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20th April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

In Helmand, Taliban dominates security situation

Bill Roggio

The Taliban currently controls seven of Helmand's 13 districts and contests the other six, according to date compiled by LWJ. more...

19th April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban forces hundreds of schools in Kunduz to close

Bill Roggio

The closure of the schools highlights the Taliban's grip on the province, where all of the districts are currently contested. more...

17th April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

As Senate probes Yemen role, US quietly continues strikes

Alexandra N. Gutowski

The military has not produced detailed press releases for any strikes this year, continuing 2017's limited transparency. more...

17th April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State propagandists seek to undermine rival jihadists in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State's propagandists continue to take aim at rival jihadists, including al Qaeda and Hay'at Tahrir al Sham (HTS). A recent Islamic State video calls upon HTS fighters to defect to the so-called caliphate's cause. more...

13th April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

IRGC-controlled Syrian militia declares jihad against US forces in Syria

Amir Toumaj, Romany Shaker

A Syrian militia led by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) declared on April 6 jihad against US and allied forces in Syria. The IRGC is likely to boost its military support to the group as it explores avenues to drive the US out of Syria. more...

13th April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US continues to disrupt Shabaab’s attack campaign

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

In the past six months, US forces have thrice interdicted Shabaab car bombs and prevented imminent attacks against civilians in the Somalia capital, Mogadishu. more...

13th April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Afghan mission releases district-level assessments

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

The Afghanistan watchdog was finally able to release the military's own district-level assessment, allowing for a direct comparison with our data. The Taliban currently controls 38 districts, contests 150, and claims to control two more. This accounts for 46.5 percent of Afghanistan's 407 districts. more...

12th April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban overruns Afghan district, kills governor

Bill Roggio

The district of Khwaja Omari was previously considered to be one of the more secure areas in Ghazni, which is a hotbed for the Taliban and other foreign jihadist groups such as al Qaeda. more...

6th April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: A premature declaration of victory in Syria?

Thomas Joscelyn

The White House declared on Apr. 4 that the "military mission to eradicate ISIS in Syria is coming to a rapid end, with ISIS being almost completely destroyed." But ISIS continues to operate in several areas of Syria, as well as in Iraq, which wasn't even mentioned in the White House's statement. more...

3rd April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

20 dead, civilians protest following Indian counter-terror operation in Kashmir

Philip Hegseth

Indian security forces launched a decisive counter-terror operation yesterday in the Kashmiri districts of Shopian and Anantnag resulting in the deaths of at least 13 terrorists, three Indian security forces, and four civilians. more...

2nd April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US strikes Shabaab in central Somalia

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

The location of last weekend's strike highlights the geographical range of US operations against Shabaab, and the scope of the al Qaeda branch's insurgency. more...

2nd April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: An Iranian SAM in the Arabian Peninsula

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Last week, the Saudi Arabian embassy in Washington D.C. released a nine-page primer on Iran’s continued support to Yemen’s Houthi rebels. Buried within the same document was photographic evidence of Saudi Arabia’s latest charge against Iran: the provision of the Sayyad-2C surface-to-air missile (SAM) to Houthi rebels. more...

2nd April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US adds 2 Lashkar-e-Taiba fronts, 7 leaders to terrorism list

Bill Roggio

The designations are the latest in a series of moves by the Trump administration to pressure Pakistan to tackle terrorist groups that openly operate inside the country with the approval and support of both the military and government. more...

1st April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Hamza bin Laden warns of Shiite expansion in the Middle East

Thomas Joscelyn

In his latest message, Hamza bin Laden warns that Shiites are expanding throughout the Middle East and claims that the Saudi government is incapable of stopping them. Hamza calls upon Muslims to support the jihadists in Yemen. He also criticizes the relationship between the Saudis and the US. more...

31st March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Inspector General reveals DoD can’t verify where $3.1 billion was spent in Afghanistan

Philip Hegseth

According to the report, insufficient US oversight and Afghan capability led to mismanagement and an overall lack of assurance as to exactly where DoD funds ended up. more...

30th March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Can Resolute Support possibly still not understand Taliban strategy?

Bill Roggio

Resolute Support continues to claim that the Taliban failed in its strategic goals in 2017 and discounts the importance of the Taliban's rural insurgency. more...

28th March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

American forces kill senior al Qaeda leader in Libya

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

The US military announced that it killed Musa Abu Dawud, a high-ranking al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb leader in Libya, in an airstrike last weekend. Dawud is an established jihadist who has been in the fight with the GSPC and AIQM for at least three decades. more...

28th March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

A peek inside Houthi Rebel’s recent missile strikes in Saudi Arabia

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Pro-Houthi media outlets like Yemen News Agency (SABA) reported that at least three types of projectiles were fired into the Kingdom. They include the Burkan-2H, the Qaher-2M, and the Badr-1. Both the Burkan and the Qaher have been used multiple times in the Yemeni theater, while the Badr was only unveiled last week. more...

26th March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

India blames Lashkar-e-Taiba for Kashmir attack on security forces

Bill Roggio, Philip Hegseth

Pakistan continues to fuel the terrorist insurgency inside Jammu and Kashmir by backing Lashkar-e-Taiba and other proxies. more...

26th March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Jihadists in Syria denounce US designation of Uzbek group

Thomas Joscelyn

Jihadists and Islamists in Syria have denounced the US government's decision to designate Katibat Imam al Bukhari (KIB) as a terrorist organization. The KIB's own statement on the designation includes misleading claims and some of those defending the group have their own al Qaeda links. more...

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