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28th June 2016 – The Long War Journal

Hekmatyar withdraws from peace talks with Afghan government

Bill Roggio

The leader of Hezb-i-Islami Gulbuddin (HIG), a faction that fuels Afghanistan’s insurgency, has withdrawn from peace talks after raising the hopes of the Afghan government that an agreement was near. Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, HIG’s leader, has toyed with the Afghan government in the past. more...

27th June 2016 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellow Bill Roggio discusses Jihad winning Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and the Philippines. more...

24th June 2016 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda and allies gain more ground in Aleppo province

Thomas Joscelyn

In mid-June, the Jaysh al Fateh (“Army of Conquest”) alliance began a new offensive targeting three villages south of the city of Aleppo: Khalsa, Bernah, and Zeitan. The jihadist-led coalition quickly claimed success. more...

24th June 2016 – Quoted by Ken Dilanian, Courtney Kube - NBC News

Officials: U.S. Report Will Say Drones Have Only Killed 100 Civilians

The Obama administration is preparing to announce as early as next week that it believes around 100 civilians have died in nearly 500 U.S. drone strikes since 2009, U.S. officials tell NBC News. more...

23rd June 2016 – The Long War Journal

Possible 9/11 hijacking recruit transferred from Guantanamo to Montenegro

Thomas Joscelyn

A Guantanamo detainee who may have been selected to participate in a canceled part of al Qaeda’s Sept. 11, 2001 hijacking plot has been transferred. more...

22nd June 2016 – Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

Obama Admin Still Committed To Negotiating With Taliban After Blowing Up Its Leader

Bill Roggio

The Obama administration still wants to negotiate with the Taliban after President Barack Obama green lighted a drone strike that killed its top leader in late May. more...

22nd June 2016 – Quoted by Richard Pollock - The Daily Caller

EXCLUSIVE: At Least 280 Military Lawyers Scrutinize US Military Operations, Often In Real Time

Bill Roggio

U.S. military commanders must deal with at least 280 military lawyers overseeing their decisions and scrutinizing the legality all proposed U.S. combat missions before they are authorized, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation. more...

22nd June 2016 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State claims 3 Russian soldiers killed in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Three Russian soldiers were allegedly killed when a roadside bomb exploded in northern Syria, according to Amaq News Agency, which is one of the Islamic State’s main propaganda arms. more...

21st June 2016 – The Long War Journal

Taliban deny Ghazni shadow governor killed in airstrike

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban denied government claims that its shadow governor for the important southeastern province of Ghazni was killed last weekend in an airstrike. Ghazni has served as a haven for the Taliban and its ally, al Qaeda. more...

20th June 2016 – The Long War Journal

Targeting leaders won’t deter Taliban’s ‘jihad,’ group says

Bill Roggio

The Taliban recently said that the US drone strike that killed its last emir, along with other targeted killings and detentions of its leaders, would not weaken its resolve. Rather, it is the Taliban’s “religious obligation” to continue fighting despite such losses. more...

20th June 2016 – The Long War Journal

Orlando terrorist swore allegiance to Islamic State’s Abu Bakr al Baghdadi

Thomas Joscelyn

Omar Mateen swore allegiance to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi at least twice during a 911 call the night of his attack on a LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida. more...

20th June 2016 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss the Orlando attack and the latest from The Long War Journal. more...

18th June 2016 – Quoted by Saagar Enjeti - The Daily Caller

Experts: Radical Ideology Is A Clear Motivation For Orlando, Despite Media Claims

Thomas Joscelyn

During his rampage in a popular LGBT club in Orlando, Omar Mateen called 911 to send a clear message: His allegiance to the Islamic State. After his initial burst of fire, he reaffirmed his pledge to the terrorist group and justified his attack as the “vengeance” of ISIS for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq and Syria. more...

17th June 2016 – The Long War Journal

Qods Force general vows to fight in Iraq and Syria until the last jihadist is killed

Bill Roggio, Amir Toumaj

A senior advisor to the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps – Qods Force vowed that Iranian forces would continue to fight in Iraq and Syria until the last Islamic State and “takfiri” fighters are killed. more...

17th June 2016 – The Long War Journal

Hezbollah issued veiled warning hours prior to Beirut bank bombing

David Daoud

A bomb blast exploded in Beirut’s Verdun neighborhood on Sunday, outside of the headquarters of the Banque du Liban et d’Outre-Mer (BLOM). No fatalities were reported from the attack, but two people suffered minor injuries. Commenting on the bombing, Lebanon’s Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said that “it is clear that the target was BLOM Bank only.” more...

17th June 2016 – Quoted by Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Missy Ryan - The Washington Post

U.S. Special Operations force extends Yemen mission against al-Qaeda

The U.S. military now plans to keep a small force of Special Operations advisers in Yemen — deployed in April for a limited, short-term operation — for the foreseeable future, a step toward reestablishing a counterterrorism mission that was shut down last year by civil war. more...

17th June 2016 – The Weekly Standard

FBI Overwhelmed by Terror Threat, Undermined by PC Politics

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellow Thomas Joscelyn joined The Weekly Standard podcast to discuss his article "Jihadists Under Investigation." more...

17th June 2016 – The Weekly Standard

Jihadists Under Investigation

Thomas Joscelyn

The system was blinking red for months prior to the June 12 terrorist attack in Orlando. Since early 2015, the FBI has repeatedly warned the American public that the threat of violent attacks is growing and that there are too many potential terrorists to track. Then Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old Muslim from Port St. Lucie, Florida, proved these warnings were anything but bluster. Using only firearms, Mateen killed 49 people and wounded dozens more at a popular gay nightclub. more...

16th June 2016 – ABC KSRO

Morning News

Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellow Bill Roggio comments on the Orlando attack and use of the term 'radical Islam'. more...

16th June 2016 – The Long War Journal

Iran shuts down news site after reporting Taliban emir held talks with officials

Bill Roggio, Amir Toumaj

Iranian authorities shuttered a news website after it claimed that the Taliban’s previous emir was inside Iran for two months and strategized with officials to counter the Islamic State. more...

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