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17th February 2016 – The Long War Journal

Jund al Aqsa leaders join Al Nusrah Front

Thomas Joscelyn

Twelve jihadists who are purportedly senior figures in Jund al Aqsa, an al Qaeda-linked group, have joined Al Nusrah Front. The dozen jihadists explained their decision to join al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria in a statement that was released on social media earlier today. Their declaration has been translated by the SITE Intelligence Group. more...

15th February 2016 – The Long War Journal

Ex-Guantanamo detainee prominently featured in al Qaeda propaganda

Thomas Joscelyn

Ex-Guantanamo detainee Ibrahim al Qosi has become a prominent fixture in Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s (AQAP) propaganda since early December, when he first revealed that he is a senior leader in the group. Qosi most recently delivered a two-part critique of the Saudi monarchy, entitled “A Message to Our People in the Land of the Two Holy Mosques.” more...

13th February 2016 – The Long War Journal

Shabaab claims ‘Western intelligence officials’ targeted in airliner bombing

Thomas Joscelyn

Shabaab, al Qaeda’s official branch in East Africa, has claimed responsibility for bombing an airliner bound for Djibouti on Feb. 2. The statement, which was released in English on social media, can be seen below. more...

13th February 2016 – The Long War Journal

The IRGC’s involvement in the battle for Aleppo

Amir Toumaj, Max Peck

On Feb. 11, the US, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar agreed in Munich to a ceasefire in Syria. But the Russian Foreign Minister announced that his country would not stop its bombing against “terrorists.” more...

11th February 2016 – The Long War Journal

Treasury sanctions Islamic State oil and religious officials, facilitator in Gaza

Thomas Joscelyn

The US Treasury Department announced today that three Islamic State officials have been sanctioned for their role supporting the “caliphate’s” operations. more...

10th February 2016 – The Long War Journal

AQAP publishes insider’s account of 9/11 plot

Thomas Joscelyn

Sometime before his death in a US drone strike in June 2015, Nasir al Wuhayshi recorded an insider’s account of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. As the aide-de-camp to Osama bin Laden prior to the hijackings, Wuhayshi was well-placed to know such details. And al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which Wuhayshi led until his demise, has now published a version of his “untold story.” more...

6th February 2016 – The Long War Journal

Jihadists reinforce other rebels during key battle in Aleppo province

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, sent a massive convoy of fighters to the Aleppo province in late January. The jihadists’ redeployment was promoted in a short video posted on Twitter. more...

5th February 2016 – The Long War Journal

Hezbollah tries to shift attention to the West Bank

David Daoud

Israeli security forces announced last week their dismantling of a five-man terror cell from the West Bank city of Tulkarem, jihadists who were recruited by Hezbollah’s secretive Unit 133. The men were instructed to gather intelligence information on Israel Defense Forces (IDF) training facilities for attacks and prepare a bomb for use in a suicide operation against civilians. The foiled plot was Hezbollah’s latest attempt to stir up Israeli-Palestinian violence, exploiting the conflict to improve its tarnished image while bogging down Israeli forces in a battlefield far from its home base. more...

5th February 2016 – The Long War Journal

Shabaab regains ground in southern Somalia

Bill Roggio

Shabaab, al Qaeda’s official branch in East Africa, has retaken control several towns in southern Somalia after the withdrawal of African Union and government forces. more...

4th February 2016 – The Long War Journal

Senior AQAP commander reportedly killed in US drone strike in Yemen

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

A senior al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leader may have been killed in a US drone strike that was launched in southern Yemen last night. Several fighters were reportedly killed and jihadists on social media claim that one of them was Jalal al Bala’idi, a prominent AQAP field commander. Bala’idi’s purported death has not been confirmed by either AQAP or the US. more...

3rd February 2016 – The Long War Journal

AQAP provides social services, implements sharia while advancing in southern Yemen

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) took control of Azzan, a town in Yemen’s southeastern Shabwa province, earlier this week. The jihadists reportedly faced no resistance as they settled in. Citing local residents, Xinhua reported that “many checkpoints were established in Azzan and al Qaeda members distributed leaflets asking people to abide by Islamic teachings.” more...

3rd February 2016 – The Long War Journal

US strikes Pakistani Taliban faction in eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The US is reported to have killed 18 Taliban fighters from Pakistan in an airstrike last night in an eastern Afghanistan area known to serve as a safe haven for several terrorist groups. The Taliban fighters who were killed are believed to belong to a group led by Sajna Mehsud, an al Qaeda-linked commander wanted by the US. more...

2nd February 2016 – The Long War Journal

Ansar al Sharia Libya relies on al Qaeda ideologues to guide followers

Thomas Joscelyn

Jihadist groups around the globe denounced Saudi Arabia’s execution of more than 40 men in early January. more...

1st February 2016 – The Long War Journal

Senior al Qaeda ‘hidden commander’ thought killed by US in 2014

Bill Roggio

A senior al Qaeda leader wanted by the US, who has served on the organization’s military committee, is said to have been killed in a US airstrike along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in August 2014. more...

1st February 2016 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

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

29th January 2016 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front chief proposed rebel unity plan

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, has discussed a possible merger with some of its closest allies, according to well-connected jihadists online. more...

28th January 2016 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State joins others in training children for jihad in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State’s branch in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, called Wilayat Khorasan or Khorasan “province, is training children to wage jihad. It is unclear where the children’s training center is located, but it is likely situated in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar. more...

26th January 2016 – Quoted by Sinclair Broadcasting Group

Details regarding Paris attackers emerge from new ISIS video

Thomas Joscelyn

A new propaganda video from the Islamic State surfaced earlier this week, reportedly featuring the group of men believed to have carried out terror attacks in Paris that claimed more than 100 lives. more...

25th January 2016 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

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

25th January 2016 – The Long War Journal

Taliban claim to not ‘use our soil to harm others’ is patently false

Bill Roggio

The Taliban recently claimed it does not allow its territory to be used to “harm others,” a patently false statement considering they recently permitted al Qaeda to run large training camps on their Afghanistan property and the Taliban’s leader accepted an oath of allegiance from al Qaeda’s emir. more...

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