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22nd October 2014 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Control 3 Districts in Afghan Provinces of Wardak and Kunduz

Bill Roggio

One of the districts was the location of the shoot down of a US helicopter that resulted in the deaths of 31 special operations personnel, including 17 US Navy SEALs, in 2011. more...

21st October 2014 – The Long War Journal

State Department Adds Osama bin Laden’s Doctor to Terrorist Designation List

Thomas Joscelyn

Ramzi Mawafi was added to the US government's list of specially designated global terrorists today. Mawafi has been publicly identified as the emir of al Qaeda in the Sinai Peninsula, which serves as a platform for funneling al Qaeda's assistance to allied jihadist groups. more...

21st October 2014 – The Long War Journal

US State Department Adds Pakistani Taliban Leader Added to List of Global Terrorists

Bill Roggio

Khan Said, who is also known as Sajna Mehsud, "stated his continued commitment to terrorist activity" after parting with the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan earlier this year, the State Department said. more...

21st October 2014 – Cited by Catherine Herridge - Fox News

Taliban Claim Freed ex-Gitmo Prisoners Visited by Members of Terror Group

Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban are claiming that two senior members of the Haqqani terror network recently visited the five former Guantanamo detainees who were traded for an American soldier, raising new questions about the terms of their one-year house arrest in Qatar and eventual release in the spring as U.S. forces leave Afghanistan. more...

20th October 2014 – The Long War Journal

AQAP Claims Credit for Series of Attacks in Yemen

Oren Adaki

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has claimed credit for 16 attacks over the past several days as it battles Houthi rebels for control of central Yemen. more...

20th October 2014 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio discuss the Islamic State's advance in Iraq. more...

19th October 2014 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Claims Captured Haqqani Leaders Visited ex-Gitmo Detainees in Qatar

Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban claims that two recently captured Haqqani operatives had recently met with members of the "Taliban Five" in Qatar. The Taliban Five is a group of senior Taliban leaders who were exchanged for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl earlier this year. more...

19th October 2014 – The Long War Journal

Senior al Qaeda Leader Reported Killed in US Airstrike in Eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Abu Bara al Kuwaiti is a member of al Qaeda's General Command and was mentored by Atiyah Allah. The US killed Abu Bara in Nangarhar province, yet another indicator that al Qaeda is not confined to Kunar and Nuristan. more...

18th October 2014 – The Long War Journal

Discord Dissolves Pakistani Taliban Coalition

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban announced that he and five other leaders had defected to the Islamic State this week. The bulk of the organization had already broken off earlier this year. more...

17th October 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Portrays US-Led Bombing Campaign as ‘Crusade’ Against Islam

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has released a statement once again calling on jihadists in Syria to unite against their common enemies, especially the US. AQAP and other jihadists are portraying the US-led bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria as part of a "Crusade" against Muslims. more...

17th October 2014 – The Long War Journal

Ceasefire Announced Between Nigerian Government & Boko Haram

Laura Grossman

Boko Haram and the government of Nigeria announced an agreement which includes the possible return of the girls kidnapped in April from their school in Chibok. more...

16th October 2014 – The Long War Journal

AQAP, Houthis Clash in Central Yemen

Oren Adaki

On Oct. 15, AQAP fighters checked the Houthi advance in Bayda province and seized the al Adayn directorate in Ibb following the fall of Ibb city at the hands of the Shi'ite rebels. more...

16th October 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Photos Highlight Group’s Grip on Ramadi

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State has released two separate photo collections detailing its presence in Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar. More than half of Ramadi is said to be under the control of Islamic State. more...

15th October 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda External Operations Leader Reported Killed

Bill Roggio, Oren Adaki

Ahmed Abdulrahman Sihab Ahmed Sihab, who is also known as Abdulrahman al Sharqi, is a senior leader in the al Qaeda council assigned to attack the West and a specially designated global terrorist. Jihadists on Twitter have reported that he was killed, but his death has not been confirmed. more...

15th October 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Kills Veteran Jihadist Turned Senior AQIS Official

Thomas Joscelyn

Sheikh Imran Ali Siddiqi, a senior official in al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), was killed in a US drone strike earlier this month. After 9/11, Imran founded Harkat-ul-Mujahideen al-Almi (HUMA), an al Qaeda-linked group thought to be responsible for an attack on the US Consulate in Karachi and other Western interests. more...

15th October 2014 – The Long War Journal

Houthi Rebels Seize Hodeidah and Dhamar

Oren Adaki

Houthi rebels seized the strategic port city of Hodeidah on the Red Sea coast as well as the central Yemeni city of Dhamar on Oct. 14. more...

15th October 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Kills AQAP Commander in Shabwa

Bill Roggio, Oren Adaki

The strike in Shabwa reportedly killed an AQAP military commander. more...

14th October 2014 – Quoted by Bill Gertz - The Washington Free Beacon

Islamic State Commander Key Figure Behind Recent Military Gains

Bill Roggio, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

A Chechen jihadist is emerging as a key Islamic State military commander credited with a series of recent military gains in central Iraq that has left the capital of Baghdad increasingly vulnerable to attack. more...

14th October 2014 – The Long War Journal

Abdullah Azzam Brigades Leader Calls on Lebanese People to Attack Hezbollah

Thomas Joscelyn

Abdullah Azzam Brigades leader Sirajeddine Zurayqat has called on Sunnis in Lebanon to fight against Hezbollah. Zurayqat's call to arms was posted on his official Twitter account. His anti-Iran, anti-Hezbollah messaging is consistent with the Al Nusrah Front's propaganda campaign. more...

14th October 2014 – The Long War Journal

AQAP Attacks Yemeni Military in Hadramout

Oren Adaki

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula attacked several military targets in Yemen's eastern Hadramout province between Oct. 9 and Oct. 13, killing about 40 Yemeni soldiers. more...

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