadist Groups

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has issued a statement praising the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham's (ISIS) gains in Iraq and calling for reconciliation between jihadist groups in Syria. The statement was authored prior to the ISIS declaring that it ruled over a caliphate and rebranding itself the "Islamic State." more...

2nd July 2014 – The Long War Journal

Influential Jordanian Ideologue Argues Against Islamic State’s Caliphate

Thomas Joscelyn

Abu Muhammad al Maqdisi fears that the Islamic State will use its recent land grab and claim of ruling over a caliphate to go after its jihadist rivals. more...

1st July 2014 – The Long War Journal

The Islamic State’s Rivals In Syria Reject Announced Caliphate

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State's jihadist rivals in Syria have rejected its claim to have established a Caliphate. Leading ideologues in the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, have rejected the Islamic State's announcement as well. more...

30th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Boko Haram Targets Christians In Northeastern Nigeria

Laura Grossman

Over the weekend, Boko Haram launched several attacks on Christian communities in Borno state. more...

29th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Iraqi Troops, Insurgents Battle For Tikrit

Bill Roggio

Reports indicate that Iraqi forces have withdrawn from much of the city after heavy fighting with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham and allied Baathists. more...

28th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Battle To Regain Areas Of Key Southern Province

Bill Roggio

The Taliban have been fighting in Helmand's Sangin district for the past week, and are said to be in control of many areas. more...

28th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Military Kills Local Taliban Leader, Captures al Qaeda Bomb Expert

Bill Roggio

The military said the Taliban commander is known as "Commander Umer" but did not name the al Qaeda explosives expert. more...

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...

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