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21st September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Threatens to Execute 2nd Lebanese Hostage

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has threatened to kill a second Lebanese hostage. The group has already executed a Lebanese soldier who had been held in its custody since August. more...

20th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Commander Killed During Fighting in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan said that Mohammad Hassan recently was freed from a prison in Afghanistan before rejoining the fight in Pakistan's tribal areas. more...

19th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Leader Released from Iranian Custody Reported Killed

Bill Roggio

Abu Amru al Masri was previously described as a "mid-level commander," in one of Osama bin Laden's documents that was dated June 11, 2009. more...

19th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Threatens Life of Lebanese Soldier Held Hostage Amid Fighting

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has repeatedly threatened to kill a Lebanese soldier in its custody this week. In a tweet earlier today, the group said that the soldier was the "first casualty" in its stalled negotiations with the Lebanese military. more...

18th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Assaults City in Syrian Kurdistan

Bill Roggio

The border town of Kobane is under siege from the Islamic State, which continues to advance in Aleppo province. more...

17th September 2014 – Quoted by Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

Like A Sibling Spat for Attention, Islamic State-al Qaeda ‘Competition’ Could Prompt U.S. Strikes

Bill Roggio

Islamic State militants may now be engaged in a competition with al Qaeda to be the successors to Osama bin Laden’s terrorist empire, with disastrous implications for Americans’ safety, top security officials said Wednesday. more...

17th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

AQIS Claims Plot to Strike US Warships Was Executed by Pakistani Navy Officers

Bill Roggio

The spokesman for al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent said that all of those who participated in the attempted hijacking of the PNS Zulfiqar were active duty naval officers. more...

16th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Operations Chief, Propagandist Reported Killed in Airstrikes

Bill Roggio, Oren Adaki

Influential jihadists said that Sufyan al Maghribi, a Moroccan who served as al Qaeda's military chief in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and Umar al Talib, a propagandist who narrated videos for As Sahab, have been killed in airstrikes. more...

16th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Branches Urge Jihadist Unity Against US

Thomas Joscelyn

AQAP and AQIM have issued a joint statement encouraging the jihadists in Syria to unite in the face of the American-led opposition. However, the statement should not be read as an indication that they are breaking ranks from al Qaeda. The two groups also offer their condolences for the Ahrar al Sham leaders who were killed earlier this month. more...

14th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

2 al Qaeda Commanders Reported Killed in US Airstrike in Eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The pair of al Qaeda commanders are said to be members of the Badr Mansoor Group, which was described in one of Osama bin Laden's documents as an al Qaeda "company." more...

13th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent Claims 2 Attacks in Pakistan

Thomas Joscelyn

AQIS has claimed two attacks in Pakistan. On Sept. 2, the group assassinated a Pakistani officer. An AQIS spokesman claims that the group attempted to take over a docked Pakistani ship on Sept. 6 and fire missiles at American warships. more...

13th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Beheads British Citizen, Threatens Another

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State released a video of the beheading of David Cawthorne Haines, a British citizen who was kidnapped while providing security for an aid group in Syria's Idlib province in March 2013. more...

12th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Analysis: Al Nusrah Front Explains Decision to Release UN Peacekeepers

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, explained its decision to release more than 40 UN peacekeepers in a video released earlier this week. The group disputes published reports saying that it demanded to be taken off the UN's list of designated terrorist organizations. And it says the hostages were freed in compliance with sharia law. more...

12th September 2014 – Cited by Andrew C. McCarthy - National Review Online

From No Strategy to Sorry Strategy

Benjamin Weinthal, Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

Two weekends ago, i.e., between President Obama’s admission that he had no strategy for confronting the Islamic State terrorist organization and his adoption of a sorry strategy this week, I contended here that... more...

12th September 2014 – Quoted by Krishnadev Calamur - NPR

Are Yemen And Somalia Good Examples Of U.S. Anti-Terror Strategy?

Bill Roggio

President Obama in his speech Wednesday night said the strategy the U.S. would pursue against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria would be similar to how it targeted al-Qaida affiliates in Yemen and Somalia. more...

11th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Targets AQAP Fighters in Shabwa

Bill Roggio, Oren Adaki

Five AQAP fighters, including a Saudi and an individual who shares the nom de guerre of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's emir for Mahfad, are reported to have been killed in the first drone strike since mid-August. more...

11th September 2014 – CBN

CBN News Today

Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellow Bill Roggio discusses the shortcomings of President Obama's strategy against ISIS. more...

11th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Strategy Against Islamic State to Mirror Counterterrorism Efforts in Yemen, Somalia

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Obama described the counterterrorism strategy in Yemen and Somalia as "one that we have successfully pursued ... for years." However, several years of cooperation with willing partners have yielded questionable results. more...

11th September 2014 – Cited by Ishaan Tharoor - The Washington Post

Yemen and Somalia Are Examples of U.S. Mission Creep, Not Success

In his speech Wednesday night, President Obama laid out in somewhat unclear terms the planned U.S. campaign to combat the Islamic State, a murderous terrorist organization that has gained strength in the midst of political chaos in Iraq and Syria. more...

11th September 2014 – Quoted by Bruce Wallace - PRI

ISIS Has Mastered High-End Video Production in its New Propaganda Wing

The terrorist group ISIS is known for its sophisticated social media outreach. Now it seems they are bringing that sophistication to their video propaganda, too. more...

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